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The Santa Fe As­so­ci­a­tion of Real­tors’ Com­mu­nity Ser­vices Com­mit­tee and Re­al­tor mem­bers have been ac­tive over the last six months lend­ing a help­ing hand through con­tri­bu­tions and as vol­un­teers for a num­ber of char­i­ties and or­ga­ni­za­tions that sup­port fam­i­lies, youth, or chil­dren. In De­cem­ber, SFAR sold poin­set­tias to mem­bers over the hol­i­day sea­son with the pro­ceeds ben­e­fit­ing the So­lace Cri­sis Treat­ment Cen­ter, a non­profit agency lo­cated in Santa Fe that pro­vides a safe place for those need­ing as­sis­tance through a cri­sis or suf­fer­ing from trauma. For over 40 years, the cen­ter has pro­vided ev­i­dence-based ser­vices in­clud­ing ther­apy, vic­tim ad­vo­cacy, and pri­mary pre­ven­tion pro­grams. Th­ese ef­forts were bol­stered in June of this year through Re­al­tor vol­un­teer sup­port for the So­lace Treat­ment Cen­ter’s golf event ded­i­cated to rais­ing funds to sup­port the cen­ter.

Ear­lier this year, the Santa Fe As­so­ci­a­tion of Real­tors do­nated $4,000 to as­sist with fund­ing Kaune Kids United Way Early Learn­ing Cen­ter; gave $500 to The Food De­pot’s “Stamp Out Hunger” pro­gram, help­ing to un­der­write the food col­lec­tion bags that were dis­trib­uted to 55,000 homes through­out Santa Fe County; and gave $10,000 to Pros­per­ity Works ear­marked for af­ford­able hous­ing. The funds do­nated to Pros­per­i­tyWorks will be used to cre­ate op­por­tu­ni­ties for hard-work­ing New Mex­i­cans to own a home, earn a col­lege ed­u­ca­tion, and start or grow a small busi­ness through in­di­vid­ual de­vel­op­ment ac­counts (IDAs) with matched sav­ing pro­grams. IDAs were cre­ated to en­cour­age sav­ings, in­vest­ment and as­set ac­cu­mu­la­tion among fam­i­lies. Most of th­ese IDA pro­grams are of­fered through other lo­cal non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tions that also pro­vide fi­nan­cial ed­uca- tion. Pros­per­i­tyWorks as­sists in­di­vid­u­als liv­ing below the 200 per­cent poverty level who con­tinue to work.

Lastly, sev­eral of our Re­al­tor mem­bers are of­fer­ing lead­er­ship and di­rect vol­un­teer in­volve­ment in a new fundraiser spon­sored by the New Mex­ico Chil­dren’s Foun­da­tion and the Santa Fe Chil­dren’s Mu­seum. Th­ese two lead­ing or­ga­ni­za­tions whose work ben­e­fits New Mex­ico’s chil­dren have come to­gether for the first an­nual Starry Starry Night gala. The event will be­gin at 5:30 p.m. on Fri­day, Sept. 14, un­der the stars at the Chil­dren’s Mu­seum with a live and silent auc­tion, din­ner, mu­sic, and danc­ing. Re­al­tor vol­un­teers will be help­ing to garner event sponsors, col­lect auc­tion items, sell tick­ets, and help raise funds to sup­port th­ese wor­thy or­ga­ni­za­tions. I hope you will join our Re­al­tor fam­ily in sup­port­ing this event by at­tend­ing, do­nat­ing an auc­tion item, par­tic­i­pat­ing in the event’s silent and live auc­tion, and/or be­com­ing an event spon­sor. Your funds will go to the Santa Fe Chil­dren’s Mu­seum where chil­dren and their fam­i­lies re­al­ize the joys of learn­ing through play and dis­cov­ery.

Rubel “Paco” Arguello is a Santa Fe na­tive and chief ex­ec­u­tive of the Santa Fe As­so­ci­a­tion of Real­tors. Con­tact him at paco@sfar.com.

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