Homeowners' Financial Group wrote -
It began in the Spring of 2013 as many great things do, unexpectedly over a quiet lunch between friends. Super volunteer and member of the Salvation Army’s National Advisory Board, Marlene Klotz-Collins, was welcoming Joseph and JoAnn Callaway to the organization’s Phoenix Advisory Board. JoAnn told Marlene how dedicated she and Joseph were to the red kettles at Christmas. Marlene explained to JoAnn that Wednesdays were a challenge when getting volunteers. “The Army actually has to hire paid workers to ring bells at many of the kettle locations,” Marlene said. JoAnn immediately volunteered herself and Joseph, and by dessert she had volunteered the whole home ownership industry. After months of planning, more than 1,000 real estate agents, title company officers, lenders, and affiliates came together to ring the bells at more than 180 kettle locations throughout Maricopa County. Real Estate Wednesdays was born.
The effort has three goals:
- To be a part of all that The Salvation Army does and to be part of a greater cause for good.
- To elevate the public image and perception of our real estate industry as a cooperative and caring group.
- To connect and reconnect with clients and the community we serve.
An unexpected difference is best summed up in an e-mail from Old Republic Title Officer Alison Hudgins:
“I am so personally touched by my experience that I will never allow another Christmas to go by without ringing.”