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World change usually starts small, but always starts somewhere. For David Ware, President and CEO of McStain Neighborhoods, making a difference can mean going the extra mile or simply reaching out a helping hand. From there, the big dream of building a brighter future becomes tangible. Following his passion for sustainable building practices, Ware set out to go the extra 9,369 miles to put his talents to work.

9,369 miles from Denver sits the Adziwa Christian School. The school was founded as a place of learning for children whose lives have been severely impacted by AIDS. David joined the Church of the City  and their group of 10 volunteers on their mission to Lilongwe, Malawi. Broken into two teams, the volunteers helped to revitalize the school with construction and educational projects.

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As the President and CEO of McStain Neighborhoods, Ware demonstrates time and time again that sustainability is something that thrives by breaking down borders. He specifically points to the barriers between professional and personal life. McStain Neighborhoods continues to push forward with the dream of building a better world through better neighborhoods. “I had a chance to use my skills, tangible hands-on skills, to make their lives and community better,” says Ware. With his trip to Malawi, Ware was able to travel, see new places, and see how the world works. He also got to cross a few items off of his personal bucket list. As he puts it, it’s all about helping a community embrace sustainability.

Back in the US, David leads McStain Neighborhoods with the philosophy that an extra mile goes a long way. When it comes to homebuilding or humanitarian projects, the work you do will last a long time, but the relationships you build will last even longer.