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Gulfstream sponsors new Habitat home

Coastal Empire Habitat for Humanity this week announced a $100,000 sponsorship from Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation. The sponsorship will cover building expenses for an entire home, to be constructed by the organization.

Construction of the home will occur between February and June. Upon completion, the home will be sold at no-profit and no-interest to a disabled veteran and her family.

“Gulfstream has been a faithful supporter of Habitat for Humanity’s focus on building safe, affordable and energy-efficient homes in the Coastal Empire so that families can enjoy stability, health and success,” said John Tatum, chair of the 2018 Building Futures Campaign and member of the Coastal Empire Habitat for Humanity Board of Directors. “Habitat for Humanity’s efforts in support of affordable homeownership in Chatham County has enabled our affiliate to serve 141 families since 1983. We remain committed to growing that number in 2018 and are very grateful to Gulfstream for their continued support as we do so.”

“We are proud to support the Coastal Empire Habitat for Humanity and the work they do in our community,” said Mark Burns, president, Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation. “We know this home will provide shelter for a very deserving family in our community, and will help foster opportunities for many more deserving families for many years to come.”

The home is one of six planned for construction this year by Habitat for Humanity in Chatham County, which dedicated its 141st home in January.

Endowment donates to Humane Society

The Savannah Community Foundation, Inc. will give $11,670 this year to the Humane Society for Greater Savannah from the Estate of the Ruby G. Franklin Endowment Fund.

The fund was established by a generous bequest by Franklin to the Savannah Community Foundation to benefit the Humane Society for Greater Savannah to provide substantial, perpetual support while preserving the principle of her fund.

Rotarians seek volunteer readers

Several Rotary clubs and community volunteers in the greater Savannah area will host the inaugural Rotary Read-In on Thursday, March 22, from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Rotarians and community volunteers will participate with students from kindergarten to third grade in 31 schools and almost 600 classrooms in the Savannah-Chatham County area.

Debra Larson, president &CEO of Hospice Savannah, and retired trucking company owner Frank Moore, Jr., who serves as a substitute teacher in the Savannah-Chatham County Public School System, are co-chairing the event.

Moore brought the idea to the Rotary Club of Savannah from his club in California, which ran the program for 26 years. The Rotary Club of Savannah then reached out to all of the clubs in the Greater Savannah area.

The club is also seeking 32 volunteers to serve as school liaisons to handle all communication with the schools’ personnel, confirm classrooms and solidify books for the read-in. E Shavers Booksellers is offering a 25 percent discount for those purchasing a children’s book to read for the Savannah Rotary Read-In with the intention of leaving that book in the classroom for the students.

To register to read on March 22, sign up here by Thursday, March 15: https://savannahrotaryreadin.com/

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