CEO Mark Epstein accepts the plaque on behalf of CVAR from Monique Ott-Beacham and daughter Maia.
They may not draw World Cup-size crowds—yet. But having the opportunity to play organized competitive soccer meant the world to a group of girls ages 14 years and older, an age group that hasn’t had a team in 10 years in the San Gabriel Valley. And CVAR helped make it possible!
This summer is a great time to volunteer, as August has been designated C.A.R. and YPN’s “Month of Giving.” Make sure you include the hashtags #CARYPN and #MonthofGiving with any community service-related post in which you might be involved.
The association is doing it’s part to support REALTOR® participation in the communities we serve. Monique Ott-Beacham, a volunteer coach with AYSO, is just one of the hundreds of CVAR members who volunteer their time and talents to their communities, demonstrating “that’s who we are,” said Epstein.
Getting known in your community by volunteering for youth or community activities is one of the best ways to let residents get to know you! It’s another step in building trust, and showing that you can help them with one of the biggest financial decisions of their lives–buying or selling their home.
The Value of Community Service
Engaging in community service provides an opportunity to become active members of the community and has a lasting, positive impact on society at large. Community service or volunteerism enables one to acquire life skills and knowledge, as well as provide a service to those who need it most. These are some of the common benefits of participating in a community service program:
1. Psychological benefits: Volunteering increases overall life satisfaction and helps you feel good about yourself because you are helping others. It can also help to decreases stress and ease depression.
2. Social benefits: Volunteering engages one with the community, creates special bonds with the population being served, and increases social awareness and responsibility.
3. Cognitive benefits: Volunteering helps enhance personal knowledge, allows growth from new experiences, and develops better interpersonal communication skills.
Participating in community service not only makes a difference to the organization and people being served, but also makes a difference to one’s career prospects. Participating in community service activities helps to enhance work-related skills, builds good references for employers in regards to community involvement, and provides a forum to network with future potential employers. It also helps develop civic and social responsibility skills and become more aware of what their community needs.