There is no better motivation for a work environment than giving back to your community as one team. RealtySouth is deeply rooted in 21 communities across the state, and we strive on a regular basis to give back to those in need. Offices and agents with RealtySouth have been giving back to their communities for decades, and this commitment hasn’t stopped during the pandemic – in fact, it’s only grown. Below is a collection of stories of how we celebrated cheer throughout the year!
Starting 11 years ago, the mountain brook village office organized a dinner at the Ronald McDonald house. The Ronald McDonald is a nonprofit family and children's charity dedicated to supporting families with sick children in their time of need. After seeing the need for a simple warm meal, the office decided once was not enough. So, on the last Monday of every month the office takes dinner to the house, serving up to 85 people at a time.
“You do not realize how much it’s needed until you see the families pouring in. The appreciation for a home cooked meal is overwhelming,” says Angie Perry, RealtorMountain Brook Village office, Mountain Brook, AL.
This past October, on National First Responders Day, the RealtySouth Northern office delivered 178 servings of Chili and Taco soup to the local Soup-er Hero’s at both Gardendale Fire Stations, Gardendale Police Department, Gardendale Municipal Court, Fultondale Fire and Fultondale Police Department. For the past several years the Northern office has hosted a hero’s luncheon in their office, but of course with COVID 19, that was not possible this year. However, they still wanted to be sure to say thank you, so they visited each location, got their soup orders and personally delivered them. They also supplied extras for those workers on a different shift.
For over 2 decades, our Northern offices, Cullman, Gardendale, Jasper and Oneonta, have held a breakfast and auction to raise money for children in the area to receive gifts to open Christmas morning.
This year they raised $14,000! They were able to provide Christmas for 55 children from 7 local area schools.
This past November, the RealtySouth Shelby office got enough turkeys for Manna Ministries to provide turkeys for over 300 families for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Manna Ministries feeds over 800 families each month in the Chilton, Jefferson and Shelby counties.
“This would not be possible without our RealtySouth family. With donations from the RealtySouthTitleSouth and individual agents, we were able to make sure local families had a thanksgiving meal,” says Melonie Siow, Realtor, Shelby office in Pelham, AL.
The Shoals office is always giving back to the community. Agent, Sue Young, works year around on the Association’s Community Involvement Committee. She was awarded the SAAR Good Neighbor Award in 2016 and 2017. This year she has played a big part in the Salvation Army 2020 Angel Tree project and ringing the bell for The Red Kettle.
This year, the RealtySouth Homewood, Alford Avenue and Acton Road offices, partnered with the Rocky Road Fire Station to provide gifts for children this Christmas season.
"Our Acton, Alford and Homewood families at RealtySouth broke with tradition this year and decided for health and safety we would cancel our annual holiday party. It was a tough decision, but we felt the right one. Instead, we opted to have a toy drive for area children. And just look! This picture doesn't even include the toys from Alford or Homewood and their trees look just as festive and bountiful,” said Broker, Erle Morning.
The RealtySouth Auburn Office decided to do something similar, in lieu of their annual holiday party the office decided to support and donate to their local food bank.
With the hardships this year has given our healthcare workers, the RealtySouth Inverness office provided 60 lunches to UAB healthcare workers. The protocols are very strict at UAB because of COVID so this was no simple task for the office, but they knew they had to give back. This same office is also planning on doing even more for our healthcare workers in the coming year.
Just this month, the RealtySouth Downtown office participated in the 5K Jingle Bell Run for Arthritis Foundation. Not only did they run/walk in the rain, the RealtySouth team surpassed their fundraising goal of $1,000, raising at total of $1,220, ranking them #3 in fundraising for Birmingham.
This Christmas, one of our agents in the RealtySouth I-459 office, Tony B. Cacioppo, lead the office to support local families, as well as helped to host the annual charity work with his church, St. Aloysius.
“We did not have our annual church Angel Christmas tree, but we wanted to continue to help out the local communities,” said Cacioppo. “So, our men and women groups got together, as well as church members, and raised funds to send gift cards to 20 local families in Greene County area” shares Cacioppo.
Also, this holiday season, we have had many offices, including our Headquarter office donate to Toys for Tots.
“This is an organization we hold dear to our hearts, with many of our agents and staff being parents themselves, we just cannot imagine a child going without,” says CEO and President, Richard Grimes. “That is why during each holiday season, we make all 21 of our office locations a Toys for Tots drop-off spot.”
Here at RealtySouth we are your neighbors, your friends and your family. Giving back familiarize us with our communities and connects us to people and ideas that will positively impact our perspective for the rest of our lives. Helping our communities is an opportunity for us to grow as a team, and to better understand how we can help the communities surrounding us. As one we are weak, but together we are mighty.
Wishing you a very special holiday season and a happy new year!
From our RealtySouth family to yours.
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