The Champaign County Association of REALTORS® has announced a new partnership program with the Don Moyer Boys and Girls Club of Champaign. Between now and June 1, CCAR will be raising donations from REALTORS® and affiliate members in order to purchase backpacks and school supplies for students involved with the Boys and Girls Club. CCAR has set a goal to purchase 200 backpacks to present to youth involved in the Club before the start of the 2016-17 school year. The fundraising efforts officially were launched at the CCAR membership luncheon on February 11th. Sam Banks, Chief Executive Director of the Don Moyer Boys and Girls Club, gave a presentation to REALTORS® about the mission of the Club and reviewed various services offered and needs for the organization. The Don Moyer Boys and Girls Club was incorporated as a non-profit organization in 1968. Today, more than 4,100 Boys and Girls Clubs serve nearly 4 million young people through Club membership and community outreach nationwide.
The CCAR program is part of a national overall outreach partnership encouraged by the National Association of REALTORS® to join forces with the Boys and Girls Club of America in an effort to strengthen communities and support the country's youth. NAR is encouraging local and state associations of REALTORS® to work with their local Club to volunteer and offer resources and assistance.
"We look forward to building this strategic partnership to help further the mission of the Don Moyer Boys and Girls Club," said Stefanie Pratt, president of the Champaign County Association of REALTORS®. "Building strong communities is an important part of our job and we want to provide a chance to contribute in a meaningful way to the lives of children by offering them resources they can use to help further their education and success. We envision this as the start of a long-term impactful partnership where we are involved in providing assistance and learning ways that our REALTOR® members can also be involved in volunteering and mentoring as well with the Boys and Girls Club."
Members who wish to make contributions to the program can send check donations to CCAR at: 305 W. Burwash Avenue, Savoy, Illinois 61874. A donation of $30 will sponsor a backpack filled with school supplies for a child. Deadline to submit check donations is June 1. Please note: backpack in the memo field on your check. Donations will also be accepted at upcoming CCAR membership luncheons as well.
“I can’t thank the members of the CCAR enough for supporting our kids and work at the Boys & Girls Club by providing backpacks and school supplies for over 200 Club Kids," said Sam Banks, Chief Executive Officer of the Don Moyer Boys and Girls Club. "Making an impact on the lives of the kids who come to the Club couldn’t happen without groups like CCAR caring enough to partner with us to make things like this happen. With their help kids from the Boys & Girls Club will be starting the school year with the essential supplies they need to succeed in the classroom.”
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