REALTORS® Making a Difference in Our Community
REALTORS® not only help make the dream of homeownership a reality, they also help build better communities. In small towns and large cities across the globe, REALTORS® help shape and promote community values, giving their time and effort to noble causes. The initiatives highlighted offer examples of how REALTORS® are working to strengthen and support our community.
Many members do volunteer work and give back to the communities in which they live because they realize tremendous personal satisfaction from helping others and making a difference in their own ways. Some of the shining examples of selfless volunteers are recognized through NAR's annual Good Neighbor Awards program.
Volunteering Works, now in its seventh year, is a program that pairs REALTORS® who work on small-scale charitable efforts with grant money and mentors to help expand the reach of their charities.
Volunteering Works recipients show a passion for improving their communities and have the potential for their charitable work to expand and improve with the help of an expert mentor. They receive a year of one-on-one mentoring from members of the Good Neighbor Society, which features past recipients of the REALTOR®MagazineGood Neighbor Awards and is the highest honor that NAR awards to REALTORS® who are involved in community service. Volunteering Works recipients will also each receive a $1,000 grant.
Get ready to be inspired by selfless members who make a difference in their communities.
Since 2012, Constantine has provided homeless outreach and advocacy in Southwest Florida. She works closely with churches to provide blankets, toiletries, clothes and other emergency items to ensure that the homeless have all the necessities. Constantine will seek guidance from her mentor, 2002 Good Neighbor Cynthia Shafer, Lahaina Realty, Inc., Ft. Myers Beach, Fla., to develop an effective fundraising plan so she can expand her reach.
Kerry Constantine, Power Brokers Real Estate, Fort Myers, FL
The Good Neighbor Awards program has become one of the most prominent awards bestowed upon NAR members. Winners receive $10,000 grants, national publicity, and a cover story in REALTOR® Magazine. They are honored during the general session of the REALTORS® Conference & Expo, a gathering of more than 6,000 REALTORS®. Good Neighbor sponsors benefit from 10 months of editorial and advertising exposure — from the call for entries in February to the culmination of the awards presentation and gala dinner in November.