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Firms

Jim Allen Group - Coldwell Banker

Club: Boys & Girls Club of Wake Forest
Years Involved: Many

Jim AllenWe have a charity program, and every quarter we select a charity to benefit, and we chose the Boys & Girls Club of Wake Forest many years back, but continue to support the Club to this day. We've participated in The Gobblers Run, 5K. We have also done "Rocktoberfest". They also come out here to our office to "Thank" us and to visit. We plan to continuously stay involved with the Wake Forest Boys & Girls Club as one of our on-going charities.

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Locations, LLC

Club: Boys & Girls Club of Hawaii
Years Involved: 10

LocationsThe Locations Foundation is the non-profit arm of Locations LLC. With more than 200 active volunteers, all Locations Foundation members are real estate agents and staff members at Locations LLC, who allot a percentage of their annual income to the organization. The Foundation has been helping families and children across Oahu to learn the importance of responsibility and community. By surrounding Hawaii’s youth with enriching activities and positive role models we help them avoid negative influences in their lives.

Nothing embodies our commitment to this goal than our partnership with the Boys and Girls Club of Hawaii. The BGCH helps approximately 14,000 youth yearly, and we’re honored to assist in shaping a brighter future for the kids of Hawaii. Throughout our 10 year history with BGCH, our relationship has blossomed from donating backpacks and school supplies to $21,500 in donations, 665 volunteer hours, and 3 annual events that make a positive impact on the youth of Hawaii. The timeline of our relationship demonstrates just how far we’ve come. 

  • 2006 - Locations and BGCH begin our successful relationship with the first annual “Backpack to School” program, collecting donations of school supplies and delivering full backpacks to Hawaii’s keiki to start the school year off right.
  • 2007 - Locations Foundation holds our first annual “Movie Day” that 250 -300 youth now attend annually.  "Seeing the kids’ excitement for a new movie release and dressing up for the movie is a highlight to always see" says Locations Foundation President Chad Takesue. 
  • Each kid receives an age appropriate book, a snack pack (includes popcorn, drink & candy), and a performance planned by the committee made up of agents and staff prior to the start of the movie. Kristin Mukai, Realtor at Locations describes our relationship with BGCH, "The Boys and Girls Club is always a pleasure to work with during our annual Foundation movie day event. Their clubhouse leaders are friendly, responsible, organized and fun! The kids really seem to build good friendships with their peers and their leaders, too."2008 - Foundation members sponsored and attended our first BGC Youth of the Year competition. We sponsor a table at this yearly event which provides an opportunity to thank our donors and show them what an impact their donations make. “It's impressive seeing how much Boys and Girls Club impacts the youth who would otherwise fall through the cracks at school” Takesue explains, “They are truly developing youth leaders and giving them skills to succeed life, empowering the children to pursue their dreams and equipping them with a safe place to be themselves."
  • 2015 - Foundation volunteers helped repaint the Hale Pono Clubhouse and surprised BGCH with an additional $5,000 donation to provide resources that will enable kids to enjoy their out-of-school time in a well-cared-for facility for years to come.
  • 2016 - Honored by BCGH as “Foundation of the Year.”

What has made this partnership continually grow and become more successful is Locations Foundation and BGCH’s mutual dedication to helping the youth of Hawaii. As our partnership continues to strengthen and grow, we will always be looking for new opportunities to help the youth of Hawaii. 

For Foundation volunteers, there is nothing more rewarding than seeing the youth members they’ve mentored grow up and become role models for the younger generations.  We are truly honored to be named “Foundation of the Year” and grateful for the opportunity BGCH has given us to help enrich the lives of Hawaii’s greatest asset, its Keiki.  We look forward to many more years of this rewarding partnership. It’s been an incredible journey.

Associations

Plymouth & South Shore Association of REALTORS® (PASS)

Club: Boys & Girls Club of Marshfield
Years Involved: 12

PlymouthPASS REALTORS® are involved with 2 Boys & Girls Clubs with the PASS jurisdiction. Several REALTORS® were responsible for opening the first Boys & Girls Club in Marshfield. The first Club was a small club that reached capacity on opening day. The Club's Board of Directors immediately sought donations to open a much larger facility, which they did in only a few years. A new state of the art facility serves over 500 kids a day in Marshfield. The PASS Community Service Committee held networking events at the Club and has raised funds for the Club. This week the committee presented the Boys & Girls Club of Marshfield with a $1,000 grant they secured from the Massachusetts Association of REALTORS® (MAR) Charitable Foundation.

The Boys & Girls Club of Plymouth also has its share of REALTORS® volunteering and serving its Club. PASS members are volunteering at their annual Run to the Rock Road Race in September. PASS received a PlaceMaking grant for a community garden located in Plymouth, and the garden will supply fresh vegetables to the Club's food program. The Community Service Committee has also nominated the Plymouth Club for a Fall MAR Charitable Foundation Grant.

