Member Perspectives "What do you think of REALTOR® Care Day?"

I have participated in REALTOR® Care Day since it began. REALTOR® Care Day was a project Skip Weiler started when he was President of our Board to assist neighbors and non-profits that needed a helping hand. I was so excited to be a part of a collective group to assist our fellow Columbus neighbors who either lack the physical ability and/or financial resources to maintain their homes. Every day we have the privilege of making the American Dream a reality, the thought of coming together as a collective group to help sustain that dream for those who need our help really gives me great joy. We have an amazing group of REALTORS® and affiliates in central Ohio who want to make a difference. This day is one small way we can contribute. REALTOR® Care Day means many things to me. It is a networking day with fellow REALTORS® and Affiliates that I often do not even know. I love to see REALTORS® bring their children to participate in the event to teach them valuable life lessons. It is most rewarding to meet so many of the homeowners and to witness their gratitude for the help we provide. Having the ability to leave a place better than we found it and making a difference for people and their communities. Plus, occasionally, I can use a power tool (which my husband would never allow at home)! I would encourage all my fellow REALTORS® to be a part of something bigger than us…. that’s who we R®! Sue Lusk-Gleich, KW Capital Partners

REALTOR® Care Day is an event I look forward to every year. To be able to participate in giving back to the community that you live and work in every day is so rewarding. There is so much need out there and to be able to chip away at even a bit of it, makes a difference. It also reminds you how much more you could be doing and every year we try to step up our game and help even more or go even bigger with our projects. I can't wait to see what next year brings! – Katie Crocco, RE/MAX Winners

REALTOR® Care Day is a great way to give back to the community!  It is an opportunity to be a part of something big and make a lasting impact!  It is also an opportunity to show our city as REALTORS®, that we are involved, and are connected to the communities in which we work, and care about the wellbeing of the people that make up our communities. That is what it's all about! – Andrea A. Bame, HomeServices Professional Realty

We REALTORS® and affiliates spend a lot of time competing against each other. This event brings us all together for one cause and it’s the reason we do this in the first place. (Sure, we all need to earn a living), but first and foremost...we care!!!Sue Berg, Coldwell Banker King Thompson

I always look forward to participating in REALTOR® Care Day! It's a day of giving back to the community, it’s a day of helping others who are less fortunate, and it’s a day of working with colleagues and getting dirty!  I have helped at many RCD projects; from laying sod, cutting down a tree, weeding and planting flowers in a park, to scraping a deck and painting it, to buying 3 tons of landscape blocks to edge flower beds and realizing that you only have a 1/2 ton truck. You never know what you’re going to do until you get there, but when you see the project you’re assigned, you see how badly the community or homeowner needs our support. At the end of the day you step back and see the progress and changes that our hard work did for the people in the community, the smiles and tears of joy on their faces; they all are so appreciative!  Then you crawl (literally) back to your car and every bone in your body hurts, but then you remember the look on their faces and the tears in the homeowner’s eyes, you know it was worth it!  It’s a day that you can say “I Helped” and it’s the greatest feeling ever! – Donna Brozovich, e-Merge Real Estate

I worked with the Powell group in the morning building beds, and in the afternoon with Dublin redoing a house make over which was a huge project. I would strongly suggest that anyone and everyone gets involved in REALTOR® Care Day. – Bill Briggs, Keller Williams Greater Columbus

I did participate in REALTOR® Care Day in both Marysville and Hilliard. I would tell others that they should make it a point to come out and volunteer next year. It is such a rewarding experience to give back to the community and spend time with other REALTORS® and affiliates. – Eric Looney, Coldwell Banker King Thompson

I know in just the past couple of years — over $110,000 has been "re-invested" back into various communities here in central Ohio. The support seems to be growing from many sources including grants from the Joseph A. Jeffrey Fund at the Columbus Foundation plus the Scott’s Miracle-Gro Foundation Community Garden Academy. The real thanks go to the volunteers who made it happen! – Michael Bishop, RE/MAX Revealty

Key takeaways that I see from REALTOR® Care Day is exactly what the name suggests... care. It is a day that our community comes together to give under privileged areas and properties the tender, loving, care or TLC for short (a term all REALTORS® know), they need. We set the example for others on how properties should be kept, maintained and presented. When properties are nicely kept, everyone wins. Sellers make more money. Buyers invest less in improvements. REALTORS® do good jobs and improve communities. I encourage anyone who can help, to help. It is a great cause. – Andrew A. Balalovski, Balalovski Real Estate, LLC