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Cover story: Realtors deeply involved in communities
Other Avery-Hess offices participated in Casual Friday for Haiti, collecting donations for the privilege of wearing jeans on Friday. Donations were sent to the Red Cross to help the Haitians. In Fredericksburg, Avery-Hess Realtors worked with the Fredericksburg Association of Realtors to collect cereal for the Fredericksburg food bank.
- Weichert, Realtors recently held the 32nd Annual Weichert Toy Drive, a nationwide endeavor in which members of each community are invited to drop off new toys at Weichert sales offices. The toys are delivered throughout the holidays in conjunction with local charities that help financially and physically disadvantaged children.
In 2009, almost 24,000 toys were distributed to charitable and service organizations through this drive.
As with other real estate companies, individual Weichert agents participate in a wide range of community service projects every year. Weichert, Realtors recognizes individual agents throughout the country for their outstanding contributions to their customers and colleagues and for their community efforts through its “You Make the Weichert Difference” campaign.
In August 2010, Cindy Dwyer, a Realtor in Weichert’s Vienna, Va. Office was recognized for her work with injured soldiers and their families. She collects clothing for service members and their families, makes sure they are clean and in perfect condition, and delivers them to Walter Reed Army Medical Center. Ms. Dwyer works on a personal level with the soldiers and their families, too, inviting them to her home during the holidays and at other times of the year to give them a respite from the stress of the medical center.
- Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage Cares (CBRB Cares) supports a wide range of local charities in the Washington area. Individual agents and offices in the region hold fundraisers throughout the year and also recommend potential recipients of the funds. The company also hosts an annual golf tournament as a regional fundraiser for CBRB Cares.
During the first three quarters of 2010, about 30 groups in the Washington and greater Baltimore region received funds from CBRB Cares.
Additional companywide activities throughout the year include participating in Toys for Tots and clothing drives in many Coldwell Banker offices. The Vienna office usually collects between 5,000 and 8,000 toys each year, filling trailers with toys donated by local businesses, individuals and students from nearby Louise Archer Elementary School. Agents from the Vienna office mentor students at that school.
In March, the entire company participates in the Harvest for the Hungry drive that benefits the Capital Area Food Bank.
In November, five Coldwell Banker offices participated in the American Heart Association Heart Walk, raising $7,640 for the association.
The Vienna office of Coldwell Banker organizes an annual fundraiser, which this year raised $7,842 to benefit Family Pass and Alternative House in addition to their ongoing contributions to CBRB Cares. This office also organized a donation drive to raise money for MenzFit, which provides new suits, job interview coaching, career development and financial literacy services for disadvantaged men in the Washington area.
The Lake Ridge Coldwell Banker office hosts a thank you luncheon every year to show its appreciation for the emergency service personnel in Manassas and Prince William County.
Each month, the Dupont Circle Coldwell Banker office hosts a pet adoption event for the Washington Humane Society. In addition, members of this office volunteer with Food & Friends to help prepare meals to be delivered to area residents suffering from life-threatening illnesses such as cancer and HIV/AIDS.
At the Bethesda Coldwell Banker office, Realtor Harlene Bernstein raises money for the Perry School Community Services Center. This year, Ms. Bernstein arranged for a $3,000 donation from CBRB Cares to the school’s Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters program.
Linda Wolf, an agent with Coldwell Banker in Alexandria, Va., has organized a holiday ice cream social each year since December 2001 at Pop’s Ice Cream Parlor in Alexandria. Ms. Wolf asks her guests to bring toys, hats, gloves and other gifts for patients at Children's National Medical Center. The items are kept in a special closet at the hospital and used by children undergoing treatment.
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