Members of Woods Bros Realty’s Foundation for Giving committee met in November to allocate funds raised throughout the year to local charity organizations.
The Woods Bros Realty Foundation for Giving was established in 1987 by Pace Woods, Sr. to support those less fortunate in the communities the company serves. Every time a Woods Bros sales professional closes one side of a transaction, the agent makes a Foundation contribution, which is then matched by the company.
In the fall, a committee of agents, selected by their offices to serve two-year terms, reviews all the requests and determines funding. A Woods Bros agent or employee must sponsor each request accepted by the Foundation.
“It has been an honor and a pleasure to have the privilege of working with all the agents and the different agencies our agents are affiliated with,” said Arla Meyer, Foundation for Giving chairperson. “There is nothing better than being able to give back to our local communities, based off of the team effort of all Woods agents and the company. Together we are able to make this happen, and we believe that is what helps set Woods Bros Realty apart from all other companies.”
This year, the transaction donation total was $15,408, a 36 percent increase over 2011, with a last-minute plea from the committee’s agents that raised an additional $2,900. Since the inception of the Woods Bros Realty Foundation for Giving, over $293,000 has been donated.
Some companies who were helped by the Foundation for Giving in 2012 include the Humane Society, Kids Against Hunger, St. Monica’s, Voices of Hope, Lux Center for the Arts, CASA for York County, Meadowlane Area Resident’s Association, Nebraska Community Blood Bank, Community CROPS (Combining Resources, Opportunities and People for Sustainability), The Lincoln Children’s Zoo, Backpack Program, Heartfelt Connections, Bright Lights, Child Advocacy Center, Make a Wish, Cedars Youth Services, Young Life, Friendship Home, Mourning Hope, Huntington School, Grand Island Habitat for Humanity, Youth Leadership Lincoln, Clinic with a Heart, Lincoln Children’s Museum, Seward Youth Center, Lincoln Community Playhouse, and TeamMates Mentoring Program.