Saturday, September 19, 2020

Habitat for Humanity, a community effort

Al Cohoon, Stan Niemczkk, Angela Palmer. Photos by Jeane Brennan

Al Cohoon, Stan Niemczkk, Angela Palmer. Photos by Jeane Brennan

Habitat for Humanity International was founded in 1976 by Millard and Linda Fuller who had left an affluent lifestyle to begin a new chapter in their life of Christian service. The concept first began as “partnership housing,” focusing on those in need of adequate shelter willing to work side by side with volunteers to build simple and decent homes. Habitat for Humanity was not to be considered charity and did not distribute money.

Since its inception, Habitat for Humanity has built more than 300,000 houses, housing more than 1.5 million people in over 3,000 communities throughout the world

On May 13th, Keller Williams Realty on Marco Island and Keller Williams offices throughout the United States established their own set of statistics. Donna Cottrell, realtor for Keller Williams on Marco, said, “Of the 73,000 agents in the United States, over 50,000 agents in 600 offices volunteered today in various community volunteer projects. Our goal,” said Donna, “was to work over 200,000 man hours across the county within this one-day period.”

The realtors donating their time, sweat, and energy on this hot and humid day explained that, since they make their living within the housing market, their volunteer effort of choice was to return their good fortune and to help others obtain their dream of home ownership. Working alongside the Keller Williams realtors was Maria Perez, who besides being a single mom and employed, volunteers her time at the Regal Acres Habitat community three days a week.

“Our slogan is ‘RED Day‘, meaning Renew, Energize & Donate,” Donna continued, and the purpose of Red Day she said, “Is to honor and to celebrate the birthday of 74 year old Mo Anderson, CEO of Keller Williams Realty.  We have more than doubled our efforts from last year, which was the first year in this massive volunteer effort.”

Maria Perez, taking a break from laying sod, said, “I work hard to make a good life for my son, Julian. I will continue to work hard and I appreciate, so much, all that is happening in my life.”

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