Center for REALTOR® Technology (CRT) Labs, National Association of REALTORS®

Club: Union League Boys & Girls Club
Years Involved: New Involvement

CRT LabsIn July 2016, Center for REALTOR® Technology (CRT) Labs had the opportunity to visit the Miguel A. Barreto Boys & Girls Club in Chicago. The Club offers programs that focus on academic success, building character, and leading healthy lifestyles. The Barreto Club serves young people between the ages of 6 and 18, and the yearly membership is only $5. Fees are intentionally kept low so that all children in the community have an opportunity to join. Since the National Association of REALTORS® announced their partnership with the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, CRT has been looking for a way to share our expertise in a way that would connect with the young club members. Utilizing specialized Kano Kits, the goal was to teach the children how to build a computer, learn what's inside it, and experiment with writing some code. The children worked with some of the same Raspberry Pi hardware that we used in the labs. The 90-minute session was an incredible success, and we'd like to give a special thank you to Linette Stephens and Jeremy Murphy who helped coordinate the event. The Barreto Club is one of eight Clubs operated by the Union League Boys & Girls Clubs. Opened in 1970, Barreto was rebuilt in 2003 at its original site located at 1214 North Washtenaw Avenue in Chicago.

White Mountain Association of REALTORS®

Club: Boys & Girls Club of Round County
Years Involved: 1

White MountainI have only been connected with the Boys & Girls Club of Round Valley since I was asked to step up and get involved at the August 2015 NAR Leadership Meetings held in Chicago. After the challenged placed by our NAR President and hearing Evander Holyfield speak about his experience as a young boy, I knew our association needed to get involved. Our association supported the Tell-A-Story Day by two other members of our Association and myself reading stories to the children from books about homes. We then spent time with the children as they drew pictures of their dream home and then shared some treats. This summer we asked the members to donate some items to help with summer activities and I was privileged once again to go over the Boys & Girls Club of Round Valley and give the items to the director and say hello to some of the children. This club serves a small rural community and is a great asset to our area. The director has done a fantastic job with good activities and ideas, but needs help to make the budget meet the needs. It has been my privilege to spend a little time helping and getting to know those involved and those that are helped by this program. I will always be willing to help, it was such a great experience to walk away from the adult world and spend an afternoon seeing the world through younger non-judgmental eyes.

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Greater Hartford Association of REALTORS®

Club: Boys & Girls Club of Hartford
Years Involved: 1

The Community Involvement Committee has been building a relationship with the Hartford Boys & Girls Club, in line with NAR’s recent partnership, since January of this year. The committee, along with leaders from the BGC of Hartford, has met four times to decide on a partnered event that would provide benefits to both the Club and the members of GHAR. In standing with the committee’s signature summer event, REALTORS® Care Day, both groups have researched the idea of a free family carnival, which took place on Friday, July 15, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The carnival brought nearly 200 kids from two area Clubs to the Asylum Hill Club location in Hartford, as well as REALTORS® and their families. The Community Involvement Committee has initiated this joint carnival with help from the Hartford Boys & Girls clubs, so that our membership can learn about the many fantastic benefits these  Clubs provide to the community, meet the kids and enjoy carnival treats, too. There will be many fun events and attractions for all family members.

Englewood Area Board of REALTORS®

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

EnglewoodThe Englewood Area Board of REALTORS® contacted Mr. Lynn Dorler, Executive Director, Charlotte County Boys & Girls Club (Englewood) who spoke to our Community Outreach Committee. We inquired as to their needs and were informed that their immediate needs were arts and crafts supplies. Members were encouraged to donate items at the upcoming general membership meeting, where Ms. Jessica Anderson, Unit Director, addressed our membership, providing information on their activities, and encouraged REALTORS to become involved. It is our hope to continue to be involved on our local level.

Cherokee Association of REALTORS®

Club: Cherokee Boys & Girls Club
Years Involved: 1

CherokeeIt was exciting and important to us to be a part of this national effort. As soon as our President, Brent Ellis, took office this year, he created a work group to reach out to our local Boys & Girls Club. So far, we had the [BGCA] director speak at our May general membership meeting to introduce herself and the organization. This summer, we held a fundraiser so that we could donate the 150 backpacks needed for the kids to go back to school. We plan to stay involved with this local Club.

Coastal Carolinas Association of REALTORS®

Club: Boys & Girls Club of Grand Strand
Years Involved: 1

Coastal CarolinasThe Coastal Carolinas Association of REALTORS® (CCAR) hosted a successful Summer Career Development series of classes at the local Boys and Girls Club of Myrtle Beach.

Adopting the community outreach initiative of The National Association of REALTORS®, CCAR reached out to the local Boys and Girls Club to find how we could best donate our time and resources. We discovered the club has a large number of teens who are nearing high school graduation and seek career guidance, but often don’t have the support needed to assist them with exploring a vocation.

