WILLIAMSBURG — The Williamsburg Association of Realtors Outreach Workgroup, in partnership with Habitat for Humanity, is raising $110,000 to build a Habitat house for a misplaced family in James City County.
This year, the organization has raised $28,000, and efforts will continue next year.
The Outreach Workgroup chooses a charitable organization to support throughout the year, this year choosing to support Habitat for Humanity with a Habitat house.
There have been several fundraising events throughout the year, as well as challenges between various Williamsburg Realtors offices to raise money for the project. The most recent fundraiser was a Bell Ringing at Restore. During the first two weeks of December, 35 members volunteered, with the purpose to raise funds for the Habitat house project, where the group collected $700.
“We’ve been encouraging agents to make a donation on behalf of their clients as a closing gift,” Fred Smith, the 2023 president of the Williamsburg Area Association of Realtors, explained. “For instance, you can buy an individual square foot of this house and you get a certificate and recognition for your donation. So I know a lot of agents have been purchasing single square feet for their clients as closing gifts.”
Once the money is raised, the association plans to have local realtors build the house. The association wants to be the ones out with their hammers and nails building the house and making an impact and difference in the community.
The home will be located in James City County, but an exact location hasn’t been determined.
For more information about the Community Outreach Program, check out its official webpage.