On the morning of Saturday, Sept. 14, Realtors across the state will join forces to make a difference for Hawaii’s elementary, intermediate and high school students as part of Hawaii Realtors’ Realtor Action Day.

Now in its second consecutive year, Realtor Action Day is a statewide community service event that encourages Hawaii’s Realtors to volunteer on the same day and at the same time. Last year, as part of its first annual Realtor Action Day, Hawaii Realtors (formerly the Hawaii Association of Realtors) partnered with the Adopt-A-School Day program, which hosts an annual day of awareness and service to schools throughout Hawaii on the second Sunday in October.

For the inaugural Realtor Action Day on Oct. 14, 2018, several Realtors Association of Maui (RAM) members teamed up to enhance the learning environment for students of Pomaikai Elementary School. The volunteers arrived at the elementary school campus bright and early that morning, and after a brief orientation and quick review of the “honey-do” list, they rolled up their sleeves, opened a few cans of paint, and got to work. By the end of the day, they had stenciled and painted sets of coordinating numbers up and down the school’s staircases to help students learn their multiplication tables.

The team of volunteers included Lianne Peros-Busch of Peros Realty Company; Vanessa Baldos of Coldwell Banker Island Properties; Erin Clapper of Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Advantage Realty Valley Isle; Kelsey Daimon, RAM’s marketing and communications manager; Jon Irvine of Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Advantage Realty Valley Isle; Darlene Peralto of Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Advantage Realty Valley Isle; and Ruby Wong of Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Advantage Realty Valley Isle. “It was an effort to join forces with Realtors across the state,” Clapper explained. “Many Realtors already serve their communities well, but we really wanted to show a unified ohana by involving every island.”

And some non-RAM members pitched in, too: Several volunteers brought their elementary school-aged children to see firsthand how rewarding it is to give back. “It’s a family-friendly event, so kids are always welcome,” Clapper said. “It was a great opportunity to allow them to experience serving their community.”

This year’s Realtor Action Day will take place a month earlier, but the goal remains the same: to assist schools in need with campus improvement projects. In the spring, RAM sent applications to local schools so they could submit a campus beautification project for volunteers to complete on Sept. 14. RAM received four applications and ultimately decided to serve all four schools: Lahaina Intermediate School, Maui High School, Pomaikai Elementary School, and Waihee Elementary School. The projects will vary (everything from building benches to installing new doors to painting hopscotch and four-square courts) and volunteers of all ages and abilities are still needed to lend a hand.

Clapper, who is helping to coordinate this year’s event, encourages all Maui residents—no RAM membership required—to consider signing up for Realtor Action Day. “I would encourage anyone who has a few hours to spare to consider serving in this capacity,” she said. “We provide all of the supplies, instruction—and snacks, too.”

The 2019 Realtor Action Day kicks off at 8 a.m. this Saturday, Sept. 14. There are four projects at four schools to choose from, and it’s not too late to sign up. For more information or to add your name to the volunteer roster, contact Erin Clapper at 330-8338 or erinc@bettermauivip.com.

To learn more about Hawaii Realtors’ Realtor Action Day or to take a peek at last year’s Realtor Action Day projects, visit https://www.hawaiirealtors.com/rad/.

By Sarah Ruppenthal
The Maui News – September 9, 2019

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