Ronald R. Woods, Naples
As a Canadian, I feel very fortunate to spend my winters in sunny, warm Naples.
I feel equally blessed in being a small part of Habitat for Humanity in Collier County.
Last winter, I worked on new homes in Immokalee, took a bus tour with others to a few completed and occupied homes, sat in on a homeowner selection committee meeting and spoke to new homeowners.
Boy, was I impressed!
Collier County's Habitat for Humanity is the most successful chapter of any county in North America — including Canada — with 1,500 homes built or substantially renovated.
I have been on work sites with a 90-year-old gentleman, women of all ages and students in high school and college. The camaraderie is infectious!
As time passed last spring, I asked what more I could do to contribute.
Working with the dynamic executive vice president of Habitat, Lisa Lefkow, we decided to set up Canadian Friends of Habitat of Collier County.
Many Canadians are able to enjoy the benefits of this winter paradise and we are hopeful that some will want to help the working poor whose efforts impact our daily lives.
There are so many ways to contribute. Of course, Habitat always needs money as they can only meet the needs of one family in eight which is approved. We also need volunteers on site, people with fundraising ideas, etc.
So, fellow Canadians, let's get behind this wonderful project and play a pivotal role. Possibly someday, we will have enough funds for one house or even half a street full of homes. All dreams start with an idea.
Contact Lefkow at Habitat, firstname.lastname@example.org or 239-776-0036.