The Greater Las Vegas Association of Realtors and its members have always taken great pride in giving back to the Las Vegas community with more than just their time and money.
GLVAR President Scott Beaudry said the association and its members have made a concerted effort in 2016 to make even greater contributions to the community.
In recent months, Beaudry said GLVAR and its members have donated more than $122,000 and more than 450 hours of time to local charities.
“We have nearly 13,000 members who live, work and play here every day,” Beaudry said. “Besides having a huge impact on our local economy and working to protect private property rights, GLVAR and our members really care about this community.”
He said GLVAR members recently volunteered more than 200 hours to host a June 10 field day at St. Jude’s Ranch for Children, to feed homeless people served by the Las Vegas Rescue Mission and to collect and donate dozens of prom gowns and suits to homeless and disadvantaged high school students served by local charity Project 150.
Between a spring bowling event and its annual charity golf tournament held Oct. 4, GLVAR raised $22,000 for nine charities throughout Southern Nevada. They included Rebuilding Together Southern Nevada; Food for Kids, Inc.; Veterans Association of Real Estate Professionals; Shine Desert of Nevada; Nevada Homeless Alliance; Light of the World Childhood Cancer Foundation; Jewish Federation of Las Vegas; Positively Kids; and Leaders in Training.
Before the school year started in August, local Realtors collected more than 1,000 backpacks stocked with school supplies for the Boys &Girls Clubs of Southern Nevada.
In late August, GLVAR donated more than 410 tickets to a Las Vegas 51s baseball game, with hundreds of food vouchers, to children and families served by local charities such as Opportunity Village and St. Jude’s Ranch for Children.
In late September, GLVAR joined forces with Habitat for Humanity Las Vegas to dedicate a new home in Henderson to first-time homeowner Marian Galinato. With financially supporting the construction of the three-bedroom house in Henderson, dozens of GLVAR members volunteered a combined total of more than 250 hours of labor to help build the home, from hammering nails and framing walls to painting and landscaping. The effort represents the 13th Habitat for Humanity home that GLVAR has supported over the years.
“And those are just the charitable events and programs that we organize through the GLVAR and our Community Outreach Committee,” Beaudry added.
“We know that local Realtors do much more than that on their own, and we want to encourage them to continue helping their neighbors and people in need. We’re really proud of what our members do to contribute to their communities.”
GLVAR was founded in 1947 and provides its nearly 13,000 local members with education, training and political representation. The local representative of the National Association of Realtors, GLVAR is the largest professional organization in Southern Nevada. Each GLVAR member receives the highest level of professional training and must abide by a strict code of ethics. For more information, visit www.LasVegasRealtor.com. E-mail your real estate questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.