Fostering Goodwill * Strengthening Communities
Building A Better Quality of Life
Since 1998, the Greater Baltimore Board of REALTORS® Charitable Foundation has been a quiet catalyst for change in Baltimore neighborhoods, housing and schools.
It is our calling as REALTORS® to want prosperous and thriving communities. The Foundation has been dedicated to providing financial support, expertise and time to organizations and projects that are working to improve Baltimore-area neighborhoods.
Raise the Roof of Hope
It's your house. Rain should stay outside. Heat should stay inside. You should feel safe once you shut the door. Simple, right? But not a reality for all Baltimore residents. For nearly 13 years, the Foundation has been a quiet catalyst for change in Baltimore neighborhoods, housing and schools.
We are moving forward with the creation of our own programs, while still supporting and collaborating with other organizations. Raise the Roof of Hope will help position us to make short- and long-term achievements in addressing housing and community concerns.
Who better than the real estate community to help further change in Baltimore communities?
Purchase a commemorative Raise the Roof of Hope shingle. Your $25 gift will help further the Foundation's efforts. Your name or that of someone you wish to honor will be inscribed on a shingle.
Join us as we come together to raise the roof of hope for Baltimore neighborhoods.
The Greater Baltimore Board of REALTORS® Charitable Foundation, Inc. supports and engages in charitable, civic, educational and humanitarian activities and programs designed to improve the quality of life in neighborhoods within the Baltimore metropolitan area.
What We Do
Our hope for all Baltimore residents is that they have safe, affordable housing in flourishing communities. To think that we alone can make this happen is lofty and unrealistic.
Therefore, we have positioned ourselves as a supporter and partner of other area organizations to increase efficiencies and make more effective community investments.
We take great pride in our long list of recent accomplishments, including:
Did you know that teachers nationwide spend an average of $1,200 of their own money each year just to meet classroom needs? Why? Because of their passion for providing students with the best possible education!
Since 2003, the GBBR Charitable Foundation, with the help of the GBBR Community Service Committee, has been dedicated to helping ease this financial burden. To date, we have raised more than $100,000 for the Adopt-A-Classroom Program and adopted 200 Baltimore-area classrooms.
|On behalf of our school and classroom, I wish to thank you for your generous donation. As I am sure you are aware, our budgets have cut to the minimum, and we don't have money for many school supplies. This funding will help us be able to purchase needed books, speech devices, and other supplies which will enhance our teaching. Again, thank you for thinking of us this year. Our faculty and students really appreciate it.
Mary Joanne O'Connell
Battle Monument School
For the 2011-2012 school year, an impressive $10,000 was collected, making it possible for us to adopt 20 classrooms. More than 600 area students benefitted from the generosity of GBBR members and friends. 100% of all contributions go directly to the classrooms.
The Foundation would like to thank the following Pencil Classroom Sponsors, who generously contributed $500 to adopt an entire classroom:
Long & Foster Timonium Office
John Holman / State Farm Insurance
We would also like to extend our sincere appreciation to the agents of the Long & Foster Towson Office for their continued support of the Adopt-A-Classroom Program. We are pleased to be chosen again this year as the recipient of their Long & Foster Community Service Day efforts. They enthusiastically raised $7,000 with a car wash and an office auction and cookout.
Rebuilding Together Baltimore - Rebuilding Day 2011
In addition to a $3,000 financial contribution, the Foundation coordinated volunteers to help with an improvement project at the St. Helena Community Center in Dundalk.
Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake - Carter Work Project
The GBBR Charitable Foundation was proud to lend a hand to Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake for the special Jimmy & Rosalyn Carter Work Project 2010. Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake was chosen as one of only four Habitat affiliates nationwide to co-host the 2010 project. The Carters traveled to Baltimore and worked with Habitat to highlight the need for stable communities and healthy, affordable housing. The GBBR Foundation was an event sponsor, and we organized two groups of volunteers to work on house build projects in Baltimore City and Annapolis.
Home Partnership, Inc.
The Foundation and GBBR continued their support of Home Partnership's efforts to expand access to affordable and successful homeownership for low- and moderate-income familes as a sponsor of their March Madness fundraiser. Home Partnership's program offerings include homeownership education, housing counseling, and foreclosure prevention counseling.
The Foundation partnered with the Society of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals to exhibit at the 31st Annual LatinoFest. Volunteers distributed information about the home purchase process and fair housing.
Big Brothers Big Sisters and the Maryland Mentoring Partnership
For the seventh straight year, the Foundation has affirmed its commitment to help further develop and strengthen youth mentoring programs throughout Maryland with a $5,000 grant award.
Awards and Honors
2008 Maryland Association of REALTORS® CARE Award Second Honorable Mention
2006 Baltimore City Mayor's Business Recognition Award
2006 Baltimore County Good Neighbor Volunteer Service Award