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$4,000.00 Donated to Chinmaya Mission Austin and $910.10 donated to Williamson County Child Advocacy Center on behalf of the Vadodaria Family


The Vadodarias Give the Gift of an Enriched Childhood

Hema and Sachin Vadodaria live by the basic principal, anytime they can give, they do.

“It’s just a part of living – giving back to the community you live in.”

Their pursuit of giving, combined with a past experience with Realtor® Laurie Loew, led the Vadodarias back to Give Realty when it was time to move again.

“We kept in touch with Laurie after she facilitated the purchase of our home in Cedar Park in 2006. She started Give Realty and we loved idea of the donation as part of the home buying and selling process. When we were ready, we only thought of Laurie and Give Realty.”

The Vadodarias chose two charities with ties to the generous and community-centered family. The first, Chinmaya Mission Austin (CMA), is where the Vadodaria children attend Sunday School and Hema is a volunteer teacher.

CMA aims to instill in youth the philosophies of Indian culture while engaging in a wide range of spiritual, educational and charitable activities. The $4,000 donation on behalf of the Vadodarias will support the building of a new facility in North Austin.

According to Subhash Vohra, CMA President, “Our pledge highlights ‘giving more than we receive’ and their gift truly embodies this spirit.”

The Vadodaria’s giving spirit didn’t stop there. Their move also contributed $910.10 to Williamson County Children’s Advocacy Center (WCCAC), an organization providing assistance victims of child abuse, non-offending family members and the professionals that help them.

WCCAC Executive Director Brenda Staples says the non-profit was “delighted to learn of the gift, but even more honored when we learned it was from such a wonderful former volunteer of the center.”

Hema frequently volunteered at WCCAC when the family lived in Cedar Park, providing logistical support during the weekdays and doing her part for the children in need.

The family says giving is important because they themselves are very thankful for receiving so much in their lives from the people around them. Follow The Vadodaria’s’ example and see how you can contribute to these great organizations.

Three ways to Help Chinmaya Mission Austin.

1.  Donate to the Building Fund. These donations assist CMA’s expansion.

2. Participate. Attend the public lecture series and learn about the tradition and philosophies taught at CMA.

3.  Engage. Visit chinmayaaustin.org to keep up-to-date and expand your knowledge.

Three Ways to Help Williamson County Children’s Advocacy Center

 1.  Make a commitment to volunteer. WCCAC is in need of volunteers who can commit at least four hours biweekly to host the center.

2. Donate. Financial contributions are needed to sustain WCCAC operations and plan for the future.

3.  Take a tour. WCCAC wants people to “walk the halls the children walk” in order to learn more.

$2,688.75 donated to Austin Community Foundation on behalf of the Williams Family

The Williams Give the Gift of Lifelong Philanthropy

Austin Community Foundation (ACF) is not an organization that is built on the typical non-profit model. According to Executive Director MariBen Ramsey, “Our organization is not the go-to place to make a one-time gift, rather, it is the outlet to start a lifelong tradition of giving.”

The idea of creating a philanthropic habit in their household was what attracted Monica and Norwood Williams to work with ACF and Give Realty. “We wanted to make philanthropy a bigger part of our family’s actions and the lessons we teach our children, so it was a win-win and the only fit that made sense.”

The Williams’ move from Convict Hill to Brushy Creek created a $2688.75 family fund, which may be viewed as a “charity checking account.” The Williams have the option to make donations online to charities of their choice. At the end of the year, they will receive a statement detailing their contributions for tax reporting.

The ability to continually give has made the reward of their move so much more than about just a house. “This is a Give Realty sponsored opportunity to build something for our family. The purchase of our house has become an outlet for longtime giving for our children,” said the Williams.

ACF agrees its services are customized for building traditions of charity and personal ties between the family and the community to which it is contributing. According to Ramsey, “It’s an excellent opportunity for donors to build upon the community infrastructure with their families. We build relationships with the family to make giving back easy.” 

The process of finding a cause important to you is made easy with the guidance of ACF, as they manage more than 900 charitable funds.  ACF works to make all of these diverse funds prosper so they can continuously flow back into the community, creating an ongoing cycle of giving. Read on for just a few examples of ACF funds and how you can contribute.

Three Ways to Help Austin Community Fund

1.  Support the Central Texas Wildfire Fund. Financial contributions are needed for 500 children without a home in Bastrop County to provide basics and trauma counseling.

