Ten REALTORS® who embody the spirit of community service have been selected as finalists for the National Association of REALTORS®’ 2021 Good Neighbor Awards, and you can vote for your favorite at realtor.com®.
From rescuing human trafficking victims to helping refugees assimilate into American society, the finalists have made significant, tangible volunteer contributions in their communities to improve the lives of their neighbors in need. And all this in the middle of a global pandemic.
“Despite the many challenges navigating COVID-19 restrictions and running a nonprofit during the pandemic, these REALTORS® were there to help their communities at a time their contributions were needed most,” says NAR President Charlie Oppler. “I am so proud to honor this year’s Good Neighbor Award finalists for continuing the REALTOR® tradition of giving back and making a difference.”
Realtor.com®, a primary sponsor of the Good Neighbor Awards along with Chase and the Center for REALTOR® Development, is hosting the public voting for the 10 Good Neighbor finalists now through Oct. 1. The top three vote-getters will be recognized as Web Choice Favorites and take home an additional donation of $2,500, $1,250, and $1,250, respectively.
The Good Neighbor winners, chosen by judges, and the Web Choice Favorites will be announced on Oct. 6. The five winners will receive a $10,000 grant and national media exposure for their charity, including a feature in the fall issue of REALTOR® Magazine. The winners will be honored during the 2021 REALTORS® Conference & Expo in San Diego. Five honorable mentions will receive $2,500 grants.
Get inspired by this year’s 10 Good Neighbor Awards finalists:
Dawn M. Adams
The Palmetto Real Estate Group of SC
Since 2011, Adams has been helping to rescue and rehabilitate victims of human trafficking both in the U.S. and internationally. As a board member with the Abolish Slavery Coalition, Adams organizes multi-agency task forces that help locate those who were kidnapped, while helping rescued victims begin the process of restoring normalcy in their lives.
Mile Hi Property
Every Friday, Bell and hundreds of volunteers meet to pack and deliver weekend meals for 10,000 at-risk children scattered across 72 Denver-area schools. By eliminating overhead and relying on his dedicated volunteers, Bell has turned Food for Thought Denver into a powerhouse, with 497,205 backpacks of food delivered to date, the equivalent of almost 4 million meals.
Windermere Professional Partners
Founder of Raising Girls, a nonprofit that helps low-income young women boost their confidence and self-esteem, Chambers-Gordon and her volunteer team donate menstrual hygiene products to tweens and teens who might otherwise skip school and sports because of embarrassment or financial constraints.
F.C. Tucker/Bloomington, REALTORS®
Cockerham helps combat homelessness by taking advantage of his expertise and contacts in the real estate industry. He has spent more than a year helping New Hope for Families find a new permanent location, which doubled its shelter capacity and raised $1.2 million, in large part from local REALTORS®.
Brooks & Davis Real Estate
In 2014, Ealy founded TWST4Girls, a nonprofit organization that offers a variety of educational programs and one-on-one mentoring for low-income girls. The opportunities are designed to help girls aged 11-17 boost self-esteem, learn important life skills, and start on a path toward higher education.
Exit Realty Professionals
Kansas City, Mo.
Gieseke wears many hats as a volunteer for Agape Pamoja, serving the needs of refugee families. Since 2018, he’s helped acquire and renovate homes, called “Blessing Houses,” while teens from refugee families work at his side to learn job and life skills designed to help in their acclimation to life in America.
KW The Kibe Lucas Team
For 20 years, Lucas has been a passionate board member for The Children’s Place, a nonprofit that offers hope to families impacted by child abuse and neglect. He has leveraged his real estate experience to secure land for a new headquarters, raise half a million dollars, and recruit countless supporters to promote the well-being of more than 4,000 American children.
Denny and Linda Ellsworth-Moore
Coldwell Banker Hubbell BriarWood-Delta
Since 2004, Denny Moore and Linda Ellsworth-Moore have volunteered with Child and Family Charities, a nonprofit that supports children in need. The couple has raised $345,000 and collects donations of bikes, school supplies, clothing, and holiday gifts, with special emphasis on bikes for foster children.
Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc.
Sauger founded The Harbor Dish, a nonprofit that provides healthy meals and companionship to anyone regardless of their ability to pay. The mobile program includes hosting large-scale community dinners on a pay-what-you-can model and delivers hot meals to seniors, foster children, domestic violence survivors and others in need.
Keller Williams Legacy Group
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Siddell mobilized his community’s emergency response after a violent derecho damaged 90% of the homes and buildings in his hometown. During his efforts he discovered underlying food insecurity in the region, leading him to create Together We Achieve. This now-permanent food pantry has distributed 1.2 million pounds of food to local residents in one year.