The Southern Maryland Association of REALTORS® believe it's extremely important to give back to our community where we live, work, and play. We do that through quiet a few intiatives:
- Bras & Drawers for the Cause
- C.A.R.E. Award
- Christmas in April REALTOR® Volunteer Day
- Food & Coat Drives
- Essay & Poster Contest
- Science Fair Scholarships
- Secret Santa for Seniors
Bras & Drawers for the Cause
Beginning in 2014, SMAR’s Community Relations Committee has organized a fundraiser benefiting a local charity which helps with monetary burdens of those suffering with cancer. We thank all who participate and support such a beneficial cause. [more info]
The C.A.R.E. “Community Action and REALTOR® Excellence” Award is given annually by the Maryland Association of REALTORS® to Local Boards/Associations to recognize achievements in community service and charitable actions. The award is designed to raise the profile of REALTORS®, to recognize the contributions REALTORS® make in their communities in terms of volunteer hours and money raised, and to offset the perception that REALTORS® are only concerned with the business transactions of buying and selling homes.
SMAR has won 9 times since 2002. The prize money is distributed among charities in Calvert, Charles & St. Mary's Counties which have included but not limited too: Charlotte Hall Veterans Home, Meals on Wheels for Calvert, Charles & St. Mary’s, Fortitude Housing of Southern MD; Animal Shelters for Calvert, Charles & St. Mary’s, Pajama Connection, and Project Linus.
Christmas in April REALTOR® Volunteer Day
SMAR's YPN* (Young Professionals Network) has planned a REALTOR® Volunteer Day annually for Christmas in April since 2015.
What is Christmas in April? A charity dedicated to keeping elderly and disabled homeowners living in warmth, safety, independence, dignity and decency through home repair and rehabilitation. Visit their website for more information: Calvert • Charles • St. Mary's.
This year's REALTOR® Volunteer Day is April 29, 2017 - you are invited to join us! RSVP below by Sunday, April 2nd.
Here’s the info you need:
- Date: April 29, 2017
- Time: 8 am. Lunch will be provided
- House Location: Calvert and Charles Counties
- Dress for manual labor
- Tools and materials for the house will be provided. You may also bring your own tools
- Please carpool – parking at the houses are limited. Information will be provided at a later date.
Interested in volunteering? Please fill out the form below by Sunday, April 2nd.
*Young Professionals Network – for the Young and Young at Heart!!! Anyone who wants to help is invited to attend.
Coat & Food Drives
Food - SMAR collects food year-round to donate to food banks in our tri-county area by our Community Relations Committee. What to donate: Canned and dry foods in boxes or bags such as cereals, spaghetti sauce, pasta, macaroni and cheese, etc. Canned food should be the standard size 14 ½ oz – 24 oz. not the commercial sizes. At BJs or Sam’s consider picking up a case. And, why not get in the habit of bringing a can or box along to SMAR when you’re there for a meeting or class? This need is ongoing, so any time and every time will help a great deal!
Coats - Beginning each November, SMAR collects coats, gloves, hats and scarves if clean and in good condition. These are donated to men’s, women’s, and children’s shelters locally in the Southern Maryland area.
Drop Off Locations:
- Baldus Real Estate - 101 E. Charles St, La Plata, MD
- Century 21 New Millennium - 3292 Crain Hwy, Waldorf
- Exit by the Bay Realty - 222 Merrimac Ct, Prince Frederick
- Leonard Realty - 22607 Three Notch Road, California
- O'Brien Realty - 3215 Leonardtown Rd, Waldorf
- RE/MAX 100 - 10665 Stanhaven Pl, Ste 300, White Plains
- SMAR - 8440 Old Leonardtown Road, Hughesville
Essay & Fair Poster Contest
Fair Housing Poster Contest – Students in Kindergarten through eighth grade are invited to create a poster based on a pre-determined Fair Housing theme determined by the Maryland Association of REALTORS® (MAR). Posters are judged locally and three local winners are submitted to the MAR state competition. During the state judging, twelve winners will be chosen to be featured in the following year’s Fair Housing Calendar published by MAR. The twelve winners are invited to a reception at the state house in Annapolis to meet the Governor.
Essay Contest – Third grade students are invited to write an essay on the theme “What My Home Means to Me.” Essays are judged locally and six winners are selected.
Science Fair Scholarships
$750 Scholarships are awarded annually to first place winners of the Calvert, Charles & St. Mary's County Science Fairs. This annual recognition seeks to encourage and support academic excellence in our students.
Secret Santa for Seniors
Several years ago, the Community Relations & CARE Award Committee identified a growing group of people in the Southern Maryland region that needed our assistance to brighten their holidays. There are many residents in our regional nursing homes and centers who do not have family or regular visitors throughout the year and receive no gifts or special attention at Christmas time. We decided it was time to create a massive Secret Santa campaign to provide holiday gifts to those less fortunate living in our tri-county area. More info will be available in October/November for this year's project.