So Many Ways To Pay It Forward

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So Many Ways To Pay It Forward


I'm sure most of you can think of a number of ways to help in your community, nationally or even internationally. That's why we are part of organizations and volunteer our time to benefit others. Here are just 2 things that we are doing or plan to do in 2015 to Pay It Forward. 


100+ Women Who Care

This month I learned about a wonderful organization from my friend and fellow blogger, Susan Emo. 100+ Women Who Care is an organization (with local "clubs") that meets quarterly, asks for a donation of $100 per quarter ($400 for each woman for the year), nominates and selects a charity and then donates all of that money to that cause. Of course, that's a quick synopsis.

I was so inspired, I reached out to my local chapter and today I received an invitation to attend their next meeting on January 15th. I plan to attend and get involved!

Want to learn more? Here's a link to how it works.


Parker Task Force/Food Bank

Rich was asked to be Santa for the Parker Police Department's "Cram the Cruiser" food drive event in early December. All of the food collected was given to the Parker Task Force/Food Bank.

We visited the food bank to see how we could involved. We learned that they don't need any more bodies (volunteers). They are well staffed. There's always a list of non-perishable food items and school supplies needed. What we really learned is that THEIR dollars, can go further than OUR dollars. So, it's better to give them a check vs. a bag of groceries.

In 2015, we'll be looking for fundraising ideas so that we can bring them a check to truly give them the best benefits for those in need!



So Many Ways To Pay It Forward

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Comments (18)

Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate Services

Donna, So many ways and you found some great ones to do it.  Awesome. I will look into 100+ Women Who Care. Sounds like something I can easily get involved with.

Dec 31, 2014 09:25 AM
Florida Tolbert Team Keller Williams Advantage
Keller Williams Advantage III Realty in Lake Nona - Orlando, FL
Keller Williams Land Luxury Division Specialist

So many ways indeed Donna.  And then there is the time and love that some put in as well.  

Dec 31, 2014 09:27 AM
Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES
Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch! - Spring Hill, FL
Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living

Donna, those are two noteworthy causes, I had not heard 100+ Women Who Care and will check it out as well.  May you have a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year!

Dec 31, 2014 09:29 AM
David Shamansky
US Mortgages - David Shamansky - Highlands Ranch, CO
Creative, Aggressive & 560 FICO - OK, Colorado Mtg

Agreed, there are so many worthy things to get involved in you just have to find the one that rings true with you

Dec 31, 2014 09:58 AM
Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

I learned that about the food banks a long time ago. They can stretch the dollar we donate and make it go really far. I think it's really great you are helping them out. This is a very worthwhile cause to support. 

Dec 31, 2014 10:00 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hi Donna - 100+ Women Who Care group seems like an extraordinary group who has accomplished much.  There are many opportunities in each of our communities that can make a difference.

Dec 31, 2014 10:06 AM
Donna Foerster
HomeSmart Realty Group - Parker, CO
Metro Denver Real Estate Assistant

Kathleen~ I hope I can attend the meeting in January. Love the concept!

Kevin~ I had intended to share an story of paying it forward this month, but I wasn't given the opportunity. Instead someone did something nice for me. I'm having trouble posting today, so I'm hoping to write about it in the next day or so!

Silvia~ HEALTH is at the top of my 2015 list!

David~ I've been giving that a lot of thought. There are several things that we are directly impacted by, which we will continue to support, then we have about 3-4 others. We can I say? We're GIVERS!

It just never occurred to me Debbie. I felt pretty silly afterwards. We're planning a shredding event in the Spring and hope to raise LOTS of dollars!

Dec 31, 2014 10:11 AM
Roger D. Mucci
Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092 - Euclid, OH
Lets shake things up at your home today!

100+ Women Who Care is quite amazing.....I remember reading Susan's post and thinking how wonderful an organization it is.....kudos to you for getting involved.

Dec 31, 2014 10:14 AM
Sybil Campbell
Fernandina Beach, FL
Referral Agent Amelia Island Florida

Donna, it sounds like you are involved in some awesome charities.

Dec 31, 2014 10:20 AM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

Those are both good places to serve and give back and pay it forward. Happy New Year Donna.

Dec 31, 2014 10:42 AM
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

I wonder if a chapter is near me.  I really always assumed when reading Susan's post about it that it was just local to her.

Dec 31, 2014 10:52 AM
RVA HomePRO Michael Hottman
RVA HomePRO Realtor with Keller Williams serving Hanover, Henrico, Chesterfiled and Richmond, Virginia - Glen Allen, VA
Helping you achieve goals in life & real estate

Donna Foerster what a great way to pool resources and bless others!

Dec 31, 2014 11:39 AM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

You are such a giving person Donna, I am not surprise to see that you are finding lots of ways to pay it forward.

These two sound like a couple of very effective projects.

Happy New Year, Wishing You Health, Wealth and Happiness in 2015 and beyond!!!

Dec 31, 2014 12:27 PM
Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
Your real estate writer

I always donate and try to support a local thrift shop called "God's Provision." I'm totally impressed with this group because it is run by people from all denominations. I think there are members from every church in every nearby community. They support many worthy causes, but what impresses me most is that when someone is truly in need - as in they've had a house fire or other disaster - they give what's needed without charge. 

Dec 31, 2014 02:24 PM
Potranco Realty
Potranco Realty - San Antonio, TX
"Sold with Potranco Realty"

I was wondering how you got to set in Santa's lap....that naughty

Donna what a beautiful way to pay it forward helping your community.

Dec 31, 2014 05:53 PM
Ron Marshall
Marshall Enterprises - Saint Michael, MN
Birdhouse Builder Extraordinaire

Nicely done, Donna.  I know that you give so much back to your community every month!

Jan 03, 2015 04:28 AM
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
John L Scott Market Center - Birkenfeld, OR
"Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905

Donna, I was inspired by a very young woman in England, I think who, for her birthday, did a whole bunch of anonymous pay-it-forwards while her brother video-taped it. It was SO inspiring! I decided that for my 59th birthday, I will be doing just that, 59 times. I've already started and the ideas keep coming...!!!

Apr 22, 2015 11:44 AM
Donna Foerster
HomeSmart Realty Group - Parker, CO
Metro Denver Real Estate Assistant

Thank you to everyone who stopped by to join the conversation. 


Gayle, we are working on a few shredding events as fundraisers this year. We'll do our first in June or July. 



Apr 23, 2015 02:52 AM