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REALTORS® in the Community

NSR Supports Local Charitable Organizations

Looking for volunteer opportunities on the North Shore?

Volunteer at one of the housing organizations that NSR has supported in the past! From nominating organizations for charitable grants, to fundraising drives, to volunteer activities, NSR has cultivated strong relationships with housing charities from across the North Shore.

If you would like to volunteer in a group, please email NSR Government Affairs and Community Involvement Manager at or call the NSR office at 978-232-9410.

MAR Charitable Foundation

The NSR Community Involvement & Investment Work Group identifies and nominates local housing organizations for Massachusetts Association of REALTORS® (MAR) Charitable Foundation grants. Since its inception, the MAR Charitable Foundation has awarded more than $600,000 in grants to Massachusetts-based 501(c)(3) housing and homeless charitable organizations.

Get Involved

Beverly Bootstraps: Serving the Greater Beverly area, Beverly Bootstraps offers emergency and long-term assistance including access to food, housing stability, adult and youth programs, education, counseling and advocacy. Beverly Bootstraps was awarded an MAR Charitable Grant in 2020 and NSR members participated in food drive in support of the organization. Volunteer HERE.

Citizens Inn: Based out of Peabody, Citizens Inn works on an individual basis to help families and individuals who are experiencing a housing crisis or food insecurity. Citizens Inn was awarded an MAR Charitable Grant in 2023 in 2017 and NSR members have participated in several volunteer over the last five years. Volunteer HERE.

Emmaus: Based out of Haverhill, Emmaus people facing homelessness rebuild their lives and reach their fullest potential by providing shelter, housing, and supportive services. NSR members participated in Emmaus’ annual Cycle for Shelter event and utilizing grant funds awarded by the MAR Charitable Foundation, bought new mattresses for Emmaus’ homeless shelter. Volunteer HERE.

Ellis Square Friends: Located in Beverly, Ellis Square Friends provides clothing, food, and additional resources primarily to their less fortunate neighbors. Ellis Square Friends was awarded an MAR Charitable Grant in 2020 and 2018. Volunteer HERE.

Greater Lynn Senior Services: GLSS is the non-profit Aging Services Access Point and Area Agency on Aging serving people aged 60 and older, adults living with disabilities, and their families and caregivers in Lynn, Lynnfield, Nahant, Saugus, and Swampscott, Massachusetts. Greater Lynn Senior Servies was awarded an MAR Charitable Grant in 2023. Volunteer HERE.

Harborlight Community Partners: Based out of Beverly, Harborlight Homes develops, manages and advocates for quality, service-enriched housing that is affordable and inclusive. Harborlight and NSR have partnered to offer a First-Time Homebuyer Course and Harborlight has been awarded 3 charitable grants over the last ten years. Volunteer HERE.

Healing Abuse Working for Change: As a leading domestic violence agency in Massachusetts, HAWC provides a domestic violence helpline, emergency shelter, legal services, advocacy and counseling services to more than 2,500 families in the North Shore area each year. HAWC was awarded an MAR Charitable Grant in 2022. Volunteer HERE.

Lynn Shelter Association: Serving the Greater Lynn area, the Lynn Shelter Association’s mission is to provide a safe environment for each individual to define and pursue their goals for independence and self-sufficiency. The Lynn Shelter Association was awarded an MAR Charitable Grant in 2018, and NSR members led a clothing drive, donating over 400 winter accessory items to the organization. Volunteer HERE.

Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless: Based out of Lynn, the Coalition provides a number of programs to assist those who are experiencing homelessness or at risk of homelessness. In 2019, NSR members, utilizing grant funding from the MAR Charitable Foundation, built 13 beds Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless (Lynn) Bed for Every Child Build a Bed Project. Volunteer HERE.

North Shore Community Action Programs: NSCAP empowers people to achieve social and economic stability through services and education in partnership with the community. NSCAP was awarded an MAR Charitable Grant in 2023 and NSR members purchased and assembled 15 care packages for NSCAP clients transitioning out of homelessness into more permanent housing. Volunteer HERE.

One Wish Project: Serving much of the Merrimack Valley and the North Shore, One Wish Project provides a birthday cake and toys to children who are housing insecure, living in homeless shelters or in foster care. One Wish Project was awarded an MAR Charitable Grant in 2022. Volunteer HERE.

Plummer Youth Promise: Plummer’s mission is to set a standard of excellence that improves outcomes for young people in or at risk of entering state care by deeply engaging youth, families, and the systems that impact them to develop permanent family relationships, skills, and community connections. Plummer Youth Promise was awarded an MAR Charitable Grant in 2022, and 2019. Volunteer HERE.

Wellspring House: Based out of Gloucester, Wellspring inspires families and adults on the North Shore to achieve employment and financial security through stable housing, education, job training and career readiness. NSR members organized a fundraising drive to help Wellspring purchase holiday gifts for their clients. Wellspring was awarded MAR Charitable Grants in 2021 and 2016. Volunteer HERE.