Something which is very important to REALTORS®, is service to community. The National Association of REALTORS® sponsors programs which many state associations and local boards across the country adopt. Here at the Morgantown Board, REALTORS® can be found working on projects or campaigns of the United Way and Christian Help or can literally be found preparing meals at place such as the Rosenbaum House. For those not familiar with the Rosenbaum, it’s a temporary residence for families with loved ones in the midst of extended stays in a hospital. Our REALTORS® also volunteer at places such as Pantry Plus in Westover, with programs assisting those recovering from addiction and all this doesn’t even include volunteering at churches, for youth sports, scouting or youth music programs.
A recent class of the West Virginia Association of REALTORS® Leadership Academy, volunteered during each of its modules in locations to include Charleston, Lewisburg, Morgantown as well as in Chicago while attending sessions at the National Association. At each of these modules over the course of a year, they truly embraced volunteer opportunities. In the Chicago module, they prepped, cooked and served meals to families at a Ronald McDonald House, which is similar to the Rosenbaum. While in Charleston during the legislative session, they rolled up their sleeves and worked to thoroughly clean an addiction recovery home, just blocks from the Capitol. In Lewisburg, they filled Blessing Boxes and here in Morgantown, they volunteered at Hazel’s House of Hope.
In upholding this tradition, the Morgantown Board of REALTORS® reported to Hazel’s House of Hope on a recent cold morning. Pairs of REALTORS® loaded up their vehicles to deliver toys and food to families in our area. Others worked on planning the logistics of the distribution while the collective goal was to make the holiday season a little brighter for others.
I recently spoke to Colleen Lankford, the director of Christian Help, during that organization’s gifting event through which they collaborated with the United Way for Monongalia and Preston Counties. Colleen said “This year marked the 42nd annual holiday event for Monongalia County families maintaining households on low-to-moderate incomes. Ninety-six percent of Christian Help patrons live in households earning less than $25,000 per year! This program helps avoid detrimental credit charges and offers relief without overburdening households supported by limited means.” This year’s event touched the lives of roughly 1,100 area children as well as residents at six senior and care centers. The United Way and Mountaineer Food Bank supplied food, and numerous organizations and businesses helped with toys or the distribution of both the toys and food.
What makes REALTORS® an interesting group in these campaigns is that in business, we’re actually competitors. We work to attract the same clients, yet when we come together within the Board of REALTORS®, we work together to help those in need, and do so throughout the year. We work on issues which are bigger than us. If this spirit can carry over to all professions in our community, imagine the possibilities!
Brian McCommon, 2024 MBOR President