Art Pearson was depressed. The 92-year-old suffered from macular degeneration and is legally blind. “Even pouring water into a glass was hard,” says Pearson, who lives alone. So, when a friend recommended Lighthouse of Collier Inc., a non-profit that offers programs that foster independence and enhance the quality of life for the blind, visually impaired and their...
When Mackenzie Hymas was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer at just a year old, her outlook was grim. “There’s no cure for her and right now she’s not in treatment,” says her mother, Sharon. And because her disease impacts her brain, the now 10-year-old Mackenzie wasn’t expected to walk, talk, or write.
In 2007, this mother-daughter team was a finalist for REALTOR® Magazine’s Good Neighbor Award because of their work with Village Hope. Since then, they’ve greatly expanded their efforts, adding programs to support the families of rural villages in Zimbabwe as well as those in Harare.
Greg Adamson founded of the Heart 2 Home Foundation, a volunteer organization that gifts home renovations to those in need. Think "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" without the television cameras and occasional madcap themes.
Cindy Johnson began volunteering in 1985 and was elected to the board of directors of the local chapter in 1989. She served at the state level for 10 years before being named to the national board of directors. She’s now in her second term on the national board and public policy cochair; her work impacts 15 million people nationwide.
Dwindling funds for roads, bridges, and sewers is fast becoming a national crisis, says Urban Land Institute Senior Resident Fellow Robert Dunphy. He explains the findings of an influential ULI study showing that government can’t go it alone.
Think your life is hectic? Try adding a half-dozen high school students to your demanding family life and real estate career. That’s exactly what Scott and Robin Gwaltney, sales associates with Coldwell Banker At Your Service Realty in Rochester, Minn., have been doing for 15 years.
As chairman of Veterans Village of San Diego, this former platoon leader helped the charity refinance and stabilize their real estate holdings. VVSD now encompasses a five-acre site with 127 treatment beds and is working to expand their mission of providing food, clothing, housing, substance abuse treatment, mental health counseling, and job training and placement.
Last year, Harvest of Haiti, a nonprofit humanitarian outreach program cofounded by Patrick Moore that treats close to 3,500 people per year, raised $31,000. But the most telling illustration of Moore’s dedication to his Haitian undertaking is his adopted daughter Chrismene.
At 82, Ernest (Chuck) Ayala is old enough to be a client at Centro Latino de San Francisco. But Ayala is the founder of the center, which provides low-income seniors with meals, transportation, bilingual assistance, and health assessments.
Lolita Junk is a 45-year real estate veteran and broker with Diversified Real Estate Services/GMAC. She had read in an American Legion Auxiliary publication about an alternative to the juvenile justice system, and in 1994 she set out to bring the idea—known as teen court—to her community.