WASHINGTON (September 1, 2022) – The Nationwide Affiliation of Realtors® has chosen 10 Realtors® as finalists for its 2022 Good Neighbor Awards, which honor NAR members who make a unprecedented distinction of their communities by volunteer work. That is the twenty third yr the Good Neighbor Awards program has acknowledged Realtor® volunteers who donate time, cash and keenness to complement the lives of individuals of their communities.
“This yr’s Good Neighbor finalists have gone above and past to assist construct stronger communities and enhance the lives of individuals throughout this nation,” stated NAR President Leslie Rouda Smith, a Realtor® from Plano, Texas, and a dealer affiliate at Dave Perry-Miller Actual Property in Dallas. “Their willpower and selfless dedication embody all the things that we attempt for as Realtors® and as compassionate members of our neighborhood. I am happy with this group for devoting lots of of hours of their private time to those necessary causes.”
5 winners will obtain a $10,000 grant and nationwide media publicity for his or her charity, together with a characteristic within the fall subject of REALTOR® Journal. The winners may also be honored in November throughout NAR NXT, The REALTOR® Expertise, in Orlando, Florida. 5 honorable mentions will obtain $2,500 grants.
Starting in the present day, the general public can vote for his or her favourite of the ten Good Neighbor finalists. The highest three vote-getters shall be acknowledged as Internet Alternative Favorites, with the winner taking dwelling $2,500, and the second and third place finishers every receiving $1,250, funded by Realtor.com®. Forged your vote at realtor.com/goodneighbor between September 1 and October 3. Each the winners, as decided by judges, and the Internet Alternative Favorites shall be introduced on October 6.
The ten NAR Good Neighbor Awards finalists are as follows:
Jennifer Barnes, Keller Williams Realty Peachtree Street, Brookhaven, Georgia
In 2020, Jennifer Barnes thought she would feed folks for only a few weeks till the COVID-19-induced shutdowns ended. That have opened her eyes to an underlying vulnerability in her prosperous Atlanta-area neighborhood that prolonged nicely past meals. The nonprofit she based, Solidarity Sandy Springs, conjures up greater than 2,600 volunteers to supply wide-ranging neighborhood companies for 1000’s of households, together with free eye exams and glasses, flu vaccines, job gala’s, back-to-school backpacks, and extra. Barnes has additionally distributed practically a million kilos of meals to about 46,000 consumers. nar.realtor/gna/jennifer-barnes
Dennis Curtin, Legacy Investments, Kansas Metropolis, Missouri
Dennis Curtin based Mimi’s Pantry to supply a extra optimistic meals pantry expertise to folks in want. The state-of-the-art, 6,000-square-foot facility welcomes consumers to browse the aisles and select their meals, simply as they’d in a grocery retailer. The nonprofit invested in business refrigeration gear and affords contemporary meat, produce and milk. It additionally has a play space and library for youths and is constructing a greenhouse, an orchard of fruit timber and berry bushes this fall. In three years, it has served 50,000 people. nar.realtor/gna/dennis-curtin
Jim Edmonds, Emerald Isle Properties, Kilauea, Hawaii
Because the Hawaiian island of Kauai might at any time have solely a handful of houses on the market beneath $1 million, Completely Inexpensive Residing (PAL) Kaua’i founder Jim Edmonds companions with nonprofits to construct and convert inexpensive housing for service and farm employees inside strolling distance to their workplaces. Edmonds navigates the complicated challenges of poor infrastructure and useful resource shortage by progressive, cost-saving options like photo voltaic power, edible landscaping, shared electrical automobiles, and shared bicycles. nar.realtor/gna/jim-edmonds
Heather Griesser LaPierre, RE/MAX Most popular Newtown Sq., Newtown Sq., Pennsylvania
To deal with meals insecurity in her neighborhood and all over the world, Heather Griesser LaPierre based Children Towards Starvation Philadelphia. She rallies lots of of volunteers every month to pack nutritious, ready-to-make pasta- and rice-based meals, involving native entities like church buildings, scout troops and cops. In 2021, she determined to double manufacturing to 350,000 meals a month in an effort to guarantee kids who trusted faculty lunches have been fed. This effort was much more spectacular contemplating COVID-19 restrictions had compelled her to handle with a fraction of the traditional volunteer power. nar.realtor/gna/heather-griesser-lapierre
Tamara “Tami” Hicks, Century 21 Signature Actual Property, Ames, Iowa
