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Giving Back to the Community

As a Realtor®, I believe in giving back to the community. I volunteer and support various organizations in Central, Ohio that help improve the lives of those around us. To help further that goal, each month I will donate 5% of the commission for any client that lists their house or begins their home search with me during that month to a designated Central, Ohio nonprofit organization. These organizations will focus on improving the lives of members of our community.

November’s Designated Nonprofit Organization

For the month of November, I will donate 5% of my commissions to the Mid-Ohio Foodbank.

2017 marks the 37th anniversary of the Mid-Ohio Foodbank. Although they distributed just 205,200 pounds of food in their first year, they now handle more than 69.1 million pounds annually. Through their agency partnerships, the Mid-Ohio Foodbank provides more than 154,518 meals every day to hungry people across central and eastern Ohio. To read more about the Mid-Ohio Foodbank click here.

October’s Designated Nonprofit Organization

For the month of October, I will donate 5% of my commissions to the Habitat for Humanity, MidOhio.

Affordable, decent housing is one of our most basic human needs, yet it is in alarmingly short supply in our very own neighborhoods and throughout the world. A decent place to call home creates stability, launching families onto a positive trajectory of generational change that includes hope, improved health, and a better quality of life. Working in conjunction with Habitat for Humanity International, Habitat MidOhio’s partners, donors, and volunteers have played a significant role in rekindling hope for more than 400 families living in central Ohio through new home construction, rehabs, and home repairs. To read more about Habitat for Humanity, MidOhio click here.

September’s Designated Nonprofit Organization

For the month of September, I will donate 5% of my commissions to the Humane Society of the Untied States.

The Humane Society of the United States has teams on the ground responding to Hurricane Harvey, and has enlisted the help of its Emergency Placement Partners to assist with the evacuations of some affected animals. Their Animal Rescue Team is deployed in Texas, where they are working with local officials to transport, rescue and care for animals.

August’s Designated Nonprofit Organization

For the month of August, I will donate 5% of my commissions to the Ronald McDonald House Charities.

Many families travel far from home and spend several weeks or months to get treatment for their seriously ill or injured children – a long time to be away or to divide a family. And, for children facing a serious medical crisis, nothing seems scarier than not having mom and dad close by for love and support. A Ronald McDonald House is that “home-away-from-home” for families so they can stay close by their hospitalized child at little or no cost.

Ronald McDonald Houses are built on the simple idea that nothing else should matter when a family is focused on the health of their child – not where they can afford to stay, where they will get their next meal or where they will lay their head at night to rest. We believe that when a child is hospitalized the love and support of family is as powerful as the strongest medicine prescribed.

July’s Designated Nonprofit Organization

For the month of July, I will donate 5% of my commissions to the South Side Community Ministries Food Pantry (SSCM).

The SSCM’s mission is to provide emergency food for Columbus Southside children, families and seniors in need.

The South Side Community Ministries Food Pantry was incorporated in 1977 by several Merion Village churches, and is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. The pantry has been located at St. Paul United Church of Christ (UCC), 225 East Gates Street, Columbus, Ohio, since 1984. All pantry food is purchased through the Mid-Ohio Food Bank or donated by individuals, churches, and other organizations. Pantry storage shelves, refrigerators and freezers were provided by a grant from the Children’s Hunger Alliance and the Walmart Foundation. A nurse and a social worker are available for clients periodically through the City of Columbus Pride Program.

The SSCM does not proselytize during the open Food Pantry sessions. Their mission is solely and simply to provide food to those without it.

If you or someone you know could benefit from the resources that SSCM provides, or you would like to volunteer or donate to the SSCM, just click here to connect with the South Side Community Ministries Food Pantry. You can also follow them on Facebook.

June’s Designated Nonprofit Organization

For the month of June, I will donate 5% of my commissions to the Family Pride Network of Central Ohio (FPN).

FPN’s mission is to connect and support LGBT families and prospective parents through social events, educational programs, and professional resources.

Starting a family is always an intimidating process but for LGBT individuals and couple the task can be especially daunting. FPN wants to provide you with educational resources and a support community to make the process less confusing and more enjoyable. LGBT parents and their children can benefit tremendously from having a strong support network, which FPN is dedicated to helping you form. For parents, having access to LGBT-friendly resources can make life a little easier and for their kids, knowing there are other families out there just like there’s can go a long way in boosting confidence and self-esteem.

If you or someone you know could benefit from the resources or programs that FPN provides, just click here to connect with the Family Pride Network of Central Ohio.

May’s Designated Nonprofit Organization

For the month of May, I will donate 5% of my commissions to the Buckeye Region Anti-Violence Organization (BRAVO).

The BRAVO provides comprehensive individual and community programs for survivor advocacy and support to LGBTQI survivors of hate and bias violence, discrimination, intimate partner violence, stalking, and/or sexual assault. They provide services to survivors as well as training to law enforcement, legal advocates, medical facilities, and community groups.  All of their services are free and confidential

If you or someone you know has experienced violence, threats, or intimidation BRAVO can work with you to help ensure your safety and provide the support you need. Just click here to connect with BRAVO.

April’s Designated Nonprofit Organization

For the month of April,I will donate 5% of my commissions to VOICEcorps Radio Reading Service. This wonderful organization has been the audio access to the world for those with a vision disability since 1975.

VOICEcorps is a 24/7 radio station that serves people who cannot read the printed word. Some listeners are totally blind while others have low vision from macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, cataracts, trauma or glaucoma. Some listeners can no longer turn the pages of a newspaper because they have had a stroke or have Parkinson’s disease. till others are unable to read due to learning disabilities such as dyslexia. Anyone who cannot read a traditional newspaper because of a disability is eligible for our service. VOICEcorps is the only service of its kind for people with blindness, vision impairment or other disabilities in Columbus, central and southern Ohio.

Do you know of someone who could benefit from VOICEcorps programming? Would you like to donate your time and talents to this wonderful organization? Would you like to support them with a financial contribution? Then simply click here to connect with VOICEcorps.

March’s Designated Nonprofit Organization

For the month of March, in honor of Vietnam Veterans Day, I will donate 5% of my commissions to the Disabled American American Veterans, Chapter 3 Capital City. The DAV empowers veterans to lead high-quality lives with respect and dignity. They accomplish this by:

  1. Ensuring that veterans and their families can access the full range of benefits available to them,
  2. Fighting for the interests of America’s injured heroes on Capitol Hill, and
  3. Educating the public about the great sacrifices and needs of veterans transitioning back to civilian life.

The DAV Chapter 3, Capital City is a wonderful organization that goes above and beyond to support our veterans. I have seen the great work they do each day for those that have served our nation. They are an excellent resource for connecting our veterans to services and benefits they have earned through their sacrifice.

There are great programs to help veterans or active duty military purchase a home. Veterans may be able to buy a new home with $0 down. Click here for more information about the VA Home Loan program. You can also email me for information about lenders who participate in the VA Home Loan program

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