Roll up your sleeves – we need your help!

Once again the Columbus Board of REALTORS® is in the giving mood with the 2012 REALTOR® Care Day set for Wednesday, June 6.

Going in to our eighth year of helping in the community, 2012 aims to be the biggest project yet.

REALTOR® Care Day started in 2005 and has completed projects in communities throughout Columbus, including North of Broad (Near East Columbus), American Addition (Joyce Ave.) and, in 2011, Southern Orchards (near Children’s Hospital).

In addition to the main project, area real estate associations hold projects each year all over central Ohio. It is truly a day where REALTORS®, affiliates, family and friends can come together and give back outstanding results with astounding impact.

The 2011 main project at Southern Orchards, east of Parsons Avenue and south of Livingston Avenue, was the largest project, to date.

With project partner Healthy Neighborhoods & Healthy Families, part of the Nationwide Children’s Hospital initiative, the REALTOR® Care Day Committee took on the task of fully landscaping four homes in the community, which included laying new grass at each home and planting tree shrubs and plants.

Along with sprucing up the homes, the committee built a brand new community park on a lot where a dilapidated home was torn down.

Work for the park included laying new grass sod, planting trees and plants, and creating a brick walking path that ran through the park.

There was a great turnout with more than 100 volunteers at the main project and a long list of sponsors who made it all possible. In total, the 2011 REALTOR® Care Day completed 32 projects with the help of over 500 volunteers.

This year, REALTOR® Care Day has taken on an even larger and more ambitious project, returning for a second time to American Addition.

Teaming up with Homeport, the 2012 main project will focus on a one and a half block area, cleaning and repairing five homes with major needs.

For the first time, REALTOR® Care Day will be working directly with home owners to fix the most important items that they have requested be repaired.

This year’s project will include home painting, porch carpet replacement, fence repair/painting, power washing and landscaping. Several homes also need roof and gutter repair, so we will be reaching out for skilled workers willing to donate their time to make these necessary repairs.

We’ll also partner with Keep Columbus Beautiful (also a first) to send crews throughout American Addition, picking up trash and helping beautify the neighborhood.

Volunteers will have the option of working morning, afternoon or all day shifts.

The morning shift will run from 9 a.m. – Noon, followed by lunch, with the afternoon shift running from 1 – 4 p.m. (or until the work is finished).

Of course, if time doesn’t allow for you to make a full shift, volunteers are encouraged to come and help as long as they can.

If you are unable to attend this year’s REALTOR® Care Day, the committee is always looking for donations to help fund and run the event. The work completed at the main project will be catered to those of all skill levels, so whether you are a rainy day handyman or a full-time construction worker, there will be a job for you.

Please join us at the CBR main project or at one of the many area association community projects on June 6, 2012. We are looking forward to the biggest and best REALTOR® Care Day ever!

Area Realty Association REALTOR® Care Day Projects


Outside clean up at the Heinzerling Foundation on Columbus’ west side, a non-profit organization which serves clients with mental retardation. Contact: Steve Tucker (614) 222-0176,

Delaware Knox Licking Morrow Suburban Realty Association

Minor repairs, painting, and landscaping for a needy Galena couple. Contact: Scott Noblet (614) 805-9355,

Gahanna Area Realty Association

Assisting Gahanna Residents in Need (GRIN). Contact: Nik Labudovski (614) 578-5574,

Greater Dublin Realty Association

1.) General exterior clean up and landscaping for a Jaynes Street resident who is a cancer patient and double amputee. 2.) Landscaping and mulching at the Columbus Zoo. Contac: Deb Collier (614) 774-6071,

Hilliard Area Realty Association

1.) Cleanup, mulching and planting at the Capital Area Humane Society. 2.) Cleanup at First Responders Park. Contact: Brady Linard (614) 315-2900,

IREM, Columbus Chapter 42

Partnering with Keep Columbus Beautiful in the restoration of Old Franklinton Cemetery laying mulch and top soil and planting perennials and potted plants. Contact: Rayna Baumbusch (614) 339-4194,

Madison County Area Realty Association

Updating the courtyard at the Arbors of London – a skilled nursing, extended care and rehabilitation facility as well as an Alzheimer’s unit. This project will include cleanup, landscaping, building benches for the patients to sit on, repairing existing furniture, installing bird baths and bird houses. Contact: Liz Finchum (614) 949-1366,

Midtown Area Realty Association

Trash pick-up throughout Merion village. Contact: Sharon Siedlecki (614) 519-8044,

New Albany Realty Association

Painting two barns for the Doran family - long time farmers in the New Albany area. Contact: Sherry Resnick (614) 286-4481,

North Area Real Estate Association

1.) Painting the home of a long-time resident on Fenway Road in Clintonville. 2.) Working at the Furniture Bank. Contact: Sylvia Efta (614) 261-6767,

Northwest Area Realty Association

Yard cleanup and light painting for two Upper Arlington residents (Lythan Road and Kentwell Road). Contact: Linda Telles (614) 270-4652,

Pickaway County Realty Association

Installing pea gravel in the playground area at Ted Lewis, Smith and Barthelmas parks. Also picking up trash and debris at Ted Lewis Park. Contact: April Peck (740) 474-2111,

Southeast Area Realty Association

1.) Cleaning up 3-4 busy intersections in Canal Winchester. 2.) Donating $100 to the Canal Winchester Food Pantry. Contact; Pam Allen (614) 403-0072,

Southern Delaware County Realty Association (SDCRA)

While delivering mail on Jan. 14, 2012, postal carrier Doug Poole was hit by a car and critically injured. After 12 surgeries, it is still uncertain if he will be able to keep his right leg or walk again. Doug is married with three children in Olentangy Orange High School. With Doug hurt and Traci, his wife, taking a lot of time off work to be with him, they’ve been unable to prepare their home for a graduation celebration. SDCRA is going to help them by power washing the deck and siding, painting the deck, removing an old wooden swing set and weeding/edging/mulching the flower beds. Contact: Lori Ashcraft (614) 496-8692,

Tri County Area Realty Association

1.) Planting between 10-12 trees for the city of Pickerington at Diley baseball park to shade players and spectators. 2.) Pruning, clearing and cleaning up the Sycamore Creek Park which runs behind the historic Pickerington covered bridge. 3.) Delivering goodies to some of the local nursing homes. Contact: Janet Thiede (614) 507-4313,

Westerville Area Realty Association

Landscaping and home repair for two single mothers in need of assistance on West Mariemont Drive and West Home Street. Contact: Frank Hance (614) 403-7613,