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SCCAOR Members Volunteer to Help Clean, Fix, and Paint Local San Jose Home

 

Volunteers from the Santa Clara County REALTORS® Foundation and the Santa Clara County Association of REALTORS® joined together on April 22nd to take part in Rebuilding Together Silicon Valley’s Rebuilding Day.  They spent the day cleaning out, fixing, and painting a home in the Japantown district of Downtown San Jose. Check out the video (above) and the photos (below) from the event.

Visit the Rebuilding Together Silicon Valley website to learn more about how you can get involved in future projects. You can also visit the SCCR Foundation website to learn about how they are working hard to make Santa Clara County a better place to live.

 


Photos by Rebuilding Together Silicon Valley
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Santa Clara County REALTORS® Foundation Donates $10,000 to San Jose Flood Relief

In the wake of the worst flooding to hit San Jose in decades, Santa Clara County REALTORS® Foundation has donated $10,000 to the San Jose Flood Victims Relief Fund. Over 14,000 people were impacted by the overflowing Coyote Creek due to spillover from the Anderson Reservoir.

“The Santa Clara County REALTORS® Foundation strives to help families and revitalize our local communities, and this includes assisting in disaster relief,” said Bonnie Wilson, the Chairperson for the Foundation. “We are inspired by the response from our REALTOR® Community, and we hope to continue our work in uniting local real estate professionals in giving back and enriching the lives of those affected by this unfortunate event.”

The Relief Fund, set up by San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo and Silicon Valley Community Foundation, is supporting nonprofit organizations that are providing immediate and long-term relief and recovery assistance to flood victims in San Jose. The public can help by contributing online at www.siliconvalleycf.org/sjflood.

“It is heartbreaking to see so many families displaced from their homes but I am heartened by the outpouring of community support,” said Neil Collins, CEO of the Santa Clara County Association of REALTORS®. “I am proud and grateful that our Members responded to the needs of the community that we serve. Those impacted by the flooding remain in all of our prayers.”

The SCCR Foundation is the charitable arm of the Santa Clara County Association of REALTORS®, which is made up of over 6,000 Realtors and Affiliates in and around the Bay Area. The SCCR Foundation aims to bring organized real estate together by investing in our neighborhoods with compassion, foresight, and action.

Learn more about the Santa Clara County REALTORS® Foundation at www.sccrfoundation.org.

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Local REALTORS® Donate Over $16,000 in Toys and Pajamas to Foster Children

KAFPA and SCCAOR Members with some of the donated items from the Toy & Pajama Drive: Denise Marchu (KAFPA Executive Director), Christina Atkinson (KAFPA Program Specialist), Susan Steele (KAFPA Foster/Adoptive Family Advocate), Cassandra Guzman(KAFPA Program assistant), and Hilda Ramirez (SCCAOR Director of PR, Education & Events).

The weather called for heavy wind and rain, but members of the Santa Clara County Association of REALTORS® (SCCAOR) were determined to bring joy to local foster children this Christmas. More than 200 Local REALTORS® came together last Thursday and raised over $16,000 in cash, toy, and pajama donations for local foster teens.

SCCAOR Members weathered the torrential downpours and winter temperatures to bring both their donations and their holiday cheer to their Annual Membership Appreciation Mixer and Gifts for Teens Drive. All donations and money raised during the event went to KAFPA, the Kinship, Adoptive and Foster Parent Association, a nonprofit that provides resources and advocates for the needs of foster and adoptive Families in Santa Clara County. This year’s donation drive placed emphasis on teens, a segment of the population often overlooked during the “Season of Giving.”

Trisha Motter, President of SCCAOR, said that this year’s event was a team effort.

“So many dedicated people and groups came together to make this year’s toy drive a huge success,” said Motter. “We felt that it was important to focus on gifts for teens, as they are often the ‘forgotten group’ when it comes to holiday giving.”

The event was attended by real estate agents from all over Santa Clara County. Each attendee brought some type of donation, some individuals electing to fill bags and even boxes full toys to donate to KAFPA.

Kelly Hunt, a REALTOR® for CSR Real Estate Services, has been actively participating in the event for the last ten years. She spends the month before the event gathering donations from friends and colleagues. This year she collected a total of 405 toys and pajamas, and $1300 in cash and gift cards.