2.  Support AISD and schools in response to cutbacks. The quality of our future depends on what we do now!

3.  Support the Women’s Fund. These funds are directed to grants aiding women and children in a variety of ways, for example, insuring women have training for jobs that pay a living wage.

$5,002.50 Donated to Hill Country Christian School on behalf of the Denny Family

The Dennys Give the Gift of Recreation

“What a blessing!”

This was the response from Hill Country Christian School of Austin’s (HCCS) Head Master Bill McGee when he learned of the recent Give Realty gift to his school.

The $5002.50 contribution was made possible by Reggie and Debbie Denny’s move from the Woodlands to Austin. The Dennys are raising their granddaughter and were thrilled to be able to give to her new school.

“The school benefits not only the children and families who attend but they also address the needs of the community. Our donation will not only support the school our granddaughter attends, but also meet the needs of others,” said the Dennys.

The Denny’s donation is the first to HCCS’s 2011-12 annual fund and will be directed toward the purchase of new playground equipment and additions to the school’s recreational field. The school’s goal this year is $100,000 and McGee hopes the contribution made by Laurie Loew, founder and owner of Give Realty, will encourage others to also stand behind HCCS.

McGee’s surprise and excitement was not only in response to the monetary gift to his school, but also to Give Realty’s model.
“When we learned the gift was 25% percentage of Ms. Loew’s commission from selling the Denny’s home, we were amazed. We have never heard of a realtor giving back to the community in this manner,” said McGee.

HCCS is no stranger to giving back. The school serves nearly 500 students from pre-school to twelfth grade and aims to keep the school as accessible to as many socioeconomically diverse families as possible through tuition assistance and other programs. The goal of HCCS is to provide “a Christ-centered, classical, college-preparatory school to serve local families,” according to McGee.

Three Ways to Help Hill Country Christian School

1.  Donate to the 2011-2012 Annual Fund. Help the school reach their $100,000 goal!

2.  Contribute to the Legacy Scholarship Fund. This fund provides annual college scholarships to at least two HCCS graduates.

3.  Support HCCS through United Way. Select HCCS as your charity of choice during your employer’s State Employee Charitable Campaign.

$1,717.50 Donated to Our Lady’s Maronite Catholic Church on behalf of the Erickson Family

The Ericksons Give the Gift of Educational Space

For Amelia and Nathan Erickson, working with Give Realty was not only an opportunity to give $1717.50 to their home church, Our Lady’s Maronite Catholic Church, but Laurie Loew’s expertise also led them down the path to their perfect home.

“Laurie was always open and available and guided us to the best deal. Her insight saved us thousands of dollars,” said the Ericksons.

The couple also entered into their house search “thinking HGTV and hoping for an affordable and easy to renovate house.” Laurie’s guidance prevented the Ericksons from getting in over their heads with a fixer-upper that was more than they bargained for.

“We learned the difference between TV and reality in terms of real estate,” said the Ericksons. “Laurie helped us find the perfect size home, in an area not far from our places of employment, and at a price within our range.”

For Our Lady’s Maronite, a local Catholic Church based on Eastern versus Latin teachings, the timing of Give Realty’s donation was perfect. “We were just tickled,” said Monsigner Don Sawyer, “We’re in the middle of our capital campaign. It’s great the Ericksons gave at this time as it really enhanced the excitement of the campaign.”

Though it sounds like things are already pretty exciting at Our Lady’s Maronite – the active church is keeping busy with ongoing meetings of special groups for kids and adults and a fun dinner and dance coming up in November. Read on to see how you can support their efforts.

Three Ways to Help Our Lady’s Maronite Catholic Church

1.  Donate. Classrooms and space for children are in the first phase of construction and community support is needed to build upon the existing momentum.

2.  Host a group. There are four groups that meet including: a home school group for kindergarten through seventh grade kids that meets three days a week and needs assistance with budgeting and volunteer teachers, a group from India, a Byzantine group and a prayer breakfast hosted on the third Sunday of every month.

3.  Attend the December Christmas Bazaar. The event will take place on Saturday, December 3rd, from 9am to 8pm at the Parish Hall.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

$2,062.50 donated to Austin Community Foundation on behalf of the Mraz / Maxon Family

The Mraz-Maxons Give the Gift of Access to Education

When Sarka Mraz and Paul Maxon prepared to relocate from Washington D.C. to Austin, they were concerned about the uncertainties of a making a cross-country move. However, working with Give Realty was “just fabulous,” said the Mraz-Maxons. “Buying a house and moving across the country has its challenges, but Laurie Loew, our realtor, was incredibly flexible and made the search much easier than we thought it would be.”

