Builders Care recently partnered with high school students on a mission trip through the Church of the Messiah UMC from Westerville, Ohio to paint three homes in Southwest Florida. This group travels twice a year to perform community service projects throughout the eastern United States. This summer’s mission trip brought them to the Harlem Heights community in South Fort Myers where they partnered with Builders Care, United Way and the Harlem Heights Improvement Association. During the day the 18 high school students and six adults worked hard painting homes and at night they spent time with host families from the Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church in Fort Myers.

Sherwin-Williams provided all of the paint to complete the three homes. The homes were painted in just four days. Additional materials were provided by Scott Paint Corporation.

Recipients included a Lee County School District employee and two other local families in need.

“We are grateful to our volunteers who traveled from Ohio to help out local families in need,” said Heidi Taulman, Builders Care executive director. “We appreciated their generosity and hard work.”

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. Builder’s 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. Most recent top corporate sponsors include Armadillo Underground and Real Estate Investment Society. Builders Care is headquartered at the Lee BIA offices at 4210 Metro Parkway, Suite 100, Fort Myers FL 33916. Donations can be made online at, or to the Builders Care general fund at BB&T (formerly Colonial Bank) Page Field branch at 4959 South Cleveland Avenue in Fort Myers. More information is available by calling 239-938-0056.