One thing we know from being in real estate is that people are never just buying a home. For every home, there's a whole community that surrounds it.
In 2010, a real estate agent made a suggestion. The agent suggested that we donate 1% of our total commission to the communities that make us successful. Since then, Team O'Brien has collectively chosen a local nonprofit to support each quarter of the year. So far, our two offices have given a minimum of $10,000 each year—that's more than $150,000 to date. Giving back to the communities that we live and work in speaks to the character of Team O’Brien, but it also tells you something about where we live. Giving back is part of the lifestyle here.
Here are some photos that highlight a few of the organizations we have supported over the years.
Northern Michigan Equine Therapy
Northern Michigan Equine Therapy harnesses the healing power of horses to improve lives. Each year, Northern Michigan Equine Therapy provides more than 900 therapy sessions. Learn about their programs here.
Charlevoix County Humane Society
Dedicated to the protection and care of all animals, the Charlevoix Area Humane Society is an independent non-profit 501(c)3 no-kill animal shelter that has been serving pets and their humans in Charlevoix County since 1974.
Good Neighbors Food Pantry
Good Neighbors Food Pantry of Boyne City brings the whole community together to serve people experiencing food insecurity. Doing so strengthens our community by providing opportunities for neighbors to help neighbors.
Boyne City Eta Nu Charities
Boyne City Eta Nu Charities has received our 3rd quarter donation for the last 4 years. This wonderful organization has been providing winter outerwear for over 100 Boyne City students each year since 2008.