Orlando REALTORS® don’t just help people realize their dreams of homeownership, they also help build communities.
Now, 10 of those community-building REALTORS® have been honored for their efforts by the fourth annual Orlando Regional REALTOR® Association Good Neighbor Awards. Each of the nonprofit organizations helped by our GNA recipients’ volunteer efforts will receive a $1,000 donation from ORRA to support their missions.
“The ORRA Good Neighbor Awards recipients epitomize the REALTOR® dedication to improving the quality of life for all residents of our communities,” says ORRA President Lou Nimkoff, Brio Real Estate Services, LLC. “This year’s award winners – along with every Orlando REALTOR® who embraces the spirit of volunteerism – go above and beyond in their commitment to making our neighborhoods better places to live.”
The ORRA Good Neighbor Awards is a project of the ORRA Community Relations Committee, which is responsible for many of the association’s community service initiatives. It also organizes volunteerism activities for all members’ participation and considers requests for ORRA support by local nonprofit organizations.
Karlene Grimes, St. Cloud resident and realtor at Keller Williams Advantage III, was announced a winner of the Orlando Regional Realtor Association’s Good Neighbor Award for 2018 and received a $1,000 donation from ORRA for Clarita’s House Outreach Ministry Inc.
Karlene has gathered and donated more than 200 pairs of pajamas during her tenure as a volunteer Clarita’s House Outreach Ministry, which serves the homeless in Kissimmee. She’s placed a “donate now” tab on her website, reached out to business colleagues and vendors, and of course, spread the word via social media. Even her neighbors have taken up the pajama cause!
Karlene also helps out at Thanksgiving plus gathers toys and toiletries, all the while staying laser focused on her goal of donating 1,000 pairs of pajamas to homeless children in Orange and Osceola counties.