Building a Legacy

Bill and Carole Hauke

"You can make your generosity permanent by making a bequest to further your passion and support the Habitat mission."
                                                          - Bill and Carole Hauke
 
When we think of Bill and Carole Hauke, we envision two people who work hard at making opportunities for others to live the “American Dream,” a home to raise their family.
 
Growing up in Burlington, Vermont, a place where neighbors helped each other, Bill and Carole were bitten by the building bug very early in life. Hauke Building Supply Co. was started by Bill’s grandfather in the 1920’s and continued by his father at only 16 years of age, then continued by Bill in 1958, and eventually turned over to the fourth generation of Hauke children in 1996.
 
The philosophy was to provide entry level, affordable housing at a fair price and good value. Translated, that meant that over 1,000 housing units were provided during their 38 years at the helm. While Bill worked on the job site during the day, ran his sales office from his basement at night, Carole was busy baking banana bread and making coffee for prospective homeowners, while raising four children.
 
Quite by accident, in the early 70’s, Carole took over the sales for the company, a task she was more than suited for. She excelled at it, becoming the top sales person for the company and leaving her teaching job to be an active part of the company they were building for their family. Homes averaged 900 to 1100-square feet, a basement and a 1-car garage.  Starting price, including the land, back in the beginning was $3,200. By the mid 60’s, the cost had risen to $32,000 and by the time they retired in 1996, multi-family condo units were the way to go in Burlington and the cost had risen to $100,000.  
 
Bill decided that if he was going to take this building business seriously, perhaps he should join the Association of Home Builders, and currently holds a lifetime position with National Association of Home Builders. Bill and Carole feel that they were blessed with growing up in the “Era of the American Dream,” post-war America where owning your own home was the ultimate goal for everyone. Building 1,000 homes in a small town meant that almost everyone owned a Hauke-built home at some point and every policeman, fireman and teacher was able to experience the fulfillment of their dream for homeownership.
 
Fortunately for Martin County, Bill and Carole decided to retire in our community and share their philanthropy and energy to continue the dream of affordable housing provided by Habitat for Humanity of Martin County. Bill has been an on-site volunteer continuing to share his expertise building affordable homes for the last 13 years; Carole is his strength and support and a great fundraiser, always heralding the impact of making challenge grants to support your charity with enthusiasm, fun and passion.
 
Carole and Bill, their four children and 11 grandchildren are involved in their charitable decisions. They understand why they support certain causes, why they are passionate about making sure the next generation also benefits through their legacy giving. A holistic approach to giving involves supporting education, arts, health and housing issues – how lucky we are to count them as part of our Habitat family. Hats off to Bill and Carole for their vision and support of the Habitat mission to eliminate substandard housing in Martin County.
 
Through a simple addition to their estate plan, a gift has been set aside for Habitat for Humanity of Martin County.
 
Bequests can be made through gifts of cash, securities, real estate, and tangible personal property. One of the easiest ways to make a gift to Habit is by leaving the organization a bequest in your will. There are several ways you can do this. You can (1) give a specific amount of money to the organization; (2) give a specific item of property to the organization; or (3) give a specified percentage of the residue of your estate to the organization (the residue of your estate is that which is left over after all specific gifts have been made, whether charitable or non-charitable).
 
For more information, please contact the development office at 772-223-9940 or e-mail development@habitatmartin.org.
 

Jim and Barbara McNeil

The things you do for yourself are gone when you are gone. But, the things you do for others remains as your legacy.
 
Jim and Barbara McNeil had been giving to charity for years.  Habitat for Humanity of Martin County was one close to their hearts. When Jim passed away in 2007, he did not live to see one of his dreams realized – the establishment of the ReStore in 2008, at our current location on Bonita Street in Stuart.
 
Habitat for Humanity of Martin County continues to benefit not only from his vision to create a service to the community where gently used housing materials could be purchased for a fair price, but through his estate planning, he has included a gift for the future.
 
His legacy continues not only in our memories every day when we walk through our ReStore, but his daughter, Jeanne Williams, currently serves on the Habitat Board of Directors and represents one of our community partners, Seacoast National Bank.
 
Hats off to Jim and Barbara for their vision and support of the Habitat for Humanity mission to eliminate substandard housing in Martin County. The Restore is not only a sustainable source of income for the future, it is a green service, keeping more than 3 million pounds of materials out of the local landfill.
 
Bequests can be made through gifts of cash, securities, real estate, and tangible personal property. One of the easiest ways to make a gift to Habit for Humanity of Martin County, Inc. is by leaving the organization a bequest in your will. There are several ways you can do this. You can (1) give a specific amount of money to the organization; (2) give a specific item of property to the organization; or (3) give a specified percentage of the residue of your estate to the organization (the residue of your estate is that which is left over after all specific gifts have been made, whether charitable or non-charitable).
 
For more information, please e-mail development@habitatmartin.org or call 772-223-9940.

Keith McIntosh

What will you build?Keith McIntosh began thinking about how he might make a difference in the world from the time he was a young child growing up on his family’s farm in upstate New York. 
 
The 100-acre farm was acquired after years of hard work by his parents, affording him and his five siblings an opportunity to inherit the family business. While Keith went on to attend college and have a successful career as an electrical engineer and business owner, he never lost sight of how good it felt to have a place to call home. He credits his mother for influencing his giving spirit through weekly attendance at church, and his late wife of 59 years for her support. Now, his five children and 12 grand children are witnessing his example of stewardship and generosity.
 
Thanks to Keith’s creative transfer of real property, Habitat for Humanity of Martin County is able to create seven new homes for families in need. Keith’s involvement with Habitat is ongoing as he enjoys meeting the families and seeing the individual touches they add to each home.
 
He finds joy in knowing he has made a difference in the lives of a family for generations. The importance of individual home ownership and knowing the positive impact it has by establishing a sense of pride and accomplishment motivates Keith to keep on giving.
 
We raise our hammers to salute Keith McIntosh for his commitment to home ownership and thank him from the bottom of our hearts for allowing volunteers and staff to be a part of building his legacy.
 
What will you build? For more information on how you can make a gift today, visit our planned giving web page or call 772-223-9940, ext. 228.