We’re excited and proud that CVAR member Vickie Lobo, of RE/MAX Champions North Fontana, is one of five REALTORS® from around the country selected for REALTOR® magazine’s 2017 Volunteering Works program.
Lobo started “Community Miracle Makeover,” a nonprofit that facilitates home makeovers for people suffering from cancer or debilitating illnesses, as well as people moving out of homeless shelters and into apartments.
“It started with a group of my girlfriends, I had no idea it would grow to what it is today,” says Lobo. “With the help of so many of my real estate buddies and friends, we are now assisting two to three families at a time.”
It’s members like Vicki Lobo, “who give back to their community in numerous and subtle ways, that make it a blessing to be a part of the REALTOR® community,” says Citrus Valley President Don Gebhard. “We at CVAR are proud to be associated with Vicki and agents like her.”
As a young person, Lobo was “always that person to lend a helping hand.” But it was a bout with cancer that “fed my desire to do more of what my heart was telling me to do.”
“We go into a home and completely change the entire living space—furniture, appliances, TVs, linens, you name it. People come from all over to give,” she says. “It warms my heart to see the love that we have for our neighbor.”
The group even ventured to San Bernardino to organize a makeover there, following the horrific killings that occurred there.
“With all that has been going on with the terrorist attacks, we needed something positive,” she explains.
As part of the NAR Volunteering Works program, Lobo was matched with a mentor, the 2016 Good Neighbor recipient Cindy Barrett. Barrett’s own nonprofit has fixed up nearly 900 homes for low-income owners. She is advising Lobo on obtaining nonprofit status and fundraising more effectively. As a 501C nonprofit, Community Miracle Makeover can accept cash donations as well as furniture and household goods.
Before, “I would ask [donors] to purchase things like dishes, socks for the kids and even Christmas presents,” says Lobo. As a legitimate nonprofit, they can accept funds and purchase what is needed themselves.
Lobo is now looking for more volunteers for the hands-on work, as well as professionals, as her Miracle Makeover expands.
“We need an attorney, bookkeeper, and a marketing person. Everything we do is volunteer,” she says, adding: “My motto is, you aren’t truly living until you experience the gift in giving.”
To contribute time, money or household goods, contact email@example.com
–Laurie K. Schenden, CVAR Communications & Marketing