Realtors® Making a Difference in Their Neighborhood

Written by Posted On Friday, 03 April 2020 05:25

I recently wrote an article “Are you a REALTOR®? Time to Step Up!” and the response has been great. I discussed that, during these times with so much fear and so many needs, the real estate community should step up in our local communities and find ways to make a difference.  I believe now is the time to put being a giving, caring resource in your community before being a REALTOR®. I’m sure this will help you when we return to business as normal.

I wanted to share a story from a REALTOR® that is making a difference in her community and thought about my Facebook friend, Melody Botting.  Melody lives in San Antonio, Texas and is a Broker Associate with BHHS PenFed Realty. She has been in real estate the past 18 years. I see her posting regularly about volunteering at the San Antonio Food Bank and decided to reach out to her as an excellent example of a REALTOR® giving back to the community. 

Our phone conversation started with her telling me, “it’s not about me, it’s about the movement.” I knew then I was talking to the right person.  Melody has been volunteering at the San Antonio Food Bank the past three years and has held different volunteer positions, but it sounds like her current position is giving her the most rewarding feeling of helping others.  Melody delivers monthly food and pet supplies to homebound senior citizens.

As Melody explained to me, the food bank sends out a nutritionist to meet with the resident and designs what is needed for a month as far as food and proper nutrition.  The food bank prepares the needed supplies and this is where Melody comes in. She didn’t just show up to volunteer, she needed to have a background check and training on what she needed to do beyond just delivering groceries.  Because her deliveries are often heavy, she enters the home and helps store the food – but there is so much more!

Part of Melody’s job is to also check on the welfare of the people while delivering the food.  She shared a few stories with me and she had a hard time describing what happened as I had a hard time seeing my notes fighting tears as she described her story.  Her first delivery was to a lady she describes as barely five feet tall. It took a long time for her to answer the door, and when she finally opened the door the lady had been attempting to put makeup on, hair in curlers and a tea towel pinned around her neck.  Melody noticed her makeup looked like she had been crying so she asked if everything was okay. The lady explained that her daughter had died and she was getting ready to go to the funeral. Melody asked if she could hug her and as she left she called the food bank to have somebody check on her.

Another time Melody was delivering the monthly supplies and a lady answered the door and explained she was in bed thinking about needing to take a bus to get dialysis and had no food in her house.  She told Melody she was an angel!

Melody explained that the San Antonio Food bank’s motto is “Fighting Hunger, Feeding Hope.”  I asked why she volunteered and she explained that her grandmother, who lived close to her growing up, always told her to do what she could to help people.  One of her first memories of volunteering was at seven years old calling bingo at a senior center. Melody also volunteers at the Alamo as a teacher and serves as a volunteer at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts.

There are about 1.3 million REALTORS® across the country. In the past I have described them as local community ambassadors. With Covid-19 ravishing our country YOU ARE NEEDED!  Step up, find a food pantry, find an organization that needs help and get in there and help. I promise you if you give of yourself and be unselfish, when life returns to normal your rewards will come plus hopefully find yourself wanting to continue to help!

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Dick Betts

Dick Betts, REALTOR® The Villages, FL with Touchstone Real Estate, Addie Owens, Broker, Mount Dora FL.  Dick has been working in the real estate industry for more than 20 years and brings his experience and expertise to help you find the best solution for your real estate needs.  Moving to Florida in 2008 he started in Ocala and began searching where in the state of Florida he wanted to call home, Florida has so many options, Beaches, Southeast, Southwest, the Panhandle.  After weighing his options, he found where he wanted to call home just 20 miles south of Ocala, The Villages!  Living fulltime in The Villages since 2011 his only regret was not moving there sooner.

Dick has traveled across North America since 2000 speaking, training and helping REALTORS® in 47 states and 5 Canadian Provinces hone their skills to better serve the public.  He now brings those years of experience to The Villages to help folks who also want to call The Villages home.  People looking to buy in The Villages are from around the world and need a tech savvy REALTOR® to serve their needs.  Selling in The Villages you want to list your home with somebody who knows how to market your home to the Facebook Generation and bring the most exposure possible to attract a buyer.

Want to really learn about The Villages Lifestyle?  Want to see what The Villages has to offer?  Let Dick Betts be your guide and help you call The Villages your NEW HOME TOWN!

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