The Southern Maryland Association of REALTORS® believe it's extremely important to give back to our community where we live, work, and play. We do that through quiet a few intiatives:
- Bras & Drawers for the Cause
- C.A.R.E. Award
- Christmas in April Volunteer Day
- Food & Coat Drives
- Essay & Fair Housing Art Contest
- Science Fair Scholarships
- Secret Santa for Seniors
Bras & Drawers for the Cause
Beginning in 2014, SMAR’s Community Relations Committee has organized a fundraiser benefiting a local charity which helps with monetary burdens of those suffering with cancer. We thank all who participate and support such a beneficial cause. [more info]
The C.A.R.E. “Community Action and REALTOR® Excellence” Award is given annually by the Maryland Association of REALTORS® to Local Boards/Associations to recognize achievements in community service and charitable actions. The award is designed to raise the profile of REALTORS®, to recognize the contributions REALTORS® make in their communities in terms of volunteer hours and money raised, and to offset the perception that REALTORS® are only concerned with the business transactions of buying and selling homes.
SMAR has won 9 times since 2002. The prize money is distributed among charities in Calvert, Charles & St. Mary's Counties which have included but not limited too: Charlotte Hall Veterans Home, Meals on Wheels for Calvert, Charles & St. Mary’s, Fortitude Housing of Southern MD; Animal Shelters for Calvert, Charles & St. Mary’s, Pajama Connection, and Project Linus.
Christmas in April Volunteer Day
SMAR's YPN* (Young Professionals Network) has planned a Volunteer Day annually for Christmas in April since 2015.
What is Christmas in April? A charity dedicated to keeping elderly and disabled homeowners living in warmth, safety, independence, dignity and decency through home repair and rehabilitation. Visit their website for more information: Calvert • Charles • St. Mary's.
This year's Volunteer Day is April 28, 2018 - you are invited to join us! RSVP below by Sunday, March 25th.
Here’s the info you need:
- Date: April 28, 2018
- Time: 8 am. Lunch will be provided
- House Location: Calvert, Charles, St. Mary's Counties (Note: Those volunteering in St. Mary's county will be assigned to different locations as needed. SMAR only has house captains for Calvert and Charles Counties.)
- Dress for manual labor
- Tools and materials for the house will be provided. You may also bring your own tools
- Please carpool – parking at the houses are limited. Information will be provided at a later date.
Interested in volunteering? Please fill out the form below by Sunday, March 25th.
*Young Professionals Network – for the Young and Young at Heart!!! Anyone who wants to help is invited to attend.
SMAR collects food year-round to donate to food banks in our tri-county area by our Community Relations Committee. What to donate: Canned and dry foods in boxes or bags such as cereals, spaghetti sauce, pasta, macaroni and cheese, etc. Canned food should be the standard size 14 ½ oz – 24 oz. not the commercial sizes. At BJs or Sam’s consider picking up a case. And, why not get in the habit of bringing a can or box along to SMAR when you’re there for a meeting or class? This need is ongoing, so any time and every time will help a great deal!
Beginning each November, SMAR collects coats, gloves, hats and scarves if clean and in good condition. These are donated to men’s, women’s, and children’s shelters locally in the Southern Maryland area.
Drop Off Locations through Dec 31st:
- Century 21 New Millennium - 3292 Crain Hwy, Waldorf & 9405 Chesapeake St, La Plata
- Exit by the Bay Realty - 222 Merrimac Ct, Prince Frederick
- Leonard Realty - 22607 Three Notch Road, California
- RE/MAX 100 - 10665 Stanhaven Pl, Ste 300, White Plains
- SMAR - 8440 Old Leonardtown Road, Hughesville
Essay & Fair Housing Art Contest
Fair Housing Art Contest – Students in Kindergarten through 12th grade are invited to create a poster based on a pre-determined Fair Housing theme determined by Maryland REALTORS®. Posters are judged locally and three winners from the Southern Maryland region are submitted to the Maryland REALTORS® state competition. During the state judging, nine winners will be chosen to be featured in a Fair Housing publication published by Maryland REALTORS®. The nine winners are invited to a reception at the state house in Annapolis to meet the Governor.
Essay Contest – Third grade students are invited to write an essay on the theme “What My Home Means to Me.” Essays are judged locally and six winners are selected.
Science Fair Scholarships
$750 Scholarships are awarded annually to first place winners of the Calvert, Charles & St. Mary's County Science Fairs. This annual recognition seeks to encourage and support academic excellence in our students.
Secret Santa for Seniors
Several years ago, the Community Relations & CARE Award Committee identified a growing group of people in the Southern Maryland region that needed our assistance to brighten their holidays. There are many residents in our regional nursing homes and centers who do not have family or regular visitors throughout the year and receive no gifts or special attention at Christmas time. We decided it was time to create a massive Secret Santa campaign to provide holiday gifts to those less fortunate living in our tri-county area. Information is sent out each November to the membership and is posted on our Facebook page.
For Immediate Release: December 18, 2017
Southern Maryland Association of REALTORS® (SMAR)
8440 Old Leonardtown Rd, Ste 211
Hughesville, MD 20637
Senior’s Holiday Brightened by REALTORS®
(Hughesville, MD) – The Southern Maryland Association of REALTORS® (SMAR) wrapped up its annual Secret Santa for Seniors project last week. These seniors receive little or no visitors throughout the year. “Wish lists” are obtained by members of SMAR’s Community Relations Committee by working directly with representatives from local nursing facilities. Some items requested include CD’s, books, jewelry, winter clothing and of course chocolate! 2018 Chair of the Community Relations Committee, Theresa Leonard, said “The Committee works hard each year to sort gifts to make sure no one is left out. Gifts were delivered for 171 residents at 8 locations in the Tri-County area. The participation by generous SMAR members and friends made this possible. Thank you to everyone who helped.”
The Southern Maryland Association of REALTORS® is a trade organization dedicated to serving its members and the wider Southern Maryland community. We advocate for private property rights and ensure the high ethical and professional standards established by the National Association of REALTORS® are adhered to by our members. We offer our members dispute resolution, education, training, career advancement, advocacy, professional networking, and performance recognition.