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.

MORe donates $7,500 in gift cards to help with disaster relief

The Mainstreet Organization of REALTORS® announced it provided $7,500 in gift cards to REALTOR® associations helping with storm relief.

Mainstreet sent the gift cards, which can be used for all types of relief, to the Egyptian Board of REALTORS®, Three Rivers Association of REALTORS® and the Peoria Area Association of REALTORS®.

In all, REALTORS® have raised nearly $200,000 to help those affected by the November tornado outbreak in Illinois.


NAR grant awards $75,000 toward recovery effort; IAR, partners match amount

On Monday the National Association of REALTORS® announced that it was seeking assistance from the organization’s nearly one million members.

Now, NAR’s charitable foundation has awarded a $75,000 matching grant to help those affected by the November tornado outbreak. The Illinois Association of REALTORS® and other local boards have met the challenge, meaning that $150,000 will go toward disaster recovery.

In all, the total raised in less than a week by REALTORS® is more than $190,000.

IAR has established a partnership with a 501c3 charity to provide storm aid. You can donate to it here.

And the REALTORS® Relief Foundation continues to accept money which can be used for housing-related costs facing those who have been displaced or face other challenges.