September 2014 | By Erica Christoffer
When tornadoes, earthquakes, and wildfires shatter communities, onlookers wrestle with the terrifying images and stories. But those disasters can also appeal to the best impulses in humankind, triggering America’s caring sprit and igniting action. The REALTORS® Relief Foundation stands ready to provide help in a crisis, but it depends on the generosity of REALTORS® to continue that mission. During the REALTORS® Conference & Expo, RRF is holding its second annual silent auction to raise funds and increase awareness about its efforts.
You don’t need to attend the conference to take part. Online bidding will take place over 48 hours, from Nov. 7 at 3 p.m. Central time to Nov. 9 at 3 p.m. Anyone can bid from anywhere via computer or mobile device. A full 100 percent of donations go to natural disasters victims in need of housing-related assistance.
The foundation was launched after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Since then, REALTORS® have contributed $25 million in mortgage and temporary housing assistance to more than 10,000 families affected by 42 disasters. This year’s fundraising goal is $100,000, nearly double the amount raised last year.
Reprinted from REALTOR® Magazine Online, September 2014, with permission of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®. Copyright September 2014. All rights reserved.