As a team-building activity designed to test and challenge their communication and negotiation skills, the current class of the Michigan REALTORS® Leadership Academy split into three teams to build bicycles for the local Boys & Girls Clubs of America. Unaware that the bicycles would be presented upon completion, the children and the REALTORS® were surprised to meet after lunch and share in what would become a very memorable experience, says Gary J. Reggish, the 2016 Michigan REALTORS® president. “I cannot think of a better investment of our time,” says Reggish. “This event demonstrated the power of giving back to your local community while building leadership skills. As REALTORS®, we look forward to the continued support for our Boys & Girls Clubs of Michigan.”
The REALTOR® Association of the Fox Valley, Ill., partnered with the Boys & Girls Club of Elgin, Ill, to provide support to the organization’s summer running club in the form of new and gently used athletic shoes. The shoe donation drive attracted strong media attention and wide support from the community.
Children from the Boys & Girls Club of Washington D.C., Fairfax County Chapter, visited the Northern Virginia Association of REALTORS® office for an action-packed career day on March 25. The association’s Cares Committee chairperson Susan Mekenney led the group on a tour of NVAR’s Gold LEED-certified building where the kids learned about the building’s eco-friendly construction and the members’ green business practices in the building. After the tour, the young guests won prizes for answering questions about their tour, played Sustainability BINGO, listened to a presentation on careers in real estate, and enjoyed pizza. “We at NVAR know that the Boys & Girls Club serves as a second home for many of these children,” says Mekenney. “We wanted to help the children in our local Fairfax County club by donating not just funds, but our members’ time and attention. This event was just a start for us.”
The Valdosta Board of REALTORS®, Ga., gave a $1,100 check to the Boys & Girls Club of Valdosta to provide three children with scholarships for a summer of activities offered by the Boys & Girls Clubs, including swimming, mentoring, college visits, and more.