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Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Weiler Grants awarded to Big Walnut and Madison County groups for their 2018 REALTOR® Care Day projects

Columbus REALTORS® is proud to announce that both the Big Walnut and Madison County Area Realty Association were awarded Weiler grants in honor of their 2018 REALTOR® Care Day projects.

REALTOR® Care Day is an annual day of service to the communities in which REALTORS® live, work and raise families. This year’s event was held on June 6, 2018, with 23 groups and over 640 volunteers working on 52 projects all over central Ohio. 

Since its inception in 2005, REALTOR® Care Day has resulted in almost $500,000 re-invested into our communities.

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 was established in 2014 to recognize Area Realty & Trade Association projects that exemplify the principles of the event which is to provide community service to those in need. The grant was named for Skip Weiler, founder of REALTOR® Care Day. Both area realty associations will receive an additional $500 in funding which they may use towards their 2019 REALTOR® Care Day projects.


Big Walnut Area Realty Association

chose to help a human trafficking survivor and founder of 2nd Chance Ministries with interior and exterior improvements to her mobile home. 

“This woman spends her life ministering to the homeless, addicted individuals and human trafficking victims,” said Becky Payne, president of Big Walnut Area Realty Association.

“She has been honored for her work many times in Central Ohio. With a GoFundMe account, she purchased a used motorhome to visit areas of Columbus with high concentrations of the previously mentioned groups of people. She serves 200 hot meals a month, allows people to take showers in the motorhome, and keeps items on hand to help them set up a place to live.”

They assisted with an array of home improvement projects including trimming trees, cleaning and mulching flowerbeds, planting flowers, painting the kitchen and living room walls, replacing the lawn shed floor, installing a new toilet in the master bath, a new sink faucet in kitchen, fixing the bathroom toilet, and power washing the deck and patio. 

“We were very proud of this project because we made a difference in someone’s life who dedicates their own life to making a difference in others,” Payne said. “This was a special project because she really needed the help. On some projects in the past we weren’t sure they appreciated us, but we know she did.”

For more information and pictures on Big Walnut’s project, click here.

The Madison County Area Realty Association chose to help a family with financial and physical troubles that they felt would directly benefit from their assistance. After the loss of the family’s father/husband unexpectedly, the mother’s health took a quick turn for the worse. The family unfortunately lost all income sources and became homeless with very little with which to live.

Thus far, Madison County has assisted the family by completing plumbing repairs, electrical updates, installing a stove, washer and dryer, adding flooring, landscaping, fixing their front steps and providing them with new clothes.

“This family has been through so much. And although they were able to get this home, unfortunately it had so many issues that it was just a roof over their heads and walls around them - not much functionality,” said Jenna Webster, tour director of Madison County Area Realty Association. “They were so proud of how far they had come, but really appreciated the generosity and persistence of our group.”

Future assistance entails roof repairs, repairing and adding drywall, adding carpet, interior and exterior painting, and providing mold remediation.

“This family does not ask for anything and have been beyond thankful and emotional throughout this whole process,” Webster said.

For more information and pictures on Madison County’s project, click here.

In total, over $54,000 was invested by 23 groups tackling 52 REALTOR® Care Day community service projects all over central Ohio.

  • Milo-Grogan (main project) – Made improvements to 17 homes, one business, and a community garden. Supplies were also donated to the Boys & Girls Club and a Kids Zone was hosted for the area youth.
  • Bexley – Helped a Bexley resident with exterior yardwork, trimming, mulching, planting.
  • Canal Winchester - Litter abatement for a 1-2 mile stretch of Rt. 33 near Gender Road and donated to the Canal Winchester food bank and the Brockstrong Foundation.
  • Circleville - Worked on a park beautification project at Ted Lewis Park.
  • Clintonville - Spruced up the planted areas on High Street from Torrence to Olentangy Streets
  • Columbus – Worked at the Heinzerling Foundation and St. Vincent Family Center.
  • Delaware – Worked at Common Grounds Free Store - serving/stocking shelves and then doing a deep clean on the facility after it closes.
  • Dublin – Volunteered with the Dublin Food Pantry and the Welcome Warehouse, stocking shelves, painting and improvement
  •  Franklinton – Worked in the Franklinton Gardens.
  • Gahanna – Helped a Gahanna resident in need with outside repairs, fencing and HVAC.
  • Grove City - Lawn cleanup and mulching/planting flowers for two elderly residents who are shut-ins in the community.
  • Hilliard – Landscaping and interior painting for a single mother who lost her husband to Huntington's disease. Her adult son also has the disease.
  • Lancaster - 1) Fairfield County Community Action - landscaping, painting, cleanup; 2) YMCA - major cleanup behind the building; 3) Sanded/repainted downtown benches.
  • Lewis Center - Exterior/interior improvements for a Lewis Center family who have fallen on hard times due to medical bills of one of their twin girls.
  • Marysville - Redid a porch and provided extensive exterior grounds cleanup for a senior widow's farm house.
  • Pickerington - visited with the residents of Echo Manor Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.
  • Plain City – Repairs and maintenance on a mobile home for a single mother with two school age children who was temporarily homeless due to a terrible disease and the recent loss of her husband.
  • Powell - Bed Brigade (built and dressed beds) at the Liberty Township Fire Department for People In Need of Delaware County.
  • Reynoldsburg - Fixed up VFW Post 9473 by fixing a front sign and flag areas, fixed damaged eaves, and donated a bench for seating during ceremonies.
  • Upper Arlington - Grounds cleanup at Northwest Park for the City of Upper Arlington's centennial celebration this year.
  • Westerville - 1) Helped a human trafficking survivor and founder of 2nd Chance Ministries with interior and exterior improvements to her mobile home; 2) distributed free lunches and milk to children in the community and assisted with the daily enrichment activity through WARM.
  • Worthington – Yardwork and exterior cleanup for a longtime resident who was with the police reserves.

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