Sometimes, stepping out of our comfort zones helps shift our focus, giving us a new lens to see life from the perspective of our friends and neighbors. This summer, young athletes and their families from Lake Nona Youth Sports will take part in the Central Florida Children’s Home Makeover Project, taking place July 8-12. It’s an opportunity for students to volunteer to help renovate and update the home that offers care for kids whose families can’t care for them or who are in the midst of difficult family circumstances.
“We believe it’s so important for our young athletes to take part in activities in our community that help build character through helping others,” said C.R. Dunnavant, president of Lake Nona Youth Sports. “We want our athletes to have life skills, not just sports skills, and volunteering helps them put into action the character traits that make a well-rounded adult who gives back to the community.”
The Central Florida Children’s Home, founded in 1973 by Pastor Clyde F. Green, is located on Narcoossee Road, across from Valencia College. The organization is solely supported by its donors and volunteers and does not receive state or federal funding. For the past 46 years, they’ve cared for children whose parents are unable to provide for them, offering a nurturing and caring environment, while helping their families get the support they need.
“We’re looking forward to digging in and improving the landscaping of the facility,” Dunnavant said. “The kids are going to be part of cleaning crews that will make the place sparkle and shine when we’re done. We appreciate the opportunity to help make a difference in the lives of kids in our community who really need our support.”
Look for the August issue of Nonahood News to see the work that the volunteers completed!
Sophia Rogers leads The Rogers Team at Premier Sotheby’s International Realty and also serves on the board at Lake Nona Youth Sports as director of communications. She can be reached at email@example.com.
Editor’s Note: If you would like to contribute to the Central Florida Children’s Home House Makeover, please reach out to Sophia at the email above or email RJ Fontana (the house dad) at firstname.lastname@example.org. They are still in need of supplies and donations.