From Our President & CEO | cdc monthly - June 2018
June was a very busy month around CDC, throughout Tampa and across the country.
Each year, June marks National Homeownership Month across the U.S. This year, the Department of Housing & Urban Development hosted a series of events celebrating the 46 million Americans who have been able to become first-time homebuyers since the creation of the Federal Housing Administration in 1934--while also recognizing the new challenges millennials face today, as they enter the market in greater numbers.
During each June, NeighborWorks America and its network of local organizations (including CDC of Tampa) mobilize tens of thousands of volunteers, business people, neighbors, friends, and leaders nationwide in a week of neighborhood change and awareness called NeighborWorks Week.
Since its inception in 1983, NeighborWorks Week has showcased how the NeighborWorks network creates opportunities for people to enjoy homeownership and much more. Because just like NeighborWorks itself, NeighborWorks Week is about far more than homes...it's about creating opportunities for people to improve their lives and strengthen their communities.
For our local NeighborWorks Week celebration this year, I joined my CDC of Tampa colleagues, staff from Habitat for Humanity of Hillsborough County, professional painters-in-training from Painters on Demand, volunteers from the Jackson Heights Neighborhood Association and other great friends to help provide a "painting makeover" for one, lucky Jackson Heights homeowner as well as landscape some brand new homes recently-built by CDC of Tampa right next door.
That Saturday the 9th was a really warm June day; but everyone there really enjoyed the experience. I particularly enjoyed the day because of how our project brought everything we do for communities together.
Several of our youth came out early that day to volunteer and gain important service hours toward graduation; the painters-in-training had all started their new career journey through CDC's Workforce Development Center, and gladly volunteered to give of their time and talents even on a scheduled day-off; and members of CDC's resident leadership volunteer team worked hand-in-landscaping-glove with their neighbors from Jackson Heights--to make a corner of the neighborhood even more beautiful than it was before.
What a heart-warming sight to see! Especially when I consider that the entire day was only possible because of the support we received from local businesses, community partners and the very neighbors who call Jackson Heights home.
Looking back on the day now, it truly underscored what NeighborWorks Week is meant to be about!
And best of all, that day is just one of many examples of how we at CDC of Tampa are working together with businesses, neighbors, friends and partners to positively impact Tampa's people and places every day.
So, as you peruse this edition of CDC Monthly, please be sure to read more about this terrific project, as well as:
Our profile of a new CDC volunteer making an impact across our community; and
Details for a special August fundraising event to support CDC's youth, hosted by Leadership Tampa's Class of 2018!
If you are inspired by what you read, please share it with others who might be moved as well. I also hope you'll consider showing your support for CDC's mission by making a gift today -or- at our Community Development Champions Luncheon in October.
Happy Independence Day to one and all! May the next month be full of new opportunities for you and your family. And, as always, thank you for being a special part of our CDC of Tampa community!