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Natural Awakenings Naples and Fort Myers

Meet Vincent Keeys, Naples Resident

Work: Retired railroad worker actively serving as the Collier County president of the NAACP.

Proudest achievement: Graduating from Cheney University of Pennsylvania, the oldest HBCU (Historically Black College and University (HBCU), founded in 1837) in America, with a 4.0 grade average. Also having Alex Haley, the author of Roots: The Saga of an American Family as the keynote speaker during the commencement ceremony where my grandmother, father and mother were in the audience as I received by bachelor Bachelor of science Science degree.

Expectations for the future: Simply to become wealthy enough to be financially independent for my family's sake and to be able to leave my children with something to build on.

Local or global causes supported: My local causes support my global causes—planting trees, recycling and creating compost to take items out of the waste stream. Hopefully, I will go beyond recycling and embrace a zero-waste lifestyle.

Favorite thing about Natural Awakenings: Learning about and getting to know other like-minded people that are willing to take action to make this world a better place.  

Most frequented healthy food restaurant: In Naples, True Food Kitchen or the M Waterfront Grille.

How I support my community: I support my community by my activism.

Favorite inspirational quote: The Serenity Prayer, written by Reinhold Niebuhr.

What you are doing to be the change you want to see in the world: Volunteering to see a balance in the community and actively seeking green space and protection for the animals in SWFL.