Community Engagement Committee


By building partnerships with nonprofit and community organizations, the Community Engagement Committee creates opportunities for members to give back to the community.  The committee celebrates members’ community involvement throughout SPAAR’s service area, resulting in increased exposure for our members and enhancing the image of the REALTOR®.

Core Activities 

The committee hosts multiple community service events and drives throughout the year. Additionally, the Community Engagement Committee works with community partners.

Dresser Build

For over 7 years, the committee has organized the Dresser Build community service event. During the event, SPAAR members visit Bridging to build dressers that help families from our community with a fresh start!

Bridging empowers people to thrive in their homes by providing quality furniture and household goods for those pursuing housing stability.

Pack The Bus

Every year the committee hosts a Pack the Bus, a backpack drive held during the summer to fill backpacks with supplies for children going back to school. The committee partners with local organizations for the distribution of the backpacks.


SPAAR Hero was designed to recognize SPAAR members who give back and volunteer. Those who are named SPAAR Hero receive $200 for their organizations they volunteer with or run.

Members of SPAAR’s Communications Committee interview and write the SPAAR Hero articles. If you think someone should be named a SPAAR Hero, contact Joe McKinley at jmckinley@spaar.com.

On Demand Service Opporinities

REALTORS® give back to the community. It’s tough finding time to volunteer—and it’s difficult to make sure you are contributing to a nonprofit that’s making a difference. ODSO does the work for you, delivering supplies for a ready-to-roll project that will be shared with a nonprofit organization serving your community. Your ODSO can be customized to benefit a nonprofit partner of your choice.


ODSO is a service project in-a-box your team or office can complete in less than an hour. Create a team-building event by combining ODSO with a sales meeting or networking lunch. 

After your project, SPAAR will issue a press release and social media posts recognizing your office. You will receive an impact summary and opportunities for future engagement.

Join The Committee

Questions? Contact Joe McKinley at jmkinley@spaar.com


Committee Members

Chair – Christen Hernandez

Vice Chair – April Ranallo

Member – Diana Allen

Member – LeRoy Bendickson

Member – Dana Bruce

Member – Pattie Jo Fitzpatrick

Member – Mercedes Forslund

Member – Elba Garza

Member – Melissa Geis

Member – Melissa Johnson

Member – Charlie LeFebvre

Member – Roberta Peters

Member – Amy Peterson

Staff Liaison – Joe McKinley