“My volunteer work over the years has been primarily focused on helping children, since they don’t always have the ability to control their environment,” said Hunt. “My clients, friends, and colleagues are what really makes the toy drive a success, and I couldn’t do it without them. I’m just the vehicle making it easier to help and to bring everyone together for the benefit of the kids.”

While organizations like KAFPA receive a majority of their donations around the holidays, it is important to keep them in mind year round.

Hunt added, “KAFPA needs donations all year long for basic necessities, so I’m working with the director to find ways to help more throughout the year. The Holiday Toy Drive is just one of many things our real estate community does to give back to the community throughout the year, and I’m always proud to be a part of helping those in need.”

For more information on KAFPA, visit www.kafpa.org.
Learn more about the Santa Clara County REALTORS® Foundation at www.sccrfoundation.org.

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SCCR Foundation Presents $12,424 to Local School

Thank you to all our Members that participated in the Pumpkin Auction Fundraiser back in October. Today, the Santa Clara County Realtors Foundation presented a check to Katherine R. Smith Elementary School for $12,424 to help support field trips, beautification projects, and the cost of school materials. We are truly fortunate to have a great Foundation that is constantly supporting our community!

 

Learn more about the Santa Clara County REALTORS® Foundation at www.sccrfoundation.org.

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SCCR Foundation Organizes ‘Turkey Drop’ to Help Local Organizations

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The Santa Clara County REALTORS® Foundation (SCCR Foundation), the charitable arm of the Santa Clara County Association of REALTORS® (SCCAOR), spent the day before Thanksgiving in a giving mood. The Foundation visited and made donations to four South Bay organizations that all focus on giving back to those in need.

The first stop of the afternoon was a meeting with Pastor Oakie of the Believers In Christ Homeless Street Ministries, to make a donation of socks, blankets, and a turkey. Pastor Oakie, who works with work the community to provide a hot meal to those in need every Sunday in Downtown San Jose, and said that one of the most needed items for homeless people is warm socks.

The next stop was Martha’s Kitchen in San Jose. The SCCR Foundation donated Thanksgiving turkeys and $250 to help with all the fixings.  Martha’s Kitchen’s mission is “Feeding the hungry with dignity; no questions asked.” The Foundation met with Executive Director Edita Cruz, who gave a tour of the Kitchen’s operation. During the tour, members of the Foundation ran into former SCCAOR President Bob Kulick, who was busy volunteering his time at the kitchen.

The third stop of the day was Home Church in Campbell, where the SCCR Foundation dropped off turkeys and a $250 donation. The Church was busy preparing Thanksgiving boxes for local community members in need. Each family in need was able to receive a turkey and a grocery bag full of food. We met with Jimmy Zien, a Pastor at the Church, who discussed all the amazing things the church is doing to help the local community.

Finally, the SCCR Foundation visited City Team International in San Jose and donated Thanksgiving turkeys and $250 to help with all the fixings. The donation was accepted by Sharon Vaughn, Director of Donor Relations, who shared so many heartwarming stories about the real impact that City Team is having on the local community. City Team has been passionately serving the poor, the homeless, and the lost since 1957.

Learn more about the Santa Clara County REALTORS® Foundation at www.sccrfoundation.org.

For more information about each organization, visit:

http://www.believersinchristministry.com

http://www.marthas-kitchen.org

http://www.thehomechurch.org

https://www.cityteam.org

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SCCR Foundation to participate in #GivingTuesday

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Giving Tuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. It takes place each year on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. This year, The Santa Clara County REALTORS® Foundation will be participating in Giving Tuesday, and we want YOU to get involved.

Here is what you can do to participate:

  1. Share any SCCAOR #GivingTuesday posts on social media

SCCAOR and SCCR Foundation will be sharing posts on their social media that highlight the recent ways that the Foundation has given back to the community. If you see a post, share it to your followers!

We will be posting on the following networks:

Facebook: SCCAOR / SCCR Foundation

Twitter: @SCCAOR

Instagram: @SCCAOR

LinkedIn: @SCCAOR

  1. Create your own social media campaign to promote #GivingTuesday to your clients

– Make social media posts to share how you are giving back or why you gave

– If you can’t give back on that Tuesday, you can pledge how you will volunteer, or how you will give back to your community

– Encourage your clients to get involved – We can expand our reach if everyone shares within their social circles.

