Future Builders of America….it’s for the kids!


About a month ago, I was “blessed” with the chair of our Remodelers Council Charitable event committee. My thoughts immediately went to projects such as building wheel chair ramps or remodeling bathrooms for someone in need. These are great projects, but I wanted our events to benefit more than just a few. The suggestion was made to look at the CBIF (Collier Building Industry Foundation). The Foundation is a group of mostly former officers of the Collier Building Industry Association and their purpose is to build tomorrow’s building industry leaders.

Most are not aware that there are flourishing Construction Academies at several of our local High Schools and they are the result of CBIF and dedicated teachers. The CBIF funds scholarships to assist these future leaders in their college expenses. There is also the Future Builders of America Camp every summer in North Florida. The more CBIF can fund, the more local students can experience the camp.

In the past, Foundation kids literally built houses and sold them for their funding. A bad thing happened on the way to building new houses! No buyers! The down turn in the economy and the building industry dried up their source of funds. The kids went from building houses and selling them to building dog houses and trying to sell them. Not a good result.

Our committee (my co-chair is a great lady named Shelly Kienzle. Remember Reliable Roll Offs for your trash removal and recycling needs!) looked at this situation and immediately decided to jump in and do all we could do. Shelly and I attended several of the CBIF board meetings and collectively we are headed in a direction that will help the kids. We are headed in the right direction, but we need a whole bunch of help.

The first of our events will be a fun and different kind of raffle. We will acquire (hint, hint) one of those large rolling tool boxes with many drawers (at least 6). Those drawers will be filled with items collected from the community. Suggestions have been items like week-ends for two at some of our local resorts, dinners for two, gift cards, individual items from local businesses, etc. Our thought was that we all know someone that can help and every little bit helps. We are at this moment working out the details from here on, but we are thinking of selling only 250 tickets with prices ranging from $100.00 to $20.00. The $100 category winner will win the tool box and their choice of one drawer. Drawer contents will be confidential until the drawing, but they will be categorized as to their ticket value. In other words, there will be a drawing for the $20 drawer among those that bought $20 tickets, one for those that bought $50 tickets, one for $75 tickets and one for $100 tickets. Of course, those that donate items for the drawers will be recognized in print as well as on the day of the drawing. The ticket design will be complete and tickets will be ready to sell the week of February 8. The drawing will be at the CBIA Reverse Trade Show on March 24. The winner will not need to be present to win.

We are in desperate need of stuff for the drawers as well as the tool box. Donations can be accepted at the CBIA office, 4779 Enterprise Ave, or call 239-436-6100 and our National award winning staff liaison, Carrie, will be happy to help.

This community is built on the construction industry (forgive the pun). The best way to help insure that we have future leaders in this business is to start training them today. CBIF gives kids that would not otherwise have it, an opportunity to attend college. Our hope is that they will return and lead the construction industry of tomorrow.

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