Associations Respond with Tornado Aid

The REALTORS® Relief Foundation continues to raise funds to provide financial assistance to organizations in the Midwest and Southern United States, helping households impacted by the springtime tornadoes.

“Your donation to the REALTORS® Relief Foundation will directly help those who have lost so much,” said NAR President Ron Phipps in a letter to members in May. “We are gearing up to send disaster assistance to Missouri, even as we continue our goal of helping those in the southeastern states who have endured the unimaginable.”

Joyce Thomas, the 2011 president of the Missouri Association of REALTORS®, reports that one REALTOR® died as a result of the May tornado that ripped through that state, and several members are still missing. In addition, 20 members and two REALTOR® association staff members have lost their homes.

Several state and local REALTOR® associations have also set up their own relief funds. If you would like to make a donation to a specific community, local foundations are listed on the REALTORS® Relief Foundation site.

This year the REALTORS® Relief Foundation is celebrating 10 years of raising funds to aid victims of domestic and international disasters. From the 9/11 attacks, to Hurricane Katrina, to earthquakes in Haiti and Japan, and wildfires in California, the foundation has enabled REALTORS® to contribute to rebuilding communities and helping people keep their homes after tragedy strikes.

For more information and to donate, visit