National Volunteer Week 2021
April 18-24 is National volunteer Week! Volunteers are at the heart of SPAAR as the Board of Directors, SPAAR Committees, and workgroups are all made up of member volunteers. To those who volunteer at SPAAR, we say thank you. Thank you for your dedication to creating better agents and better communities.
In addition to all who volunteer at SPAAR, we want to highlight and say thank you to all the REALTORS® who make their communities a better place. According to the National Association of REALTORS’ 2018 C.A.R.E. Report: Community Aid and Real Estate, 66% of REALTOR® members-at-large volunteer every month, and 82% of REALTOR® members-at-large made donations in the last year.
Anecdotal evidence shows that SPAAR members, unsurprisingly, are above average in both categories. You are truly “Better Agents – Better Communities.” With community partners such as Bridging, Meals From The Heart, and Hallie Q Brown Center, SPAAR members coordinate and volunteer to support local organizations making an impact in our communities. Outside of SPAAR, members start their own organization with many being recognized as SPAAR Hero’s.
Want to give back, but aren’t sure how to get started? Start small, find an organization you believe in, and do your homework. Two online resources for searching for volunteer opportunities: VolunteerMatch and Volunteer Untied.
In addition to these resources, start at SPAAR! Through the Community Engagement Committee, REALTORS® Charitable Foundation, and Toys For Joy SPAAR has partnered with community organizations that need volunteer help. For information about SPAAR’s Community Partners and how you can get involved, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Once again, we say thank you to all SPAAR members for their volunteer efforts. If you know a SPAAR Member who should be recognized, nominate them for SPAAR Hero by contacting Joe McKinley (email@example.com).