Wildfires Devastate Western States. Please Donate to RRF

Below is a letter from 2015 NAR President Chris Polychron asking for donations via the REALTORS® Relief Foundation to help bring aid to those suffering in the wake of the wildfires in Washington, Idaho, and California.

September 23, 2015


It’s often said that adversity introduces us to ourselves. In other words, our true colors come out when tragedy strikes. I have witnessed this to be true with REALTORS® many times over.

Through the REALTORS® Relief Foundation (RRF), our REALTOR® family has shown its true colors by responding to the housing needs of victims of terrorist attacks, hurricanes, floods, and tornadoes. Now, with the most recent tragic wildfires sweeping through our Western states, the RRF is continuing its mission of bringing housing assistance to those who have lost so much.The RRF reflects the REALTOR® spirit of neighbor helping neighbor through thick and thin. You are a part of this spirit, and I am grateful to stand shoulder to shoulder with you.

My friend, Martin Edwards, president of the REALTORS® Relief Foundation, and I want you to know that the RRF has been actively working to help bring aid to so many who have lost their homes in this most recent outbreak of wildfires through Washington, Idaho and California. We need to do more. Our hearts go out to these people. As REALTORS® we understand how rewarding it is to own your own home, and we can certainly sympathize with the tragedy of seeing the place you call home go up in flames.  

You’ve all been asked to give a lot, and you’ve been generous, but I need to ask for your help again. One way is to bid the variety of items in the RRF Annual Online Silent Auction that takes place during the upcoming REALTORS® Conference & Expo. I hope you will all participate, but I also need you to open your hearts and your pocketbooks today to contribute to the Foundation. There are many, many families out there who need our help now. Of course, they have our sympathy, but they need our assistance.  Let’s put our feelings into action. 

Make your donation today here.

To mail a contribution, please make your check payable to the REALTORS® Relief Foundation and send it to: REALTORS® Relief Foundation, Attn: NAR Finance Division, 430 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60611.

Keep in mind that 100 percent of the money donated to the Foundation directly benefits victims of disasters across the country. NAR covers all the administrative costs of the RRF.


Chris Polychron
2015 NAR President

The REALTORS® Relief Foundation is a 501(C)(3) charitable nonprofit organization dedicated to providing housing-related assistance to survivors of disasters declared at the federal, state, or local level of the U.S. and its territories. 100% of all funds collected are distributed to disaster relief causes on an “as needed” basis by the Foundation’s Board of Directors. The Foundation does not use any portion of donations to cover administrative expenses. Your donation is tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.

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