The VBIA's Parade of Homes is in full swing and once again they are helping to raise awareness of the poverty and hunger problem in Volusia County by including Food Brings Hope in their advertising and promotional materials. We appreciate the VBIA's support!
Building a Brighter Future: Volusia Building Industry Association's
Annual Parade of Homes To Support Food Brings Hope
DAYTONA, March 24, 2014 -- The Volusia Building Industry Association's (VBIA) Annual Parade of Homes, which kicked off Saturday, March 22, will once again raise awareness of Food Brings Hope (FBH) and the 500+ Volusia County school children it serves by including its messaging and logo on materials that promote the Parade. The Parade runs through Sunday, March 30. Hundreds of people visited many of the homes the first weekend.
Sandy Bishop, Executive Director of the VBIA is also a member of the Executive Committee of FBH, a 501c(3) public charity founded by Forough B. Hosseini of ICI Homes. "We want to help kids build a brighter future," said Bishop, who has been recognized as one of the county's "Most Influential Women in Business."
"Our association members are local business owners employing local workers," said Bishop, referring to the not-for-profit professional trade association with 250+ member firms. "When we learned the extent of the poverty problem among VolusiaCounty students, we were amazed by the realization that our kids go to school with children who are hungry or homeless. So, our members wanted to do something. We give back to the community through Food Brings Hope, which has the objective to end childhood hunger."
"Sandy Bishop is a great champion in the fight against childhood hunger in our community, and she's been an integral part of the fiber of Food Brings Hope since its earliest days," said Forough B. Hosseini, Founder and Chair of the organization. "The members of the VBIA have been extremely generous and supportive of FBH. It seems that in almost every initiative, the VBIA finds a way to support our kids in need."
The Parade of Homes is an opportunity for the public to tour homes showcasing the latest in design, features and standards. The VBIA expects 30,000 people to participate in this year's tour of 50 homes. The FBH logo and full page ad will appear in the 120,000 copies of the Parade of Homes magazine published by the Daytona Beach News-Journal for VBIA as well as in advertisements appearing in the Daytona Beach News-Journal, Orlando Sentinel and Hometown News.
The VBIA has included FBH in the Parade of Homes, the association's most significant initiative, since 2012. The association's objective for doing so is to ensure the problem of poverty in VolusiaCounty is recognized for the local problem that it is.
"With our Parade of Homes, we invite our friends and neighbors to tour their dream homes. The market is turning, and it's our business goal that those in the market for a home will buy a new one, recently constructed in part by our association members and their respective businesses," said Bishop. "But as buyers shop for their dream home, we ask everyone to remember that TOGETHER we can BUILD better lives. Every aspect of life is difficult, hunger shouldn’t be one of them! Please consider making a contribution to Food Brings Hope or the charity of your choice that works to combat this problem. We live in a beautiful community. Let's make it an even better place for all of our county’s children to thrive."