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Kennebec Valley Board of REALTORS®

Club: Boys & Girls Club of Augusta, ME
Years Involved: New Involvement

KennebecThe Kennebec Valley Board of REALTORS® collected backpacks and school supplies for the local Boys and Girls Club in Augusta, ME. We delivered 20 backpacks filled with school supplies on April 13, 2016. We plan to collect backpacks again at our June Membership Meeting and deliver to the local club in the Waterville, ME area. We also plan to collect hats and mittens in the fall to donate to the local clubs.

Northern Virginia Association of REALTORS®

Club: Fairfax County Boys & Girls Club
Years Involved: New Involvement

NVARThe Boys & Girls Club of Washington D.C., Fairfax County Chapter journeyed to the Northern Virginia Association of REALTORS® for an action-packed 2016 spring break field trip. On Friday, March 25, a group of 25 B&GC campers were greeted by NVAR Cares Committee Chair Susan Mekenney, who welcomed them to NVAR’s home.

Campers had the three-floor guided tour of NVAR’s Gold LEED-certified building, when they 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, and enjoyed pizza.

“We, at NVAR, know that the Boys & Girls Club serves as a second home for many of these children,” said Susan Mekenney, 2016 NVAR Cares Committee Chair. “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, too.”

NVAR members provided a mini-career day with introductions from a broker, two REALTORS® and a banker. Staff gave a Social Media Dos & Don’ts presentation, which ended with Jeopardy-style games, pitting the Nationals Team against The Wizards Team. Answering social media questions, the winning team earned the most treats.

“Every club has its own needs, so we were pleased to ask the Fairfax Club what they needed most,” said NVAR CEO Ryan T. Conrad. “Turns out that we, at NVAR, have boosted our community involvement, so our local Boys & Girls Club matches up perfectly with our outreach plans.”

Campers redeemed Character Counts points for prizes from an NVAR-hosted ”store”, and all guests received REALTOR® water bottles and eco-friendly NVAR notepads before boarding buses to head home.

Favorite line of the day, when asked about LinkedIn, one guest replied: “Oh that’s Facebook for old people.”


Success Stories, February & March, 2016 >