The Good Neighbor Awards recognize REALTORS« who've made an extraordinary commitment to improving the quality of life in their communities through volunteer work. Five winners will receive $10,000 grants for their cause. The 2009 deadline will be May 22.
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All of the Good Neighbor winners and honorable mentions serve organizations that depend on contributions to keep doing good. Here you'll find summaries of their activities and their charities' contact information. Please feel free to contact them directly to make a contribution or to get advice on starting your own community outreach efforts.
Bush has been a powerful advocate for child abuse prevention since 1979 when he helped bring the first of nine Stop Child Abuse Now centers to North Carolina. The largest private provider of child abuse prevention and treatment programs in the state, SCAN now serves 10,000 clients a year. Through the Exchange Club Child Abuse Prevention Center of N.C., Bush has helped raise more than $3 million and recruited 10 of the 32 current board members. When he got married in 2000, he and his fiancÚ—also a SCAN volunteer—registered for gifts at Toys R Us to provide Christmas presents for the children. Robin Croft
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
2258 Post Road
Warwick, RI 02886
The John T. Croft Recovery House
1564 Main Street
West Warwick, RI 02893
Croft founded The John T. Croft Recovery House in memory of her father to provide transitional housing for women who are recovering from alcohol and drug addiction. The house, which she bought, renovated and furnished with her own money, shelters 10 women at a time—a total of 125 since 2003. The mission of the House is to help women maintain sobriety and become self sufficient. Croft provides the women with food, clothing, GED or other training, and eventually helps women find a job, an apartment and donated furniture. The residents’ success rate is more than double the national average, and one successful former resident is now the live-in house manager. Ned C. Li
H & I Real Estate
725 Anderson Avenue
Rockville, MD 20850
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Li is the co-founder and current president of the Chinese Culture and Community Service Center, which he has been leading for 22 years. With 2,000 members, CCACC has grown into a major culture, education, health and community service organization, especially for low-income residents. He has managed the sports program since 1982, and established a runners club, a photo club, and a language program for non-Chinese speaking parents of children adopted from China. He has also emphasized the volunteer spirit within the organization. With 350 volunteers, CCACC is one of the largest volunteer organizations in Montgomery County, performing community service projects such as sponsoring meal for the homeless and providing health clinics for the uninsured. Thomas Maloney
Liberty Pierre Joseph Realty, Inc.
181 Lebanon Mt. Rd.
Pittsfield, MA 01201
Maloney has volunteered for the Red Cross for 10 years, eight of those as chair of the Disaster Action Team. In this role, Maloney responds by pager to fires, search and rescue missions, and natural disasters such as floods and tornadoes. In the moments after a disaster, Maloney might arrange emergency shelter, clothing, food and basic necessities for victims and then later coordinates follow-up assistance from agencies that provide longer-range support. A former full-time firefighter, Maloney has been able to use his strong ties with the fire department to improve relationships and ensure the DAT is called immediately in crisis situations. As chair, he recruits and trains team members, ensures they have proper equipment, and travels throughout the county to negotiate contracts from vendors and shelter providers. He has personally responded to hundreds of calls, most of them in the middle of the night, several on holidays including Christmas Eve. Diane Mintz
Marvin Gardens Real Estate
1577 Solano Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94707
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Mintz had planned to spend an hour a week as a tutor in nearby inner-city Richmond, California, where half of children live in poverty. But as she got to know the children and learned how few had ever been outside the neighborhood, much less to the theater or a museum, she knew she had to do something. She started by planning field trips and raised money to send 10 of the neediest kids to sleepover camp in the summer of 1999. She raised more money, found more camps to provide reduced tuition, and this summer, the program sent 365 kids to camp, exposing them to new experiences and children from varied backgrounds. She devised weekend family camps to teach camping skills as well as leadership and conflict resolution skills to the children and their entire families. 2004 Honorable Mentions
Century 21 Sparow-Shoreline
6615 E. Pacific Coast Highway, #140
Long Beach, CA 90803
Asbee, a volunteer for the Child Abuse Response Team, is paged when a child is sent to the hospital after suspected sexual abuse. Asbee reports to area hospitals nights and weekends to be the child’s advocate, explain the forensic exam, and give the child a teddy bear to hold. She reports on details of the meeting for the social workers who will follow up with the child, and many times, learns valuable information that she provides to the police. If the child’s family is there, Asbee provides information on counseling and court advocacy services. Last year, during one six-day period, she answered calls for nine children. Asbee was inspired to become a child advocate by her own experience as a foster parent to 45 children. 4 grown children, all adopted, one through foster care Melissa P. Deputy
