Weiler Grants awarded to Greater Worthington and Tri-County groups for their 2016 REALTOR® Care Day projects

Columbus REALTORS® is proud to announce that both the Greater Worthington Area Real Estate Association and the Tri-County Area Realty Association were awarded its REALTOR® Care Day Weiler grant in honor of their 2016 REALTOR® Care Day projects.

REALTOR® Care Day is an annual day of service to the communities in which REALTORS® live, work 6nd raise families. This year’s event was held on June 8, 2015, with 23 groups and 484 volunteers working on 40 projects in central Ohio and surrounding counties. Since its inception in 2005, REALTOR® Care Day has resulted in almost $369,000 re-invested into our communities. 

REALTOR® Care Day is funded through the Columbus REALTORS® Foundation. Area Realty Associations are offered matching funds (up to $500 each) to help fund their community service efforts for this event. Additional assistance is received from many individuals and companies through in-kind donations of money, goods and services.

The REALTOR® Care Day Weiler Grant was established in 2014 to recognize Area Realty Association projects that exemplify the principles of the event which is to provide community service to those in need. The grant was named for Skip Weiler, founder of REALTOR® Care Day. Both area realty associations will receive an additional $500 in funding which they may use towards their 2017 REALTOR® Care Day projects.

Greater Worthington’s project involved helping an Army veteran who is a 60-year resident of Worthington and is in rehab after the removal of his second leg. 

The group power washed and re-sealed the deck, power-washed the wheelchair ramp, painted doors, cleaned the gutters and fixed the downspouts, and removed some unneeded furniture. To help beautify the property, they trimmed trees and shrubs, cleaned and mulched beds, planted a tomato garden, and added hostas, flowers and a bench. They also bought him a new clothes dryer.

“This gentleman’s niece was ecstatic and pretty emotional when we were done,” said Michelle Groff, this year’s RCD coordinator for the Worthington group. “So many members showed up and worked together. The comradery was heartwarming!”

The group invested almost $1,300 into this project, between cash and in-kind donations of goods and services.

For more information and pictures on the Worthington project, click here

The Tri-County Area Realty Association was involved in three different projects. They provided inside/outside maintenance for a single parent in Reynoldsburg who provides foster care; provided paint to the Pickerington Area Soccer Association - a volunteer group that welcomes kids even if they do not have the money; and visited with residents of Echo Manor Nursing & Rehabilitation Center.

This is the fifth year Tri-County members have included a visit to Echo Manor where they visit with residents, provide music, etc. 

“Each year, the residents love it – especially the guitar player,” said Sue Yenichek who coordinates this outreach with Marian Reitano. “It’s an opportunity to chat, and enjoy some pastries and music together.”

Although the original intent was to paint the buildings at the PYAA Sports Complex, there was a miscommunication and when they showed up, there were about 100 girl scouts on the fields. So, the volunteers assigned to this project donated the paint and headed over to the home in Reynoldsburg.

At this home, volunteers power washed and re-stained the deck, painted shutters, removed a permanent basketball hoop that was a liability, and sealed the driveway. They also cleaned up and mulched the beds, trimmed shrubs and large trees, and removed a tree stump.

“The home owner is a divorced mother with two birth children, two adopted children and two foster babies – one with cancer of the spine and the other with neurological issues,” said Ron Brandler, president of the Tri-County Area Realty Association. “This was great opportunity to help someone who is really giving back to the community.”

The group invested almost $2,600 into this project, between cash and in-kind donations of goods and services.

For more information and pictures on Tri-County’s projects, click here

This year, 23 groups participated in REALTOR® Care Day attacking projects all over central Ohio. 

Over $38,000 was invested to accomplish the 40 projects which included: 

  • Columbus’ South Side (main project) – Made exterior improvements to 12 homes and a community garden in the Reeb-Hosack neighborhood
  • Columbus – various services for the YWCA Family Center, Ronald McDonald House, and Heinzerling Foundation
  • Bexley – Yard work, exterior cleanup and painting for two homeowners
  • Canal Winchester - Worked with the Madison Township Fire Department to install smoke and carbon monoxide detectors
  • Clintonville - Clean up/painting at the Park of Roses
  • Circleville (Pickaway County) - Repaired/painted picnic tables, campground benches, amphitheater screen, and seating at Hargus Lake A. W. Marion State Park
  • Delaware – Landscaping/painting for the Women's City Club of Delaware County and Landscaping/painting for Second Ward Community Initiative (SWCI)
  • Dublin – Yardwork and miscellaneous home projects for two elderly couples
  • Franklinton – weeding/planting in the community gardens
  • Galena – Landscaped, stained and painted trim for a resident
  • Gahanna – Provided yard maintenance and home repairs for a resident
  • Grove City – Planted flowers in the pavilion area at Fryer Park
  • Hilliard – Installed new garage door, painted and repaired stairs for a Hilliard resident with a special needs child
  • London (Madison County) – Distributed smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and provide door hangers with safety information
  • Johnstown - Cleaned up the landscaping around the American Legion memorial and Bigelow cemetery
  • Marysville - General landscaping and painting for the Union County Humane Society
  • Powell -  Built beds and supplied bedding for People In Need of Delaware County
  • Reynoldsburg - inside/outside maintenance for a single parent providing foster care
  • Pickerington – provided paint to the PYAA Sports Complex and visited residents at Echo Manor Nursing and Rehabilitation Center
  • Upper Arlington– Provided painting, small carpentry repairs and landscaping for a local homeowner
  • West Jefferson (Madison County) – Distributed smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and provided door hangers with safety information


For photos, detailed project descriptions, volunteers, video and pictures, click here.