Meet NAR’s Newest Volunteering Works Honorees

July 2, 2020

Five real estate professionals were selected as recipients to the Volunteering Works grants and mentoring program, which helps to expand their charitable causes, which this year range from providing support for foster parents to helping save animals from euthanasia and supporting children’s hospitals across the continent.

The Volunteering Works program matches real estate professionals who have newer, smaller-scale charitable projects with mentors. Recipients also receive a $1,000 seed grant to help grow their project.

Volunteering Works is a program from the National Association of REALTORS® and the Good Neighbor Society.

This year’s five recipients will receive a year of one-on-one mentoring from a member of the Good Neighbor Society, which includes past recipients of NAR’s prestigious Good Neighbor Awards for volunteer service. The Good Neighbors Award is the highest honor that NAR awards to REALTORS® who are involved in community service.

“It is truly remarkable that the REALTORS® being recognized today have been able to continue giving so much to their communities despite the uncertainty and disruption that have defined much of the past year,” says NAR President Vince Malta. “As a reward for their dedication, these five individuals will receive mentorship, resources, and support to ensure their efforts are benefiting as many people as possible.”

Recipients to Volunteering Works are selected based on their devotion to their communities through volunteer work and the potential to improve or expand their charity with the help of a mentor.

This year’s honorees for the Volunteering Works program are:

Tim Crabtree

Tim Crabtree, Benchmark Realty, LLC, Murfreesboro, Tenn.
Since September 2019, Crabtree has helped increase awareness and fundraising for Shepherd’s House, a nonprofit organization that provides temporary housing, clothing, and food for the homeless. He will receive guidance from 2017 Good Neighbor Kay Wilson-Bolton of Century 21 Everest in Santa Paula, Calif. The founder of SPIRIT of Santa Paula, Wilson-Bolton will offer Crabtree guidance in coordinating food, counseling, and financial and job skills.

Jamie Leach

Jamie Leach, Marinello Realty, Sterling, Ohio
In 2017, Jamie Leach founded Lolo’s Ark, a nonprofit organization for foster parents who open their homes and hearts to area children in need. She will receive guidance from 2019 Honorable Mention Kristy Payne of Keller Williams Realty in Edmond, Okla., a former foster mom herself and founder of Fostering Sweet Dreams. Payne will provide assistance on strategic planning, fundraising, and the process of recruiting volunteers.

Julie Lykins

Julie Lykins, The Broker Network, Escondido, Calif.
After discovering that breast implants were the cause of over 40 medical complications, Julie Lykins has spent five years partnering with the Breast Implant Safety Alliance (BISA) and other organizations on research projects surrounding breast implant safety. She will receive guidance from 2016 Honorable Mention Vince Mirabelli of RE/MAX First Choice Realty, Ltd., Thunder Bay, Ontario, who will offer strategies to build awareness and support through websites and social media platforms.

Janice Overbeck

Janice Overbeck, Keller Williams Realty, Marietta, Ga.
In 2017, Janice Overbeck founded Jo Gives, Inc., a nonprofit organization that focuses on animal activism, nurturing relationships with dogs and cats facing euthanasia in overpopulated animal shelters. She will receive guidance from 2018 Good Neighbor Joy Nelson of Haugan Nelson Realty in Watertown, S.D., founder of Joy Ranch. Nelson will provide Overbeck with a streamlined strategic plan, along with networking and fundraising support.

Matthew Ritchie

Matthew Ritchie, CCIM, Ritchie Real Estate, Alexandria, La.
Matthew Ritchie served on the Christus Cabrini Hospital Foundation board for nearly a decade before becoming chairman of the Children’s Miracle Network Fundraising Committee. Ritchie created his own fundraiser, Play It Forward Tennis Tournament, to benefit the CMN. He will seek guidance from 2019 Good Neighbor Bruce Johnson of RE/MAX of Wasaga Beach in Wasago Beach, Ontario, Canada, on new ideas to help expand participation and sponsorship opportunities. Johnson is the founder of Motorcycles for Miracles, which is a significant fundraiser for CMN.