Three Ways to Give Back as a REALTOR®
The very essence of being a good REALTOR® starts by being a good neighbor. Anyone who is new to the industry can see the notion of giving back does not stop when becoming an agent. As the adage goes, “one voice, one vision” and more channels to do good. There are many ways to participate in community-driven efforts. The following provides three suggestions on ways to do so, and additional ideas around how you can be a part of driving positive impact.
Established immediately after the September 11th attacks in 2001, the REALTORS® Relief Foundation (RRF) is a charitable organization dedicated to providing housing-related assistance to victims of disasters. RRF helps restore and rebuild communities affected by wildfires, hurricanes, earthquakes, floods, and tornadoes, thanks to the generosity of individual REALTORS®, REALTOR® Associations, and affiliated organizations.
During the late 2021 tornado disasters that devastated Kentucky and other surrounding regions Scott Fisher, SentriLock’s CEO, released a memo stating, “Our hearts are with the communities and families impacted by the tornadoes that devastated our neighbors in the Midwest. SentriLock has joined with NAR and the REALTORS® Relief Foundation to aid those who need it most, particularly in Kentucky. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Foundation. As recently demonstrated by the needs and support in Kentucky, RRF’s mission remains a vital one, which SentriLock is proud to support.”
The REALTORS® Relief Foundation is supported by companies throughout the industry and individuals. It is a wonderful way to give back and participate in a proven platform that assists those in need. Like SentriKey Showing Service® and SentriGuard Lockbox, REALTORS® and the REALTORS® Relief Foundation are #BetterTogether. To learn more about additional information about the work and impact of the RRF, check out this article in the Washington Post.
A 501(c)(3) approved non-profit foundation created founded by Carl Cater, drives awareness for agent safety after the murder of Carter’s mother during a routine showing in 2014. Their mission is, “dedicated to the ideal that every agent goes home safe every day by providing scientifically based research, information, consulting, training, and support at little to no charge to every MLS, association, brokerage, and agent.” You can give back by donating or volunteering with this foundation through their website or initiatives.
A great way to give back is to get involved with your own team and community efforts! Many associations engage through events with their very own non-profit arm or partner with a local organization. We encourage you to reach out to your association to find out how you can learn about opportunities to support local efforts.
Examples of SentriLock’s Charitable and Cause Driven Efforts That Reflect Our Values
Partnership with the Beverly Carter Foundation
SentriLock is a strong advocate of agent safety and has continued partnership with the Beverly Carter Foundation for four years.
REALTORS® Political Action Committee (RPAC) Contribution
The purpose of RPAC, “voluntary contributions made by REALTORS®,” focuses on raising capital that helps elect candidates who are true blue advocates. SentriLock continues to support RPAC yearly through the Corporate Ally Program.
REALTORS® Relief Foundation
From helping REALTORS® to employees in SentriLock’s very own backyard, REALTORS® Relief Foundation is a fantastic organization. SentriLock takes action in the moment of disaster by giving employees “Voluntary Time Off” contribution matching, a lump-sum yearly contribution, and other means of driving awareness of the foundation.
SentriLock At Home and Other Contributions
Providing employees, the means to give back is another aspect of what makes SentriLock a Great Place to Work®. Causes that SentriLock employees proudly support include Breast Cancer Awareness Month which includes an organized walk to commemorate survivors with the American Cancer Society or Susan G, Komen® (Breast Cancer Foundation), local food drives, Habitat For Humanity, as well as Boys and Girls Club of America. Each employee is also equipped with a full paid day/time off to volunteer for a cause of their choice.
To stay up to date on how SentriLock remains a good neighbor visit us at www.sentrilock.com today.