Full-Time RVers Assist in Recovery Effort for Ian Victims
FORT MYERS, Fla — When Bill and France Moriarty planned out their fall and winter, Southwest Florida was not on the itinerary, a ccording to a report by Chris Shaw of Cape Coral, Fla., Fox affiliated WFTX-TV.
“Ian changed our plans,” France says. “But we’re flexible and we can do that. We can go to where we feel we can do the most good.”
They’ve been doing it for more than 20 years. The Moariartys volunteer through Habitat for Humanity’s RV Care-A-Vanners program. It’s for people who take their RVs anywhere in the country and live out of them for two weeks, while they volunteer in a Habitat home build.
But a couple of things make Bill and France different from most Care-A-Vanners. For one, they’re always on the road.
“We’ve been full-time RVing now for 22 years,” Bill says.
And in that time, they say they’ve helped build homes in 37 states.
The other thing that makes them different, is the Moriartys specialize in areas that have been hit by natural disasters.
“When we’re there, it’s not just that tangible repair job that we’re doing,” Bill says. “When we’re there, we’re helping people get their lives back on track.”
So when Hurricane Ian hit, Bill and France knew they needed to be here in Southwest Florida. Since November they have spent two days a week helping assess the damage and rebuild homes the storm impacted, and three days a week building new Habitat for Humanity homes in Harlem Heights. They have dedicated their lives to this volunteer work.
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