Many REALTORSÂ®, members of theÂ National Association of REALTORSÂ® (NAR), go beyond helping consumers buy and sell homes by giving back to their communities through volunteer work. In fact, according to NAR’sÂ Community Aid and Real Estate report, nearly 70 percent of REALTORSÂ® volunteer in their community each month. To recognize that commitment by REALTORSÂ®Â across the country, NAR is currently accepting applications for the Good Neighbor Awards from REALTORSÂ®Â who have made an extraordinary impact through volunteer service.
“This year, we celebrate the 20th year of the Good Neighbor Awards,” says NAR President John Smaby. “We are incredibly proud of the good work of nearly 200 Good Neighbor Award recipients in the U.S. and across the globe through their dedicated volunteer service since this program launched in 2000.”
Ten finalists will be announced in September and the public will have a chance to vote for their Web Choice Favorite. Judges will select five winners who will be announced in the November/December issue of REALTORÂ®Â Magazine and will receive a $10,000 grant for their nonprofit organizations. The winners will be recognized at the 2019 REALTORSÂ®Â Conference & Expo in San Francisco, receive travel expenses to the conference and also gain considerable national and local media exposure for their cause. In addition to the winners, five honorable mentions will each receive a $2,500 grant.
Since 2000, the Good Neighbor Awards has donated more than $1.2 million to REALTORÂ®-led nonprofits. The Good Neighbor Awards is supported by primary sponsor realtor.comÂ® and Wells Fargo Home Lending.
“We are proud to renew our commitment to the Good Neighbor Awards, particularly in the 20thÂ year of the program,” says Ryan O’Hara, CEO ofÂ realtor.com, the Good Neighbor Awards’ primary sponsor, and the sponsor of the Web Choice Favorite, which gives additional grant money to the three finalists who get the most votes from the public.
“At realtor.com, home is everything, and community is a big part of that. We support this awards program because we think it’s important to shine a spotlight on the industry’s commitment to communities and the REALTORSÂ®Â who take that commitment to the next level.”
Last year’s Good Neighbor Award winners contributed thousands of hours to their causes and raised millions of dollars. They drew a standing ovation from more than 5,000 REALTORSÂ®Â and guestsÂ during the annual conference in Boston.
The 2018 winners were Omayra Borges, Reality Realty, San Juan, Puerto Rico, co-founder of Fundacion Mochileando 100×35; Chet Choman, Colorado Realty and Land Co., Alamosa, Colo., co-founder of La Puente Home; Jeremy Lichtenstein, RE/MAX Realty Services, Bethesda, Md., founder of Kids In Need Distributors (KIND); Joy Nelson, Haugan Nelson Realty, Watertown, S.D., founder of Joy Ranch; and Elias Thomas, III, EXIT Key Real Estate, Shapleigh, Maine, leader of a Rotary International project to build dams in rural India.
2018 Good Neighbor Award winner Nelson says that her charity continues to benefit from the media exposure that resulted from winning the Good Neighbor Award.
“The incredible exposure the Joy Ranch received through the Good Neighbor Awards Program has brought people all over the nation to inquire more about the ranch,” says Nelson. “People now understand all the quality of life issues that we address and it motivates me to work harder to help even more.”
Nominees are selected based on their personal impact on the community through volunteer work. To be eligible, nominees must be NAR members in good standing. Good Neighbor Award entries must be received by Friday, May 10, 2019. For more details, judging criteria and a nomination form, call 800-874-6500 or visit nar.realtor/gna.