Supporting local charities and real estate success have long gone hand in hand. Passion for a good cause helps not only the communities served by REALTORS®, but it also demonstrates the commitment by real estate professionals to improve local neighborhoods.
“Our Association is proud to support those who make our communities a better place,” said Michael Carunchio, NSDCAR 2017 president. “NSDCAR and its members are long-time supporters of many local non-profit organizations. Our members are actively involved in supporting charitable organizations and events through sponsorships and a commitment to volunteerism. Throughout our 20-year-plus history, our REALTOR® Association has helped raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for worthy charities and organizations.”
Recently, NSDCAR members have participated in several community charity activities.
On March 2, NSDCAR REALTORS® and Affiliate members representing the Fallbrook and Bonsall areas shared their time reading to students at Fallbrook Street Elementary School in Fallbrook as part of Read Across America Day.
Read Across America Day is an annual event that promotes the importance of reading to school children and commemorates Dr. Seuss and his literary contribution to children. Local REALTORS® and affiliates have celebrated literacy and volunteered their time with this event since 2009 and look forward to the event each year.
Read Across America Day coincides with the birthday of Theodor “Dr. Seuss” Geisel, author of many children’s books. Geisel was born March 2, 1904, in Springfield, Mass., and first used the pen name Dr. Seuss on a cartoon in the Saturday Evening Post in 1927. His first book, “And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street,” was published 10 years later, after 27 rejections. After World War II, he moved to La Jolla and penned such classics as “Green Eggs and Ham” and “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” which became staples for young readers. Geisel died in 1991. The National Education Association launched Read Across America Day on his birthday seven years later on March 2, 1998.
“Education is a great equalizer and nothing can be more critical to achieving empowerment than reading and literacy,” said Carunchio. “I’m very proud of NSDCAR’s support of this annual celebration. Motivating children to read is an important factor in student achievement and creating lifelong successful readers. Research has shown that children who are motivated and spend more time reading do better in school. Loving to read early in life has the power to make every one of us a lifelong learner.”
Another recent community activity that drew support from NSDCAR members occurred Sunday, Feb. 12, a few days before Valentine’s Day. NSDCAR members helped raise $30,159 at a Valentine’s Dinner-Dance held at the Elks Lodge #1687 on South Escondido Boulevard in Escondido. About 175 people, including REALTORS® and Affiliate members from Escondido, attended the fundraiser that benefitted the Escondido Police Department’s Police Athletic League (PAL), headed by former Escondido Police Lt. Al Owens, who recently retired after a 21-year career.
Since its founding, PAL has impacted the lives of thousands of at-risk youth in Escondido, according to NSDCAR REALTOR® member Connie Malkiewicz. PAL supports youth sports leagues, including softball, basketball and soccer, as well as safety academies. The PAL athletic program for children, ages 6 to 18, relies on educational athletic activities to cement a bond between police officers and the youth in the community.
“It’s better to help a child in trouble than try to fix an adult,” said Malkiewicz. “There’s nothing better in the world than making a difference and changing the lives of kids. I’m so proud of our Association members. The real winner at our event is the community because many of the kids have never participated in a sports program before getting involved in PAL. REALTORS® really care about our communities. When we have a safe city, everybody is better off.”
At the Valentine’s fundraiser, donations came from table sales and auction items. Raffle tickets and table decorations also were sold. Previous NSDCAR fundraising efforts for PAL have included donations collected at Marketing Session and talent shows held in 2014 and 2015 that featured the talents of NSDCAR members.
In addition, the NSDCAR Carlsbad Marketing Session recently chose to donate $4,423 to Shades of Pink Foundation California (SOPFCA). SOPFCA’s mission is to provide temporary monetary assistance to local women who are experiencing financial distress as a result of a breast cancer diagnosis and treatment. SOPFCA focuses on direct grants to local women in need and the organization supports women in active breast cancer treatment. While national breast cancer organizations focus on research, SOPFCA’s purpose is less global and more about direct personal financial support for local women.
“All of us at NSDCAR are proud to know that our recent grant will help ease the financial burdens of women facing breast cancer today so they can concentrate on treatment and healing,” said Carunchio. “NSDCAR stands proudly behind all cancer survivors, including the daughters, friends and family of survivors and those who did not survive. NSDCAR is inspired by the strength of women battling breast cancer while taking care of family, holding down jobs and trying to make ends meet. Our hats are off to SOPFCA who helping these women now when they need it most.”