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Good neighbors deserve recognition

Good neighbors deserve recognition

Deadline looms to send in application for NAR’s Good Neighbor Award


The deadline to enter the National Association of Realtors® annual Good Neighbor Awards is fast approaching. The entry deadline is Friday, May 7, and only REALTORS® can apply.

Each year, NAR recognizes real estate professionals for their service to their community, either on a national or world stage or through volunteer work. Five winners are awarded $10,000 grants to go to their favorite charities, and honorable mentions each receive a $2,500 grant for the charity of their choice. Winners will be recognized annually in the fall REALTOR® Magazine and at the REALTORS® Conference & Expo, after receiving travel expenses to the conference and national and local media exposure for their cause.

Several NEFAR members were active doing community service April 23 by hosting the Haven Hospice donation truck during a semiannual yard sale in the Durbin Crossing subdivision.

Working in conjunction with NEFAR’s Community Affairs Committee, Laura Ranneklev, broker/owner of Florida Welcome Home Realty, and her team sponsored the truck, which picked up numerous unsold items from residents’ driveways after the yard sale was over.

“We had a great turnout,” Ranneklev said, noting that at least 25 homeowners made donations to the Haven Hospice Thrift Store. “The truck was filled after we went to the 12th residence, so we needed to return and fill up the truck again to finish up. It was a huge success for us and for Haven Hospice and a great opportunity to share Haven Hospice with the community.”

Sponsoring the Haven Hospice truck was one of two charitable events Ranneklev’s realty was involved with on April 23. The same day, Angel Cutshall, an agent in Ranneklev’s firm, sponsored a separate event at neighborhood boutique to benefit the 501 (c) 3 nonprofit, Hopefull Handbags, which spreads awareness and assists in the prevention of domestic abuse. Cutshall spent her day collecting “once loved” purses and the necessities that go inside them to “raise hope for those getting back on their feet again” after suffering domestic abuse.

“The whole focus of our firm is to give back to the community,” Ranneklev said, noting she is consider submitting an application for the Good Neighbor Award.

REALTORS® working with NEFAR’s Community Affairs’ task force were also out in force in March helping to build wheelchair ramps to assist the disabled.

Taking part in a March event sponsored by St. Johns Housing Partnership, NEFAR members Jen Palli, Stacy Francis, Sarah Jax, Cindy Browning and Ray Scott from Round Table Realty, Jayna Belardo of SVR Realty, Joann Wiley of Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty joined Milt Hynla of Florida Homes in traveling to the home of a St. Augustine resident who suffers from diabetic neuropathy and had recently moved to Florida from Tennessee. Unable to navigate the steps of her home, the resident was essentially homebound until her sister reached out to the St. Johns Housing Partnership.

With the St. Vincent de Paul Society covering the cost of the materials and several local REALTORS® volunteering alongside members of the St. Johns Builders Council, the wheelchair ramp was built in a jiffy!