Community Involvement

The Ocala/ Marion County Association of REALTORS® takes an active role in supporting our community. Our Members and Strategic Business Partners work hard on our committees to volunteer for Charity fundraising, Events and Community Volunteer work.

“STUFF THE BUS”

Each year our Community Awareness committee collects school supplies, clothes and toiletries for local children and load up “The Bus” to be taken to local school.

“TEACHER MINI-GRANTS”

Each year the Community Awareness Committee receives many grant requests from local teachers and all are reviewed by the committee. Part of the decision process is looking at the requests which have the ability to impact the most students that current year and in the future. This year, the Community Awareness committee granted $6,000 to local teachers.

“REALTOR® EXPO/ HOME GARDEN AND LIFESTYLE EXPO”

The Community Awareness committee started the Real Estate Trade Expo in 2014. The Expo is open to members of the public and includes vendors and seminars of everything you would need to know about first time home buying, why you should use a Realtor®, Understanding your credit, Buying vs. Renting, Staging your home…and more!

OMCAR’s Community Awareness Committee will once again be partnering with Marion County Builders Association (MCBIA) and the Chamber and Economic Partnership (CEP) to bring to you the “2017 Home, Garden and Lifestyle Expo” bringing more informative sessions to the consumer when purchasing or selling a home, great vendors and DIY tutorials! This Expo will be returning to the Klein Conference Center in the Ewer’s Century Center at the College of Central Florida on Saturday, April 22, 2017, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. This event will be bigger and better than ever as three business and industry leading organizations have joined together to provide a unique experience where homeowners and homebuyers will find professional advice on housing options and available home financing, innovative products, creative remodeling ideas, DIY advice and great deals from a variety of experts all under one roof!

More information coming soon!

ANNUAL “CHAIR-ITY EVENT”

Since 2007, Our Realtor®/ Affiliate Committee has worked hard for 9 months out of the year planning the “Chair-ity Event” Charity Fundraiser for local Charities, auctioning off Chairs that have been decorated by our Realtor Members, members of the public and local organizations as artwork. These Chairs have turned into beautiful masterpieces and even include more than just the chair itself! This past year we have raised over $30,000 to go to the charity(s) of choice!

STATS FOR PAST EVENTS:

2016 “Chair-ity” event- $30,761.00

  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Marion County

2015 “Chair-ity” event – $31,000

  • Marion Therapeutic Riding Association (MTRA)
  • Kids Central, Inc.

2014 “Chair-ity” event – $30,000

  • Project S.O.S. – $10,232.98
  • Humane Society of Marion County – $10,232.98
  • Homeless Children & Youth Programs of MCPS – $1,203.88
  • Marion Therapeutic Riding Assn Inc – $1,203.88
  • Vets Helping Vets – $1,203.88

2015 YPN Bowling For Charity

  • 2015 The Hajal Family- Jalen’s Journey $1,800.00
  • 2014 Marion Therapeutic Riding Association- $1,700.00

TEACHER GRANTS- $6,000

  • 2016- $6,000
  • 2015 – $6,000
  • 2014- $6,000
  • 2013- $6,000

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