BB&T has donated $1,000 to help the Lee Building Industry Association (BIA) Builders Care program provide free home repairs to disadvantage Lee County residents.

“That amount of money goes a long way to help with purchasing much-needed materials, along with the support of our building partners pitching in to help,” says Michael Reitmann, executive officer of the Lee Building Industry Association. “This donation can help provide two handicap ramps to local residents to improve their mobility and quality of life.”

Bob Bassett, Area President of BB&T, also served as President on the Builders Care Board of Directors from 2009-2011.

“This donation demonstrates BB&T’s ongoing commitment to the community and the building industry,” said Heidi Taulman, Builders Care executive director. “The support of local businesses such as BB&T enables us to continue to help those who need it most.”

Builders Care is the nonprofit charitable arm of the Lee Building Industry Association (BIA). Its objective is to provide emergency repairs and construction services to elderly, disabled and economically disadvantaged people who are unable to obtain home repairs through traditional means. Builders Care enlists the volunteer services of Lee BIA members and leverages grants and donated materials to provide construction and remodeling services to qualified homeowners throughout Lee County. Builders Care is headquartered at the Lee BIA offices at 10501 Six Mile Cypress Pkwy., Suite 104 in Fort Myers. Donations can be made online at, or to the Builders Care general fund at BB&T Page Field branch at 4959 South Cleveland Ave. in Fort Myers. More information is available by calling 239-938-0056.