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—more than $200,000 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 support.
Dress for Chill Program, Boyne Eta Nu Charities
This fall, the members of Eta Nu outfitted 185 children who attend Boyne Elementary as well as the Head Start & Early Learners Program. Each year, the number of children who need warm clothes for winter increases. This year Team O'Brien donated more than $7,300 to help purchase jackets, snow pants, boots, hats and mittens for local children. Team O'Brien has been supporting Eta Nu Charities for a decade and has collectively donated nearly $50,000 to their charitable programs in Boyne City.
Urgent Needs Fund, Charlevoix County Community Foundation
This fund is used each year to help nonprofit partners serve neighbors in need, but it can also be put to use in response to urgent and unexpected events that impact Charlevoix County, such as the economic recession of 2009 and the 2020 Covid-19 pandemic. In 2009, Charlevoix Community worked with the Frey Foundation to create this fund. Since then, more donors have supported the fund, providing human service organizations with resources to help families and individuals make ends meet. Donations help stock the shelves of food pantries, provide home heating and electricity, and purchase shoes and boots for children. Find out more here.
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.