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More than 700 Realtors prepare for ninth annual Realtors Care Day

More than 700 Realtors – armed with tool boxes, yard equipment and a commitment to service – will be out in force across Mecklenburg and Iredell counties on April 28 to help homeowners with critical exterior repairs and adaptive and safety modifications. The work begins at 8 a.m. and is expected to conclude by 5 p.m.

Realtors are being deployed to 26 sites in the two counties, including nine homes in the Genesis Park neighborhood and one nonprofit organization. The Statesville Avenue Corridor area work marks the second year Realtor volunteers are joining with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Housing Partnership in a neighborhood revitalization effort. Other sites in Huntersville, Statesville and Mooresville will also get needed repairs. Realtors Care Day (RCD) volunteer teams take on work such as repairing gutters, building and repairing decks, painting, building wheelchair ramps and more.

One special project will accompany the standard home construction/repair work. Hope House in Huntersville, which serves women and children in need of transitional shelter, will receive much-needed help with landscaping and property improvement.

And this year, Realtors are adding to the safe shelter component of RCD by including a food drive. The public is invited to participate. The Charlotte Regional Realtor Association office at 1201 Greenwood Cliff is the primary drop-off site for food, including canned goods, beans, rice, pasta, peanut butter and similar items. Other locations include Our Lady of Consolation Church, 2301 Statesville Ave. and Charlotte Berean Seventh-day Adventist Church, 1801 Double Oaks Rd. For a complete list of acceptable food donations and drop-off points, visit www.carolinahome.com/food-drive.

“It’s always an honor to help neighbors in our area,” said RCD Chairman Mike Hege. “Most of the residents we assist are elderly or disabled and unable to make these critical, safety-related repairs themselves. Year after year, hundreds of Realtors set aside personal gain to answer the call to serve our greater community. We’re thrilled that our members’ commitment to this effort never wavers, and in fact, only deepens. And we couldn’t do this without professional assistance from our partners – builders, developers, painters and home inspectors. This truly takes a village, and we have one.”

The cumulative RCD volunteer efforts, an initiative of the Charlotte Regional Realtor Association Housing Opportunity Foundation, represent a total financial impact exceeding $1 million.

“As Realtors, we believe every citizen deserves safe, secure housing,” Hege added. “We also feel strongly that no one in our community should be hungry. We are a community of abundance; sharing the bounty is the right thing to do.”

Mecklenburg County Food pantries benefitting from the food drive include:

  • Our Lady of Consolation Catholic Church on Statesville Ave.
  • Charlotte Berean Seventh-day Adventist Church in the Genesis Park neighborhood

The urban Brightwalk community is spearheading support for the food drive, which will benefit food pantries in the surrounding area.

In Northern Mecklenburg County, food donations will benefit:

  • Loaves & Fishes atAda Jenkins Center food pantry
  • Hope House

Since 2009, Realtors have fanned out across the region for the annual RCD, an all-day, all-volunteer, home-repair project that has helped more than 200 homeowners and nonprofits.

Realtors Care Day

RCD advances the sustainable and affordable housing mission of the foundation by providing area homeowners with critical, but often unaffordable, exterior home repairs and/or adaptive safety modifications. Many of the homeowners are elderly, or challenged by serious physical limitations and require assistance to maintain safe and sustainable housing.

Over the past nine years, more than 5,000 Realtor volunteers have participated in RCD. The 2017 event promises to build upon this success, with the continued support of nearly 100 local businesses and organizations pitching in with financial sponsorships and in-kind donations.

For the ninth consecutive year, Lowe’s has supported Realtors® Care Day by developing a process for the organization, as well as management and delivery of materials to all home sites within the two-county area. Lowe’s staff will assist throughout the day in meeting the project needs until all sites have been completed.

The Housing Opportunity Foundation also welcomes back the commitment of several regional partners that have helped identify homeowners eligible for assistance with critical home-repair needs: Charlotte-Mecklenburg Housing Partnership, City of Charlotte Neighborhood & Business Services Department; Habitat for Humanity of Charlotte and Our Towns Habitat for Humanity

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