Greater Harrisburg Association of Realtors® Champions Local Charities Through Realtors® Reach Out Initiative

(October 27, 2023)

Several local Central PA charities received a helping hand from members of the Greater Harrisburg Association of Realtors® (GHAR).

During the month of October, members of GHAR partook in the Realtors® Reach Out initiative, an annual statewide initiative powered by the Pennsylvania Association of Realtors®. Over the past 15 years, local Realtor® associations have raise over $583,000, amass 55,000 pounds of food, and donated thousands of meals to charitable entities across Pennsylvania.

This year, an impressive total of 58 Realtors® took to the streets, rendering services across various day-work projects for different organizations:

  • Community Cares: Here, Realtors® showcased their organizational skills, streamlining the donation/pantry room, detailing the transportation van, and freshening up the lobby with a new coat of paint.
  • New Hope Ministries: In the spirit of Halloween, members packed delightful Halloween goodie bags and adorned the facility in festive decorations.
  • Family Promise: Realtors® combined their horticultural expertise with handy skills, attending to fall outdoor maintenance, installing childproofing mechanisms, and addressing other facility needs.
  • Wildheart Ministries: Preparations were underway for the anticipated fall festival, with members stepping in to ensure everything runs smoothly.
  • Central PA Food Bank: Marking the culmination of the month-long efforts, volunteers assembled over 350 boxes of food to support the food banks senior citizen program that provides food to over 7,000 local seniors in need.

Laurie Carney, Foundation Board President, remarked, “The Realtors Reach Out initiative is not just about hands-on aid; it’s about the heartbeat of a community. The kind of dedication and unity displayed by our Realtors® is unmatched. Their commitment paves the way for a brighter, better-connected Harrisburg.”

GHAR is proud to have partnered with these local organizations to give back to the community this October. We look forward to continuing to grow our relationships with these organizations and create a better place to live.

Katie serves as the Director of Member Engagement and Communications. With a passion for connecting people and a deep understanding of effective communication strategies, Katie plays a vital role in enhancing the organization's reach and engagement with its members. As the Director of Member Engagement and Communications, Katie manages the organization's social media channels, ensuring a consistent and engaging online presence. With a creative eye she designs captivating promotional materials, updates the website with relevant content, and harnesses the power of visual storytelling through her adept photography and videography skills. She crafts and sends our weekly e-newsletters, keeping members informed about the organization's latest updates, news, and events. Katie is responsible for media relations and press releases including our Monthly Market Statistics. She also takes pride in her role as the staff liaison for the Member Value and Communications committee and the Foundation Board of Directors. She graduated from Millersville University with a Bachelor's Degree, majoring in Speech Communication with a concentration in Public Relations and a Minor in English Journalism. In her free time, she enjoys traveling to new destinations, reading books on her Kindle, watching movies, embarking on retail adventures at her favorite shopping haven, TJ Maxx, and of course spending quality time with her two adorable cats, Marshmallow and Shadow.

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