Mentors Can Help Guide Your Community Service Outreach

January 31, 2020

If you've made a commitment to your community through volunteering, the National Association of REALTORS® wants to help you enhance and expand your charitable work. The association’s Volunteering Works Grant and Mentoring Program, which matches mentors with real estate professionals who want to expand their community service outreach, is now seeking entries for 2020. “I am incredibly proud of the cumulative impact that REALTORS® have on their communities in the U.S. and across the globe,” NAR President Vince Malta said in a statement. “It's wonderful to be able to support volunteers with expert mentoring resources so they can do even more to help their neighbors live better, more fulfilling lives.”

Volunteering Works, which is sponsored by Wells Fargo, is meant to support REALTORS® who are involved in charitable efforts with growth potential. Five recipients will earn a year of one-on-one mentoring from a past winner of NAR’s Good Neighbor Awards and a $1,000 grant to put toward improvements in their community program. The Good Neighbor Awards annually recognizes 10 REALTORS® who have made an outstanding impact through community service.

Recipients of the Volunteering Works grants are considered based on their dedication to their charitable project, their eagerness to work with a mentor, and the potential for a mentor to help them grow. Ideal candidates should identify specific challenges they would like to address with the help of a mentor while outlining specific goals for the future of their community service project.

“Having access to Good Neighbor mentoring has allowed me to set new goals and begin broadening this program’s reach in our community,” said Michael Hunstad of Toys for Joy in Anoka, Minn., who was a 2019 Volunteering Works mentoring recipient. Hunstad’s mentor was 2017 Good Neighbor Louise Lorenz McLean of RE/MAX Solutions in Merritt Island, Fla., who is co-founder of Space Coast REALTORS® Charitable Foundation. “My mentorship with Louise has allowed my vision of expanding Toys for Joy into a year-round charity to become a reality.”