REALTOR(R) Care Day 2013

20 groups!
27 projects!
$15,203 dollars spent!
$11,975 in-kind donations!
$27,178 total investment!

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REALTOR® Care Day is an annual event where central Ohio REALTORS®, affiliates, family and friends volunteer their time to show their communities REALTORS® care. With careful planning, preparation and the dedication of many volunteers, it’s amazing how much can be accomplished in one day.

REALTOR® Care Day started with one community service project in 2005. This year, there were 20 groups, 27 projects, and over 400 volunteers! Although REALTORS® donate time and talent to their communities throughout the year, this one day event focuses the energy of hundreds of volunteers in areas all over the central Ohio area.

REALTOR® Care Day is funded through the REALTORS® Charitable Foundation Fund. 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.

Columbus REALTORS® main project included three different undertakings in Columbus’ Hilltop area. They made improvements to the landscape and playground area of the Columbus Bilingual School, built a grape arbor at the Highland Youth Garden and cleaned up the streets in the area.

The Bexley Eastmoor Berwick Realty Association cleaned up major corridors for their community – Broad & Nelson, Broad & Eastmoor and Main & Parkview.

The Columbus Commercial Industrial Investment REALTORS® (CCIIR) cleaned up outside at the Heinzerling Foundation on Columbus’ west side, a non-profit organization which enriches the development, education, and quality of life for individuals with severe or profound developmental disabilities.

The Delaware County Board of REALTORS® (DCBR) worked with the Delaware Area Habitat for Humanity and Family Promise (an organization that houses the needy) to renovate a home that will provide temporary shelter for up to five local families at a time, while they look for employment and permanent housing.

The Delaware-Knox-Licking-Morrow Realty Association (DKLM) painted a gazebo, mulched, landscaped, planted flowers, painted a fence and fixed up the announcers booth at JR Smith Park in Sunbury.

The Greater Dublin Area Association worked at the Welcome Warehouse of Dublin. They installed wood shelving, purchased clothes racks, organized donations, and purchased/installed portable track lighting.

The Greater Worthington Area Real Estate Association painted, washed windows, installed shelves and bulletin boards, installed light fixtures and industrial carpets and cleaned/sorted food as needed at the Worthington Food Pantry.

The Hilliard Area Realty Association did yard work, painted and general housework for two homes, in conjunction with Patches of Light, an organization which helps around the homes of parents with ill children.

IREM (Institute of Real Estate Management) partnered with CREW (Commercial Real Estate Women) to weed, edge, mulch and do general cleanup around historical cemetery plots in Franklinton Cemetery.

The Madison County Area Realty Association landscaped and provided wish list items for the new Madison County Humane Society location. They also landscaped and painted/fixed up the concession stand at the London Community Pool.

The Midtown Area Real Estate Association (MAREA) painted the training and conference rooms for Homeport (formerly Columbus Housing Partnership), which serves the affordable community with homebuyer education, credit and homeownership counseling, and strengthens existing communities with services and infill housing.

The New Albany Realty Association (NARA) members worked with the New Albany K-1 elementary school nature preserve by removing invasive plants and weeds adjacent to the nature trails.

The North Area Realty Association (NAREA) trimmed trees, washed house/windows, cleaned gutters, built a porch banister and installed porch awning for an elderly Clintonville resident with health issues.

The Northwest Area Realty Association landscaped, hauled out junk, trimmed trees and painted a retaining wall for an 86 year-old Upper Arlington widow they found through the Northwest Counseling Center.

The Southwest Suburban Area Realty Association (SEARA) sorted and organized incoming items from the Canal Winchester Community Food Pantry’s canned goods collection event. This organization provides 1200-1500 food items and 1,000 lbs. of fresh produce to 45-50 households each week (including about 20 seniors).

The Southern Delaware County Realty Association (SDCRA) cleaned, painted,  light repair work, planted flowers and mulched at the Powell Liberty Historical Society.

The Tri-County Realty Association partnered with the City of Pickerington on four different projects. They planted flowers, mulched and built benches in Sycamore Park; planted flowers, mulched and cleaned overgrown areas in Willow Pond Park; planted flowers and mulched in Diley Park; and played cards and visited residents at Echo Manor Senior Center.

The Westerville Area Realty Association (WARA) built picnic tables that will be distributed around the Westerville area for the Children’s Summertime Lunch program provided by W.A.R.M. (Westerville Area Resource Ministry).

The West/Southwest Area Association landscaped, planted flowers and cleaned up at the Big Splash at Evans Park. They also did landscaping, cleaning and mulching at the Kingston Avenue Administration Building.