Champaign REALTORS® present relief checks to Gifford tornado victims #PowerofR

CCAR Association Executive Linda Green, left, presents a relief check to Donna Cole.

In February, the Champaign County Association of REALTORS® (CCAR) presented checks to members of the Gifford, Ill. community who were affected by last November’s devastating tornadoes that destroyed 90 homes and damaged homes 40 more in the area. The relief checks were made possible through donations from the REALTOR® community.

CCAR AE Linda Green, left, presents a check to Jeanette During, who accepted on behalf of her grandmother Emma Carpenter

REALTORS® from Illinois and around the country made donations to the Illinois REALTORS® Relief Fund and the REALTORS® Relief Foundation administered by the National Association of REALTORS®. The relief funds provide assistance with housing, storm recovery, subsistence and other needs. Monetary donations are just part of the overall outreach efforts of REALTORS®. Champaign County Association Executive Linda Green helped coordinate local relief efforts.

Champaign County REALTOR® Stefanie Pratt, far right, presents checks to recipients at a February luncheon. L To R: Terry Watson, Nicole Swinney, Deborah Farmer, Erin Duikman, Debra Ackerman, Lori Busboom.

When communities are hurting, REALTORS® swing into action to help those in need. This is evident through the tremendous outpouring of support received through the REALTORS® relief efforts.

If you are a REALTOR® who would like to help, click here to find information on how you can donate to help tornado victims. If you are a victim and need assistance, click here to download relief applications.

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About Stephanie Sievers

Stephanie Sievers is Senior Editor for the Illinois Association of REALTORS®. She serves as Senior Editor for IAR publications including the Illinois REALTOR® magazine and all other IAR publications. She is responsible for developing content for the Illinois REALTOR® Weekly Connection e-newsletter, coordinates the IAR Twitter account content at ILREALTOR and plans and develops content for videos. She assists in developing and writing content for the IAR blog. She also is involved in researching and drafting news releases and coordinates the news media distribution database and newsclips reports for the Association. She also assists in IAR spokesperson training seminars and is involved in development of association briefing materials on issues. She assists with the housing statistics program and reports.