Derek English: Community Partnerships Make Us Stronger

Wednesday, June 29, 2022 - by Derek English, president, Greater Chattanooga Realtors

Love where you live. On the surface, it’s pretty simple, but loving where you live means being actively invested in the community. That is why in addition to the causes our members support individually, Greater Chattanooga Realtors partners with charitable organizations to positively impact where we live, work and play.
 
Thus, I want to highlight the work of our Community Partnerships Committee, whose focus is supporting our ongoing work with Habitat for Humanity & Snack Packs.

These volunteers are the boots on the ground and the behind-the-scenes cheerleaders getting their fellow realtors engaged. In 2021, their collective efforts of our bi-annual Tee Up & Wine Down for Habitat brought in more than $61,000.
 
Now our Community Partnerships Committee is focused on Trivia Night benefitting the Snack Pack Ministry. This event has been on a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic, and we’re excited it's back this year. Snack Packs serves our neighbors in an extraordinary way. An estimated one out of four school-aged children are food insecure, which, in Hamilton County equates to nearly 11,000 children in need of food.
 
It takes approximately $80 to provide this ministry to one child. In addition to volunteering for the monthly packing days, Greater Chattanooga Realtors is hosting Trivia Night on Aug. 4 at The Comedy Catch to raise awareness of this important organization. Our 2019 trivia night raised more than $54,000, and we hope to do it again this year. But we need the community's help. 

This event is open to the public, and trivia teams will enjoy food, drinks, door prizes and a comedy show. This year's theme is "Battle of the Decades," and there are prizes for the most creative team decked out representing their favorite decade. Visit gcar.net for more information and to sign up before the July 21 deadline or teams fill up, whichever first occurs. 

Regardless of whether you're able to participate in person, you still can help. Our Community Partnerships Committee is challenging the entire membership to see how many children we can feed for the 2022-23 school year. To accept this challenge, make an $80 contribution(s) now through July 21 to sponsor one child. At Trivia Night (Aug. 4) we will announce the following winners:

• Realtor with the most sponsorships;
• Office with the highest percentage of realtor participation; and
• Office(s) with 100 percent participation.
 
I can’t say enough good things about those who serve on the various committees at Greater Chattanooga Realtors. I know it’s not always easy to find the time to step away from business and volunteer, and I am proud and grateful for all Greater Chattanooga Realtors members who serve with "skin in the game.” 

Our Community Partnerships Committee is just one example of how realtors do more than just buy and sell real estate. Realtors give their time and efforts in so many different ways to give back to our community. Realtors serve in many different ways, and we invite you to do the same. That’s Who We R.


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