Laurie’s expertise also proved to be beneficial in the philanthropic aspect of the move as well. Her knowledge about local non-profits led the Mraz-Maxons, who have worked in education, to Austin Community Foundation (ACF) where they contributed $2062.50 to a donor-advised scholarship fund through the organization.

The fund will provide a college scholarship for an Austin high school student, and the Mraz-Maxon family will serve on the student selection panel. When their daughter gets older, she will join the panel, where the Mraz-Maxons say, “Our plan is for her to learn the importance of both education and philanthropy.”

ACF Executive Director MariBen Ramsey was thrilled to receive this donation from people so passionate about education and says, like Give Realty, ACF knows the importance of connecting citizens with causes that are important to them. “We inquire about the clients’ interests and lead them to organizations they would like to get to know,” said Ramsey.

With more than 900 diverse charitable funds under its management, ACF possesses the knowledge to connect people to community efforts relevant to them. ACF works to nurture returns on the contributions made, increasing the sustainability of the community impact. Read on for just a few examples of ACF funds and how you can contribute.

Three Ways to Help Austin Community Fund

1.  Support the Central Texas Wildfire Fund. Financial contributions are needed for 500 children without a home in Bastrop County to provide basics and trauma counseling.

2.  Support AISD and schools in response to cutbacks. The quality of our future depends on what we do now.

3.  Support the Women’s Fund. These funds are directed to grants aiding women and children in a variety of ways, for example, insuring women have training for jobs that pay a living wage.

 

$986.25 donated to Meals on Wheels and More on behalf of Jeff Broussard

Jeff Broussard knows much about the services provided by Meals on Wheels and More (MOWAM) as the organization was a critical piece in the care of his own parents for many years. MOWAM aims to nourish and enrich the lives of the homebound through programs that promote dignity and independent living.

While most people think of the mainstay food delivery program when they hear “Meals on Wheels,” MOWAM has evolved into so much more.

“We believe in serving people holistically through not only providing a hot meal, but also helping our clients meet the other needs that arise when an individual is homebound,” says Dan Pruett, CEO and President.

This holistic treatment is achieved through the “And More” programs, which include services such as transportation to medical appointments, minor and major home repairs, grocery shopping assistance and phone friends to create connections and ward off loneliness. Mike’s Place, an activity center for individuals with Alzheimer’s and dementia, is another new program recently created by MOWAM. So much for simple food delivery!

With such extensive programming, it is sometimes a challenge to provide all these services, especially with a rapidly aging population and a tough economy. To help bring in additional funding, MOWAM had long encouraged supporters to consider using Give Realty when looking to sell their home. This had never come to fruition however, until Jeff Broussard’s move lead to a $986.25 donation to the organization.

“We were thrilled!” said Pruett. “This donation will pay for 494 hot, nutritious meals for homebound men and women in our community. It was very exciting to see that opportunity come to fruition.”

Three Ways to Help Meals on Wheels and More

1.  Donate money or fundraise.

2.  Volunteer.  The meal delivery program runs every weekday and has meal pick-up locations all across the city. It just takes one hour per week or less if you volunteer as part of a team. There are many opportunities to volunteer with Meals on Wheels’ diverse programs, including Mike’s Place, Groceries to Go and Care Calls.

3.  Advocate.  Help spread the word about the issues affecting our community’s seniors by advocating for MOWAM online through Facebook, Twitter, Crowdrise or by writing your friends and family.

 

$22,500.00 donated to Manto Coahuila Children’s Home on behalf of the Mulacek Family

[L-R] Pierre Mulacek, Laurie Loew, Tom Kite and Jon Luce of KLK Construction.

Five minutes across the Texas-Mexico border from Del Rio is the town of Ciudad Acuña, Mexico. A group of devoted Texan volunteers are doing amazing work in Acuña at the Manto Coahuila Children’s Home, a shelter that houses up to 15 orphaned and abandoned children at a time, including infants.

