IRRF, NAR aid available to Northern Illinois flood victims

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Illinois REALTORS®, help us share the news that the Illinois REALTORS® Relief Foundation and the National Association of Realtors® Relief Foundation are still offering disaster relief assistance and aid to those affected by July’s severe flooding in Northern Illinois.

Funds are available to assist those living in Kane, Lake and McHenry counties who have been displaced or sustained property damage from record floods.

Please share with your clients and friends in this area. The deadline for flood victims to apply for IRRF funds is Oct. 1. To learn more about the relief assistance and to download applications, go to: www.IllinoisRealtors.org/IRRF.

VIDEO – Illinois REALTORS® Relief Foundation and the 2015 Coal City tornado

When their home was severely damaged by the 2015 Coal City tornado, Jason and Devan Gagliardo discovered the Illinois REALTORS® Relief Foundation was waiting to help them, and families like them.

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Established in 2015, the Illinois REALTORS® Relief Foundation can help those living in communities that have been affected by natural disasters.To learn more about IRRF and its mission, click here.

 

Remember IRRF can help recent northern Illinois flood victims

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The Illinois REALTORS® Relief Foundation (IRRF) is accepting applications from northern Illinois property owners who were flood victims in early July.

The foundation is one of the charitable arms of Illinois REALTORS® and provides assistance to disaster victims. The latest outreach is for those who were affected by the storms which swept through the Chicago area.

Who is eligible for IRRF assistance?

Anyone who is a full-time Illinois resident, a U.S. citizen and who meets the criteria of the program is eligible to obtain funds.

  • Relief assistance is limited to $500 per application.
  • Assistance can be used for the applicant’s daily needs and employment.
  • Assistance is need-based and other forms of assistance may be taken into consideration when awarding grants.
  • All grants made through IRRF are based on availability of funds and applications are reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis.

If you know someone who was affected, or want to apply for aid, the form is here. Read the original blog post, July 19.

TRAR, Illini Valley lend help to nearby tornado victims

Illini Valley Association of REALTORS® CEO Gail Pyszka receives a stack of VISA gift cards from Three Rivers Association of REALTORS® CEO David McClintock.

The Three Rivers Association of REALTORS® (TRAR) and the Illini Valley Association of REALTORS® are working together to supplement assistance given by the American Red Cross and other relief organizations to victims of last week’s tornadoes in LaSalle County.

TRAR donated $500 in VISA cards and delivered them to Illini Valley last weekend. Illini Valley CEO Gail Pyszka thanked TRAR CEO David McClintock and President Matt Persicketti for the speed of the donation.

Three Rivers was very generous. They drove down with $500 in gift cards,” Pyszka said.

“Having been through two terrible tornadoes in the last three years, we were certain they could use the funds immediately,” said McClintock.

“We have been distributing applications for disaster relief from the Illinois REALTORS® Relief Foundation at the Multi Agency Resource Center (MARC) in Ottawa, as well as 80 Wal-Mart gift cards Illinois REALTORS® donated. Illini Valley members donated gift cards too.”

Several Illini Valley REALTORS® living in the affected area had damage to their homes and property, she said.

See the blog post about the tornadoes.

 

IAR, local associations ready to help latest Illinois tornado victims

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While local REALTOR® associations work with community leaders to find the best ways to help this week’s tornado victims in communities like Coal City, Sublette and Mendota, IAR members and non-members can also contribute to the Illinois REALTORS® Relief Foundation (IRRF).

According to the National Weather Service, nine tornadoes hit northern Illinois communities as storms raked across the state Monday evening and early Tuesday morning.  Numerous minor injuries and power outages were reported, but no deaths. The largest tornado was an EF-3 in Coal City (Grundy County) with winds of 136 to 165 miles per hour, reported ABC-7 Eyewitness News. An EF-2 tornado struck a campground in Sublette (Lee County) causing extensive damage, while an EF-1 hit south of Mendota (LaSalle County).  On Tuesday, Governor Bruce Rauner declared Grundy and Lee counties as disaster areas.

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TRAR members helping in Coal City area

Three Rivers Association of REALTORS® Chief Executive Officer David McClintock says individual members of the local association have already volunteered during Coal City clean-up efforts. Coal City resident and REALTOR® Andy Cook of Coldwell Banker Honig-Bell in Morris told McClintock the expected number of volunteers for Friday will be “significant.” REALTOR® Debbie Bell of Baird & Warner in Plainfield spent a day helping a Morris attorney whose house took on water. McClintock adds that he will deliver a donation to the Community Foundation of Grundy County on behalf of TRAR for $1,000 today.

“Later next week, we will consider other forms of gifts based on a report from our members of what’s still needed,” says McClintock.

As more information on local tornado relief efforts becomes available, IAR will share it here.

Several ways for all to help

IRRF, a 501(c)(3) organization, was established by IAR last year to help Illinois residents living in communities affected by natural disasters. Donations are tax-deductible and can be made online or via mail: IRRF, 522 S. Fifth St., Springfield, IL 62701. Victims can apply for $500 in assistance on a first-come, first-served basis.

In addition, the NAR offers the REALTORS® Relief Foundation offers housing-related assistance to victims of disasters. You can donate to it online or by mail (REALTORS® Relief Foundation, c/o NAR, 430 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60611).