Des Moines REALTORS® and Foundation Support Housing Efforts
For 15 years, members of the Des Moines Area Association of REALTORS® have been supporting their communities through a charitable foundation that funds efforts to provide and improve housing opportunities.
In 2000, the members established the Des Moines Area Association of REALTORS® Foundation to support research and education about, and improvement of, housing opportunities for the Greater Des Moines area. The foundation is supported through dues and other donations from REALTORS®. Since it was established, the foundation has given nearly $400,000 to local charities.
Through the foundation, area REALTORS® are able to improve housing in a variety of ways. For example, in 2014 the foundation donated 125 fire alarms to the Des Moines Fire Department, helping to protect homes and the people living in them. In the same year, the foundation also helped support Hawthorn Hill, an organization that provides housing to homeless families with children.
The foundation has supported many other charities, including Children and Families of Iowa, a social services organization that helps families in crisis; the Ashley Okland Star Playground Fund, a campaign for a playground that will benefit children with cognitive and physical disabilities; and Youth Homes of Mid-America, an organization that provides residential and community-based treatment programs and facilities for at-risk youth.
The foundation’s president, John McRoberts, intends to continue its goal of funding housing projects and needs throughout the Greater Des Moines area.