– Use the hashtag  #GivingTuesday and tag SCCAOR in the post. We will share and retweet our favorites!

Here is some sample language you can use in your post or photo:

“I’m supporting   __________   because  ______________________ .  #Giving Tuesday”

“I’m giving to   ______________  on #GivingTuesday.”

  1. Donate to the SCCR Foundation to help fund community grants

The Santa Clara County REALTORS® Foundation has contributed many thousands of dollars to a wide variety of local charitable organizations. The Santa Clara County REALTORS® Foundation is a non-profit organization consisting of over 5,000 REALTOR® and Affiliate members.

Your donations will directly help grant recipients  that are working hard at making Santa Clara County a better place to live.

Click here to donate to the SCCR Foundation (scroll down the page and find the DONATE button)

Previous Grant Recipients include:

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Learn more about the Santa Clara County REALTORS® Foundation at www.sccrfoundation.org.

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Santa Clara County REALTORS® Foundation Awards $5,000 Grant to Downtown Streets Team

The Santa Clara County REALTORS® Foundation recently awarded a $5,000 grant to Downtown Streets Team, a Bay Area nonprofit organization aimed at ending homelessness in several local communities.

The grant will go towards supporting Downtown Streets Team’s Phoenix Fund, which will provide pots and pans, bedding, bath towels, kitchen tools, cleaning supplies and hygiene materials for homeless people across Santa Clara County.

Founded in 2005, Downtown Streets Team now operates in Palo Alto, San Jose, Sunnyvale, San Rafael, San Francisco, Hayward and Novato. They serve over 750 unhoused men and women a year, and their goal is to end homelessness in our lifetime.

Visit www.streetsteam.org for more information.

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Learn more about the Santa Clara County REALTORS® Foundation at www.sccrfoundation.org.

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Santa Clara County REALTORS® Foundation Event Raises More Than $18,500 for the Homeless

The Santa Clara County REALTORS® Foundation, the charitable arm of the Santa Clara County Association of REALTORS®, raised more than $18,500 for those who are homeless at a breakfast event held at the Capital Club on July 28th. The Foundation’s ultimate goal is to raise $1 million for those who are without shelter in Santa Clara County.

“The purpose of the Foundation is to bring REALTORS® together to help our communities with compassion and our $1 Million Homeless Challenge aligns perfectly with our mission and goal,” explained Bonnie Wilson of Alain Pinel REALTORS®, who chairs the organization.

Wilson and all the other REALTORS® who attended the event have pledged to give 1 percent of their commissions to the Challenge.

“It was terrific to see so many REALTORS® happily donating a portion of their commissions to help the homeless through the SCCR Foundation,” said Rick Smith of Windermere Properties, who will serve as President of SCCAOR in 2017. “Housing is our business. Seeing REALTORS® step up to help those that do not have a place to live was gratifying.”

Kevin Cole was the top donor. Others included Dee Ramirez, Bob and Berta Bower, Leslie Zhong, Brad Gill, Nomita and Jagi Shahani, Barbara Lymberis, Doug Goss, Gustavo Gonzalez, Mary Tian and Jackie Walker.

“It was exciting and heartwarming to see so many of our members showing up and giving their time to learn more about eradicating homelessness from our Valley,” Lymberis said. “As a REALTOR® community, we should feel an obligation to jump into the huge, coordinated effort being made by our city, county and other organizations in helping to end homelessness right where we live.”

Guest speaker Doniece Sandoval, who is the founder and CEO of Lava Mae, said she is working with the City of San Jose and Santa Clara County to bring full-service pop-up centers to local homeless communities. Her company brings bathroom buses to those who are homeless in San Francisco. Sandoval said her goal is “to bring dignity and hospitality to the homeless.” The SCCR Foundation hopes to partner with Sandoval and provide volunteers.

Those who would like to contribute to the SCCR Foundation’s $1 Million Homeless Challenge may do so at www.realtorshelpinghomeless.com.

Learn more about the Santa Clara County REALTORS® Foundation at www.sccrfoundation.org.