You won’t believe what PAAR is driving to do

For the past 26 years, the Peoria Area Association of REALTORS® (PAAR) has helped raise significant money for the food pantries in Peoria, Tazewell, Woodford and Fulton counties with the PAAR Turkey Drive, and the 27th year is no exception.

“We’re hearing how great the need is this year from all our local pantries,” says PAAR President Phil Harvey. “We need to step up and meet that need just like we have in the past.”

PAAR’s goal this year is to raise $25,000 to distribute to for 26 local pantries. History is on the side of PAAR, which has helped get more than 26,000 turkeys to the hungry since the project began.

Community members can participate by contacting REALTORS® in the area and making monetary contributions. The donations are used to purchase Kroger Gift Certificates for the pantries.

This year’s turkey drive, which ends Dec. 11, has been publicized by word of mouth, social media and local newspapers. A committee also actively works on creative ways to help raise funds, including help from the Affiliates members, and friendly competition among REALTORS®.

“Our company is hosting a chili lunch several times this month, Peoria Notre Dame High school will have a ‘uniform free day’ with a contribution, and countless other ways of increasing donations to the Turkey Drive,” said President Harvey.

See the PAAR Turkey Drive 2014 video available on YouTube or through the PAAR website.

Donations of any size are welcome, says Harvey, who adds that $10 can provide a holiday meal for a family, and can be made online by clicking turkey below.

PAAR officers include: President Phil Harvey, President-Elect Becky Peterson, Secretary/Treasurer Jana Heffron and Association Executive Dallas Hancock.

(This is one part of a series of stories that shine a light on charitable community work performed by local Illinois associations and their members.  To see all of the stories published so far, search for “charitable giving.”)

What can be done to solve important housing issues?

This week, Sharon Gorrell, Housing Policy Advisor for IAR is attending the Solutions 2014 Conference that is being put on by the National Housing Conference which is a research and housing advocacy organization.  She has attended several sessions on a variety of topics ranging from local finance options for affordable housing to pairing health with housing as it is related to long-term options for seniors.

Pictured here is a round table discussion that took place at a senior housing facility that focused on how senior services are an important component to keeping seniors in independent living situations. Recommendations to include financial provisions for senior services as part of the development of senior housing was a major point discussed.
Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing and Transit Oriented and Economic Development are also major topics at the forum.

Register for GRI in Peoria by midnight tonight! #ILGRIturns50

Register today for the Graduate, REALTOR® Institute (GRI) program at the Peoria Marriott Pere Marquette on Dec. 1-4.

Registration ends at midnight tonight, Nov. 21. A limited number of walk ins will be accepted for Courses II and III but not for the Grad Course.

Make sure you have a spot at this year’s GRI by registering now for the following courses:

GRI Course II | GRI Course III | “Wayne Edwards” GRI Grad Course

Remember when cowboys and cowgirls were heroes?

Today’s Throwback Thursday photo harkens back to 1981, when GRI had a western theme. Although “Maverick” starring James Garner, was the only western on prime time TV back then, you could still tune in to syndicated versions of “Gunsmoke,” “Bonanza,” or watch cowboys like Gene Autry, Roy Rogers and Dale Evans.

Do you recognize any of the REALTOR® stars in these photos?











Register by Nov. 21 for the Illinois Graduate REALTOR® Institute (GRI) designation and anniversary celebration!

Southwestern IL members collect food and toys for charities

From 4 to 7 p.m. Dec. 11, members of the REALTOR® Association of Southwestern Illinois (RASI) will conduct a Toy and Food Drive for two separate charities at the Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows in Belleville.

RASI members can bring canned foods (i.e. peanut butter, jelly, fruit, meat, vegetables) and toiletries (toothpaste, shampoo, etc.), which will be given to the Community Interfaith Food Pantry in Belleville. New toys, such as board games, action figures, Lego kits, arts & crafts kits and sports equipment will be collected for the Griffin Center in East St. Louis.

Christopher Mitchell

The RASI association office in Belleville will accept donations until noon on Dec. 11, too.

RASI officers include: President Christopher Mitchell of Belleville, President-Elect Douglas Payne of Smithton, Secretary/Treasurer Michael Gross of O’Fallon and Association Executive Deb Frazier of Belleville.

(This is one part of a series of stories that shine a light on charitable community work performed by local Illinois associations and their members.  To see all of the stories published so far, search for “charitable giving.”)