REALTORS® know what it takes to be good neighbors, and many of NVRA’s members are active in charitable organizations across Northwest Vermont. Nationally, 72% of REALTORS® volunteer their time to a charitable cause. In an effort to make a measurable impact on needs in Chittenden, Franklin, and Grand Isle Counties, the NVRA Community Service Committee hosts several annual events to fundraise for specific charities each year: 

  1. Annual Drive (food, coat, etc)
  2. Burgers and Beer, a Silent Auction 
  3. Annual Golf Tournament 

These events raise critical funds for housing-related causes disbursed through an annual grant program and allow the Association to connect with like-minded organizations throughout the community and engage in improving the quality of life for all in our area. To learn more about this grant program, please contact NVRA. 

2023 Charitable Giving Update:

We are thrilled to announce that NVRA members raised a grand total of $21,559.05 in 2023! These funds were split between Spectrum Youth & Family Services, COTS, HomeShare VT, Martha’s Kitchen, and Vermont Flood Relief. We couldn’t have had such a successful charitable giving year without our incredibly generous members. We look forward to making a difference in our communities in 2024, with our charitable efforts benefitting the following:

  1. Spectrum Youth & Family Services
  2. Martha’s Kitchen
  3. Winooski Food Shelf
  4. Champlain Islands Food Shelf

NVRA Dody Fraher-Ruland Good Neighbor Award:

NVRA recognizes one member annually who has shown an outstanding commitment to community with the annual Good Neighbor Award. These Good Neighbors are role models in our Association, as they embody the spirit of volunteerism and initiative that all REALTORS® should aspire to.  You can learn more about the NVRA Good Neighbors here, or read about the National Association of REALTORS® Good Neighbors here.

In honor of her years of service to her community and NVRA, the Good Neighbor Award has been named for Dody Fraher-Ruhland. Dody was a longtime member of NVRA and had a remarkable career in the mortgage lending industry.  Dody served NVRA in many capacities, including as a founding member of the Charitable Foundation and chair of the Community Service Committee. Dody’s passion for serving others was not limited to her work with NVRA: she was engaged in many service organizations, most notably Rebuilding Together Greater Burlington, where she often brought in 90% of the funding each year. By naming this award in honor of Dody Fraher-Ruhland, the Community Service Committee hopes that it will stand as a testament to the profound impact one individual can make.