Volunteerism is Hands-on Philanthropy

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Photo of CHR volunteers painting

With brushes in hand, volunteers George Campean, Sharon Wise, David Wolf, and David Burnett give CHR’s Riverview property a facelift (not pictured, Walter Windham).

With season about to begin in Southwest Florida, island nonprofits like Community Housing and Resources, Inc. (CHR) like to remind locals, part-time residents, and visitors of the plethora of opportunities that exist for volunteerism. Besides financial contributions, donations of hands-on time and personal talents make up a great deal of nonprofit support.

This month, a group of volunteers is working to give CHR’s Riverview rental property a much needed facelift. With paint brushes, buckets, ladders, and elbow grease, they recognized an opportunity to give something back to their island community.

“There are always things to do,” said George Campean, who is also a CHR board member. “For as many skills as people have, there are ways to put them to use.” Campean regularly donates his time to CHR, and he especially likes the maintenance projects. “Volunteering in this way lets you put your hands to use as well as your heart,” he added spiritedly.

Sharon Wise, a realtor with John Naumann & Associates, agrees. Clearly enjoying her time painting and using power tools, Wise pointed to both organizational mission and being a good neighbor as her reasons for donating her time. “CHR is a very important part of this beautiful city,” she said. “I’m honored to be able to help. I believe it is our duty to give back to our community any time we have the opportunity.”

Community Housing and Resources, Inc. (CHR) is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization that is dedicated to providing affordable housing for families and individuals who work full-time on Sanibel and for long-time or disabled residents of Sanibel. For more information, visit online at www.SanibelCHR.org, or call 239-472-1189.