The Northern Virginia Association of Realtors® donated $41,000 in outreach and philanthropy to 19 local nonprofits through its NVAR Cares Committee in 2018. This committee considered proposals for funding from local nonprofits and made decisions to donate time and money based on each mission’s alignment with NVAR’s goals for charitable giving and its strategic plan. The largest donation went to the Habitat for Humanity Over the Edge fundraiser, which NVAR served as the Media Day Sponsor for in 2018. In addition, NVAR awarded its second NVAR Hero Award to Nora Partlow, a Realtor® with Coldwell Banker, who was nominated by the Neighborhood Health nonprofit in Alexandria.

On Nov. 8, 2018, the NVAR Cares Committee hosted its first fundraiser, “Party with a Purpose,” at the Paradise Springs Winery in Clifton.

“The NVAR Cares Committee is proud to build partnerships with organizations that share our mission of helping the community,” said 2018 NVAR Cares Committee Chair Marriah Unruh. “We are honored to give to local nonprofits that help so many people who need immediate assistance. The passionate, devoted members of this committee have been very inspirational. They are a special, generous group of people.”

Said 2018 NVAR President of the Board Lorraine Arora, “As an association of professionals who are dedicated to helping achieve their dreams of homeownership, it is important that we also help those who are not as fortunate as our clients and our members. The NVAR Cares Committee oversees our association’s vetting of qualified charities that will truly serve the underserved right in our own backyards. We are not only about the bottom line: we believe in corporate social responsibility.”

The 2018 NVAR Cares Committee recipients are:

  1. Alliance for Housing Solutions
  2. Brain Foundation
  3. Chimes Virginia
  4. Culpepper Garden
  5. DC Candlelighters
  6. First Home Alliance
  7. Good Shepherd Housing
  8. Graham Road Elementary School
  9. Habitat for Humanity of Northern Virginia
  10. HomeAid
  11. Homestretch
  12. Neighborhood Health
  13. Northern Virginia Mental Health Foundation
  14. Pathway Homes
  15. PHILLIPS Programs for Children and Families
  16. Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services
  17. Shelter House
  18. Wholehearted Foundation
  19. Women Giving Back