Last week Ann talked a little about the community of organized real estate. I would like to express how proud we are to be part of this community of REALTORS® that help people realize the dream of home ownership. We are even more proud of how our fellow REALTORS® give back to the communities where they live and work and other communities that may need their help.
Let me give you an idea of some of the ways we REALTORS® support communities across the country.
In 2012 REALTORS® donated more than 30 MILLION DOLLARS nationwide to various local charities and housing initiatives. Just this past summer REALTORS® donated over $200,000 to help the flood victims in the Calgary area.
On the local scene the REALTORS® Association of Hamilton-Burlington have donated, to date, over $700,000 to the CHML/Y108 Children’s Fund. Each year our local association conducts the REALTORS® Annual Charity Auction to raise funds for this worthwhile charity.
On a more personal level, we at Coldwell Banker Pinnacle Real Estate adopt families during the holiday season providing them with food baskets and gifts to those in need. Since 2009 we have adopted 30 families with over 100 children. Staff and sales reps alike donate their time and money to shop, wrap, and distribute food and gifts to the families. Our offices are just a hive of activity during the holiday season.
I have touched on a few of the good deeds performed by REALTORS® but I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the individual activities of REALTORS® such as donating blood, volunteering at schools and hospitals, driving cancer patients to appointments, delivering Meals on Wheels to name but a few.
Are we proud to be part of the REALTORS’® community? Absolutely! So the next time you see your REALTOR® give them a big THANK YOU!