SVAR offers a hale and hearty "thank you" to all of those who came out in August to give the gift of life during the Virginia Blood Services' bloodmobile visit to SVAR headquarters as part of the association's community involvement work. Donors snagged T-shirts and decals - and enjoyed good feelings about "giving back" - for their generosity. You can learn more about blood donation at vablood.org.
About 20 SVAR members and their friends came together on a rainy Saturday in April to make much-needed repairs and improvements to two Petersburg homes in partnership with Rebuilding Together Tri-Cities. As part of National Rebuilding Day, SVAR was one of hundreds of volunteer teams across the USA who worked on home repair and modification projects for disabled residents that day. The project provided an opportunity for REALTORS to not only help others, but to connect with each other outside the normal real estate business channels. They also enjoyed a fantastic pizza lunch, courtesy of John Krug and American Home Shield. SVAR's Community Affairs Committee will continue to meet and brainstorm ideas on how to impact the community in a positive way. If you are interested in reaching out, email jblaha@GoHTR.com.
In the spirit of community service, SVAR President David Patsel, President-Elect Ron Hardy, Immediate Past President John W. Brockwell and Legislative Committee member Don Carnesi, along with CEO Joe Croce, loaned their muscles to the nonprofit Virginia Supportive Housing as part of the CVR MLS Affordable Housing Awareness Week efforts in April. Virginia Supportive Housing's mission is to end homelessness by providing permanent supportive housing and supportive services. Each year volunteers from the CVR MLS Board of Directors pick a multi-unit housing location and perform indoor and outdoor renovation, maintenance and clean-up projects. This year the directors selected one of Virginia Supportive Housing's Richmond sites, where they cut grass, prepped doors, and cleaned out a shed and supportive housing units. Thank you for all you do, SVAR volunteers! To learn more about Virginia Supportive Housing, visit www.virginiasupportivehousing.org.
SVAR REALTOR and Affiliate members alike participated in SOUPER BOWL III, an annual fundraiser that benefits Rebuilding Together Tri-Cities (RTTC). Since 1994, this organization has been bringing volunteers from the community together to provide FREE home repairs to low-income homeowners in the Tri-Cities. The Children's Museum of Richmond was on hand with a supervised play space and activity area. Costumed characters Andy Armadillo from Texas Roadhouse and Peter S. Burg from the Petersburg Generals were also be there to pose for photos. 100 percent of proceeds stay local to help local families in need.
The Southside Virginia Association of REALTORS® held its first REALTORS® Night Out on Friday, June 13, 2014, in conjunction with June's Friday for the Arts! and River Street Arts Festival in Old Towne Petersburg. Seven restaurants Hiram Haines Coffee & Ale House, Longstreets, The Bistro at Market and Grove, The Black Swan, Parsley & Moran, Marias Caf & Italian Restaurant and Andrades International Restaurant welcomed area REALTORS®, who wore specially designed T-shirts just for the event to support the local economy and show SVAR involvement. REALTORS® mixed and mingled with the public while enjoying camaraderie and great cuisine.
The Southside Virginia Association of REALTORS® hosted Mally Mason, Fair Housing training specialist for the Virginia Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation, for a special class on "How to Handle Hoarding" at SVAR headquarters on June 4, 2014. The two-hour course attracted both real estate professionals and members of the public. Attendees learned how to treat hoarders with compassion and sensibility, and landlords and property managers gleaned important information on addressing hoarding situations while upholding Fair Housing regulations.
Read more about hoarding, and the SVAR event, in this feature article (PDF).