The Southern Maryland Association of REALTORS® believe it's extremely important to give back to our community where we live, work, and play.
- Bras & Drawers for the Cause
- C.A.R.E. Award
- Christmas in April Volunteer Day
- Food & Coat Drives
- 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 are not limited to: 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 27, 2019 - you are invited to join us! RSVP below by April 12th.
Here’s the info you need:
- Date: April 27, 2019
- Time: 8 am. Lunch will be provided
- House Location: Calvert and St. Mary's 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 note the deadlines for each county:
- Calvert - April 12th
- St. Mary's - 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
Questions? Contact Committee Chair Terrie Leonard.
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.
It's time for the 2019 Senior Santa! Please consider adopting an individual in need this year to ensure they have a Merry Christmas! Please see the attached flyer for details. If you have any questions, please contact Connie Lord, Committee Chair, Emily Roof, Committee Co-Chair, or Kelly Raley, Community Relations/CARE Committee Staff Liaison. As always, thank you for your continued support!