Prudential New Jersey Properties
310 Walter E. Foran Blvd.
Flemington, NJ 08822
Tel: 908/782-0711 x325
e-mail: MelissaDeputy@PruNewJersey.com HunterdonHomes4Sale.com
Foster & Adoptive Family Services c/o Fostering Wishes in the Central Region
4301 Route 1 South, P.O. Box 518
Monmouth Junction, NJ 08852
Tel: 800/222-0047 / 609/520-1500
Fax: 609/520-1515 www.fafsonline.org
In less than four years, Deputy has been a foster parent to 21 children including seven newborns (six of whom were cocaine exposed) and nine emergency placements. Deputy is also the former president and current co-chair of Hunterdon County Foster and Adoptive Families, where she recruits and trains new foster parents, guides them through the system, and helps locate equipment like cribs car seats and strollers for families. Always devoted to the organization, Deputy also led a toy drive at her office, and raises funds for the Fostering Wishes program—which pays for small extras the foster parents can’t afford—such as soccer fees, a yearbook, or music lessons. She has two biological children, and three adopted children. Leslie Edwards, GRI, CRS, ABR
1119 Hwy. 54 West
Fayetteville, GA 30214
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Edwards is the driving force behind Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity, which has built 46 houses during her nine years of service. Using her real estate skills, she helped the organization buy 27 building sites and sold off unbuildable parcels that had been donated over the years. As a result of her leadership, Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity has grown from building four houses per year to 12 in 2004, and moved from a one-room office in a local church to its own free-standing facility, which she won at auction by standing on the courthouse steps and shaming others into not bidding against her. She is also credited with significantly increasing the size and capability of the board of directors by adding architect, public relations expert, homebuilder, development director, and attorneys. Robert F. Kevane
The Kevane Company, Inc.
8480 LaMesa Boulevard
LaMesa, CA 91941
Saint Augustine High School
3266 Nutmeg Street
San Diego, CA 92104
Fax: 619/282-1203 www.sahs.org
Kevane is a successful businessman who uses his business skills to help charitable organizations be the best they can be. He’s a force in his community, active in dozens of volunteer organizations, including the Boys & Girls Clubs for which he helped sell 1,100 acres for $3.5 million and convinced the board to move forward with an aggressive master plan and expansion of its clubhouse. He is also credited with saving the private, community-run San Diego Blood Bank from bankruptcy by replacing the executive director, who had traditionally been a physician, with a business-savvy leader. Kevane also raised $2 million for St. Augustine, the only private all boys Catholic high school in San Diego—a school with a rich ethnic and racial mix that accepts students regardless of ability to pay—and convinced the Board of Trustees to rethink its master plan and undertake very ambitious renovation and fundraising goals. Finally, Kevane is a formidable voice in solving the ever-growing affordable housing crisis in San Diego, as an appointee to the city’s Affordable Housing Task Force as well as working with many other groups. Sandra B. Martin
RE/MAX Executives, Inc.
Deceased, April 1, 2006
Lifekeeper Foundation c/o Suicide Prevention Action Network USA
1025 Vermont Avenue, Suite 1066
Washington, DC 20005 www.lifekeeper.org www.spanusa.org
Martin founded Lifekeeper Foundation as a way of handling the grief of losing her only child to suicide when he was 17. Her mission is to educate people that depression is treatable, teach them how to recognize early warning signs, and to stop suicide—the third leading cause of death in America for youth age 15 to 24—from being a source of shame for family members. The organization, founded in 1995, provides suicide awareness, education and prevention programs and sponsors national memory quilts. Similar to the AIDS quilts, the Lifekeeper quilts—now in 47 states—raise awareness and remember victims by putting a face on suicide.Martin testified before Congress to raise awareness for suicide prevention and aftercare and is also the former president of the Suicide Prevention Action Network USA.
Martin passed away on April 1, 2006 after a chronic heart condition. Contribution Information for