It was this moving mission along with their drive to take action that reflects the key value of empowering those less fortunate that motivated Pierre Mulacek and family to partner with Give Realty in their move to Austin, a choice that resulted in a $22,500.00 donation to Manto Coahuila! “To help those who cannot help themselves is a key principal we ourselves are teaching our children.”

This substantial donation will go a long way at Manto Coahuila. It will help extend the kitchen and dining area for the children, as well as build bathrooms and closets in the girls’ dorm room. Small cottages for the workers who selflessly come to help build or work at the orphanage will also be remodeled with the funds.

“Our desire is to maintain a home where these children can feel safe, be loved by a family, be taught the Word of God, receive an education and develop a plan for their future as they grow,” said Henry and Josie Zaragoza.

This unique home also stresses the importance of creating fun in the children’s lives. The result of these efforts can be seen immediately in the smiling and joyous faces of Manto Coahuila children. The Mulacek family is “grateful for the opportunity to help bring a little more joy and comfort into these special children’s lives.”

Three Ways to Help the Manto Coahuila Children’s Home

1.  Become a Financial Partner.  Manto Coahuila is always looking for ways to expand and is always looking for new partners to grow with!  Donations can be made online at to help reach more children in need.

2.  Help check off the Needs and Projects Lists.  The home keeps a running list of needed items such as furniture, toys and consumables like paper towels on their website.  Also available is a list of pending projects, which range from sink installation to playhouse building to helping landscape the grounds for privacy. These are great opportunities for ministry teams looking for work projects.

3.  Stay connected.  Sign up for the Manto Coahuila Newsletter to keep informed and in touch as the home grows!

 

$1,912.50 donated to SafePlace on behalf of the Taylor Family

When the company Burt Taylor works for, Arkanova Energy, moved from The Woodlands to Austin, the company partnered with Give Realty to find new corporate space. Arkanova believes in Give Realty’s mission and suggested Laurie Loew to all of its relocating employees.

Burt says he has had a lot of experience dealing with real estate and has been, “burned before.”  But working with Laurie was a refreshingly new experience for the Taylors.

“I know I wasn’t her only client,” says Taylor, “but Laurie made me feel like I was.”

“When you know your agent is looking out for your best interest, you have faith in the way the contract, negotiation and search will be executed. Laurie understands those needs and communicates effectively to eliminate your fear.”

The Taylors passed this sense of security on, as Burt and his wife Stephanie decided to give to SafePlace, an organization that aims to end sexual and domestic violence through safety, healing, prevention and social change.  The Taylors appreciate that SafePlace also assists males, a demographic sometimes overlooked in regard to abuse.

What started out as a suggestion from the boss turned into a great experience for both a family struggling with a big move and for a non-profit doing challenging and crucial work. Not only did SafePlace earn $1912.50, vital funds in a challenging economic environment, but the Taylors were able to give back to the community and to top it off, the turn-around time from when the Taylors started looking to the closing date was one month. As Burt Taylor summed it up, the experience was simply “awesome.”

Three Ways to Help SafePlace

1.  Volunteer.  SafePlace needs volunteers in highly confidential, direct positions to work with survivors and children. Volunteers for non-direct positions are needed, which may involve administrative duties, assisting at the charter school or daycare, or providing workshops for Life Skills classes. Volunteers are also needed to help to foster pets of families in the shelter.

2.  Make a contribution.  Visit http://www.safeplace.org to donate online and to view other opportunities to give. SafePlace is always in need of new and gently used items for its shelter, and is currently experiencing a critical shortage of baby wipes and diapers sizes 4-6.

3.  Tell everyone you know about SafePlace!  A good place to start would be by liking SafePlace on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/SafePlace.EndingSAandDV and staying in touch.

$1,000.00 donated to REDArena and $987.50 donated to Emancipet on behalf of Chris and Amy Narlock

Chris and Amy Narlock have always been the type to volunteer and support non-profit organizations when they can.  So, it was an easy decision to select Laurie Loew of Give Realty – first, when they relocated from Minneapolis/St. Paul to Austin and again, two years later, when they moved to their new home in Allandale.

The Narlocks’ moves supported RED Arena (Riding Equines for the Disabled), a group that provides equine therapy for individuals with disabilities, with a $1000 donation and Emancipet, an organization that aims to make spay/neuter services and preventive veterinary care affordable, accessible and understandable to all pet owners, with a donation of $987.50.

