There is no shortage of good causes in this world, and each one is equally important for those involved. In April alone, the number of national causes ranges from animals to children to earth and beyond. Regardless of which cause you support, there is an opportunity for professional growth and community building.
This month we celebrated National Pets Day (April 11), Earth Day (April 22) and our own week dedicated to the Children’s Miracle Network (April 19-25). While this month brings a special awareness to these causes, RE/MAX INTEGRA agents work year-round to make their communities a better place with their own acts of service. Here, we showcase three such agents who are acting as Good Samaritans in their local communities.
A Home for All Creatures
What started as a small, self-funded DIY project for RE/MAX Results – Anglola agent Judy Rowe, has since grown into a community-wide initiative to help stray cats survive the brutal winters in Northeastern Indiana. For the past two years, Rowe, alongside community members and the local humane society, has built makeshift insulated shelters for neighborhood residents to place in their front yards for cats looking for a warm place to sleep at night.
The project has impacted Rowe both personally and professionally. As an animal lover, she’s grateful for the opportunity to support the wellbeing of all creatures in the area. On the business side, this project has become a unique marketing opportunity that has helped Rowe expand her client network; she includes the RE/MAX INTEGRA logo and her information on each of the shelters. Rowe has also been invited to sit on the Board of Directors for her local humane society where she hopes to continue growing the Cat Shelter program and drive further awareness within her community.
When asked how agents can get more involved, Rowe shared, “People are always willing to help—it just takes someone to be willing to step up and spearhead the effort. It’s work, but it feels good having a presence in your community.”
Promoting Health & Wellness
One brokerage has made a commitment to promote a happier and healthier work environment and their efforts transcend to their community as well. Under the direction of Broker/Owner Glenna Bachim, RE/MAX Prime in Beaver Dam, WI was recently designated as a “Blue Zone” by the Blue Zones Project, an initiative to improve health and wellness in neighborhoods across North America. This is especially notable as they are the first real estate agency to be awarded this designation in Wisconsin. The brokerage was honored at a ribbon cutting ceremony at the Chamber of Commerce on April 16.
Bachim shares, “To be the first real estate agency approved in all of Wisconsin and Dodge County was such an honor.”
One of the main benefits of the Blue Zone designation is that it has allowed to brokerage and other businesses to rally around a shared cause—building a happier and healthier Dodge County. As part of the initiative, they’ve implemented wellness-focused practices to improve their personal and professional lives and their community. The brokerage promotes a better work-life balance with a relaxed and comfortable office environment that includes a downtime space and a garden outside for breaks. Additionally, they encourage their agents and clients to live a healthier lifestyle by taking meetings while walking and offering a bike-friendly, tobacco-free workspace. This year, the brokerage is also looking to get more involved with other Blue Zone designated businesses—committing to exclusive partnerships with those that are moving forward.
While their goal is to promote a healthier business environment and community all year, in honor of Earth Day, on April 22, RE/MAX Prime closed for the day in order to plant a tree in their local park. This initiative has two-fold benefits—both helping to improve the local area and building office camaraderie around a shared cause. To help build further morale, the brokerage also plans to close for a day in July to enjoy a group kayaking outing for team building around a common passion.
As Bachim and RE/MAX Prime continue building a better business community within Beaver Dam through the Blue Zones Project, they hope to encourage other brokerages to commit to healthier workplace practices and service initiatives that will improve their communities for the better.
Committing To A Cause
A few months into her real estate career at RE/MAX Results-Warsaw, agent Anna Gilsinger attended a local conference where she learned about the work a fellow RE/MAX INTEGRA broker had done with Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) Hospitals. After being completely moved by the story, she knew she wanted to be a CMN Miracle agent and set a commission donation goal of $20,000 by the end of the year. She far exceeded that and gave a total of $53,500 in her first year of practicing real estate.
Since her first donation nearly four years ago, Gilsinger continues to set a yearly donation goal of $50,000, an amount that she often beats. In previous years, she has even committed to donating 100% of her commissions from listings in her hometown of Bourbon, IN to CMN. She attributes much of her success to the support of her local community, clients, and her personal faith. For Gilsinger, being “genuine and not simply thinking of her clients as transactions” has helped her build a community that understands the value of her CMN fundraising efforts.
Being a RE/MAX INTEGRA agent is about so more than just real estate for Gilsinger. It’s about serving the community, whether that be helping someone buy or sell their home or helping those in need. About her dedication to CMN, Gilsinger shares, “There were so many mornings that I would be on a jog, and I would envision myself giving the CMN speech the next year. I knew in this life, this was my race I had to run.”
The above are just a few examples of the great acts of service RE/MAX INTEGRA agents have done in their local communities. For those looking to get involved with future RE/MAX INTEGRA initiatives, please visit soldsignblog.com/outreach.