Let's Join Together & "Stage It Forward" this Holiday Season ~ Bonus Points awarded by AR!

Home Stager with Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR

A/R Stagers are some of the most creative, caring, and community-minded people that you'll ever meet. Many have helped our communities in a variety of ways (sometimes as part of a group effort, and sometimes on our own).  There are countless worthwhile charities across North America that need our help, especially this time of year.  So let's see what we can do to make a difference!

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Active Rain is encouraging all of us to reach out and serve those less fortunate, who may need a little help.  We'd like to ask all A/R members (not restricted to home stagers) to offer your time, services, or materials to any local charity or community group, and then blog about what you did and how it helped others during this Holiday Season.  
A/R will award 1,000 Bonus Points to anyone writing a post about how they "Staged it Forward."  So you WIN in several ways: Your help within your community directly helps others, your blogging about it encourages others on A/R to join in & help their communities, and you'll see a boost of 1,000 Bonus Points here on A/R!
Here are just a few ideas on volunteering your time & talent this Holiday Season (between now & Dec. 31st) ~ please feel free to add your own good ideas in your comments, to encourage everyone else:
  • Volunteer at a local 'Meals on Wheels' or similar program
  • Help a local shelter by volunteering to clean, paint, organize, or enhance it -- bring a friend or family member with you and you'll both feel good
  • Offer to decorate rooms in a community-oriented venue for the holidays
  • Enhance common areas at a hospice facility, for the residents as well as their visitors
  • Offer to spruce up classrooms in local schools; ask if they need extra paper, pens, crayons, art supplies, etc. or if they need some rooms painted (if so, ask your local paint or hardware store if they'd donate some paint)
  • Donate your gently-used items of furniture, clothing, or household goods that you might have sold at a garage sale .... or hold that garage sale, and donate all the proceeds to a local charity -- get your neighbors to join in
  • Visit a local retirement home or convalescent facility and ask if you can visit residents who don't have family members nearby -- then bring them a few small gifts or offer to help send holiday cards for them
  • Homeless shelters would appreciate donations of warm blankets, food, & winter coats
  • Contact any of your local community charities and ask them where their need is greatest -- everyone needs help this time of year
  • Think of other creative ways you can donate your time, services, or materials .. the options are endless!
~ Remember that any act of kindness is repaid back to the giver a thousand fold ~I Care -- and you do too!
* Title your post "Holiday Season Stage It Forward" and post it in these groups:   Stage It Forward and   ActiveRain Contests
* 1,000 Points will be awarded by A/R for posts submitted up to December 31, 2010
* Include a story about your volunteer effort (include photos if you like) to encourage other A/R members to join in
* Look for your Bonus Points to be awarded in January 2011
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Room Solutions Staging offers expert home staging services in Portland, Oregon to homeowners, real estate agents, and builders. Our proven home staging techniques will help reduce your property's market time and maximize your equity. We'll prepare your property or listing to look appealing to your target buyer for the online photos as well as for in-person viewings. Our owner and principal stager Maureen Bray is a nationally-recognized home staging expert who enjoys sharing her passion for staging with others.  To schedule a Verbal Staging Consultation filled with our staging tips and advice, contact us @ 503-246-1800.

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Dagny Eason
Dagny's Real Estate - Wilton, CT
Fairfield County CT, CDPE Homes For Sale and Condo

What a phenomenal idea!  Maureen!    I love it!   Count me in!

Nov 06, 2010 09:15 AM #58
Karen Kruschka
RE/MAX Executives - Woodbridge, VA
- "My Experience Isn't Expensive - It's PRICELESS"

I've done mine - it's up and running

Nov 06, 2010 10:34 AM #59
Pat Haddad, ABR, CRS, ePRO, GRI
Keller Williams Indianapolis Metro NE - Carmel, IN
Carmel, Fishers, Westfield IN Real Estate Expert

This is great Maureen!  I am enjoying the comments and getting some wonderful ideas.  Can't wait to read the posts that we will be seeing in the coming weeks.  For those commenters who said they would be doing good, but not posting it--PLEASE reconsider.  By sharing your efforts, you give others ideas!!

