Spring 2020: Association News | Chicago Association of REALTORS®

CAR Launches the Sustainability Work Group

If you are looking to grow your business and help protect the environment, look no further than our new Sustainability Work Group! Our mission is to help Chicago REALTORS® create value for you, your brokerages and your clients by providing the resources you need to create sustainable buildings and lifestyles that positively impact property values and the environment. We also aim to provide sustainability strategies to grow your business and expand your client offerings.

If you’re not part of the work group but want to make an impact, you can expect to see marketing materials to share on social media, via email or even at open houses. We’ll also be hosting events each month focused on energy efficiency incentives, understanding solar power and clean energy, best practices for recycling, updates on city and state policies, water conservation and more. Keep an eye on ChicagoREALTOR.com/Sustainbility for more information.

To launch this initiative, we hosted a party at Revolution Brewery on Tuesday, January 28. Photos can be found on our Facebook page!

Download sustainability resource articles to share with your clients.


CAR Foundation Donates $10,000 to Support Hephzibah House & High-Need Children

In late January, the CAR Foundation spent the morning touring the Hephzibah House in Oak Park, which provides intensive therapeutic care for severely traumatized young children. The tour concluded with a $10,000 check presented to Hephzibah House executive director Merry Beth Sheets, MS, LCPC.

Founded in 1897 by Mary Wessels, Hephzibah Children’s Association is Oak Park’s oldest social service agency and runs several programs geared towards providing shelter and services for children. In addition to an after school and summer enrichment program for kids with working parents in eight of Oak Park’s elementary schools, Hephzibah also engages in child welfare work, serving as a foster care provider for 100 kids in need of foster care, providing licensing and oversight for foster parents, and through their Intact Family Services, providing crisis intervention support that stabilizes families and protects children at risk of abuse and neglect.

Through Hephzibah House, high-need, high-risk children are able to have physical and emotional transformations and receive the care, safety and security they need to begin to cope with and heal from past traumas.

Hephzibah House was the recipient of the step stools and conference table built from repurposed scrap metal and wood by over 60 Chicago REALTORS® at last October’s REBUILD Project. The CAR Foundation is proud to continue our support of Hephzibah House’s mission.

Check out photos from the event.


Tell Your REALTOR® Story for a Chance to Be Featured in a CAR Blog!

We are in the process of creating a series of impactful blogs about REALTORS’® paths to success. If you have a story to tell that you think is an important one to share, we want to hear it. Use this opportunity to create more exposure to your brand and company, and to empower others to overcome their struggles and find success!

To share your story with us today, please visit ChicagoREALTOR.com/TellYourStory.