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Friday, June 7, 2019

REALTOR® Care Day volunteers impact central Ohio

Over 640 local REALTORS®, family and friends cleaned, painted, pruned and planted this past Wednesday as part of the Columbus REALTORS®’ 15th annual REALTOR® Care Day, to impact 41 residents and organizations all over central Ohio!

Started in 2005, REALTOR® Care Day is an annual day of service to the communities in which REALTORS® live, work and raise families. In the last 15 years, REALTOR® Care Day has contributed over $557,000 in improvements and repairs and hundreds of hours of service to residents and communities around central Ohio.

“REALTORS® volunteer their time and talents to improve their communities throughout the year,” said John Myers, 2019 President of Columbus REALTORS®. “This one-day event is different in that it focuses the efforts of hundreds of volunteers as we collaborate and make significant contributions to many residents and organizations.”

In addition to funding from the Columbus REALTORS® Foundation, Columbus REALTORS® was fortunate to receive grants from the Joseph A. Jeffrey Fund at the Columbus Foundation and Scott’s Miracle-Gro Foundation Community Garden Academy.
For the main project this year, co-chairs Mary Sguerra, Nikki Johnsen and Cassandra Welch worked with the Milo-Grogan Area Commission and the Milo-Grogan Civic Association to determine some needs and wants of the community.

As a result, roughly 160 volunteers worked on improvements to 10 homes and the community garden green space as well as hosted a Kids Zone and collected debris throughout the Milo-Grogan community.

“We returned to Milo-Grogan this year as the relationships we developed with the Area Commission and Civic Association enabled us to identify specific needs of the community as well as those of several homeowners,” said Mary Sguerra, 2019 REALTOR® Care Day Committee co-chair. “This community has been working diligently over many years to improve conditions for their residents and we wanted to support their efforts.”

“The 2019 REALTOR® Care Day was a day to remember,” said Charles Thompkins, Chair of the Milo-Grogan Area Commission. “The rain didn’t stop the REALTORS® from painting, planting, cleaning the gutters as well as the streets and all sorts of other tasks. And smiles abounded throughout the day. June 5th was truly a day of celebration for us.”

In addition to the main project, 23 area realty and trade associations participated in REALTOR® Care Day attacking service projects all over central Ohio.

Almost $60,000 was invested to accomplish the many projects which included:

  • Main project: Milo-Grogan (main project) Exterior improvements for 10 area homeowners; Kids Zone; litter abatement, and fencing/landscape enhancements for their community garden/green space.
  • Bexley – Mulched, trimmed trees and created 4 flower beds for a resident.
  • Chillicothe – Added flower and vegetable gardens for Ross County Board of Developmental Disabilities-Pioneer Center Adult Recreation at Charles and Daisy Black Farm.
  • Circleville - Exterior landscaping and interior painting for a new location of The Haven House of Pickaway County which is a domestic violence/homeless shelter for women and children.
  • Clintonville – cleaned, weeded, added plants and mulched Portal Park (Arcadia and N. High St.) and the public planting areas from Arcadia Ave. to E. Dunedin Rd.
  • Columbus – Cleaned up litter and debris at local area homeless camps under two downtown bridges.
  • Delaware – Helped elderly widower with lawn cleanup, washing windows, etc.; donated smoke alarms to the fire department; bought/assembled Kundara pet beds, cleaned pet areas, and detailed the insides of the animal transport vehicles for the Delaware County Humane Society.
  • Dublin – Helped local resident with clean up, painting, landscaping, fence rebuild, deck replacement and termite treatment.
  • Franklinton – Planted, weeded, and harvested for the Franklinton Farms gardens which supply healthy food options for residents.
  • Gahanna – Provided cleanup, power washing, exterior trim painting, front porch repairs and flower planting for a resident in need.
  • Grove City - Filled/donated “Summer Book Bags” for local school children.
  • Hilliard – Donated/filled backpacks and supplies for Horizon Elementary School students.
  • Jefferson - Worked with Sufficient Grace to organize meals for school age children who experience food insecurity.
  • Lancaster - Painted the interior at the Lighthouse Shelter in Lancaster.
  • Lewis Center – Helped a resident with landscaping, junk removal, and maintenance.
  • Marysville – Provided flowering baskets as well as deck lattice installation and ceiling, sign and gutter repair for the Historical Houston House in Marysville.
  • New Albany – Landscape, painting and maintenance for a New Albany resident.
  • Pataskala – Planting/mulching at Municipal Park and stained benches and shelter at Karr Park.
  • Pickerington - Provided entertainment and refreshments for residents of Echo Manor Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Pickerington.
  • Powell - Yard work for the Martin-Perry House and built/dressed beds for the Sertoma Bed Brigade at the Liberty Township Fire Department for People In Need of Delaware County.
  • Upper Arlington – Tree and bush removal as well as lawncare, maintenance and a new gravel drive for a retired single woman.
  • Westerville - Created a Life Skills Lab for the North Pointe program at Westerville North High School.
  • Whitehall – Beautification (landscaping, mulching, planting and painting) at Homeport’s Eastway Village.
  • Worthington – Olentangy Park (Olentangy bike trail) - planted (trees, shrubs, flowers), mulched, built a paver wall, stained the shelter house and planted an oak tree in honor and memory of Chris Bradley.

For photos, detailed project descriptions, volunteers, video and pictures, visit Project Map and descriptions for all projects.

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