Business Times of Edmond, Oklahoma January 2020 - Page 11

• $1.3 million has been granted to Realtor®-led nonprofits; • More than 200 nonprofit organizations have been funded; • Good Neighbors’ impact has been felt in 40 states, Puerto Rico and 16 countries; and • More than 4,000 Realtors ® have applied for NAR’s Good Neighbor Award. The 200 Good Neighbor Award recipients since 2000 have: • Volunteered more than 1.4 million hours; • Served more than 41 million meals to the hungry; • Sheltered more than 276,000 people in need; and • Raised hundreds of millions of dollars for various t ypes of charitable causes, including $104 million for healthcare and medical research alone. “Realtors ® are more than people who sell houses and go home to their families at night. We invest in our communities, and because we work with all kinds of people we are able to identify where needs are within the neighborhoods we see every day,” said 2018 Good Neighbor Necia Freeman, Old Colony Realtors ® , Huntington, W.V., who founded Backpacks & Brown Bags to reduce the pains of povert y and opioid addiction. “The Good Neighbor Award encourages us to continue making a difference where we live and work.” As part of the 20th year celebration, NAR and the Good Neighbors collected toiletries to benefit low-income seniors and adults with disabilities. A total of 32,000 personal care items, such as toothbrushes, shampoo and lotion, were donated and packed in holiday gift bags for 1,500 clients of the nonprofit Centro Latino de San Francisco, which was founded by 2006 Good Neighbor Award Winner Ernest “Chuck” Ayala. “We are incredibly proud of the cumulative impact that Good Neighbors have had in the U.S. and across the globe,” says NAR President Vince Malta, broker at Malta & Co., Inc., in San Francisco. “The individuals recognized this year and annually for the past two decades represent the best of America’s Realtors ® — those who sacrifice so much time and talent so their neighbors can live better, more fulfilling lives.” Payne said Fostering Sweet Dreams is impacting counties across Oklahoma. “We provide essential resources to all of Oklahoma,” she said. “We have hit 32 counties that we have impacted so far. We are breaking records every month. We impacted 111 kids for the month of October. We will probably do the same thing in November with over 100 kids. There is a lot of need.” Foster said the response from the Edmond communit y helping Fostering Sweet Dreams has been great. “The response has been amazing and it has really gotten the word out more about us,” she said. “Everybody has been very supportive and helpful. It is awesome. We are growing and we need to bring in some more volunteers.” For more information call 405-697-4744 or visit  www.fosteringsweetdreams.com. Fostering Sweet Dreams headed by Edmond Realtor Kristy Payne is impacting counties across Oklahoma. Welcome to Edmond We are a Catholic Christian Community, called to be faithful, caring, enthusiastic disciples. We build up the Kingdom of God by worshipping and praising God, proclaiming the Good News of Jesus Christ in word and witness, giving loving service to our neighbor and strengthening the parish community. 900 S. Littler • 340-0691 May the Lord’s Peace be with you in 2020! January 2020 | The Business Times 11