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Grand County: Realtor Spirit Warms Winter Projects

Penny Rafferty Hamilton
Volunteer Grand County Board of Realtors

Jennifer O’Connor, Broker with Century 21 Winter Park Real Estate, recently found the Mountain Family Center is in need of $10 gift cards for families to use to purchase perishable items. She immediately used the Realtor email alert system to solicit sponsors. Already Traci Holden of Re/max Resorts of Grand County Winter Park, Donna Gore of ERA Grand Realty, Cliff Anderson and Katie Riemenschneider of Coldwell Banker Mountain Properties and Jill Childress and Janene Johnson also of Century 21 have donated cash toward gift cards.

The Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University released a study which revealed the average American donates 2.6% of his/her income. People earning less than $50,000 give away an average $971 each year. Those in $50,000 to $100,000 households give $1,918. Households earning above $100,000 on average donate $3,975. The major reason for giving is “someone personally asked.” So, the Grand County Board of Realtors is asking you to consider a $10 donation now.

You don’t have to be a Realtor nor in real estate to help local families with these gift cards. Just call Jennifer O’Connor directly at 722-2027 to talk about this project. Small donations add up to make a huge difference. The Colorado Realtor magazine published suggestions for volunteers to start small. Volunteer for a one-time event to see if you like the organization. Be sure to volunteer for something which has personal meaning because your passion needs to be a joy, not another job.

Suzi Maki, Broker with Re/max Grand Lake, has a real passion for the annual Winter Carnival. She once again served as Grand Poobah for the 2008 Grand Lake event. “I was in charge of this community project starting in 2002. I am blessed to have such a great crew of volunteers who know what they are doing and come back year after year,” explained Maki.

“It is so much fun watching locals and tourists alike having so much fun, that we all just say ‘Yes” to doing it again,” Suzi said smiling. This year’s theme was “The Age of Aquarius” with traditional activities such as a Carnival Parade, Snow Sculpture and Kids Snowman contests, spectacular fireworks over Grand Lake, warm bonfire on the beach and, of course, the Mardi Gras dance.

Warming to community projects and volunteering remains important to many Grand County Realtors throughout the year.

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