Washington, January 21, 2010
The REALTORS® Relief Foundation of the National Association of Realtors® is contributing $550,000 to the relief of victims of the Haiti earthquake, and is calling upon its 1.2 million members to help.
“Realtors® help build communities and there is no better time than now to do that in Haiti,” said NAR President Vicki Cox Golder, owner of Vicki L. Cox & Associates in Tucson, Ariz. “Our thoughts and feelings go out to the people made homeless by this disaster. Realtors® have a history of helping people, as we did after the 2004 tsunami struck South Asia and in 2005 when Hurricane Katrina ravaged New Orleans and the Gulf Coast.”
The Foundation is donating $500,000 to the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund which is supporting earthquake recovery efforts with immediate relief and long-term support to earthquake survivors. The fund is headed by former U.S. Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush.
A $50,000 contribution has already been made to The Harvest of Haiti, founded by a 2007 winner of REALTOR® Magazine’s Good Neighbor Awards, Patrick Moore. Moore’s humanitarian outreach program in Haiti supports orphans, delivers clean water and provides medical care to more than 3,500 people a year.
Moore, a sales associate with JoAnn Wine & Associates in Fort Gratiot, Mich., is currently planning his 64th trip to Haiti on January 29. While in Haiti, Moore and his team will deliver six month’s worth of food to an orphanage in Anse Rouge as well as focus on helping residents in communities in and around Port-au-Prince.
Part of the funding came from Lowe’s, a partner of NAR’s REALTOR® Benefits Program, who contributed $100,000 that was matched by NAR. Lowe’s is a sponsor of the Good Neighbor Awards.
Realtors® are being encouraged to donate to Haitian victims through the REALTORS® Relief Foundation. All contributions will flow through the Foundation, and no Foundation money will go to NAR administrative costs. NAR members and others who wish to make a donation should go to www.realtor.org/relief and complete the contribution form.
The National Association of Realtors®, “The Voice for Real Estate,” is America’s largest trade association, representing 1.2 million members involved in all aspects of the residential and commercial real estate industries.