REALTORS® who give back to their communities are eligible to receive a pair of awards from the National Association of Realtors®. Both awards could mean grant monies for their worthy nonprofit organizations or charitable causes.
Entry deadlines are February 23 for NAR’s Volunteering Works program and May 4 for the Good Neighbors Awards. Nominations should be made using the online forms.
Ideal candidates for Volunteering Works awards are Realtors who have been active in small-scale charity work, can identify specific challenges they would like to address, and have specific goals for the future of their community service project. Recipients are selected based on their dedication to volunteering and the potential for their charitable work to expand or improve with assistance from an expert mentor.
Five Volunteering Works recipients will receive a year of one-on-one mentoring from a member of the Good Neighbor Society and a $1,000 grant as seed money to help implement improvements in their community program. (The society consists of past recipients of REALTOR® Magazine’s Good Neighbor Award.)
NAR’s Good Neighbor Award, presented by REALTOR® Magazine, honors individual members who have made an impact on their community, or on the national or world stage or through community service.
Nominees will be considered based on their contributions that improve the livability of a local community (e.g., may include crime prevention, youth mentoring, and homelessness prevention). The selection committee also judges nominees on the level and impact of personal contributions, the broadness of their impact, and the project’s suitability as a role model for other Realtors.
Since 2000, the Good Neighbor Awards program has donated more than $1.1 million to Realtor-led nonprofits around the country. More than 180 Realtors have been recognized. NAR credits the program’s success to support of primary sponsors realtor.com and Wells Fargo Home Mortgage.
Seventy-one percent of REALTORS® volunteered in their community last year, according to NAR’s 2017 Member Profile.