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Thursday, June 26, 2014

Tri-County and Worthington groups receive REALTOR® Care Day Weiler grants

Columbus REALTORS® is proud to announce that the Tri-County Realty Association and the Greater Worthington Area Realty Association were both awarded the REALTOR® Care Day Weiler grant in honor of their 2014 REALTOR® Care Day projects.
Started in 2005, REALTOR® Care Day is an annual day of service to the communities in which REALTORS® live, work and raise families.

This year’s REALTOR® Care Day, held on June 4, 2014, included 21 groups, 531 volunteers and over $44,000 of re-investment. In the last ten years, REALTOR® Care Day has contributed over $298,000 in improvements and repairs and hundreds of hours of service to residents and communities around central Ohio.

REALTOR® Care Day is funded through the Columbus REALTORS® Foundation. Area realty associations are offered matching funds (up to $500 each) to help fund their community service efforts for this event. Additional assistance is received from many individuals and companies through in-kind donations of money, goods and services.
The REALTOR® Care Day Weiler Grant, established this year, was created to recognize Area Realty Association projects that exemplify the principles of REALTOR® Care Day. Each association will receive an additional $500 in funding which they may use towards their 2015 REALTOR® Care Day projects.

This year, the Tri-County Realty Association selected 96-year old Reynoldsburg resident, Alice Foster, who lost her husband last year and whose home and property were ravaged by a tornado in 2010. Mrs. Foster and her family are known for the college scholarship they established in 2006 for graduates of Reynoldsburg high school.

The Tri-County Realty Association mowed, weeded, planted flowers, replaced an old split rail fence with a new decorative rod iron fence, and re-graded and graveled the driveway. The transformation was pretty incredible and Mrs. Foster was truly appreciative.

“Alice asked me if there wouldn’t be somebody else that might be more deserving,” said Janis Francis, 2014 president of the Tri-County Realty Association. “But she’d given back to the community for so long, we felt she was really deserving.”

In addition to their financial commitment of just under $1,100, the Tri-County Realty Association secured $3,350 in additional donations of services and materials to finish this project. Special thanks to Kathryn Stintsman who tirelessly worked to coordinate the efforts of the 36 volunteers.

For more information and pictures on the Tri-County project, click here. , visit 

The Greater Worthington Area Realty Association was at the home of long time REALTOR®, veteran, and friend Joe Hart. Joe’s health took a turn earlier this year and he was under the care of hospice.

In an effort to make the home more livable for Joe and his visitors as well as assist the family in preparing his estate, they organized, boxed, cleaned, painted doors, mulched, edged, power-washed, planted, cleaned the gutters and roof, did laundry, steam-cleaned carpets and hauled away unwanted items.

“There were so many people who cared for Joe, it was overwhelming to see how so many came out to help him.” said Sarah Mullen, 2014 REALTOR® Care Day coordinator for the Worthington group. The group invested $1,000 into this project as well as securing $630 in additional donations of goods and services. Special thanks to Joe Mangini, Commercial & Home Inspection Services, who went above and beyond in helping to organize this project.

“The community gives so much to us as REALTORS®, and it’s really important that we give back,” added Mullen. Joe was so appreciative of the work provided and enjoyed the fruits of their labor for two weeks before he passed away on June 18, 2014.

For more information on the Worthington project, click here.

In addition to the main project in the King Lincoln District, 20 area realty associations participated in REALTOR® Care Day attacking projects in Delaware, Fairfield, Franklin, Licking, Pickaway and Madison counties. Over $44,000 was invested to accomplish the 30 projects which included:

  • Columbus – Long Street corridor (King Lincoln District), Franklinton Gardens, Homeless Families Foundation and Heinzerling Foundation
  • Bexley – cleaning up major corridors
  • Canal Winchester Food Pantry
  • Delaware – YMCA and People in Need
  • Dublin – Dublin Food Pantry, Welcome Warehouse and resident
  • Grove City – Breck and Fryer Parks
  • Hilliard – Patches of Light
  • London – Madison County Fairgrounds
  • Madison County Fairgrounds
  • New Albany – historical Ealy House
  • Pickaway County – Ashville Community Park
  • Pickerington – Echo Manor
  • Residents in Clintonville, Dublin, Johnstown, Reynoldsburg, Sunbury, Westerville, Worthington

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