ACAR Brokers Making a Difference in the Community

Volunteerism is spreading through ACAR’s broker ranks.  Recently, we conducted a survey of our member brokers to find out just how much participation in the community our brokers had.  Proudly, our brokers responded to us describing their community efforts.

A few examples include Akil Hameed, broker of FASS Real Estate Services.  Akil is on the Board of The Cleveland Kids In Need Foundation.  Akil and his team raise money to assist in the purchase of school supplies for needy children.  School supplies are often difficult for families in need to buy on their own and with education the key to helping these children become productive adults and responsible members of the community, Akil finds this to be a rewarding effort.

Jim Lowe, broker of Jim Lowe Realty….Jim is an active member of the Shriner’s and has been serving as a driver for the Shriner’s hospitals for 15 years.  As a driver, Jim picks up patients that need a ride to doctor appointments and medical visits.  Jim picks the patient up at his or her home, takes the patient to the Shriner’s hospital, out to lunch and returns the patient home.   Jim also helps with fundraising efforts to fund the driving program.

David Sonner, broker of Xhome, Inc….David keeps busy with Zion Community Development Corporation (ZCDC) in Oberlin.   David helps revitalize Oberlin neighborhoods by retro-fitting existing homes to be energy efficient, and helps with planning for new homes.  David helps fundraise, works with Oberlin elected officials and interacts with ZCDC’s partners.  ZCDC also has had a community garden that has helped teach residents of Oberlin how to grow their own produce.

Dennis Steed, broker of RE/MAX Crossroads, is dedicated to helping children and their families through Children’s Miracle Network.  In the past 22 years, Dennis has helped contribute over $800,000 to Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital and Akron Children’s Hospital.  In addition, every year since Crossroads began, Crossroads has won the RE/MAX award for donating the most money to Children’s Miracle Network in the Central and Northern Ohio Region.


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