Many of our neighbors, friends and family members are busy with volunteer work, most are now retired and have the time and the desire to give back. The Solivita Quilters are busy sewing masks for the hospital workers, volunteers, the homeless, veterans, neighbors, the Peace River House (a shelter assisting victims of abuse), the H.O.M.E. Project in Kissimmee, and the Sew and Sew Club is busy helping Project Linus. Linus Volunteers are known as “blanketeers,” and they provide new, handmade, washable blankets as gifts to seriously ill and traumatized children, ages 0-18. Other Solivita volunteers help raise money, gather donations, sponsor events, unload incoming grocery donations, stock shelves, and distribute food to help feed the hungry. We have two large food pantries in neighboring communities and our volunteers help the food pantries feed 1,000 plus families on a weekly basis. The SoFees (Solivita Friends of Elementary Education Schools) is another organization that assists with school supplies, clothing, and food for our local school children. We even have a group of volunteers that make and bring food directly to the homeless in Kissimmee. In a typical year, Back to School brings new clothing drives for our local students and during the holidays, we have toy and gift drives. Together our community plans and attends fun events to raise funds for various organizations and celebrates holiday joy. As a fund raiser, Our Veterans Club displays the U.S. Flag on our lawns and public areas throughout our community in recognition of select holidays. The flags proudly fly and are a beautiful reminder of the sacrifices our men and woman in uniform have made throughout history to provide us with the freedoms we enjoy today. The residents of Solivita provide, staff, and assist many organizations, I have only named a few of the organizations that I am familiar with to show how active and caring our community truly is. Do not think of retirement as retiring, most of the folks in our community say they are busier now than when they went to work every day, but now Solivita Residents are doing what they love to do and not what they need to do to make the monthly bills. I am proud to live and work in Solivita and invite you to visit, see Solivita, and Share the Joy of Living in an Active, Beautiful and Generous Community.