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Moorings Park Foundation and Habitat for Humanity of Collier County: Fostering Community through Partnership

In a heartwarming display of support and collaboration, Moorings Park Foundation and Habitat for Humanity of Collier County have joined forces to make homeownership dreams a reality for Moorings Park partners. This innovative partnership not only exemplifies the spirit of giving but also demonstrates a commitment to empowering individuals and strengthening the fabric of our community.

This initiative operates on one simple yet powerful premise: when a Moorings Park partner is approved for homeownership through Habitat for Humanity, they are required to participate in homebuyer education courses and must contribute to a set number of volunteer hours to help build their home or another Habitat project. Once completed, Moorings Park Foundation generously provides $10,000 towards their down payment or closing costs. This financial assistance not only significantly alleviates the initial cost associated with purchasing a home, but it also serves as a tangible expression of Moorings Park’s commitment to the well-being of its partners.

By working together, we can promote community engagement and social responsibility. Both organizations can leverage their respective strengths to address the pressing need for affordable housing in Collier County. Moreover, by focusing on empowering individuals through homeownership, Habitat for Humanity and Moorings Park Foundation contribute to the long-term development and economic stability of our community.

In the end, it’s not just about building homes; it’s about building hope, dignity, and a sense of belonging for every individual.

The Moorings Park Foundation in collaboration with Habitat for Humanity, is offering financial support to Moorings Park Partners and individuals employed by Moorings Park’s contracted service providers (Dining and IT). This assistance is extended to those who meet certain criteria within the housing application process as defined by Habitat for Humanity guidelines.
The fund is a set amount and to be compliant with IRS regulations this will be recorded as income on the partner’s W2, meaning it will be a taxable fund.
The number of donations available is limited and applications will be considered on a first come, first served basis.

Partners who meet the following criteria are eligible to apply:
• Have met criteria as defined by Habitat for Humanity. Approval notification will need to be provided by Habitat for Humanity to Moorings Park Human Resources.
• A Partner of Moorings Park or employee of Moorings Park’s outsourced vendors (Dining & IT), who have their primary assignment at Moorings Park, and have worked a minimum of 1,000 hours in the previous twelve months.
• The Partner in good standing; no disciplinary action or performance concerns within the last 12 months.


  • Open to only U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents
  • Must have lived or worked in Collier County for at least one year
  • Minimum income of $35,000 per year (depending on debt)
  • Commit 500 hours of “sweat equity” helping to build homes


Family Size

Minimum Income

Maximum Income

2 $35,000 $63,900
3 $35,000 $71,900
4 $35,000 $79,850
5 $35,000 $86,250
6 $35,000 $92,650

*subject to change


Step 1: Human Resources to announce relationship with Habitat for Humanity of Collier County.

Step 2: Partner is responsible for completing pre-qualifying survey to determine eligibility. If eligible, move forward with the application process.


Our employees, lovingly referred to as partners, impact the lives of our residents every day. Because of the generosity of our donors, we are able to fund innovative ways to support those whom we care so much about.

For some of our partners and their dependents being able to attend college is a dream. A dream that  Moorings Park residents can make into a reality through the Moorings Park Foundation Scholarship Program. The Scholarship Committee, which is comprised of residents from all three campuses, carefully reviews the applications and selects who will receive a scholarship.

Partners may apply if they have worked full-time or part-time for Moorings Park for at least a year. Household dependents and spouses may also apply.  Scholarship applications open in early November and typically close the first week of February.  Please visit the Community Foundation of Collier County website ( for all application questions and requirements.

We would like to thank our residents for investing in the education of our partners and their families. If you have not made a donation and would like to do so, please click here.

Each year, your Foundation matches state funding for eligible Moorings Park employees who need assistance with child care expenses.

Through the School Readiness Program, administered by the Early Learning Coalition of SW Florida, childcare is provided through private, early childhood programs, family child care homes and school-based sites operated by public schools. This helps parents have access to high quality programs designed to meet the individual needs of their children.

Eligibility depends on participants’ household size and income. Partners could receive help with 35-40% of their childcare costs. In Collier County, one of the highest expenses other than housing is childcare. For some of our partners, taking advantage of this benefit is the difference between having to work longer hours, keeping them away from their children.  The application process is handled through our HR department.

For the paperwork to apply, click the links below.

Following Hurricane Ian, it became apparent that our partners’ needed help when navigating challenges. Because of the generosity of residents John and Connie Rakoske, led to the funding of a new position to help partners with non-work-related needs.

In May, Social Services Coordinator, Candy Dyckman joined the team and has hit the ground running! Candy will explore internal and external resources to help address partners’ needs. To increase access to her services, she spends her time at different locations on the original campus, Grey Oaks, and Grande Lake.

Because of this transformational Rakoske gift, our partners are now empowered with information and access to resources that will increase their opportunities for success. We are very thankful for their commitment to this initiative and Moorings Park Foundation.

Candy Dyckman can be reached at 239-326-2981 (internal ext. 151) or at