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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.

2022 Grant Recipient

NSR Partnership with Emmaus

Each year, Emmaus needs to replace 30 mattresses for their emergency shelter, Mitch’s Place. The NSR Community Involvement and Investment Committee pledged to cover the $6000 cost for replacing the mattresses. The CI&I Committee began by submitting for and attaining a $1500 MAR Charitable Grant. Outreach efforts raised an additional $5,070, shattering the $6000 goal.

In addition, North Shore REALTORS® members took part in Emmaus' Cycle for Shelter event. NSR volunteers managed the Georgetown rest station and the NSR Cycling Team rode the 15-mile route! Thank you to Matthew Blanchard and Nicole Baker for cycling and to Dawn Burnham, Eileen Duff, Adeline Matton, Nancy Peterson, Esther Summerset, Linda Turcotte and Amy Wallick for volunteering at the rest station!

Thank you to Jim Armstrong, Paul Herrick, The Brackett Janis Group, Eileen Duff, Lauren Dyer, Mike Galatis, Tracey Hutchinson, Andrea Lacroix, Nancy Peterson, Jay Symanski, Vadala Real Estate, Michelle Weidler, Patty Gabriel, Nicole Baker, Josephine Baker, Pam Cote, Andrea Della Valle, Peter and Pam Lane, Robin Martyn, Adeline Matton, David Friedberg, Lisa Hayford, Brian Mahoney, Jan Pellegrini, Dan Bennett, Luciano Leone, Matt Blanchard, Meredith Kells, and Josh Laramie for donating to such an amazing cause!

MAR Awards One Wish Project $1500 Grant

One Wish Project provides a birthday cake and toys to children who are housing insecure, living in homeless shelters or in foster care. The MAR Charitable grant will fund the purchase of gifted toys.

MAR Awards HAWC $1500 Grant

Healing Abuse Working for Change (HAWC) will utilize this MAR Charitable grant to provide 10 nights of emergency shelter for a family that is in crisis and at risk of homelessness because of domestic violence. The first 10 days are critical to escaping the cycle of violence and protecting children from the harmful effects of abuse.

MAR Awards Plummer Youth Promise $1500

Plummer Youth Promise’s Community Apartments program helps individuals (18-22) in the foster care system take their first steps toward living on their own. The grant will help pay for the security deposit, first and last month of rent, and new furniture.

2022 Community Service Project

In May, NSR took part in Stamp Out Hunger®, the country’s largest one-day food drive. This event was held by Citizen’s Inn in partnership with the National Association of Letter Carriers. Thank you to all who volunteered!

Past NSR Grant Recipients

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

  • YMCA (Beverly)
  • Wellspring House (Gloucester)
  • Ellis Square Friends (Beverly)
  • Beverly Bootstrap Foodbank
  • 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 Projects

  • Created Welcome Home Gift Baskets filled with bed/bath linens, basic kitchen items, cleaning products, and other household necessities for residents returning to YMCA housing.
  • Donated and shipped over 150 pounds of coffee, cereal, and canned goods to Beverly Bootstraps
  • 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.