Multifamily Florida - Winter 2012 - (Page 17)

FEATURE Spotlight on Altruism Florida apartment associations, management companies and suppliers are involved in hundreds of efforts to help people in need. FAA and local affiliates are working this year on an initiative to provide apartments to homeless families. The National Apartment Association has also adopted this as a project. Multifamily Florida will run regular features on members who are going the extra mile to lend a helping hand to vulnerable populations. For example, more than a dozen residents at The Meetinghouse, a Finlay Management 55-plus residential community in Daytona Beach, have produced a cookbook to help raise money to feed starving families in Haiti through World Vision. “Our goal as a community is to reach out and raise $2,000 to be able to purchase 28 farm animals. The animals provide protein, vital nutrition, a future income and will save some children from hunger in poverty ravished Haiti,” noted Barbara Jean Herndon, manager at The Meetinghouse. This is the first year The Meetinghouse at Daytona has published the cookbook. They are on sale for $7. All proceeds go World Vision to purchase the farm animals. To buy a cookbook call 386-274-4546 or e-mail For one of the Bay Area Apartment Association’s community service activities, volunteers such as Linda Huller of Korman Residential, Heather Calderone of Core Logic SafeRent, and several other BAAA members and staff joined with two MacDill Air Force base servicemen and members of the local Blue Star Moms chapter to put together 48 “Circle Within a Circle” Troop Boxes to send to soldiers overseas. Blue Star Moms is a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to providing support and aid to military personnel overseas. Blue Star Moms provided the names and contact informaiton for each of the 48 solders to receive the boxes, which included snacks, magazines, and personal items. The Bay County Multi-Housing Association worked hard this past year on a “Career Closet,” which provides clothes, accessories, and job advice to women from the local domestic violence center. Many of these women stay in dangerous situations because they are economically dependent on their abuser, and when they do muster the courage to take refuge (often with children in tow) in a shelter, they need to find a job that pays adequately to provide economic independence. Louise Savelli and her assistant manager Kym Mazzullo from Aztec Villas Apts. in Panama City, along with Shelly Marlin of Harbour Green Apts. and Larry Reynolds of Reynolds & Sons Carpets and Flooring served on a committee to get this community project off the ground. Larry provided the space, while John Savelli, Louise’s husband, provided the shelving as well as hauling and picking up donations for the committee. Shelly took the lead in securing donations of clothing and getting BCMHA members to work with the women from the shelter. These are just two of the many efforts by Florida apartment professionals to brighten the lives of the unfortunate and struggling, to provide aid and joy. If you have a story to tell about your work, or that of your peers or your association, please provide information to Editor Bobby Davis at ● MultifamilyFLORIDA l WINTER 2012 l 17

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Multifamily Florida - Winter 2012

President’s Message
Legislative Update
Association News
FAA Conference Inspires and Educates
Spotlight on Altruism
In the News
Product/Service Council Directory
Index to Advertisers/

Multifamily Florida - Winter 2012