Wells Fargo South Fort Myers Branch selected Lee Building Industry Association Builders Care program to receive a $1,000 grant as a part of their annual community breakfast. Wells Fargo Community Partners Giving Program is an annual program where each of its retail banking stores explores the needs of their local communities and selects a non-profit or school to receive a $1,000 grant. This year, Wells Fargo will award more than $600,000 in grants to nonprofits and schools throughout Florida. Wells Fargo Breakfast May 2013

The grants are part of the company’s broader support of its communities. In 2012, Wells Fargo invested more than $16 million in nonprofit organizations and schools and team members volunteered more than 70,000 hours across Florida.

“At Wells Fargo, we are committed to supporting programs and organizations that we believe are important to the future of our communities’ vitality and success,” said Laura Wrenn, Community Bank President, Gulf South Market. “So we are proud to support Lee BIA Builders Care with this grant.”

Donations to Builders Care are used to help purchase materials to provide wheelchair accessible doorways, kitchens and baths, as well as other construction services such as ramps, electrical and plumbing work and more. Builders Care leverages building industry members for heavily discounted or in-kind labor and materials to provide a wide range of services to Lee County homeowners.

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. To date, Lee BIA Builders Care has put more than $2.4 Million in construction services back into the community at no cost to homeowners in need. 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. Major supporters include Cape Coral Plumbing, Ferguson Enterprises, Harbor Springs Building Company, Nilles Design Group, Priority Marketing of Southwest Florida, Stock Development and The Aubuchon Team of Companies. Builders Care is headquartered at the Lee BIA offices at 10501 Six Mile Cypress Pkwy., Suite 104 in Fort Myers. The Building Industry Association (www.BIA.net ) is a 50-year-old association affiliated with National Home Builders Association and Florida Home Builders Association to serve the local building and related industries to strengthen our community by advancing a professional building industry through advocacy, education and services. Donations can be made online at www.LeeBuildersCare.org, 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.