community service

The Master Custom Builder Council believes in giving back to the community and are proud to support many of the local organizations in Central Florida.

Close your eyes and picture a child’s idea of heaven. There’d be free ice cream and Christmas every week, a place for puppet shows and pool parties, and maybe even a gingerbread house so big you could actually walk inside. As it happens, that’s exactly the kind of wonderland that 68,000 children with life threatening illnesses have found at Give Kids The World Village located near Orlando, Florida, a resort that caters to all their needs and is free of charge for the families. It has a water park, a castle, and even a train station.

The builders, who are members of the Master Custom Builder Council, are proud to have been an important part of the expansion at “Give Kids The World, and had the privilege to build twenty-one new villas at the village. The MCBC continues to partner with Give Kids The World for fund raising and other special events. Dixie Goolsby, Executive Director of the MCBC sums their involvement up eloquently, “One hundred years from now we will all be gone, but a part of what we have done here at the Village will last forever.”

Give Kids The World is an over 70-acre, non-profit resort for children with life-threatening illnesses whose one wish is to visit Central Florida’s best loved attractions. With the help of many generous individuals and corporations, Give Kids The World Village then completes the wish with accommodations at its whimsical resort, donated attraction tickets and meals for a week-long, cost-free vacation.

The Devereux Foundation, founded in 1912 in Pennsylvania, planted roots in Florida in 1987 to create Devereux Florida. Devereux Florida provides behavioral health, intellectual/developmental disabilities, and child welfare services to over 13,000 children on an annual basis. Today, Devereux Florida operates almost 50 programs in 38 counties statewide and is the largest non-profit provider of these services in the state of Florida. 

In 2009, the builders of the Master Custom Builder Council had the opportunity to build a six bedroom two bath dormitory home at Devereux Florida.

The MCBC builders and other companies in the construction industry came together to create a 1,400 square foot addition for the nursery. The additional space allows the nursery to move the library from the office to this area so the children, ages 1-2 to 5 years, can check out books and it will also allow space for music lessons, and other special events. It also allows the teachers to have space to do lesson planning and to hold parenting classes.

The Winter Park Day Nursery and Orlando Day Nursery are local non-profit agencies, who serve lower-income working families. The children attending the nursery are a wonderful mix of racial backgrounds, and it is unbelievable to see how well behaved all of the children are at the nursery and how respectful they are of each other.

This year Mother’s Day was as special for the children at Winter Park Day Nursery and Orlando Day Care Center as it was for their mothers. Each year the MCBC members and many others in the community collect beautiful pieces of costume jewelry, which are packaged in gift boxes and each of the children at the Winter Park Nursery and Orlando Day Nursery are allowed to select a piece of jewelry so every child has a Mother’s Day gift for their parent.

The Master Custom Builder Council holds their annual MCBC Toy Drive during the month of November and December each. Each year the MCBC has enough toys to fill up 4 large trucks and the toys are distributed to the Mustard Seed of Orlando Toy Bank and St. Margaret Mary’s Toy Bank. These organizations collect these toys and have them available for parents who cannot afford gifts for their children because they are experiencing difficult times during the Holiday Season. Because of the efforts of many wonderful people, the MCBC has been able to provide lots of special children with everything from basketballs to baby dolls, cars and cradles, books and bears, and games of all descriptions. Bicycles were also delivered to the Children’s Home Crisis Nursery to ensure those children had a special Christmas.

The MCBC also works closely with the Children’s Home Society of Florida, the House of Hope, Harbor House, Habitat for Humanity, and many others. If you want to become a volunteer or help in some way with any of these great organizations, please let us know, and we will put you in touch with the right person.

“We all make a contribution to the world by what we give to others. What we keep for ourselves goes away when we do.” - Dixie Goolsby