RE/MAX of Cherry Creek in Denver announced it is giving back to the community through a #RMCCGives campaign. In honor of the office’s 40th anniversary, the brokerage will highlight and raise funds for a different non-profit every two months in 2021. Charities were selected following the submission of videos sharing agents’ personal tie to each organization’s mission.
According to Bailey Dolian, president and employing broker, the #RMCCGives project is the office’s way of thanking loyal clients and community members for their ongoing support.
“Our support from the local community has been the key to our longevity, and the reason our brokerage is still here today,” Bailey said. “They have helped us build an office truly unique within the industry. We have brokers that have been with us since the inception of the company, which I think speaks volumes to the integrity of our office. The camaraderie we have built over 40 years of business is unparalleled.”
The six non-profits the brokerage has pledged to support offer a diverse range of critical services to the populations they support. The impact of #RMCCGives project is global, while five of the organizations operate in Denver, a sixth offers education to students in Tanzania. The stories behind each agent’s nomination share the common thread of volunteerism and philanthropy that is core to the culture of RE/MAX of Cherry Creek:
CASA of Jeffco/Gilpin County: Paula DeCrescentis has volunteered as a CASA, or Court Appointed Special Advocate, for the past five years. She helps bring normalcy and happiness to children in foster care by taking them on trips to zoos and museums, and also may serve as their advocate during custody hearings. Funds donated support training and resources for children in the program.
The Denver Zoo: The wildlife and conservation organization is also celebrating an anniversary in 2021: It’s been 150 years since The Denver Zoo was created to help house a bear gifted to the Denver Mayor. In Chris Harvey’s nomination video, he invited Amber Christopher, the Zoo’s senior vice president of Guest Experience, to explain how the Zoo inspires a love of science and nature in the next generation and also work to save species through its breeding program.
Gateway Domestic Violence Services: Before she began her thriving real estate career, Kristina Davis worked in marketing, and at one point found herself writing the newsletter for her nominee, Gateway Domestic Violence Services. In addition to a 24-hour crisis line and court advocacy program, the organization operates two shelters to aid domestic abuse survivors in eminent danger and who need support getting back on their feet. Children and pets are also served by the organization, which the only provider of domestic abuse services in Arapahoe County.
The Gathering Place: For more than nine years, Rene Harding ran an organization called Cocktails for a Cause that benefited 33 different charities in the Denver metro area, but she says “hands down” there was a favorite: The Gathering Place. The organization is the only daytime drop-in center in Denver that serves women, transgender individuals and their children who are experiencing poverty and many of whom are also experiencing homelessness. Visitors have access to childcare, job training, laundry facilities, food and other critical resources.
The O’Brien School for the Maasai: Heather Bacon was volunteering with her mother in Tanzania when they first met members of the Maasai community. The village had a teacher and kids who were eager to learn, but no school where lessons could be held. Bacon and her mother made a commitment to bring education to the community. Fourteen years later, the O’Brien School for the Maasai currently has 350 students that it feeds twice a day, a library with 4,000 books and a well for the community to have access to clean water.
Period Kits of Denver: Period Kits, nominated by Christine Dupont-Patz, offers three months of feminine hygiene products to women experiencing extreme poverty. Each drawstring bag includes tampons, pads, clean underwear and personal wipes for women who may be experiencing homelessness or escaping domestic abuse. Period Kits was created so that no woman would have to choose between food or tampons.
In addition to spotlighting the organizations on the RE/MAX of Cherry Creek social media accounts, several agents in the office have also pledged to make a donation to the non-profits with each closed transaction.
For more information, please visit www.rmcherrycreek.com.