Hamilton Herald Masthead


Front Page - Friday, September 29, 2017

Realtors volunteer time, resources across our community

Membership of Greater Chattanooga Realtors are interested in more than assisting buyers and sellers. On the contrary, they gives back to their community is a variety of ways.

The largest ongoing partnership that the group has committed to is with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Chattanooga Area. This relationship has a number of components, the first of which is in support of Habitat ReStore Trucks.

Greater Chattanooga Realtors annually contribute $5,000 toward these trucks, which pick up donations for ReStores located at 1150 E. 14th St. in Chattanooga and 9408 Apison Pike in Ooltewah. Anyone wishing to donate items to the stores simply needs to call ahead and schedule a pick up.

In addition,  local Realtors physically assisted in the construction of new homes and in neighborhood revitalization programs this year. There was a total of 10 days designated for Realtors to join in these efforts over the course of the year, including one final date of Saturday, Oct. 21.

Tee Up and Wine Down for Habitat is a biennial fund raiser held by Greater Chattanooga Realtors to raise funds designated to help build a new home. The next event is set for Monday, April 2, 2018, at Black Creek Golf Course.

Realtors are working now to secure sponsorships for this event, which are critical to Habitat’s 2018 annual budget. The goal for 2018 is to exceed the $73,000 raised in the inaugural fund raiser.

Anyone wishing to learn more about how they can join Greater Chattanooga Realtors in supporting Habitat can call 423 756-0507 or email dbrandt@habichatt.org.

Greater Chattanooga Realtors also partners with a local group to provide snack packs for more than 1,000 Hamilton County School Children each week. This partnership began in 2016 with a $20,000 contribution and $10,000 is to be contributed in subsequent years.

Realtors and community volunteers gather the first Wednesday of each month at East Brainerd Church of Christ to assemble snack packs for the coming month. Anyone interested in joining this ongoing effort can contact the Realtors office (423) 698-8001 for additional details.

The Northwest Georgia Council of the Greater Chattanooga Realtors is supporting students in need in community schools as well. The council just concluded a school supply drive, with those items collected being delivered to Catoosa, Dade and Walker School Board offices for distribution as needed in October.

While these are examples of how Greater Chattanooga Realtors, as an organization, gives back to the communities we serve, one will not have to look hard to find a local real estate office or individual agent giving back and volunteering their time and resources across our region.

The Greater Chattanooga Association of Realtors is “The Voice of Real Estate” in Greater Chattanooga. The Association is a regional organization with more than 1,700 members and is one of more than 1,400 local boards and associations of Realtors nationwide that comprise the National Association of Realtors. GCAR services Hamilton and Sequatchie counties in southeast Tennessee and Catoosa, Dade and Walker counties in northwest Georgia. Go to www.GCAR.net for more information.