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Southeast Toyota Finance Associates Volunteer for Habitat for Humanity of Southwest Alabama’s Home Build

Mobile, Ala. – Southeast Toyota Finance associates recently volunteered at two new Habitat for Humanity of Southwest Alabama’s (Habitat) home builds in the Hillsdale neighborhood. Habitat helps make the dream of home ownership a reality by partnering with families in need of housing.

“Giving back to the community is part of our company’s philosophy that associates truly value,” said Michael Hollis, Vice President of Service Center Operations for Southeast Toyota Finance. “Our associates look forward to working with the Habitat families and we are proud to continue supporting the organization’s mission.”

Since teaming up with Habitat in 2004, Southeast Toyota Finance has donated $170,000, and more than 75 associates have volunteered to help build nine new homes. At this most recent Habitat project, associates contributed hours of labor by painting and installing siding and trim on new homes.

Brent Roe, Collections Manager for Southeast Toyota Finance, has been a dedicated Habitat volunteer for several years and expressed his appreciation for having the opportunity to partner with Habitat and its families.

“It’s incredibly rewarding to work side by side with Habitat families to build their homes and then see the smiles on their faces when it’s complete,” Roe said.

Associates are committed to the nonprofit,  participating in other Habitat initiatives including the Women Build project, which teaches construction skills to women who want to lend a hand in home builds; and the Neighborhood Stabilization and Rehabilitation program where the organization purchases, then renovates foreclosed homes for future qualified Habitat families.

Habitat for Humanity of Southwest Alabama is a nonprofit located in Mobile, Ala. The organization is dedicated to eliminating poverty housing by building modest homes in partnership with people in need throughout the Southwest Alabama community. With the support of donated time, material and funds, Habitat houses are sold to low-income families at cost and are financed with affordable no-interest loans.

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Image 1: Southeast Toyota Finance associates and a youth volunteer donate time to help build homes with the families of Habitat for Humanity of Southwest Alabama (left to right): Hannah Fellows, Lesley Adkins, Lisa McGowan, Briauna McGowan, Heidi Hernandez, Traci Pritchett and Brent Roe.

Image 2: Southeast Toyota Finance associate Hannah Fellows helps paint doorway trims at Habitat for Humanity of Southwest Alabama new home build.

Image 3: Southeast Toyota Finance associate Lisa McGowan volunteers at the Habitat for Humanity of Southwest Alabama new home build by caulking base boards.

Southeast Toyota Finance
Southeast Toyota Finance is an operating division of World Omni Financial Corp., which was established in 1981 as the first import automotive captive finance company in the United States. The company offers financing to Toyota dealers and consumers in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina. Southeast Toyota Finance is the leading provider of retail and lease financing for new Toyota purchases within its operating footprint, consistently ranking at the top of its class in market share and dealer satisfaction. The company owes its success to its innovative finance programs (including retail and lease programs), loyalty programs, college graduate and military rebate programs, and its commitment to strong dealer relationships and customer service. The company's portfolio of dealer loans includes inventory financing, as well as working capital, real estate and construction loans. World Omni is a subsidiary of JM Family Enterprises, Inc., a diversified automotive corporation ranked No. 37 on Forbes’ list of “America’s Largest Private Companies.” JM Family is also ranked No. 32 by FORTUNE® as one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For, its 15th consecutive year on the list.