The 2017 nominations have been announced for the 2017 National Association of Realtors Good Neighbor Award and among the ten nominees are Joseph & JoAnn Callaway. They are being recognized for their efforts to help The Salvation Army by involving the immense influence of the Home Ownership Industry through their programs Real Estate Wednesdays and Real Estate for Rehabilitation. These awards include contributions of $2,500 to $10,000 to the charities of the nominees along with additional cash awards for the top 3 vote getters in the month long campaign beginning September 5th and ending October 2nd. But this voting is about much more than the extra dollars for the winner’s charity. This voting is about exposure and the power of more than a million NAR members being motivated to participate in these programs.

Real Estate Wednesdays is a bell ringing partnership at Christmas time. Last year more than 2400 Agents, Lenders, Title Officers, and affiliates rang the bells at more than 150 red kettles in Phoenix, AZ. Had they not, The Salvation Army would have had to hire paid workers because Wednesdays are a challenge when it comes to volunteers.

Real Estate for Rehabilitation is a year round effort to help The Salvation Army fill their trucks with donated goods. These unwanted items are then sold to fund The Army’s Adult Rehabilitation Centers which offer a free, six month, rehabilitation program that is among the best in the country when it comes to results. Every week hundreds of lives are saved from the ravages of addiction through ARC units around the country.

Both of these programs are now being promoted nationally but it is a big country and the NAR is a big organization. Through the recognition gained via The Good Neighbor Award, the Callaways hope to grow awareness and build participation.

“Our vision is to marry The Salvation Army and The Home Ownership Industry”, says Joseph Callaway, “We have such common interest- food, clothing, shelter, family, and community.”

The voting goes on every day at and voters can vote as often and as many times as they like. If you really want to make a difference, join the campaign, spread the word, and vote, vote, vote.