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REALTORS® in the Community

NSR Supports North Shore Efforts in the Fight Against Homelessness & Support of Homeownership

Each spring and fall, our Community Involvement & Investment Work Group identifies local housing organizations in need of support. The local organizations are nominated for Massachusetts Association of REALTORS® (MAR) Charitable Foundation grants that are awarded to nonprofits providing housing and homeless assistance.

The MAR Charitable Foundation has awarded more than $415,000 in grants to victims of natural disasters and has provided financial assistance to Massachusetts-based nonprofit organizations, homebuyer counseling programs, and shelter and emergency care services.

2020 Grant Recipient

Ellis Square Friends

Ellis Square Friends is a grass roots organization helping the homeless population that gathers in Ellis Square, Beverly. Their mission is to provide clothing, food, and whatever resources we can to help these people survive, and in some instances get off the streets.

Additionally, attendees of the NSR October Event generously donated over items to benefit the Beverly Bootstraps' food bank. COVID-19 has forced additional people to rely on the services of local food banks. Beverly Bootstraps created a wish list of items they needed to help replenish their inventory to continue to serve our neighbors in need.

Past NSR Grant Recipients

NSR's history includes 11 decades of giving back to the community!

  • Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless (Lynn)
  • The Haven Project (Lynn)
  • Plummer Youth Promise (Salem)


  • Ellis Square Friends (Beverly)
  • River House (Beverly)
  • Lynn Shelter Association (Lynn)
  • Citizens Inn (Peabody)
  • Family Promise North Shore Boston (Beverly)
  • Ellis Square Vietnam Veterans Memorial (Beverly)
  • Harborlight Community Partners (Beverly)
  • Habitat for Humanity North Shore (Danvers)
  • Wellspring House (Gloucester)
  • Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless (Lynn)
  • Cape Ann Homeownership Center (Gloucester)
  • Harborlight Community Partners (Beverly)
  • Cape Ann Homeownership Center/Gloucester Housing Authority (Gloucester)
  • Harborlight Community Partners (Beverly)

Past NSR Community Service Programs

  • 13 beds built for the Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless (Lynn) Bed for Every Child Build a Bed Project
  • Over $800 of gift cards were donated to The Haven Project (Lynn) at the Annual Meeting/Awards/Installation Event.


  • NSR team ran the Realtor® Relief Run at the NAR Annual Conference in Boston. Proceeds benefited the Realtor® Relief Fund.
  • 40+ volunteers painted the interior hallways and stairwells of the Inn Transition facility for Citizens Inn (Peabody).
  • Over 400 winter accessory items were donated to Lynn Shelter Association (Lynn) at the Annual Meeting/Awards/Installation Event.
  • Volunteers completed a Backyard Beautification Project for Wellspring House (Gloucester).
  • Volunteers packed 10,000 meals at the June Education Event & Expo for the Meals of Hope. Meals were delivered to local food banks across the North Shore.
  • Over 900 pairs of socks were donated to Family Promise North Shore Boston (Beverly) at the Annual Meeting/Awards/Installation Event.


  • Volunteers began a Backyard Beautification Project for Wellspring House (Gloucester).
  • Over $1000 was raised through Lobstah for Gloucestah for Wellspring House at the Annual Meeting/Awards Event.