Community Housing and Resources, Inc. (CHR) recently honored volunteers at its annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon held at the Sanibel Community House. As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, CHR relies on community volunteerism to support its mission of providing affordable housing on Sanibel for full-time island workers. Locals step up to help with building maintenance, special events, communications, and even seemingly minor tasks like stuffing envelopes or creating decorations for the organizations upcoming Mardi Gras fundraiser on February 7.
“We literally could not do it without you,” CHR board president Richard Johnson said to the luncheon attendees. “Through your time, your skills and talents, and your treasure, you make it possible for CHR to do what it does for our Sanibel community. The word community is very appropriate; it bring to mind a family, and you are all a valuable part of the CHR family.”
During the luncheon, three CHR residents addressed the attendees, explaining how CHR’s below market rate housing program has enriched their lives by allowing them to live where they work and to participate in island life.
“I just love it,” said Dee Caldwell, a CHR resident who also volunteers at the Noah’s Ark Thrift Shop. “Because I live right on the island, I’m close to work and close to the church and Noah’s Ark.” Not having to spend time commuting means that residents like Caldwell can apply some of that time to volunteerism, which is often acts as the gears that turn the machinery of our local nonprofits.
CHR executive director Kelly Collini pointed out that Sanibel “is an incredibly giving community, which includes the time that they give to CHR and to other island organizations. Among them are also our wonderful CHR residents, who appreciate their homes so much that they want to give back to their community in any way that they can.”