WASHINGTON (January 26, 2017) – Realtors® not only help people buy and sell homes, they are also deeply invested in making a difference in their communities. For eight years, REALTOR® Magazine has given Realtors® who help others through volunteer work an opportunity to enhance their charitable work through the Volunteering Works Grant and Mentoring Program. The program, which pairs mentors with Realtors® who want to expand their community service outreach, is now seeking entries.
“More than almost any other profession, Realtors® have extraordinary reach into virtually every community in America. Many of them volunteer in their communities in addition to their real estate work,” said National Association of Realtors® President William E. Brown, a Realtor® from Alamo, California and founder of Investment Properties. “NAR is honored to support those volunteers by offering mentoring, guidance and funding.”
Realtors® who work on small-scale charitable efforts that have growth potential are encouraged to apply. Five Volunteering Works recipients will benefit from a year of one-on-one mentoring from a member of the Good Neighbor Society and a $1,000 grant as seed money to help implement improvements in their community program. The society is comprised of past recipients of Realtor® Magazine’s Good Neighbor Award, which recognizes outstanding achievement in community service.
Volunteering Works recipients are considered based on their dedication to volunteering and the potential for their charitable work to be expanded or improved upon with the help of an expert mentor. Ideal candidates have been active in charity work, can identify specific challenges they would like to address with the help of a mentor and have specific goals for the future of their community service project.
The 2016 Volunteering Works mentoring recipient, Ben Jones of Prime Mountain Properties of Gatlinburg, Tennessee, says the mentee experience has helped him overcome challenges.
“Having the ear of a person who has had the same struggles is invaluable. Because of my mentor's great ideas, we were able to raise more than $10,000, purchase a building, and create some events that we will do yearly,” said Jones, who co-founded Angel Wings Memory Gowns, an organization that donates handmade burial gowns to families who have lost an infant. His mentor, Kathleen Peck of All in One Realty Group in Naples, Florida, was a 2012 Good Neighbor Honorable Mention for her work with the Lighthouse of Collier.
The entry deadline is February 28, 2017. For a Volunteering Works entry form, visit www.nar.realtor/gna and click on “Nominate.” Applicants must be NAR members.
Wells Fargo Home Mortgage sponsors Volunteering Works.
Wells Fargo Home Mortgage is the nation’s leading originator and 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 7,000 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 a culture of caring for communities, Wells Fargo is a proud sponsor of both the Good Neighbor Awards 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®, “The Voice for Real Estate,” is America’s largest trade association, representing more than 1.1 million members involved in all aspects of the residential and commercial real estate industries.