REALTORS® work hard to help people buy and sell homes, while also dedicating their time and efforts to improve the quality of life in communities across the country. The National Association of REALTORS® recognizes these REALTORS® who devote themselves to volunteer service through REALTOR® Magazine’s Good Neighbor Awards, which is currently accepting applications.
Five winners will be announced in the November/December issue of REALTOR® Magazine. Each winner will be recognized at the 2012 REALTORS® Conference & Expo in Orlando and will receive a $10,000 grant for his or her charity.
Winners will also receive travel expenses to the conference and national and local media exposure for their community cause. In addition to the winners, five honorable mentions will each receive a $2,500 grant.
“This year marks the 13th annual Good Neighbor Awards,” says NAR President Moe Veissi. “The program is significant not just because it spotlights members who have a strong commitment to helping others, but because it reminds us that REALTORS® build communities in more ways than one. The awards signify the dedication and passion REALTORS® have for helping others in need.”
Previous Good Neighbor Award winners say their charities benefit from the grant money and the increased public exposure. “We don’t do what we do to get awards,” says 2011 Good Neighbor Award winner LeRoy Bendickson, who won for his work with the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Minnesota Chapter. “But the national attention that resulted from winning the Good Neighbor Award has increased awareness of the disease and I can see that the fundraising will be advanced and that this year’s team will be larger than ever. Now I look at awards differently-they can be a huge help in furthering the cause you are fighting for.”
Good Neighbor Awards entries must be received by Friday, May 18, 2012. For more details and a nomination form, call 800/ 874-6500, visit www.REALTOR.org/gna, or see the March/April issue of REALTOR® Magazine.
REALTOR® Magazine’s Good Neighbor Awards is sponsored by Lowe’s and HouseLogic. In addition to the grant money, each winner will receive a $2,000 Lowe’s gift card and each honorable mention will receive a $1,000 Lowe’s gift card.
For more information, visit www.realtor.org.