Do you know a REALTOR® who has tirelessly given back to the community, locally or even globally? If so, nominate him or her for REALTOR® Magazine’s 2018 Good Neighbor Awards. You can also nominate yourself. Applications are being accepted through May 4.
Seventy-one percent of REALTORS® volunteered in their community last year, according to NAR’s 2017 Member Profile.
“Every year, REALTORS® across the country are raising the bar and working harder than ever to make a difference in their communities through volunteer work,” says NAR President Elizabeth Mendenhall. “For almost two decades, more than 180 Good Neighbors have shown outstanding dedication to their causes, which has had a tremendous impact on their neighbors and community.”
NAR will select five winners for the 2018 Good Neighbor Awards. Each honoree will receive a $10,000 grant for their nonprofit organization. The winners will also be featured in the November/December issue of REALTOR® Magazine and will be recognized at the 2018 REALTORS® Conference & Expo in Boston. Five honorable mentions will receive a $2,500 grant.
Since 2000, the Good Neighbor Awards program has donated more than $1.1 million to REALTOR®-led nonprofits. The program is sponsored by realtor.com® and Wells Fargo Home Mortgage. Realtor.com® also serves as the sponsor of the Web Choice Favorites, a monetary award honoring three finalists who nab the most online votes.
“Now more than ever, it’s important to celebrate these individuals who invest their time and their personal touch to make a substantial and lasting impact in their community and in the lives of those they benefit,” says Luke Glass, executive vice president of realtor.com®.
NAR honored the following REALTORS® in the 2017 Good Neighbor Awards: Bryson Garbett, Garbett Homes, Salt Lake City, founder of Foundation Escalera; Howard “Hoddy” Hanna, Howard Hanna Real Estate, Pittsburgh, founding chairman of the Howard Hanna Children’s Free Care Fund; Kay Wilson-Bolton, Century 21 Troop Real Estate, Santa Paula, Calif., founder of the SPIRIT of Santa Paula; Louise McLean, RE/MAX Solutions, Merritt Island, Fla., founder of Space Coast Association of REALTORS® Foundation; and Sal Dimiceli, Lake Geneva Realty, Lake Geneva, Wis., founder of The Time Is Now to Help. Read their stories and see previous winners in the program.
“Winning the Good Neighbor Award is an incredible honor that has enabled us to help even more Space Coast families and bring awareness about the homeless children in Brevard County and statewide,” says 2017 winner Louise McLean. “We are now seeing nearby associations become actively involved in volunteering.”
To learn more about the Good Neighbor Awards—such as judging criteria and accessing the nomination form—visit nar.realtor/gna or call 800-874-6500.