The most powerful tool I believe that we each personally possess is our influence in our local community. Some of the things that come to mind when I think of the importance of being involved in our communities are:
– You never know when life might happen in your world – whether it be a Natural disaster, or sudden unforeseen illness, or tragic accident . . . Who’s “got your back?”
– The more connected we ALL are to others in our communities, the safer and more secure we all will be.
– Strong communities have a good sense of “securitization” . . . That is, the people feel Financially, socially, emotionally, and physically supported . . . connected!
– Businesses thrive in strong, tight-knit communities.
– All boats rise with the tide.
I am a REALTOR and owner of a real estate firm Pareto Realty, LLC. One thing that I notice consistently is the passion most REALTORS have for supporting others within the local community AND the REALTOR community. REALTORS understand the direct correlation between community securitization and their livelihood (Home Ownership) . . . and they tend to Have behavioral profiles that include a high level of interpersonal traits.
Most REALTORS are passionate CONNECTORS within the community.
Of course, the community also includes many other businesses with similar passion and willingness to take responsibility for the betterment of the community.
A few weeks ago I learned of 2 families in need and felt compelled to offer support for these families . . . So . . .
We are organizing a benefit concert February 2 at 12th & Porter 8:30-12:00 to support the William Wood family and his sister Janice Wood Malone Family. William and Janice are Brother & Sister of Lori Caste who is a Nashville area REALTOR with whom I served on the 2010 Board of Directors for the Greater Nashville Association of REALTORS.
William Wood has been very ill for some time and needs a new kidney to get better. Fortunately, his sister Janice is a perfect match and has been approved as a donor. The transplants are scheduled for End of February 2011 at Centennial Transplant Center in Nashville,.
William and Janice will have an eight to ten week recovery period. During this recovery period no physical labor will be allowed which will effectively mean that both families will be dramatically impacted financially. This benefit will help supplement their loss of income.
William is a self-employed contractor with two young children. His wife has started working part-time in a factory to help ends meet while helping run his business as well. He goes to a dialysis clinic 3 times a week and does another type of dialysis every night while he sleeps.
Janice is a UPS driver with a husband and three young children. UPS will not let her go back to work until she can lift 75lbs and push 150lbs.
We have assembled a collage of 4 fantastic performers for this show and hope you can help us help Janice and William and their families get through this challenging time. All you’ve gotta do is show up . . . and/or make a donation to the funds indicated below.
If you’re a blogger or tweeter, you can also help by distributing a link to this blog post to your followers.
The date of this benefit will be Wednesday February 2, 2011 at 12th & Porter in Nashville, TN.
Please contact me with any questions . . . Hope you can help us make this a great event.
PS: fund for “Friends and family of William Wood and Janice Wood Malone”. If you would like to send a donation please see the instructions below.
William and Claudia Wood Phone: 731-968-9406
105 Roberts Rd. Mobile: 731-695-0143
Lexington, TN 38351 731-614-2787