As a Realtor®, Tami Hicks would see sellers throw out completely good furnishings that they did not want as a result of they did not know what to do with it. Hicks gathered a couple of pals and co-founded Overflow Thrift Retailer, a nonprofit that recycles and resells dwelling furnishings and clothes. Now boasting two places, the thrift shops’ proceeds are distributed month-to-month to 10 nonprofit organizations. It additionally companions with eight further neighborhood companies to supply purchasers with free buying vouchers for furnishings and housewares. Since 2014, Overflow Thrift Retailer has resold greater than 1 million gadgets, recycled 325 tons of clothes that in any other case might have gone into landfills and donated $512,000 to nonprofit organizations. nar.realtor/gna/tami-hicks
Lisa Hoeve, Coldwell Banker Woodland Schmidt, Holland, Michigan
As a foster mum or dad herself, Lisa Hoeve understands the traumatic circumstances that come up when a baby is positioned in a brand new dwelling, typically with strangers, on quick discover and carrying none of their very own belongings. Hoeve created Hope Pkgs to ease the transition for the youngsters and to help the foster mother and father striving to make sure these kids are as comfy as potential. She works by baby service companies in Michigan to supply “First Evening Luggage” with gender- and age-appropriate new pajamas, socks, underwear, blankets, toiletries and stuffed animals. Since 2015, she has served greater than 4,200 kids. nar.realtor/gna/lisa-hoeve
Debbie McCabe, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Fox & Roach, REALTORS®, and the Trident Group, Devon, Pennsylvania
Most of us do not know what it feels wish to sleep on the streets within the winter, however Debbie McCabe does. Every year, she leads a crew of people that voluntarily sleep in cardboard packing containers to lift cash to assist youth experiencing homelessness. For greater than 10 years, McCabe has been a volunteer chief for the 76-bed Covenant Home Pennsylvania. The transitional housing and companies it gives construct a bridge to hope for younger folks overcoming homelessness and who’ve been a sufferer of human trafficking. McCabe helped the ability safely hold its doorways open 24 hours a day, 7 days per week on the peak of the pandemic. nar.realtor/gna/debbie-mccabe
Debbie Miller, Webpro Realty, Lakeland, Florida
Debbie Miller had been a faithful volunteer for KidsPACK for a few years, serving to present weekend meals to youngsters who may not in any other case have had sufficient to eat. When COVID-19 hit and demand spiked, the group discovered that distributors may not provide the majority meals it wanted. As stock dwindled, Miller took to social media, beginning a Fb web page and convincing lots of of recent folks to donate Chef Boyardee provisions utilizing Amazon. The group was in a position to help 140 new kids from this effort alone. At present, it feeds 3,000 youngsters from 80 space faculties on weekends. nar.realtor/gna/debbie-miller
Kathy Opperman, Lengthy & Foster Collegeville, Collegeville, Pennsylvania
Kathy Opperman is aware of just a little help could make all of the distinction when managing grief or loss. She based Pillars of Mild and Love, which affords a mess of packages and help teams together with grief help, assist with anxiousness, wholesome coping abilities coaching, anti-bullying and self-confidence constructing, and several other youth empowerment packages. They’ve provided over 800 free workshops and help teams. Their mission is to construct confidence, shallowness and resilience so adults and youth can overcome the stresses of life. nar.realtor/gna/kathy-opperman
MaliVai Washington, Diamond Life Actual Property, Jacksonville Seaside, Florida
For 26 years, MaliVai Washington Youth Basis founder Mal Washington has been breaking the cycle of poverty by a vibrant after-school mentoring program. Initially rooted in his beloved sport of tennis, MWYF now serves 500 youngsters yearly by a complete youth improvement program of educational tutoring, management abilities, monetary coaching and health. He’s happy with the 100% highschool commencement price throughout the program as the encircling neighborhood’s dropout price is 20%. nar.realtor/gna/malivai-washington
NAR’s Good Neighbor Awards is supported by major sponsor Realtor.com® in addition to the Heart for REALTOR® Improvement.
“The Good Neighbor Award finalists are a outstanding group of people,” stated Realtor.com® CMO Mickey Neuberger. “Their work exhibits that volunteers are actually enhancing our communities and making them a greater place, and Realtor.com is so happy to have the ability to acknowledge them for his or her efforts.”
Nominees have been judged on their private contribution of time in addition to monetary and materials contributions to profit their trigger.
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