Illinois REALTORS® staff helps local family

A group of Illinois REALTORS® staff members wrapped Christmas gifts bought for a needy Springfield-area family, including: (l to r) Aniya Lathan, Laurie Clayton,Kim Buscher, Brandi Moore, Kelli Jessup and Michelle McAnarney. Missing is Chris Barnes.

A Springfield-area mother and her three elementary school aged children will receive all the gifts on their wish list this Christmas thanks to the efforts of the Illinois REALTORS® staff and Contact Ministries of Springfield.

The charity provided REALTORS® with wish lists for the mom, son and two daughters through the Adopt-a-Family program. The lists included ages, clothing sizes and toy preferences for each family member.

The staff and the association combined to donate a total of $1,450, then staff members shopped for the gifts and wrapped them for the family. Staff members will drop the gifts off at Contact Ministries and workers there will present the gifts to the family.

The REALTORS® have an ongoing relationship with Contact Ministries.

(This is the fourth in a series of blog posts about the way local associations give back to their communities. See the Logan County, Heartland and Three Rivers stories.)

Several Illinois REALTORS® staff members pitched in to help wrap Christmas gifts, including: (l to r) Kim Buscher, Kelli Jessup, Aniya Lathan, Laurie Clayton, Michelle McAnarney and Brandi Moore.

Logan County REALTORS® help local Toys for Tots

The Logan County Board of REALTORS® collected $1,375 for the Logan County Toys for Tots campaign at its annual Christmas party this week, said Bob Kidd, Logan County association executive.

The 2018 officers are: President Ron Knollenberg, Knollenberg Real Estate and Auction Service in Mason City; President-elect Michael Simonson, Werth and Associates in Lincoln, Treasurer Linda Barrick, Brady REALTORS® in Lincoln, and Immediate Past President Diane Schriber of ME Realty in Lincoln.

(This is the third in a series of blog posts about local associations giving back to their communities during the holiday season. See the first story about the Three Rivers Association of REALTORS® and the second story about the Heartland REALTOR® Organization.)

Heartland REALTORS® help Salvation Army in Crystal Lake and McHenry

REALTOR® Janice Ricci (left) and event coordinator June Frantz. Ricci is on the Heartland Board of Directors and Frantz is Director of Member Services.

On Dec. 1, more than 40 members of the Heartland REALTOR® Organization and staff rang bells for the Salvation Army in Crystal Lake and McHenry.

The REALTOR® volunteers worked in mostly one-hour shifts at two local grocery stores, and shoppers responded by filling the red kettles with donations.

June Frantz, Heartland staff, coordinated the event.

Heartland’s 2018 officers are: Kris Brown, President; Kathleen Ricketts, President-elect; Becky Kirchner, Treasurer-secretary. Jim Haisler is the association executive.

(This is the second in a series of blog posts showing members of local REALTOR® organizations volunteering during the holiday season.  See the first – from the Three Rivers Association of REALTORS®.)

Joliet-area REALTORS® show holiday spirit by volunteering and giving blood

(l to r) Ann Schuler, Emily Tracy, Matt Persicketti, David McClintock and Ken Pytlewski helped distribute food at the MorningStar Mission in Joliet last week.

On Nov. 21, several members of the Three Rivers Association of REALTORS® (TRAR) helped with holiday food distribution at the Morningstar Mission in Joliet.

The mission provides shelter, clothing and food for needy men, women, children and entire families in Joliet and Will County. Through its holiday food baskets program the nonprofit organization distributed food baskets at Thanksgiving and will do the same for Christmas. Its “Stars of Hope” program provides families with Christmas gifts.

During the morning of the food distribution at MorningStar Mission, 16 members of Three Rivers participated in a blood drive at the association office, 303 Springfield Dr., Joliet. The event was conducted by the Heartland Blood Center.

David McClintock is CEO for Three Rivers. The officers include: Ken Pytlewski, President; Judy Panozzo, President-elect; Joyce Zelazik, Secretary-treasurer; and Matt Persicketti, Immediate Past President. Members of the TRAR Board of Directors include: Ryan Behrens, Tim Bradley, Steve Engel, Jane Hopkins, Gibby Kirby, Eddie Ruettiger, Ann Schuler, Beth Stopka-Rios and Emily Tracy.

The Three Rivers Association of REALTORS® is a professional trade association representing the interests of property owners and licensed real estate agents in Will and Grundy counties and surrounding areas. It is part of the Illinois REALTORS® and the National Association of REALTORS®.

(This blog post is the first in a series of blog posts about charitable community work performed by local Illinois REALTORS® during the final weeks of the year.)

Help disaster victims with a Giving Tuesday donation to the Illinois REALTORS® Relief Foundation

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REALTORS® can celebrate Giving Tuesday and support future U.S. disaster relief efforts by donating to the Illinois REALTORS® Relief Foundation (IRRF), the aid arm of the Illinois REALTORS®.

Make an IRRF donation here using PayPal.

Illinois REALTORS® are no strangers to helping others in times of need, having contributed $135,000 to victims of hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands earlier this year. Flood victims in northeastern Illinois have received more than $62,000 in IRRF grants and nearly $66,000 in REALTOR® Relief Foundation grants for damage sustained during the summer. A total of 203 applicants received $128,061.26 in aid.

During the last decade, Illinois REALTORS® have demonstrated their commitment to helping communities in need by donating nearly $1M to help disaster victims. In addition to this year’s disasters, victims of California wildfires, Hurricane Katrina, Hurricane Sandy, the 9/11 attacks and numerous Illinois tornado outbreaks received aid.

What is Giving Tuesday?

Started in 2012, Giving Tuesday promotes philanthropy and collaboration. It follows holiday shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, encouraging citizens to donate their time, talent and money to help the less fortunate. Using partnerships built between individuals, families, businesses and civic and nonprofit organizations, Giving Tuesday has raised more than $177 through its website and helped countless other organizations and causes.

Local solutions to local problems

Local REALTOR® organizations also capitalize on the combined efforts of their members to help charities and nonprofit causes in their communities. Watch for “REALTORS® give back” stories that summarize the local project successes during the next five weeks.