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Realtors take break from selling to repair homes
Sixth annual Realtors Care Day to be held April 11
 
Published Wednesday, April 9, 2014
by Michaela L. Duckett

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Charlotte Realtor Brenda Hayden cleans brush during the 2013 Realtors Care Day. More than 500 realtors are expected to participate this year.

On April 11, over 500 realtors from the Charlotte area will fan out across Mecklenburg and Iredell counties armed with hammers, paintbrushes and a collective spirit of altruism.

They will spend the day repairing roofs and gutters, replacing windows, painting siding, building wheelchair ramps and completing other projects for homeowners in need of critical, but often unaffordable, exterior home repairs and improvements.

It is all part of the sixth annual Realtors Care Day, which has helped 130 homeowners since 2009.

“It’s a great project. I love it every year,” said Brenda Hayden, a realtor in Charlotte. “It’s a way for us to give back to those in the community who we feel really need our help in the hopes that it will help the community overall.”

This will be Hayden’s fifth year being a part of the initiative. She served as the 2014 Home Site Selection Chair and was tasked with selecting 17 homeowners out of 43 finalists.

“Most of the people we end up assisting are elderly or they may be handicapped,” she said, adding that the selections are made on the basis of the repairs needed and not so much the situations of the individual homeowners, some of whom have been displaced by fires or faced other catastrophic experiences.

“Typically, we want the selections to not be based on emotion but need,” she said. “The project has to be able to be completed within a day’s work. The project also has to be able to accommodate 25 or more volunteers… We try as much as possible to address issues that will impact a person’s ability to stay safely in their home.”

Hayden said they receive referrals for nonprofit agencies and other partners in the community, including the City of Charlotte.

Stipulations include that the homeowner must have been in the residence for at least a year and current on the mortgage. They must also have homeowner’s insurance and the home cannot be for sale.

The team only does exterior repairs. When there is a significant interior need they sometimes partner with and refer those homeowners to organizations, such as Habitat for Humanity, that do such repairs.

Hayden said she and the Realtors Care Day team depend on the community to be their eyes and ears each year by helping to identify neighbors whose homes may be in need of repairs they cannot afford to make.

For more information on the initiative or to submit an application for someone in need, visit www.RealtorsCareDay.com.

Comments

I worked with Mrs. Hayden in developing a community volunteer program for youth through CMS. Her focus at that time was helping troubled youth learn valuable employment & life skills while they gave back to their community. Mrs. Hayden's dedication and commitment to improving the quality of life for her community is never far from her mind. She believes that "to whom much is given, much is required." I am elated to see her recognized as she continues in her role as a community leader through this event.
Posted on April 29, 2014
 
I?ve known Mrs. Hayden for many years who have always taken an advocacy approach in working to better others and her community. It is by no surprise that she continues to extend herself in collaborating with others to bring about a conscious awareness of what God expects of us. I?m very proud and glorified that she?s honoring HIS words, being used as a vessel of hope, love and inspiration for others.
Thank you, to all for your dedication and support at the Sixth Annual Realtors Care Day on April 11th.
Posted on April 9, 2014
 

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