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The Kindness of Volunteering

Posted by Talbot Sutter on Thursday, July 14th, 2022 at 3:16pm.

CLEAN UP FLORIDA WATERS

July 1-31, 2022

The best gift you can give yourself, is the gift of helping someone else.

In the day to day, hustle and bustle of it all, we often get so caught up in our own little world that we sometimes forget the impactful difference we can make in someone else's world, even with a simple little gesture of kindness.

Everyone is going through something, so it is important to be mindful of that as we soldier on with our busy day - because someone may need our help. Sometimes our worst day is what someone else would consider their best day.

For instance; taking a quick moment to pay someone a compliment could easily turn someone's day completely around, and what only took you 2 seconds to do, could last a lifetime for someone else.

Now ... I know not everyone walks around with extra sparkle in their back pocket to freely sprinkle about, but sometimes it's the simplicity of exchanging common pleasantries with a complete stranger while in passing (or carrying their groceries) that can leave an indelible impact on someone else.

Helping

One of the beautiful things about being a part of the Sutter & Nugent, LLC organization is the heart of the company. There never seems to be a shortage of a helping hand.

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So in the spirit of kindness.... One of the best gifts you can give yourself is the giving of yourself to others.  Most of us are not rich with time, so we don't often think of donating what little of what we have, but you would be surprised how good it makes us feel.  As a parent, the best lesson in life you can teach your child is helping others; whether it be helping your neighbor, your community or your country. 

With that said - this week I would like to highlight:

Clean Up Florida Waters Event

July 1-31, 2022

Thousands of Florida Realtors from across the state gather one month each year to clean up lakes, beaches and other waterways.

For many of us, Florida’s waterways are our happy place. It’s where we boat, waterski, kayak, paddleboard, play in the ocean, watch the manatee and fish for the next big one.

For the entire month of July, Florida Realtors® and community partners are coming together to clean up our lakes, rivers, streams, bays, Intracoastal Waterway, Gulf and ocean. Join us for the state association’s largest cleanup effort July 1-31.

Every effort will make a difference.

Click here to learn more about Florida Realtors' mission to water quality and the environment.

How to get involved

Contact your District Vice President (DVP), local association and local YPN Network for details about their cleanup projects. (Find them using our digital Florida Realtors Leadership Reference Guide.) Join their program or create one of your own in your community. 

if you'd like to organize your own event, identify a waterway that’s high profile, easy to access and/or could benefit from a trash pickup event. Solicit your local association of Realtors, brokerage/team and community organizations to get involved. Have any local associations, YPN networks or government/non-profit affiliates scheduled a water cleanup event? Consider joining forces. 

Then decide a date, get your gear and recruit volunteers (not just Realtors, bring your family and friends along!)

7 TIPS FOR A SUCCESSFUL WATER CLEANUP EVENT

Sponsorship dollars can turn your cleanup initiative into an event

Identify movers and shakers within your local Realtor community to secure sponsorships from local merchants who depend on the waterways for their livelihoods: marinas, water tour companies, sports shops, fishing expedition companies, etc. Use these monies for food, drinks and snacks during the event, or an after-party.

Many times, local merchants will donate swag — always appreciated by volunteers! Also, welcome in-kind donations from organizations that wish to sponsor swag bags, hydration stations, event tents and supplies related to the clean-up effort.  

Smart Growth and Placemaking Grants are also available from the National Association of Realtors (NAR).

Let NAR know you're a good neighbor!

Tally volunteer hours to show the immense impact Realtor volunteers make across Florida. Then, share details and photos about your volunteer projects so NAR can feature your efforts on social media. Shining a spotlight on your community service can inspire others to give back. 

Got questions? 

We’ve got answers…or at least we know who to contact. Please direct your questions to Mindy Wilson, mindyw@floridarealtors.org. She’ll get you to the right person.

 

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