Anderson Homes recently announced the results of its 2018 Giving Back program designed to support San Benito County nonprofits.
A total of $13,500 was contributed to four local nonprofits: $9,500 was contributed for purchased homes and Anderson Homes donated an additional $4,000.
BenitoLink.com, Chamberlain’s Children Center, the Community Foundation for San Benito County and San Benito County Arts Council were selected by Anderson as the program’s beneficiaries.
“We were very fortunate to be included in this imaginative year[end campaign,” BenitoLink Executive Director Leslie David said. “It is great to see businesses share their success with the nonprofits in the county.”
Anderson Homes took a broad, whole-community view on which nonprofits to support. The Community Foundation provides training and services to all county nonprofits; Chamberlain's Children Center is dedicated to foster children; San Benito County Arts Council advances the arts in local schools, has special exhibits and supports local artists; and BenitoLink is a community-supported, nonprofit news website serving San Benito County residents.
When a buyer purchased a home in the Santana Ranch development, Anderson Homes donated $500 in the buyer’s name to one of the four nonprofits. The special offer began on Oct. 1 and ended Dec. 15 with 19 homes sold during that period.
Anderson Homes is a home building company based in Hollister and Lodi. The Santana Ranch subdivision in Hollister is one of their projects. The company built Sunnyslope Village in the late 1980s and then became involved in Santana Ranch off Fairview Road in the 1990s, selling their first Santana Ranch house in 2015.
“We employed about 90 people at the peak, although we are much smaller today,” Vice President of Operations Michael Anderson said. “Though they are not our employees, we’ve also worked with many of the same subcontractors for decades. The majority working at Santana Ranch are from San Benito County. It’s rewarding seeing the hundreds of people working together to build a special place.”
Anderson said buyers are primarily a mix of families and retirees. “About 20 percent of our homebuyers are from San Benito County, with Hollister being one of the top communities our homebuyers currently live in before making the purchase. Quite a few of these San Benito County homebuyers are previous or current Anderson homeowners.”
According to Anderson, the family business has given back to communities in the areas of education, youth, arts and public safety.
“My parents have always been involved in giving back to the communities where they build,” he said. “We (Michael and wife Ashleigh Anderson) have both worked for nonprofits in the past, and we feel awareness about community nonprofits is essential. We thought this would be a great way to continue my parents’ tradition of giving back financially while also raising awareness of these four local organizations that are doing impactful work.”