In response to the devastating effects of Hurricane Harvey, I am inspired to send this letter to you and to all 14,000+ OCAR REALTOR® and Affiliate members. It is about the concept of helping and giving, and “paying it forward,” in which so many of us believe.
As you may know, the Orange County Association of REALTORS® maintains a special fund under the OCAR Cares Foundation, which gives financial aid to our own members during times of extreme financial distress or family crisis. This program is funded largely by the efforts of our members, who sponsor fundraising events such as our annual Palooza and our Golf Tournament. Over the past few years, we have used money from this fund to help many of our members get through their struggles and, with your help, we will continue to do so well into the future.
Although our OCAR Cares Foundation fund is specifically reserved to help our REALTOR® and Affiliate members, in the past we have contributed money from our General Fund for crisis situations nationwide. For example, we made donations following both the 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina disasters.
And on August 29, in response to the devastation of Hurricane Harvey, we took swift action to contribute once again. Rather than waiting for the regular September meeting of the Board of Directors, we sought approval of the Board via a rare email vote to donate to the relief effort. Within twelve hours, every one of our Directors had responded, even though some of them were out of town on business or away on family vacations, and their decision was unanimous.
The Association has now contributed $5,000, to be divided equally between the National Association of REALTORS® Relief Fund (in partnership with the American Red Cross) and the Texas Association of REALTORS® Disaster Relief Fund.
As events continue to unfold in Texas and Louisiana, to help those in need, NAR’s REALTOR® Relief Foundation is collecting donations at www.nar.realtor/programs/realtors-relief-foundation/donate. I hope each of you will consider adding to the $5,000 contribution your Association has already made on your behalf.
This is but one example of the many ways in which Orange County REALTORS® consistently give back to our communities, not just locally but globally. I am truly proud of our members’ commitment to helping people in distress.
As always, if any of you have questions, concerns or suggestions about how your Orange County Association of REALTORS® can help you in any way, please feel free to call or text me on my direct cell phone at (949) 291-7250, or email me at email@example.com.
President, Orange County Association of REALTORS®