When Jenean Watson was searching for an avenue to give back to her community, she tapped her local REALTOR® association in Sacramento, Calif., for ideas. That opened doors leading to the creation of a homebuyer expo, which now educates hundreds of underserved would-be owners. Watson joins 2020 Good Neighbor Linda Brown—who builds tiny-home villages for people experiencing homelessness—and host Marki Lemons Ryhal to discuss how to build a plan of action for your philanthropic passion. Remember, the REALTORS® Are Good Neighbors campaign has a well of suggestions for community service projects to get you started. Pros looking to expand their current charitable efforts can learn about support from the Good Neighbor Awards and Volunteering Works programs.
Meet the guests:
Jenean Watson of Lyon Real Estate is the vice chair of the Sacramento Association of REALTORS®’ Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and Fair Housing committees. Watson has a deeply rooted sense of social responsibility and advocates for DEI initiatives. She is committed to the principle of guiding clients from all types of backgrounds through the real estate process with love, care and professionalism. Whether volunteering at local nonprofits, organizing housing workshops or participating in charitable initiatives, Watson is dedicated to uplifting the community and creating lasting positive change.
Linda Brown of Amax Real Estate in Springfield, Mo., provides permanent supportive housing to homeless people with chronic disabilities in her community. Cofounder of “Eden Village,” a tiny-home community with 31 properties, Brown was named a 2020 NAR Good Neighbor and a 2013 Misouri REALTORS® Good Neighbor. She also received the 2017 Humanitarian of the Year Award in Springfield. Brown is committed to reaching her goal of making Springfield a “city where no one sleeps outside.”