As a result of that information, CCAR recruited volunteer REALTOR® members of our Community Outreach Committee and Young Professionals Network to teach the sessions “Careers in Real Estate”, “Dress for Success” and “Mock Interviews.” REALTOR® volunteers also dedicated their time to teach boys how to tie a tie and girls how to apply makeup to prepare them for job interviews. In addition, REALTOR® members of CCAR collected more than 300 ties to donate to the teen boys participating in the “Dress for Success” program. 

CCAR also recruited affiliate members of a bank to come to the club and teach a financial planning course, followed by a pizza party.  CCAR intends to continually encourage affiliate members to engage with the Boys and Girls Club by offering their time to teach sessions about their profession.

The sessions were incredibly successful and heavily attended by the teens. They asked questions throughout and eagerly engaged with the CCAR volunteer leaders who taught the sessions. Cheryl Jepson, finance manager from the Boys and Girls Club of Myrtle Beach said, “The programs that were provided by CCAR greatly fit into our current career development segment here at our teen center and also integrated into our character and leadership programs that we run. I think the kids got a lot out of it.”

North Central Massachusetts Association of REALTORS®

Club: Boys & Girls Club of Fitchburg and Leominster
Years Involved: 1

The North Central Massachusetts Association of Realtors has partnered with the Boys & Girls Club of Fitchburg and Leominster to ensure that the youth of our area have great futures.

“REALTORS® help build neighborhoods and communities, and volunteering time and resources with BGCA gives us the opportunity to help enrich and improve the lives of the young people in these communities,” said Michelle Haggstrom, president of the North Central Massachusetts Association of REALTORS®.

Members rallied together to volunteer at several posts during the 5K fundraising event to support the Boys & Girls Club. NCMAR members Kathryn Weldon manned the hydroblaster, Locke Haman and Tom Ruble fired up the grill to provide a hearty lunch, and Executive Officer Kathy Lore, Pat Toth, April Cover, Brian Cormier, Susan Roser and Haggstrom assisted with pre-race activities such as registration, bib and T-shirt pickup. The funds raised from the 5K race will be used to continue the many beneficial programs at the local Boys & Girls Club.

The North Central Massachusetts Association of Realtors is the most trusted resource for real estate information in Northern Worcester County, and the Boys & Girls Club of America is the premier youth development organization in the U.S. Both organizations have come together to make an ever greater difference in the community.

“We are proud to partner with the North Central Massachusetts Association of REALTORS® and their members. This partnership will have an immediate and profound impact on our club, our communities and most importantly, our city’s young people,” said Donata Martin, executive director of the Boys & Girls Club of Fitchburg and Leominster. “We look forward to this partnership and working together on volunteer projects, club improvements and mentoring, as well as fundraising and awareness initiatives to enable more young people to achieve great futures.”

Royal Palm Coast Association of REALTORS®

Club: Boys & Girls Club of Lee County
Years Involved: 1

Royal PalmOn Saturday, July 16th, members of the Royal Palm Coast Realtor® Association volunteered their time and talents to sprucing up one of the Boys & Girls Club of Lee County locations, Shady Oaks, in Fort Myers, Florida. The volunteers painted walls, set up laptops, put shelving together, did yard work, scraped floors and painted games such as Hop Scotch and Four Square on the blacktop outside. Our volunteers were joined by a handful of Boys & Girls Club employees, as well as some of the older kids who utilize the Club on a daily basis. The Shady Oaks Club is a large, open building with lots of space for the kids, but it is in a bit of rough shape. Our volunteers were able to make a small dent in the laundry list of needs and repairs at Shady Oaks, but what they WERE able to do help get the Club closer to the end goal. Our volunteers were more than happy to give up part of their Saturday to help local kids who rely on the club as a source of safety, learning, and friendship.

Lake Country Board of REALTORS®

Club: Boys & Girls Club of North Central Georgia
Years Involved: 2

Lake CountryOfficers of the Lake Country Board of REALTORS® (LCBOR) recently toured the Pete Nance Boys & Girls Club in Greensboro Georgia. They were hosted by Landers Thomas, CEO of the Boys & Girls Club of North Central Georgia, Bob Mackey, Sr. Director of the Pete Nance Boys & Girls Club, and several children who are in the Club for the season. Summer camp at the Club was in full swing, and LCBOR members interacted with the children in the art room, computer lab, technology room and the gym, which the BGCA shared with the Greene County Elementary School. The teens also showcased their garden, and discussed how this ongoing project has instilled in them the values of hard work and its rewards.

“It is important for REALTORS® to support the community where we live and work, and I am proud of this initiative from NAR, as it directly impacts the lives of children in our area,” said Riezl Baker, President of LCBOR.

At the culmination of the visit, LCBOR presented a donation check for two thousand dollars to the Boys & Girls Clubs of North Central Georgia. This donation came from two fundraising events hosted by the association.


 

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