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REALTORS in Sioux Falls Build New Relationship with Habitat for Humanity

By HOM Editor
May 2017
REALTORS® recently developed a partnership with Habitat for Humanity to help build a pair of homes in the community.

Sioux Falls is a very giving community with a lot of opportunities for residents to volunteer.

In April, it was exciting to put the volunteer spotlight on the REALTORS® doing their part to give back to their community.

The REALTOR® Association of the Sioux Empire (RASE) created a first-time partnership with Habitat for Humanity to spend a few days helping to build a pair of homes in the community.

And they had such a good time doing it, that the original build was extended and another one is in the works for May.

“This event was originally planned for two days,” said Kristen Gulson, CEO of RASE. “However, our REALTORS® and Affiliate members are so committed to the Sioux Falls community that we had more volunteers than we could accommodate, so we added a third day.”

The original time slots filled up in just four hours precipitating the need for the third day of volunteerism to be added to the schedule.

With First Bank & Trust, Land Title Guaranty and First Dakota National Bank sponsoring the event and providing volunteers with lunch and refreshments throughout the day, more than 60 REALTORS® participated in the event and thoroughly enjoyed working together to help benefit the community.

“The volunteers had a great time,” Gulson said. “They were enthusiastic to put their experience to good use and those with little construction experience were eager to jump in and learn a new skill.”

Many of the volunteers admitted they weren’t aware that this was an opportunity in which they can participate in Sioux Falls, and as a result, immediately built off the momentum of the initial partnership with Habitat for Humanity to create a second event just weeks later sponsored by one of the individual brokers who is a member of RASE.

“I’m so proud to be a part of RASE,” Gulson said. “I never would have imagined the level of support this initiative received and we’re looking forward to continuing our partnership with Habitat for Humanity in the greater Sioux Falls area in the future.”

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