Volunteers do not necessarily have the time; they just have the heart

"Volunteers do not necessarily have the time; they just have the heart." – Elizabeth Andrew

Your time is valuable to us! We know that this is a busy time of year, especially for those of us in the real estate industry. However, if you have ever volunteered for REALTOR® Care Day, you know that our time and efforts are just as much a gift to us as it is to the community we serve.

Mark your calendars! June 7, 2017 will be the 13th REALTOR® Care Day and we need all hands on deck! Sign up now to be a part of the largest community service day that Columbus REALTORS® participates in each year. 

We have a lofty goal for the main project as we head back to the south side, this time to Hungarian Village.

No matter your skill level, there is a job for you! We will be working on the exterior of several homes that include landscaping as well as minor repairs, painting and yard work. 

We are excited to announce that one of the homes is part of a community outreach program that helps those in need. We will be sprucing up the grounds of the beautiful Hungarian Reformed Church that was built in 1923. The church has graciously allowed us to use their parking lot for our staging area.

We will also be adding two pocket parks that will include landscaping and installing benches, Little Library boxes, and custom signage. 

REALTOR® Care Day is honored to be partnering with the South Side Renaissance for this year’s main project. The South Side Renaissance initiative has achieved significant advances in revitalizing Hungarian Village.

Over the past decade, numerous blighted properties have been rehabilitated or rebuilt providing suitable housing for those most in need. Many of the Hungarian Village residents have lived in the area for decades and have a great sense of pride in their community.

The efforts of the South Side Renaissance project have made a substantial impact in the area and our 2017 REALTOR® Care Day project looks to contribute to their ongoing efforts in helping this great community.   

You can also choose to volunteer at one of the local Area Realty Associations projects (see list opposite). Last year we had 23 groups work on 40 projects with 484 volunteers! 

If you can't commit to working on June 7, 2017, you can make a monetary donation (big or small) or help obtain donations. Last year we reinvested over $38,250! Help us to make this year even bigger!

Sign up today! Shifts are; all day (9a-4p) or half day (9a-12p and 1-4p).

REALTOR® Care Day — June 7, 2017

Columbus REALTORS®
Providing improvements to 10 properties and two pocket parks in the Hungarian Village area (E. Woodrow Ave.) of Columbus’ South Side. Contact: Jodee Gallagher, Zach Appleby, Trish Morrow. Sign up at ColumbusRealtors.com/RCD

Bexley Eastmoor Berwick
Providing exterior maintenance (weeding, cutting grass, edging, cutting in beds, mulching, planting, and outdoor planters) and possibly some painting for a Bexley resident on a fixed income who was a nurse in the Vietnam war. Contact: Forrest Neuswanger (614) 971-6600, forrest.neuswanger@kingthompson.com or Jenny Hoffman (614) 314-1254, jenny.hoffman@kingthompson.com

TBD. Contact: Matt Osowski (614) 397-4877, mosowski@ohioequities.com

Columbus Southwest Area Realty Association
Building a wheel chair ramp and doing some kitchen modifications for a Grove City resident (Jennifer Rutherford) who was paralyzed by the West Nile virus. As prior manager of Citizens Bank (Parsons Ave. branch), Jennifer helped many low to moderate income customers with their home ownership needs.Contact: Robin Miller (614) 582-8945, Robin.Miller@era.com

Delaware County Board of REALTORS®
Rehabbing the yards of a few local veterans. Contact: Cris Reidmiller (614) 580-6902, crisriedmiller@hotmail.com or Joe Frank (614) 284-3993, jfrank@getevolved.com

Delaware Knox Licking Morrow Suburban Realty Association
Yard work and landscaping for an elderly widow in Sunbury who is battling breast cancer and undergoing chemotherapy. Contact: Kerri Laughery (614) 935-6523, klaughery@cutlerhomes.com

Gahanna Area Realty Association
1) Helping family whose father passed away find a permanent place to live so they can finish school in Gahanna; 2) Exterior maintenance at Middle School West. Contact: Craig Lee (614) 374-2692, sgtcraigslee@gmail.com or Amy Nitzxchke (614) 477-5766, Amy@crtrealtors.com