Emancipet has become a critical Austin non-profit and serves almost 30,000 pets per year through their spay/neuter clinics and walk-in wellness clinics. They have partnered with Give Realty several times and, according to Executive Director Amy Mills, the partnership has strengthened the organization in more ways than financially.

“Give Realty’s model of business truly gives back to the community, and it connects our organization with new friends and donors,” explained Mills.

The partnership also proved to be an outlet for the Narlocks to connect more deeply with their new Austin community.

“We learned so much about the local non-profit community. Laurie is extremely connected to Austin non-profits and we learned about organizations we never knew existed,” said the Narlocks.

Amy Narlock did, however, previously know about RED Arena, as she volunteers weekly for the organization. Jennifer Young, RED Arena Executive Director was shocked and thrilled by the Narlocks’ donation, saying that Amy is, “already giving her time to drive out to Dripping Springs and walk around all afternoon in the heat and dust. She is a very kind and generous person, and we are grateful for her support.”

Part of the Narlocks’ donation will go toward the creation of a wheelchair accessible restroom, which Young says is “both desperately needed and a big challenge for the organization.” This donation, along with the support of volunteer plumbers, electricians and carpenters will help make this a reality, which is thrilling to the Narlocks.

“Give Realty allowed us to give back in a way that we would not have been able to do on our own,” said the Narlocks.

This is simply another day-in-the-life for a couple that lives their life by the motto, “good begets good.”  With all the good created for Austin-area people and animals through their donations, karma is sure to return the joy back into the Narlocks’ lives.

Three Ways to Help Emancipet

1.  Tour the Clinic.  The best way to understand the mission and impact of this amazing organization is to see the clinic in action. We offer private tours of the East Austin Clinic by appointment. To schedule a clinic tour, contact jill.lally@emancipet.org

2.  Make a Donation.  Emancipet relies on financial support from friends to continue the work, and every dollar makes a difference. The best way to ensure ongoing support for the lifesaving work is to make an easy, secure online donation, click here:  http://epet.convio.net/donate

3.  Stay in Touch. Emancipet communicates with their community of supporters through Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. All of Emancipet’s news and links to social networking sites may be found on Emancipet.org.

Three Ways to Help RED Arena

1.  Support the organization financially.  The group depends on donations to support scholarships and ensure that more kids can be helped through this unique type of therapy.

2.  Volunteer Weekly.  RED Arena needs regular weekly volunteers to help with therapy sessions or in the barn grooming and taking horses.

3.  Volunteer for special projects.  These fun events can range from mulching the trails to sponsoring a booth at the RED Arena Rodeo.  Wherever your talents lie, there’s a place for you to help others at RED Arena!  For more information on volunteering, visit redarena.org or email info@redarena.org.

 

$236.25 to Church of Glad Tidings on behalf of the Martinez Family

Give Realty facilitated their third donation to GTAustin in behalf of Pete and Reyes Martinez.

GTAustin is a church in North Austin that has developed a special “Community Reach Out” project that includes spiritual, cultural, educational, and recreational activities.

The aim of the program is to provide assistance, change, and transformation to the families in different communities within the Austin area. An important component of the initiative includes tutoring services to students within the community schools during the school year and summer session.

The Martinezes have a special connection to the church as their family has been part of the congregation since 1980. Furthermore, Pete is a Pastor-on-Staff overseeing the Hispanic ministry, as well as leading a community initiative in the Georgian area. The Martinez’s reason for continuing to work with Laurie Loew is not only for another opportunity to donate to their church, but also because of Loew’s expertise and professionalism.

“It’s important that the client ends up with the right realtor,” said Reyes Martinez. “A lot of people sell homes. Laurie has done an outstanding job in providing us superb client services. We found out about the contribution aspect at the end of the process. Laurie never used this as a marketing point to secure us as clients. We were delighted to learn of the added bonus!”

The Martinez’s most recent donation will go to support GTAustin’s tutoring program that offers services to students within the Georgian community during the school and summer sessions. The program relies on church and community volunteers to help deliver the tutoring to the students.

Three Ways to Help support the  GTAustin Community Initiatives

1.  Donate.  GTAustin has an online donation page on gtaustin.org for quick and easy online giving!

2.  Volunteer as a tutor.  The church needs volunteers to help give these students the support they need. Contact Pete Martinez at 512-922-9118.

3.  Donate school supplies.  GTAustin provides backpacks and supplies to children in need.

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