Honored by National Association of Realtors® for impactful volunteer work in his community
WASHINGTON — The National Association of Realtors® has honored New Lenox, Ill., Realtor® Dale Taylor as a finalist for its 2019 Good Neighbor Awards. NAR, the nation’s largest trade association, uses the Good Neighbor Award to honor Realtors® who have made a positive impact on their communities through extraordinary volunteer service.
This year marks the 20th year the Good Neighbor Awards program has recognized Realtor® volunteers. During that time, $1.3 million in grants has been awarded to more than 200 nonprofits led by Realtors®. Their impact has been felt in 40 states, 15 countries and in Puerto Rico, contributing hundreds of millions of dollars in charitable fundraising and incalculable hours of volunteer time.
“We are honored to have this group of extraordinary people representing the Good Neighbor Awards as we celebrate the 20-year milestone,” says NAR President John Smaby, Edina, Minnesota. “People like Dale Taylor, who are dedicated to their communities and committed to improving the lives of people around them, inspire us and epitomize ‘who we are’ as Realtors.
Taylor, with RE/MAX 10 in New Lenox, is representing non-profit South Suburban PADS. For 19 years, Taylor has spent nearly every Monday night with the 35 homeless men who gather at the shelter site he manages just south of Chicago. From serving food and mopping floors to making decisions as a board member and raising nearly $3 million, Taylor calls his volunteerism a “divine calling.”
Taylor is one of ten Realtors® being honored have donated their time, money and passion to enrich the lives of the people in their communities.
On October 2, five winners will be named from among the 10 finalists. Winners will receive a $10,000 grant and national media exposure for their efforts, including a feature in the November/December issue of REALTOR® Magazine. The winners will also receive travel expenses to the 2019 REALTORS® Conference & Expo in San Francisco, where they will accept an award in front of thousands of their peers. On October 2, the remaining five finalists will also be named honorable mentions and receive a $2,500 grant in recognition of their work.
“The Good Neighbor finalists inspire and motivate action for the greater good,” said Tracey Fellows, acting CEO of realtor.com, the primary sponsor of the Good Neighbor Awards. “Realtor.com is proud to shine a spotlight on these Realtors®, who truly bring the value of community home.”
The public is invited to vote for their favorites of the 10 finalists. The top three vote getters will win bonus grants of $2,500, $1,250 and $1,250, respectively, for their nonprofit organizations. Last year’s Web Choice Favorite voting program, which is sponsored and funded by realtor.com®, generated a record of more than 165,000 votes. Cast your vote at realtor.com/goodneighbor between August 28 and September 28.
“The Good Neighbor Awards reflect the values we share with the Realtor® family,” said Fellows. “This year’s finalists represent the industry at its best – making meaningful connections that count for people, families and communities.”