Nov 06, 2010 01:45 PM #60
Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging
Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR - Portland, OR
"Staging Consultations that Sell Portland Homes"

Wanda ~ How nice that your company gets into the holiday spirit each year by helping others ... looking forward to hearing what your idea is this year!

Margaret ~ Anyone on A/R is welcome to participate, and we can't wait to get more ideas from everyone else who joins in. Thanks for your kind remarks.

Dagny ~ You're in -- thanks for your enthusiastic comment!!

Karen ~ I love it -- thank you!!

Pat ~ I agree wholeheartedly, that the posts and comments give all of us more ideas -- which will just help all around.  Like you, I'm really looking forward to the upcoming posts.

Nov 06, 2010 02:55 PM #61
David Peterson
Synergy Staging ~ specializing in vacant home staging - Portland, OR
Home Stager Portland OR-Synergy Staging-Portland Oregon

Hi Maureen!  Glad you are advocating this on AR.  The more the merrier, especially at this time of season.  I'll be posting something in December.

Nov 07, 2010 10:30 AM #62
Karen Otto
Home Star Staging - Plano, TX
Plano Home Staging, Dallas Home Staging, www.homes

This is a great opportunity not only to give but to "get" as well Maureen! Our local RESA Chapter is having a group come speak to us at our next meeting called Dwell with Dignity - it's a not for profit organization that helps others in need live in beautiful surroundings - not just exist in meager ways.  We're looking to assist the group this season as a chapter service project. 

Nov 07, 2010 11:56 AM #63
Lin Wetzel
Outstanding Staging - Stroudsburg, PA
People Prefer OUTSTANDING Properties! tm

I have reached out to offer my services to a local shelter already. They are considering it and I hope they accept soon (they are understandably cautious due to not wanting to disclose their safe house location.)

I love your idea of including family members, Maureen. What a valuable gift for everyone involved - the receivers as well as the givers!

~ Lin

Nov 07, 2010 10:23 PM #64
Joyce Godwin, Realtor, CRS
RE/MAX Elite Properties; Serving Cypress, Spring, Tomball, NW Houston - Houston, TX
RE/MAX Elite Properties


 Thanks for the list of suggestions.  It brings to mind things that can be done whether we were getting AR points or not.  Sometimes I think we get so busy that we forget how fortunate we are and how we should help others whenever possible.

Are our posts supposed to be Members Only like the AR Stage It Forward Accountability Group?

I especially like your idea about visiting retirement homes and bringing Christmas gifts to those who do not have family.

Between now and Christmas, I will probably be watching for sales on clothing and toys.  I usually make purchases on sale items and donate to a non-profit group who provides gifts for families in need.  Throughout the year, I've already purchased a few items and have already donated them, but groups like this make me want to do more :)   

Nov 09, 2010 11:34 AM #66
Kristine Ginsberg
Elite Staging and Redesign, LLC - Short Hills, NJ
NJ Home Stager

Great idea Maureen - leave it to you to inspire all of us to help people less fortunate! I've also found when you give, you get. As an example, the last home I staged I did free of charge (Labor of Love) for a friend's mom whose husband died and she couldn't afford her home. It was very sad for her and she is now going to live with her daughter. While staging the home, the family asked me if I knew a good realtor and I in turn gave the agent I work with the listing. Another agent in the office saw my work and asked me to stage one of his listings. Thanks for reminding us all to give this season!

Nov 09, 2010 11:44 AM #68
Elizabeth Cooper-Golden
Huntsville Alabama Real Estate, (@ Homes Realty Group) - Huntsville, AL
Huntsville AL MLS

I love paying it forward and will gladly do something special just for this challenge :)  I'll gladly take the 1000 points too, lol.  This is one of the best challenges we've had here...doing for others is something we all need to focus on, now, more than ever.

