America II Electronics Helps Build Habitat for Humanity Home for Marine Veteran and His Family

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Family to receive key to home from company CEO Wednesday evening

Last year we created a new initiative called America II Cares where we aligned our core business values with the social and environmental efforts in our community.

A young Marine Corps veteran whose main priority is to provide a safe place for him and his wife to raise their two daughters will make good on that goal when he receives the key to his new Habitat for Humanity home, which was sponsored by America II Electronics, Inc. On Wednesday evening, April 6th, America II Electronics CEO and founder Mike Galinski will present Breck Spanier and his wife, Taylor, with the key to their new St. Petersburg home.

After completing his military service in 2012 in California, Spanier relocated his family to Florida to be closer to family in the Tampa Bay area. He currently works as a mail carrier for the U.S. Postal Service in St. Petersburg while his wife pursues a Bachelor’s degree. The family of four has moved twice since moving to the area, finding affordable and safe housing options to be challenging on a modest income.

“Having a stable, safe home to come to at the end of the day that we love and have built together will mean the world to our whole family,” said Spanier, who worked 350 sweat equity hours with his wife alongside dozens of Habitat for Humanity volunteers.

In addition to providing funding for the Spanier family home, America II Electronics also had many staff members volunteer more than 200 hours building the home since construction began in late January.

“At America II, we take corporate social responsibility very seriously,” said Mike Galinski, CEO and founder of America II Electronics in St. Petersburg. “Last year we created a new initiative called America II Cares where we aligned our core business values with the social and environmental efforts in our community. Through this program, we’re extremely proud to have partnered with Habitat for Humanity on our first home, and we look forward to working with them on future home construction projects throughout Pinellas County.”

About Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas County:
Since 1985, Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas County has constructed 355 homes for limited-income families in Pinellas County, using locally raised funds. Volunteers and the future homeowners construct the homes, which are sold at no profit and financed with a zero-interest loan. Habitat Pinellas homeowner candidates earn 30 to 80 percent of area median income. For Pinellas County, that translates to as little as $27,000 a year for a family of four. Candidates must also demonstrate need for adequate shelter; ability to pay back a zero-interest loan and willingness to partner with Habitat Pinellas to invest 250 to 350 sweat equity hours. Mortgage monies are used to build even more homes, making each donation to Habitat a perpetual legacy to the community. Habitat believes that home ownership contributes to family stability, leading in turn to community stability. Additionally, Habitat Pinellas raises funds through their ReStore, a home improvement outlet located in Clearwater and Palm Harbor where donated household and building items are sold to the public. For more information about Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas County, contact (727) 536-4755 or visit http://www.HabitatPinellas.org.

About America II Electronics:
Established in 1989, America II Electronics, Inc. is a global leader in component distribution. The company offers the most complete range of products, from active, passive and electromechanical components to memory and specialty products. America II stocks more than four billion components, making it one of the world’s largest distributors of semiconductors and electronic components. Through its franchise and direct distribution lines, America II serves as a primary partner for all OEM and EMS customers. Headquartered in St. Petersburg, Florida and with offices in the UK, Germany, China, Japan, Singapore and Mexico, the company also provides supply chain solutions, value-added services and inventory solution programs from its ISO 9001:2008 and ESD-certified 420,000 square foot North American distribution facility.

Media Contacts:    
Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas County
Robin Macar, Communications Officer
Office: 727-536-4755, ext. 204
Mobile: 813-486-6485
communications(at)HabitatPinellas(dot)org

America II Electronics, Inc.
Anton Wurr, Director of Marketing
727-571-2032, ext. 1265
awurr(at)americaii(dot)com

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