REALTOR® Community Service

REACT

Berkshire REALTORS® work together with the community to identify, support and sustain charitable organizations that improve the quality of life in Berkshire County.

We invite you to join us in our efforts to
enhance the well-being of those within the Berkshire community.  Your kind and
generous donation is greatly appreciated.

Our group is a committee of the Berkshire County Board of REALTORS, a 501-c6 not-for-profit trade association.  While we give all funds raised
to 501-c3 charities, donations made directly are not tax deductible.

REACT’s Contributions:

Major Fundraiser Events

  • Chili Cook-off Charitable Benefit Fundraiser
  • Charity Golf Tournament Co-Sponsor

Nourishment and Enrichment

  • Non Perishable Food Collections
  • Holiday Dinners for Families in Need
  • Dinner Services at South Congregational Church
  • Breaking Bread Dinner Services, South Berkshire
  • Toiletries and Necessities Collections for Shelters

Family & Children’s Support

  • Backpack Collection for Foster Care
  • BCAC Holiday Elves Program Support
  • BCAC Rulers for Schoolers Collection
  • Berkshire County Kids Place Services Support
  • Domestic Violence and Abuse Prevention Support
  • Cancer Care, Concern and Support Services

Health and Wellbeing

  • American Cancer Society Relay for Life
  • American Cancer Society Daffodil Days
  • American Red Cross Gift Wrapping
  • American Heart Association Hearts in Bloom
  • Goodwill Industries “Suit Yourself” Clothing Drive
  • Home Heating Oil Fundraising Drive for BCAC

Recent Grant and Award Recipients

  • Berkshire Habitat for Humanity  | Restore $1,500
  • Northern Berkshire Habitat for Humanity $1,000
  • The Elizabeth Freeman Center $1,500
  • Veteran’s Outreach, Grace Manor $1,870
  • Construct, Inc. $1,000
  • Berkshire Community Action Council (BCAC) $1,000
  • Berkshire Homeless Children’s Fund $1,500
  • Berkshire County Red Cross, Disaster Recovery $9,000

 

Interested in joining our REACT committee? Submit our Volunteer Submission Form!


Realtor Relief Foundation

Emergency Housing After the Hurricanes

The Board of Directors considered a request for help from the Realtor Relief Fund, a foundation that was formed after 9-11 to provide housing relief to families affected by disaster. Now more than ever, temporary and emergency housing (and mortgage assistance when unable to work) is critical to so many Americans in hurricane affected regions.

Bring Help Home to Texas

If you’re looking for a way to help those who have been flooded by Hurricane Harvey in Texas, consider donating to the REALTORS® Relief Foundation – they distribute 100% of the funds collected to provide housing assistance. Having a safe place to lay your head during the disaster and aftermath / cleanup makes a huge

Please Help Transform Tyler Street

The Tyler Street Transformation project (more info) is fast approaching and we need your help!  We are coordinating efforts to have Realtor volunteers beautifying and cleaning up the area, and then creating our own real estate hub pop-up for the day of the event on August 26th.  Join other volunteers in 2 hour shifts, or

Build a Better Block Planning Meeting

If you are interested in participating (or at least learning more about) the Tyler Street Better Block event scheduled for August 26th, please consider attending our planning meeting.   We will discuss the details and brainstorm… we hope you can attend our meeting on August 2 @ 2p.m. at the Board Office.  A little background is shown below, but we are coordinating efforts to have Realtor volunteers beautifying and cleaning up the area, and then creating our own real estate hub pop-up for the day of the event.  We need to plan what materials we’d like to have available, what properties to feature, coordinating listing agents to show properties, and encouraging all commercial Realtors to bring their investors, etc…

We have also asked if a member of the Better Bock group can be present to help us create a successful plan.  Please mark your calendars now, and we’ll send out reminders as well.

History:

Board leaders met with stakeholders of the Tyler Street Transformative Development Initiative (TDI) to consider a smart growth grant and to create a plan for Realtor involvement in revitalization efforts of Team Build a Better Block.  We received a $15,000 smart growth grant from NAR and made  a commitment to contribute up to 10% of our own funds (up to $1,500) towards beautification efforts, Realtor-branded marketing materials and creation of a pop-up Real Estate Hub in the neighborhood for a big August 26th event. We are looking for REALTOR volunteers who are interested in helping with cleanup and/or beautification efforts, and also looking for a group to help develop a Real Estate Hub pop-up storefront, designed to share information about the neighborhood and housing and commercial opportunities.  For those that would like more information about this entire project, here is the grant application that outlines the need for the project and our hopes for a great outcome.  This initiative is an exciting opportunity to be a visible and engaged leader in helping revitalize both housing and commercial real estate

Seeking Nominations for the Berkshire County Good Neighbor Award!

Do you know someone who has shown extraordinary commitment to community service?  We are seeking nominations for the 2017 Good Neighbor Awards. The awards—now entering their 19th year—recognize members of the The National Association of REALTORS® who dedicate themselves to volunteer service.  One winner will be chosen as the ‘Berkshire Good Neighbor’ by a selection

Breaking Bread Soup Kitchen Help Needed

Breaking Bread needs your help with set up/serving Thursday, February 16th! You don’t need to be a REALTOR from the South Council to participate! This is a fantastic program providing meals to the disadvantaged and / or displaced in South County. Every six weeks the REALTORS from the South Council sponsor and cater a meal;

The Best Thank You Ever

The REACT Committee began collecting children’s books last year to stock up the Berkshire United Way “Book Houses” found throughout Berkshire County.  These houses were placed for kids to borrow or take books during their summer so they could keep reading!  When winter came, we still had many books remaining, so we donated them to