I place a substantial emphasis on philanthropy. Realtors are fortunate to have an amazing opportunity to earn a lot of money while also having flexible schedules. As the faces of our local communities, I believe it is important to donate our time and our money. This year I have set up my own way of giving back to the community.
Billy Malnati Charitable Giving – My brother passed away last year in May at 24 years old, and I was struggling to find a way to grieve his passing. I found that Closings provided me with great joy for obvious reasons, and Closings enabled me an opportunity to remain positive despite my loss. My initial impression was that Billy’s life was short, but as I reflected on his journey, I realized that he benefitted and exceeded expectations by living to 24 years of age with the help of strong support of charities like the Ronald McDonald House and the American Heart Association. I started to have our Title/Escrow Company set aside a portion of my commission in a check to various charities in Billy’s name. I found the experience cathartic, so I continued to make donations from each Closing to a charity of my choosing.
I typically select local charities and have donated to the following:
Children’s Hospital of Colorado –
Ronald McDonald House of Denver –
Crossroads Community Church –
Eisenhower-Evans Scholarships for University of Colorado –
Project Voyce –
American Heart Association –
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital –
Junior Acheivement Bowl-a-Thon –
St. Thomas More Catholic Parish –
St. Mary and Our Lady of Peace Parish –
Hope Communities –
*I also volunteered with Hope Communities for their annual Hands for Hope Day (see pictures below). Since 1999, Hope Communities has hosted Hands for Hope Day, an event that brings together hundreds of volunteers from around the Metro Denver area to make an immediate impact on the community by completing service projects. The projects improve the health and wholeness of the community, unite Denver citizens around a common cause, and raise awareness about the issues facing low-income neighborhoods.