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Volunteering Works: NAR Taking Applications for 2021 Grants

Realtor volunteers can receive $1,000 grants to boost their project and mentoring to help extend their community outreach. Deadline for applications: Feb. 28, 2021.

CHICAGO – For 12 years, the National Association of Realtors® (NAR) has given Realtors committed to public service an opportunity to enhance their charitable work through their Volunteering Works Grant and Mentoring Program. The program matches mentors with these Realtors to help them expand their community service outreach.

The program is seeking entries for 2021. The entry deadline is Feb. 28, 2020. For a Volunteering Works entry form, visit and click on “Nominate.” Applicants must be NAR members. Wells Fargo Home Lending sponsors Volunteering Works.

“In a year when Realtors across the country stepped forward to help their communities during the pandemic, it will be especially gratifying to connect volunteers with expert mentors so they can do even more to help and support their neighbors,” says NAR President Charlie Oppler.

Any Realtor involved in charitable efforts with growth potential can apply. Five recipients will earn a year of one-on-one mentoring from a member of NAR’s Good Neighbor Society and a $1,000 grant to put toward improvements in their program. The society includes past recipients of NAR’s Good Neighbor Award, which recognizes outstanding achievement in community service.

Recipients are selected based on their dedication to the charitable project and its opportunity for growth if paired with an expert mentor. Ideal candidates should identify specific challenges they would like to address and outline specific goals for their community service project.

“My mentor, Joy, is an inspiration, and she has filled me with all kinds of ideas,” says 2020 Volunteering Works recipient Janice Overbeck and founder of nonprofit JO Gives. “I’m particularly excited about our newsletter providing more formal updates to our supporters, but Joy has also inspired me to create a video to help explain and promote our mission.”

Overbeck’s mentor was Realtor and 2018 Good Neighbor Award winner Joy Nelson, founder of nonprofit Joy Ranch in South Dakota. She used her $1,000 grant to support her association’s ‘spay and neuter push,’ during which 2,000 dogs and cats were spayed and neutered in Mexico and Nicaragua over a 12-day period.

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