Greater Dublin Realty Association
1) Yard cleanup for a Dublin family who's son, an active athlete, was recently diagnosed with a rare form of leukemia and is now facing a year of intense chemotherapy, followed by 2+ years of maintenance treatments. 2) Drywalling, fixing front steps and landscaping for a Dublin family of nine who have recently faced a series of true misfortunes. Contact: Chryssa Gartner (614) 402-3269, chryssa.gartner@pulte.com

Greater Worthington Area Realty Association
Assisting a retired first responder with pulmonary fibrosis and very limited mobility. They intend to wash the windows/driveway, trim hedges, plant flowers, mulch, paint the shed, pull weeds. This gentleman is very proud of his yard, but unable to take care of it any longer. Contact: Carla Palkuti (614) 746-4485, c.palkuti@kw.com

Hilliard Area Realty Association
Exterior maintenance of a Hilliard home. Contact: Connie Anzuini (614) 778-0633, connie@conniesells.com or Melissa Mamula (614) 527-2600, select-dublin@nwtitle.com

Institute of Real Estate Managements (IREM)
Working in several of the Franklinton Gardens which support the local community with fresh produce and provides garden-based activities, educational programs, and employment opportunities in order to empower neighbors and build a healthy community. Contact: Angi Carey (614) 256-7368, angela.carey@outlook.com

Licking North Central Realty Association
Installing a walkway at the American Legion Post 254 to compliment the memorial flag pole area LNCRA completed last year. Contact: Jean Wright (740) 973-4939, Jean.wright@bankatfirst.com

Madison County Area Realty Association
Painting, beautification and fundraising for Cowling Park (in London Ohio) — a community park accessible to children with disabilities. Contact: Marti Schmidt (614) 769-7653, schmidtmarti7@gmail.com

Marysville Area Realty Association
1) Home repairs, landscaping, mulching, and planting flowers for a disabled veteran in Marysville; 2) painting, mulching, planting flowers, and cleaning up Elijer Park in Marysville. Contact: Julie Guy (614) 499-6307, Julie.Guy@KingThompson.com

Midtown Area Realty Association
TBD. Contact: Ian Thickstun (614) 397-7166, ithickstun@coreohio.com

New Albany Realty Association
Painting a bedroom and cleaning up the yard (mulching, planting flowers, etc.) for a New Albany resident in need who takes in foster children with special needs. Contact: Susan Milne (614) 307-5029, suem@newalbanyrealty.com

North Area Real Estate Association
Yard work, home repairs and planting vegetables for an elderly Clintonville resident. Contact: Shari Carroll (614) 571-8878, shari@sharicarroll.com

Northwest Area Realty Association
Landscaping and home maintenance for a Upper Arlington resident in need. Contact: Katie Davis (614) 354-1785, katie@bhhscc.com

Southeast Area Realty Association
1) Adding trees, flowers and additional landscaping at Brobst Park in Madison Twp.; 2) Hosting lunch at The Inn at Wincherster Trail assisted living facility. Contact: Nikki DiNardo (614) 554-2605, nikkidinardo@gmail.com or Cathie Kaufman (614) 679-9407, catherine.kaufman@century21.com

Southern Delaware County Realty Association
Bed Brigade (building and dressing beds) at the Liberty Township Fire Department for People In Need of Delaware County. Contact: Shaun Simpson (614) 312-1417, Shaun@WeMakeItHome.com

Tri-County Realty Association
1) Providing coffee, donuts and entertainment for the residents of Echo Manor Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Pickerington; 2) landscaping and needed home improvements for a disable veteran with a family of eight in Pickerington. Contact: Mackenzie Arnold (740) 258-9426, mackenzie.arnold@herrealtors.com

Westerville Area Realty Association
Mulching and weeding McNamara Park (a public park in Genoa Township near Westerville). Contact: Bob Johnson (614) 440-4166, BobJohnson@remax.net