WASHINGTON (January 30, 2020) – For 11 years, the National Association of Realtors® has given Realtors® who have demonstrated a commitment to public service an opportunity to enhance their charitable work through the Volunteering Works Grant and Mentoring Program. The program, which matches mentors with Realtors® who want to expand their community service outreach, is now seeking entries for 2020.
“I am incredibly proud of the cumulative impact that Realtors® have on their communities in the U.S. and across the globe,” says NAR President Vince Malta, broker at Malta & Co., Inc., in San Francisco. “It's wonderful to be able to support volunteers with expert mentoring resources so they can do even more to help their neighbors live better, more fulfilling lives.”
Realtors® involved in charitable efforts with demonstratable growth potential are encouraged to apply. Five Volunteering Works recipients will earn a year of one-on-one mentoring from a member of NAR’s Good Neighbor Society and a $1,000 grant to put toward improvements in their community program. The society is comprised of past recipients of NAR's Good Neighbor Award, which recognizes outstanding achievement in community service.
Volunteering Works recipients are considered based on their dedication to their charitable project and its opportunity for growth when paired with an expert mentor. Ideal candidates should identify specific challenges they would like to address with the help of a mentor while outlining specific goals for the future of their community service project.
“Having access to Good Neighbor mentoring has allowed me to set new goals and begin broadening this program’s reach in our community,” said 2019 Volunteering Works mentoring recipient, Michael Hunstad of Toys for Joy in Anoka, Minnesota. His mentor was 2017 Good Neighbor Award Winner Louise Lorenz McLean of RE/MAX Solutions in Merritt Island, Florida, cofounder of Space Coast Realtors® Charitable Foundation. “My mentorship with Louise has allowed my vision of expanding Toys for Joy into a year-round charity to become a reality.”
This year’s entry deadline is February 28, 2020. For a Volunteering Works entry form, visit nar.realtor/gna and click on “Nominate.” Applicants must be NAR members.
Wells Fargo Home Mortgage Sponsors Volunteering Works
Wells Fargo Home Lending is one of the nation’s leading originators and the leading servicer of residential mortgages, offering home loans to consumers through the country’s largest network of mortgage locations and bank branches, online, and via phone. With more than 4,500 Home Mortgage Consultants across the country, expanded digital capabilities, and products and programs for today’s market, Wells Fargo is committed to meeting Realtor® expectations and homebuyer needs. Focused on paving a path to stability and financial success for underserved communities, Wells Fargo is a proud sponsor of both the Good Neighbor Awards program and Volunteering Works, both of which recognize the extraordinary contributions made by Realtors® in the communities where we, together, live and serve.
The National Association of Realtors® is America’s largest trade association, representing more than 1.4 million members involved in all aspects of the residential and commercial real estate industries.
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