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Del Webb adds to ranks of volunteers
Del Webb at Woodbridge includes a large lake next to the recreation center. - photo by HIME ROMERO
Del Webb is doing more than just selling the lion’s share of homes in Manteca.

The neighborhood for those 55 and older is helping bolster the ranks of volunteers throughout the community.

“Buying the houses generates jobs and brings in more people with discretionary income but a lot of people don’t realize how big of an impact Del Webb is having in terms of new volunteers,” noted Mayor Willie Weatherford.

Del Web at Woodbridge residents have helped swell the ranks of volunteers involved with Seniors Helping Area Residents and Police, Seniors Aiding Fire Effort, Give Every Child a Chance, the Second Harvest Food Bank, and more. They have even stepped up to help with the Boys & Girls Club annual telethon.

“They (Del Webb residents) are making a difference,” Weatherford said.

The 500th home was just sold in the planned community that ultimately will have 1,406 homes.

Del Webb at Woodbridge sold an impressive one out of every five new homes closing escrow in San Joaquin County during 2009.

The Pulte Homes also powered Manteca’s minor miracle of leading virtually the entire Northern San Joaquin Valley with new housing starts in the 2008-09 fiscal year. Manteca new housing starts accounted for almost 60 per cent – or 237 out of every 414 new homes- that were built countywide.

For the past three years, Del Webb has topped the Manteca market with 25 percent of all sales.

Sales statistics compiled by Hanley Woods also show that Pulte Homes overall has been the “shining star” in the Northern California new housing market. Pulte- along with its Del Webb and Centex brands – accounted for 15 percent of the new home sales in Contra Costa County and 10 percent in Alameda County.