GREENVILLE, S.C. — Habitat for Humanity of Greenville County received a $40,000 grant from the philanthropic organization created by the founder of Family Dollar Stores, The Leon Levine Foundation.
Habitat for Humanity of Greenville County opened its doors in 1985 to bring families, community partners, and volunteers together to construct affordable, energy-efficient homes that help families build strength, stability, and self-reliance. As of May 2023, they had completed the construction of 405 homes as well as numerous weatherization projects and neighborhood revitalization projects.
According to a 2021 annual report, 1310 Greenville Habitat construction volunteers provided 16,400 hours which translated into $400K in market-rate labor costs.
After retiring from Family Dollar in 2003, Leon Levine began his second career: building The Leon Levine Foundation into one of the Southeast’s largest and most impactful philanthropic organizations, awarding grants to hundreds of nonprofits, charities, clinics and more throughout North and South Carolina since its inception in 1980.
“This incredibly generous grant will be so beneficial to the work that we do,” said Monroe Free, president and CEO of Habitat for Humanity of Greenville County. “It’s also a huge honor to know that we are thought of as deserving of a grant like this, to know that others recognize the hard work that we’re doing.”