By: Marisa Herman Associate Editor
Keller Williams agents worldwide spent one day last month out of the office and in the community.
Locally, the agents from Boca Raton and West Palm Beach joined forces to spend a day helping out at the Milagro Center in Delray Beach. The Milagro Center, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, aims to promote the social and academic success of children through culture arts, mentoring and academic support.
The efforts to help at Milagro were part of RED Day, which stands for Renew, Energize and Donate. The initiative began a decade ago in recognition of the company’s Vice Chairman of the Board Mo Anderson’s birthday.
“Every office shuts down and give back to the community,” broker and operating principal of the Boca office Andrew Barbar said. “All around the world offices have shut down to donate and volunteer to local charities.”
Keller Williams has more than 750 offices located worldwide. Since 2009, they all spend the second Thursday of the month of May volunteering and giving back to local causes. Of course, volunteers wore red T-shirts in recognition of RED Day.
Co-chairs of the event for the offices Alice Hodach and Robby Rudnick of the West Palm and Boca offices respectively, said they chose Milagro Center because some of their agents had been familiar with the nonprofit.
“I just fell in love with the center,” Hodach said of Milagro Center.
Volunteers from both offices spent the day landscaping outside the Milagro Center and Teen Center and spent time building houses out of popsicle sticks with the children.
“The smiles on the kids’ faces and on the agents’ faces, that’s going to make my day,” Rudnick said. “We are having a lot of fun on top of it all.”
The Milagro Center also provided a “wish list” of items they needed and every agent fulfilled at least one item on the list.
Kids received goody-bags from Keller Williams and an afternoon to bond and do arts-and-crafts with the agents.
CEO and President of the Milagro Center Barbara Stark shared the nonprofit’s mission to the group and encouraged anyone interested to become a mentor. Mentors are matched with a student and they spend one hour a week with them.
The center provides after school, summer camp and other outreach programs to disadvantaged and academically at-risk children from Kindergarten through 12th grade.
For more information on the Milagro Center, visit http://www.milagrocenter.org. For more information on RED Day, visit http://www.kw.com/kw/redday.html#.WRSuvFKZNkU.