Members of the South Bay Association of REALTORS Build a New Home for a Deserving Family with Habitat for Humanity

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sbaor-ypn-hfh-glaFor the second year in a row, members of the South Bay Association of REALTORS volunteered with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles (HFH GLA) to build a home in Long Beach for a family in need of a home to call their own. The Long Beach build site consists of four homes, one of which will be compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) for a family living with a disability.

This “build day” was hosted by the South Bay Young Professionals Network (SBAOR YPN). The team of 25 South Bay REALTORS and Habitat Crew Leaders spent the day putting siding on the home and garage, doing electrical work and installing windows. The group had a great time during the build, while working hard and coming together as a team they left the build with a real sense of accomplishment.

On the build day the REALTORS also had the opportunity to meet the new homeowner, Betty Coreas. Betty Coreas and her children, a 14-year-old daughter and 3-year-old son, live in a small one-bedroom apartment in Long Beach. Betty said she is looking forward to moving into a home where her children can have their own rooms and where she feels safe at night. She has worked as a Human Resources and Administrative Assistant for over 6 years and although a hard worker, she has not been able to move her children to a safer environment in which they can better thrive.

Betty dreams of owning a home and making it “beautiful, having flowers and trees, where it is clean and spacious for my kids to move around.” She hopes to instill the value of service to her children through the process of partnering with Habitat for Humanity.

“I want them to learn how valuable it is to give back and how you can make a difference in the lives of others,” she said. Betty hopes to move her family into the home before Christmas.

The South Bay Association members did not just arrive on build day; they spent the months prior to the build raising money for Habitat for Humanity. This year alone they raised over $4,000 that will help to build homes for many more deserving families. Both years the group has surpassed the $2,500 minimum contribution needed to build. Not only did each REALTOR®-builder collect donations, but the South Bay YPN hosted a networking mixer that helped to raise funds for Habitat for Humanity as well. The South Bay YPN feels strongly about supporting hardworking families and giving them the opportunity to own their own home.

The South Bay Association of REALTORS is committed to community involvement all year long. When the South Bay Association of REALTORS YPN is not raising funds and building for Habitat for Humanity, they are raising money for a scholarship fund that they created, the South Bay YPN Scholarship Fund. The South Bay YPN Scholarship Fund was created to assist South Bay residents by awarding scholarships to students enrolled at a California college or university for professions which are centered on, or support a career in real estate.

The South Bay YPN holds networking events all year long that raise money for the scholarship fund. One of the largest fundraisers for the Scholarship Fund, hosted by the South Bay YPN, is a night at the Comedy and Magic Club in Hermosa Beach. Just this year the South Bay YPN has raised over $5,000 for the South Bay YPN Scholarship Fund and they hope to raise $10,000 for the fund by 2011.

“Our participation both in building a home for Habitat for Humanity and in raising money for scholarships reminds us about celebrating a sense of community,” said Tamara Suminski, REALTOR® and chairperson of the South Bay YPN.

The South Bay YPN not only offers a platform for young, professional REALTORS to exchange knowledge, establish meaningful business relationships and discuss the latest innovative trends and ideas, but they are also very committed to giving back to their community.

For more information on the South Bay YPN or events hosted by the South Bay YPN, please contact the South Bay Association of REALTORS at 310-326-3010. For more information on Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles please visit the Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles website.

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