By Rodger L. Hardy
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage — Orem, Utah
December 2016 — Eighteen women, comprising two teams of Realtors and a couple of title company representatives gathered together last month in a Habitat for Humanity effort to complete a house for a single mother of two in Provo.
Habitat for Humanity of Utah County assembled the women in a first-time fundraising and volunteer project dubbed Circle of 100 to build the home for the widowed mother. Seventy-five percent of the builders were women volunteers, but received instruction from their male counterparts in the construction trades. The goal is for 100 groups or businesses to raise $1,000 each for the three-bedroom, two-bath home on 500 West.
Circle members were listed as sponsors and each team put in half a day working on the house. Habitat for Humanity is still looking to round out its 100 businesses or groups. For more information, contact Nancy Mickiewicz at (801) 344-8527 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
To join the Circle, please mail a check to: Habitat for Humanity of Utah County 340 South Orem Blvd., Orem, Utah 84058. To make payment by credit card, please contact Nancy at (801) 344-8527 x 106.
A ribbon cutting for the house is scheduled for Dec. 17.
“We did the finish work on the house,” said Kristy Dimmick, a Realtor with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage-Orem. The Coldwell Banker Foundation sponsored both teams at $1,000 each.
Her team worked on the windowsills, the sub-floor and casings around windows and doors. The women were trained in the use of power tools and safety and had a professional overseer. They left messages of hope hand written and signed on the studs of the house for the family, which have since been covered in sheet rock.
In another activity, agents with the Utah Central Association of Realtors, which serves Utah County and several other counties to the south, are celebrating its 100-year anniversary with a Sub for Santa project. They are partnering with United Way and title, mortgage, appraisal and home inspection companies to fete 100 families with Christmas.
Each office is asked to take the opportunity to help local families in need.
“The Realtors and affiliates will be donating money, shopping, and delivering Christmas for hundreds of children that would not otherwise have a Christmas. The United Way is providing UCAR with the families that are in need, and the Realtors and affiliates are excited to roll up their sleeves and give back to their communities, “said Realtor Kathleen Koyle. “All donations will go directly to purchase children's gifts and then delivered to the families.”
To donate contact your local Realtor or UCAR at 801-226-3777. All donations must be received by Dec. 15.