‘Good Neigh­bor’ nom­i­na­tions due

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The Santa Fe As­so­ci­a­tion of Real­tors (SFAR) is seek­ing nom­i­na­tions for its first an­nual Good Neigh­bor Award. The pro­gram rec­og­nizes Real­tors who’ve made an ex­tra­or­di­nary im­pact through vol­un­teer com­mu­nity ser­vice. One win­ner will be an­nounced in De­cem­ber at SFAR’s an­nual mem­ber­ship meet­ing and will be fea­tured in this monthly col­umn and other me­dia out­reach. The win­ner will re­ceive a $1,000 grant for his or her com­mu­nity cause, along with lo­cal public­ity. The win­ner will be en­cour­aged to ap­ply for the Na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of Real­tors an­nual Good Neigh­bor Award.

“Real­tors are work­ing harder than ever to make a dif­fer­ence in their com­mu­ni­ties through vol­un­teer work,” said SFAR’s pres­i­dent, Kurt Hill, qual­i­fy­ing bro­ker with Adobes & Dirt, LLC. “For al­most two decades, na­tion­ally, more than 180 Good Neigh­bors have shown out­stand­ing ded­i­ca­tion to their causes, which has had a tremen­dous im­pact on their neigh­bors and com­mu­nity. We are de­lighted to have an op­por­tu­nity to start a lo­cal pro­gram rec­og­niz­ing Real­tors here in Santa Fe.”

Any­one can nom­i­nate a Good Neigh- bor. Com­mon ex­am­ples in­clude the nom­i­nee’s qual­i­fy­ing bro­ker, a col­league, a spouse, or a rep­re­sen­ta­tive from the char­ity. Many can­di­dates nom­i­nate them­selves; how­ever, the nom­i­nee must be a Real­tor and a cur­rent mem­ber of the as­so­ci­a­tion in good stand­ing.

Our Good Neigh­bor Award is gen­er­ously sup­ported byWells Fargo Home Mort­gage and the Santa Fe As­so­ci­a­tion of Real­tors. Good Neigh­bor Award en­tries must be re­ceived by Nov. 9, 2018. To learn­more about the pro­gram, how can­di­dates will be scored, and to ac­cess an elec­tronic en­try form, visit www.sfar.com.

In more good news, SFAR was grate­ful for the re­cent me­dia at­ten­tion given to the Louis Mon­taño Park Mu­ral Restora­tion Project. The project has now at­tracted vol­un­teer sup­port from Art for Change and Danza To­nantzin de Analco, a lo­cal dance group that reg­u­larly meets at the park.

About three years ago, the Santa Fe As­so­ci­a­tion of Real­tors part­nered with the City of Santa Fe, the Boys& Girls Club of Santa Fe/Del Norte, the His­toric Guadalupe com­mu­nity, the Com­mu­nity Learn­ing Net­work, and the City of Santa Fe Arts Com­mis­sion to re­paint and re­fur­bish the ex­ist­ing mu­rals at the park. We’d like to rec­og­nize the Real­tor vol­un­teers who par­tic­i­pated from the as­so­ci­a­tion and af­fil­i­ate mem­bers who do­nated wa­ter and snacks; the Santa Fe Arts Com­mis­sion, which pro­vided $500 in fund­ing for paint and sup­plies; and the City of Santa Fe Parks Divi­sion staffmem­bers for their time re­pair­ing the ex­ist­ing stucco and other park main­te­nance. The as­so­ci­a­tion ex­tends its ap­pre­ci­a­tion to these groups as well as to coun­cilors Signe Lin­dell, Ro­man Abeyta, and Re­nee Vil­lar­real for their per­sonal ef­forts to sup­port the mu­ral-restora­tion project. This team of vol­un­teers and helpers could not have taken on this project with­out the orig­i­nal mu­ral­ist, Car­los Cer­vantes, guid­ing the process.

In the first phase of the project, the SFAR re­ceived a $2,300 Place­mak­ing mi­cro-grant from the Na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of Real­tors that­was used to build a read­ing chair and free li­brary in the park. A spe­cial shout out to the youth pain­ters from the Boys and Girls Club, Han­nah Rise­ley-White for help­ing co­or­di­nate the youth mu­ral paint­ing, Sam Ulibarri for build­ing the read­ing chair, and the Lit­er­acy Vol­un­teers of Santa Fe for help­ing to fund and build the free li­brary. These place­mak­ing grants are in­tended to help Real­tor As­so­ci­a­tions part­ner with oth­ers to plan, or­ga­nize, im­ple­ment and main­tain place­mak­ing ac­tiv­i­ties in their com­mu­ni­ties and they work.

The re­newed and re­freshed Louis Mon­taño Park is a won­der­ful achieve­ment for the Santa Fe com­mu­nity.

Rubel “Paco” Arguello is a Santa Fe na­tive and chief ex­ec­u­tive of the Santa Fe As­so­ci­a­tion of Real­tors.

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