Nov 09, 2010 02:05 PM #69
Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging
Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR - Portland, OR
"Staging Consultations that Sell Portland Homes"

David -- the more the merrier is right!  Looking forward to your post next month.  (Hey, getting 1,000 Bonus Points is fun too!)

Karen ~ It's great to hear that your RESA chapter is reaching out to help in this way.  Please blog about it and let us know how it turned out....thank you!

Lin ~ It's true, when we help others it also gives us such a good feeling.  Bringing a family member along makes it fun because you can talk share the experience.  Good luck with your local shelter -- I'm sure the residents are going to be so appreciative of your help!

Joyce -- it sounds like you already have some fantastic ideas for helping others in your community -- good for you  :-)  Please feel free to make your post Public if you like -- or if you'd rather it be Members only, that's your choice.

Kristine ~ I love your story about how you helped stage your friend's mother's home, and because of that connection you also found some staging work.  That is great synergy at work!

Elizabeth ~ You are SO right -- we need to focus on others, not worry about ourselves, especially this time of year.  I'm so glad you're planning to do the challenge....thank you!

Nov 09, 2010 02:15 PM #70
April Hayden-Munson
Brookfield, WI
Brookfield Wisconsin Real Estate

Maureen - what great ideas to get people thinking about giving to others in their local areas!

Nov 10, 2010 04:29 AM #71
Donna Foerster
HomeSmart Realty Group - Parker, CO
Metro Denver Real Estate Assistant

I love to Pay It Forward (already participating in that group) and I love contests...what a great "marriage" of ideas!  Thanks too for sharing suggestions. 

Nov 10, 2010 12:33 PM #72
Sheldon Neal
Bergen County, NJ - RE/MAX Real Estate Limited - Maywood, NJ
That British Agent Bergen County NJ

What a truly fabulous endeavor Maureen !

Like you said, 'everybody' wins with this contest !

... I like the flavor of your blog, and am now your newest subscriber :o)

Cheers !

Nov 13, 2010 01:59 PM #73
Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging
Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR - Portland, OR
"Staging Consultations that Sell Portland Homes"

April ~ People here on A/R seem to have the best ideas on how to help others.  I love reading about what others have planned.

Donna ~ There are so many options for getting involved, aren't there?  Contests are fun too!

Sheldon ~ We love it when everyone wins!  Thanks for subscribing -- what a nice surprise!  :-)

Nov 13, 2010 05:55 PM #74
Connie Tebyani
Platinum Home Staging, Inc. : RESA-Pro - Calabasas, CA
Platinum Home Staging, Los Angeles and Ventura County

I've already DONE a couple of community services not knowing about the contest: but still have a couple more in the works, so I'll be happy to blog about them. GREAT idea for A/R to Pay Stage it Forward!

Nov 15, 2010 01:42 AM #75
Cindy Marchant
Keller Williams Indy NE 317-290-7775 www.marchantteam.com - Carmel, IN
"Cindy in Indy" , Realtor, Fishers Real Estate

Here is my contribution; I read your post very late but was easy to find an opportunity even in this last week.


Dec 23, 2010 03:22 AM #76
Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging
Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR - Portland, OR
"Staging Consultations that Sell Portland Homes"

Cindy ~ What a great idea to help your local nursing home.  Your creativity for the Christmas wreaths will add a lot of "cheer" for the residents and their visiting families.  Thanks for sharing your story with us!

Dec 23, 2010 04:35 AM #77
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

Thanks for the opportunity.  Just posted my entry about helping with a community Christmas Party.  Here's the link.  Happy New Year.

Dec 31, 2010 10:00 AM #78
Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging
Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR - Portland, OR
"Staging Consultations that Sell Portland Homes"

Thanks for letting us know, Chris!  I'll hop over there now and read about your holiday efforts  :-)

Dec 31, 2010 10:27 AM #79
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