Teaming Up with Honeywell to Make a Difference at the Sunshine Foundation’s Dream Village

We were thrilled to partner with Honeywell to coordinate a community service project at the Sunshine Foundation’s Dream Village in Davenport, Florida last month.  The Sunshine Foundation’s sole purpose is to answer the dreams of chronically ill, seriously ill, physically challenged and abused children, ages three to eighteen, whose families cannot fulfill their requests due to the financial strain that child’s illness may cause.  The Dream Village is a 22-acre resort nestled in a fairy tale setting and offers amenities and activities, all specially designed to be accessible for wheelchairs and other special needs.  Guests at the Dream Village enjoy the theme parks and attractions nearby and return each day to relax in their cottage.  Since its opening, the Dream Village has welcomed over 20,000 children.

Our Construction Supervisor Dave Christensen and his wife Nancy helped plan, coordinate and carry out this project.  They supervised volunteers from Honeywell who completed a therapeutic riding arena, including building a small barn and shade structure for horses, building a fence around the arena perimeter, building a shade structure for playground area and landscaping.

Dave said of the volunteers, “The Honeywell crew was amazing and very enthusiastic. We had to make them stop at the end of the day. They wanted to keep going.  It was a GREAT event!”

The project at the Dream Village was just one of three community service projects completed by Honeywell volunteers on January 18th.  In addition to the project at the Sunshine Foundation’s Dream Village, volunteers completed service projects at the Eatonville Police Station and Denton Johnson Community Center.  Honeywell held its annual sales kickoff meeting in Orlando that week and completed these service events as a thank you to the hosting region.  Approximately 150 volunteers infused more than 600 hours into the community, and Honeywell contributed approximately $23,000 to Rebuilding Together Affiliates to fund these projects.