Work begins on Habitat for Humanity home sponsored by Sargento, Milwaukee Bucks partnership
MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- While the NBA champion Milwaukee Bucks enjoy their off-season, local businesses and nonprofits are now reaping some of the benefits of their memorable year.
We found one group Monday that's literally building on the team's success.
"We gave $500 for every tipoff that they won, and during the playoffs, because they were doing so well this year, we doubled that and gave $1,000 for every tipoff that the Bucks won," said Louie Gentine of Sargento Cheese.
Through a partnership called "Tipoffs for Homes," Sargento Cheese donated $44,000 to Habitat for Humanity.
On Monday, July 26, volunteers, including some from Sargento, started building a home at 26th and Lloyd in Milwaukee, sponsored by the program.
Habitat says programs like this not only help families, but neighborhoods as well.
"This program is also about building community," said Jake Brandt, of Habitat for Humanity. "We cluster new construction homes here. You'll see all around the corner of this block, brand new Habitat homes. And it's these homes that are helping to decrease crime, to increase property values."
Sargento and Habitat for Humanity have had a partnership on projects like this since 1992.