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Area realtors ‘pay it forward’ to local charities

Blankets for Kids program. (Courtesy)

Blankets for Kids program. (Courtesy)

The Prescott Area Association of Realtors (PAAR) Community Service and Outreach Committee donated a total of $2000 to four local charities as part of a “Pay It Forward” Nov. donation spree.

Members of the committee visited with four different charities throughout the Quad Cities: Blankets 4 Kids, People Who Care, The Eric Marsh Foundation for Wildland Fire Fighters and the Yavapai Territorial Gospel Rescue Mission to learn more about what these charities do to support members of our community

“As an association of realtors, PAAR and its affiliates believe its mission is not to sell houses, but instead to build better communities. Each charity received a check for $500 to help work on current projects,”

said PAAR President Lee Giblin.

The committee worked together to choose charities that make a big impact on different segments of the communities the association serves.

The Executive Director of People Who Care, Fritzi Mevis, said that her organization is in the “People Business,” as she spoke to the volunteers from PAAR about how its efforts are designed to help make sure the people they serve “can live safely and comfortably in their homes.”

Members of the committees agreed supporting groups that help people live safely in their homes goes hand-in-hand with their mission to provide our communities with the dream of homeownership.

“It is important that we not forget our elderly and that we help them to continue to be able to experience the joys of having a place to call home,” said Mona Patton, vice chair of the Community Service and Outreach Committee.

Committee members also toured the Blanket 4 Kids facility and learned more about the how the group supplies more than 1,000 children throughout the Quad Cities with a blanket, stuffed animal, hat and scarf during the holiday season.

“This whole operation of ours is able to sustain ourselves thanks to the generosity of organizations like you,” said Ron Campbell, with Blankets 4 Kids while telling the committee volunteers more about the organization.

Next the group, visited The Eric Marsh Foundation, who said the funds will help them continue to support Wildland Fire Fighters through providing training resources and allowing them to assist those who are injured and the families of firefighters killed in the line of duty.

“This is our love letter to the Granite Mountain Hotshots,” said Amanda Marsh, Board President of the Foundation.

“Wildland fires are a constant concern for our area and as believers in the value of homeownership, we must ensure that firefighters are prepared to protect our communities and we must have the resources to help them and their families when the worst happens,” Steve Szalinski said, a realtor and member of the Community Service and Outreach Committee.

The last stop of the day was to the Yavapai Territorial Gospel Rescue Mission, where the committee members were given a glimpse into its latest project, a new playroom for the children who call the facility home as their family transitions into a more permanent home.

“What I love about this organization is that they do more than give these families their physical needs, the group is dedicated to giving them the experiences all children and families should have. This group goes the extra mile to create a sense of home for these families. And, creating home is something we all believe in as part of the real estate community,” said Amy Saunders chair of the Community Services and Outreach Committee.

The PAAR Community Service and Outreach Committee works to communicate the benefits of PAAR to association members and the public both within and beyond the real estate market.

The Prescott Area Association of Realtors is a nonprofit trade association that provides more than 1800 Realtors with a local multiple listing service, educational opportunities, and other resources to help its members provide unparalleled service and professionalism to their customers.

Information provided by Prescott Area Association of Realtors.