WASHINGTON – Jan. 15, 2014 – For six years, Realtor® Magazine’s Good Neighbor Society has helped Realtors expand and develop their charitable efforts through the Volunteering Works Grant and Mentoring Program. The program, which assigns expert mentors to Realtors who want to expand their community service outreach, is now seeking entries.
“Realtors can get the support and tools they need to help them achieve even greater success for their cause,” says National Association of Realtors (NAR) President Steve Brown.
The Good Neighbor Society is seeking applications from Realtors who work on small-scale charitable efforts that have growth potential. Five Volunteering Works applicants will be selected to receive a year of one-on-one mentoring from a member of the Good Neighbor Society and a $1,000 grant as seed money to help implement improvements in their program.
“Often, people are hesitant to apply for our awards because they’re nervous about putting themselves in the spotlight,” says Sara Geimer, manager of the Good Neighbor Awards with Realtor Magazine. But “the benefit to the charity that from an award like this makes the spotlight worthwhile, even for the shyest candidates.”
Volunteering Works recipients are selected based on their dedication to the community through volunteer work, and the potential for their charitable work to be expanded or improved with the help of an expert mentor. Ideal candidates have been active in charity work, can identify specific challenges they would like to address with the help of a mentor, and specific goals for the future of their community service project. Applicants must be NAR members.
“Mentors help the Volunteering Works recipients face the challenges of starting up a volunteer project – and help them avoid the pitfalls – because the mentor has been there before,” says Victor Kee, Good Neighbor Society Advisory Council Chair, a 2008 Good Neighbor Award recipient, and a former mentor.
Since 2000, there have been more than 130 winners and honorable mentions of the Good Neighbor Award. Volunteering Works is funded by The Stuart & Jill Siegel Charitable Foundation. The Good Neighbor Society is comprised of past recipients of Realtor Magazine’s Good Neighbor Award.
For a Volunteering Works entry form, visit www.Realtor.org/gna. The entry deadline is Feb. 28, 2014. Recipients will be notified in April.
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