Charities & Give Backs
Why You Give
I believe I have been blessed greatly as one of the highest rated Rockwall realtors and I want to be a blessing to the community I am so fortunate to live in. So many people have established nonprofits around me, and their causes are bigger than any one person can achieve. I want to use my platform as one of the many Rockwall realtors to bring resources and awareness to these charities.
When I started doing drive-in movie events, I did them for free but was unable to estimate how many participants I might have attended. As the events began to grow, the parking needed to be monitored as we were running out of space. To embrace my desire to benefit local charities and keep an eye on participants, I began selling tickets per carload. The price was never meant to deter anyone from coming but now I had money that I could use to bless others. What a great growing pain to learn from. I have now had the fortunate opportunity to choose different nonprofits and use the money from amazing community events and bring awareness and resources. Another opportunity that I have as a Rockwall realtors to provide a win-win for my clients and community.
I determine the nonprofit and ask them to participate at the movie event by helping me to promote the event and then sending a few volunteers out to help with parking. During the Covid-19 pandemic, many charities have been unable to do their “usual” fund raising events so this has turned into a new normal and new way of thinking. I often receive requests from different charities to consider and learning how they bless this community has been a wonderful learning process as well.
Through partnering and donating with local charities and organizations we have the opportunity to help grow and expand the place we call home.This is where the heart of this Rockwall realtors team, through finding people their dream home or selling their current property we have been able to give thousands of dollars to local charities such as:
- Lone Star CASA
- Helping Hands
- Patriot Paws
- The Children’s Advocacy Center for Rockwall
Helping Hands is both a local food bank and a resale store in our community. I chose this charity for my first fundraising opportunity. I had heard on the news that food pantries all across the country were low and the lines for people needing food was 2-3x’s longer than average. My heart broke when I realized families near me could be literally starving and I knew that as a Rockwall realtors I could help spread awareness. Instead of charging a carload ticket price, I had participants bring any amount of staple canned goods they could provide. The response was overwhelming. Many, many, many bags of food were brought as well as people handing over cash to give as well.
When I loaded up all the food donations, I threw it all in the back of my ’63 Chevy and drove directly to Helping Hands. Funny thing is, I didn’t tell Helping Hands had chosen them as the recipient and didn’t let them know that I was coming. When I pulled up to Helping Hands, someone came out to ask how they could help. I told them I had some food that I would like to donate. He assumed it was maybe a bag or two and was prepared to take it in himself. He looked in the back of my truck and much to his surprise, said he’d have to go inside and get help. Four more people came out with him and we all took several loads to bring everything into the building. What an amazing opportunity this simple Rockwall realtors has the blessing to be a part of!
Recently, I was approached by a mom who has two daughters at Heath High School. One of the girls is part of the Cross Country team and the other is a senior this year. She asked if there were ways we could combine a couple of my drive in events to raise money for the sports team and then the senior class.
We asked a few parents to share the events on their own social media pages and then help with parking and greet the attendees. Those easy tasks were all that was needed to provide the Cross Country and Senior class with hundreds of dollars that they were not able to raise in previous attempts.
Many of the parents that volunteered and those that came just to support and raise money for the school, came out for the first time. They were able to see what a great and safe event is happening monthly in their own backyards. Showing the community that I serve as one of its Rockwall realtors how many opportunities we have to support local small business, teams, and nonprofits is a wonderful perk to what I do. I look forward to meeting more parents and helping their students in their hobbies and extracurricular activities as we grow and expand this team of Rockwall realtors.