Heartland helps local Toys for Tots campaign

On Dec. 8, the Heartland REALTOR® Organization donated more than 250 toys to the McHenry County Marine Corps Toys for Tots drive.

More than 100 Heartland REALTORS® and affiliate members brought toys to a holiday luncheon at Fire Bar in Crystal Lake. The toys were sorted, wrapped and then distributed to children in need throughout McHenry County.

In addition to the toy drive, more than $3,000 was raised for the organization’s REALTOR® Political Action Committee. The funds are used to help support local political candidates for office who understand and support private property rights.

The festive event allowed Heartland members to network with each other, said Heartland Association Executive Jim Haisler.

Heartland officers in 2018 include: President Kris Brown, President-elect Kathleen Ricketts, Treasurer-secretary Becky Kirchner and Immediate Past President Jacqueline Lechner.

(This is the eighth in a series of blog posts about local associations giving back to their communities during the holiday season. See the previous stories about the: Three Rivers Association of REALTORS®, Heartland REALTOR® Organization, Logan County Board of REALTORS®, Illinois REALTORS® staff in Springfield, Egyptian Board of REALTORS®, Belvidere Board of REALTORS® and Champaign County Association of REALTORS®.)

Champaign County Association of REALTORS® Bundles of Warmth program helps 9 organizations help the needy

The Champaign County Association of REALTORS® (CCAR) annual Bundles of Warmth program has provided 272 new blankets to nine area charities and nonprofit organizations.

“Winter is upon us and there are many who are struggling to keep warm when temperatures drop. CCAR, through its Bundles of Warmth program, is helping to provide that added warmth to needy individuals and families in the Champaign County area,” said Max McComb, president of the Champaign County Association of REALTORS®.  “The program has been in existence for close to 25 years and demand has increased in that time as has the total number of blankets we donate each year.”

The Champaign County area organizations receiving blankets include:

  • Salt and Light,
  • Restoration Urban Ministries,
  • Empty Tomb,
  • Times Center,
  • Circle of Friends,
  • Family Services of Champaign County,
  • Crisis Nursery,
  • Courage Connection and
  • the C-U@Home Emergency Shelter.

The blankets were purchased at the Savoy Walmart which waived the collection of all sales taxes.

McComb joined other REALTOR® and affiliate members of the CCAR Member Involvement in personally presenting the blankets to the nine different charities in advance of the winter season. CCAR solicits donations from members during the year to support the program.

“Our members are personally involved in helping to support and raise funds to support the Bundles of Warmth program each year,” said McComb.

Linda Green is the Association Executive for CCAR. The 2018 officers include: President Max McComb, President-elect Eric Porter, Treasurer-secretary Julie Roth and Immediate Past President Jim Waller.

(This is the eight in a series of blog posts about local associations giving back to their communities during the holiday season. See the previous stories about the: Three Rivers Association of REALTORS®, Heartland REALTOR® Organization, Logan County Board of REALTORS®, Illinois REALTORS® staff in Springfield, Egyptian Board of REALTORS® and the Belvidere Board of REALTORS®.)

Back row (l to r) REALTORS® Channing Gardiner, Kristen Thompson and Ryan Brommel of the Ryan Dallas Team of Keller Williams Realty; Denise Zindars, PNC Bank (Affiliate); REALTOR® Karen Barr, RE/MAX Realty Associates; Adam Hodge of First State Bank (Affiliate); and Max McComb, CCAR President. Front row: Jared, Assistant Manager at Walmart, Butch Dalhaus (Affiliate) and Cameron Harpst of ServPro of Champaign-Urbana.

 

Belvidere REALTORS® help family of 7 through community project

Belvidere REALTOR® tree decorators included (l to r): Kierstyn VanCleave, REALTOR® LeeAnn Sackett, REALTOR® Angie Wait-Weber and Alivia Hyder.

The Belvidere Board of REALTORS® donated more than $600 in gifts and decorations to a local family in need during the Belvidere Hometown Christmas event last week.

The sponsored family consisted of a father, mother and five children ranging from 6 to 18 years old, says Belvidere Association Executive Karen Thomas.

The family received Christmas gifts and gift cards from the Belvidere REALTORS® as well as a live Christmas tree with lights, decorations and a tree skirt. The gifts and decorations were purchased using donations from Belvidere members.

Belvidere-area REALTORS® Leann Sackett and Angie Wait-Weber decorated the tree for the family using a cookie and candy theme.

The Belvidere Hometown Christmas project is a community-wide event that includes a Christmas parade and family activities.

Belvidere officers in 2018 are: President Ron Taylor of Century 21 Affiliated in Rockford, Vice President Steven Niemczyk of Century 21 Affiliated in Rockford and Treasurer Christi Steines of Dickerson & Nieman in Belvidere.

(This is the sixth in a series of blog posts about the way local REALTOR® associations give back to their communities during the holiday season. See the previous stories about the: Three Rivers Association of REALTORS®, Heartland REALTOR® Organization, Logan County Board of REALTORS®, Illinois REALTORS® staff in Springfield and the Egyptian Board of REALTORS®.)

Egyptian REALTORS® collect $2,100 for area homeless families

For the third consecutive year, members of the Egyptian Board of REALTORS® showed their holiday spirit with a donation to the Southern Illinois Coalition for the Homeless (SICH) in Marion so Christmas gifts could be purchased for children served by the nonprofit organization.

A total of $2,100 was collected from Egyptian members through a variety of drawings during the year, said Egyptian Association Executive Charay Palmer.

In addition to the local association’s contribution, one local office, Realty Central in Carbondale donated 18 “Welcome Home” baskets to the Southern Illinois Coalition for the Homeless. The baskets included home cleaning products, towels, shower curtains and paper products to help smooth the transition for low income families that are placed in housing. The nonprofit serves homeless in the 24 southernmost counties of Illinois.

Egyptian’s 2018 officers are: President Suzanne Wood of Coldwell Banker Allen & Geary in Centralia, President-elect Cynthia Bevis of RE/MAX Elite in Mount Vernon, Treasurer Brian Wood of Cross Davidson Real Estate in Mount Vernon and Immediate Past President Teresa Camarato of Property with TLC, LLC, in Carbondale.

(This is the fifth in a series of blog posts about local associations giving back to their communities during the holiday season. See the previous stories about the: Three Rivers Association of REALTORS®, Heartland REALTOR® Organization, Logan County Board of REALTORS® and the Illinois REALTORS® staff in Springfield.)

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.