BOULDER – On Thursday, May 12, over 100 Realtors – members of the Boulder Area Realtor Association (BARA) – volunteered their time to do some much needed “Yard-busting” for Boulder County Care Connect (BCCC). All in all, 20 yards belonging to senior citizens across Boulder County were worked on. Weeding, mowing, pruning, planting and general clean-up was done in an effort to help BCCC with their ever-growing list of Seniors who would like help and BARA’s effort to stay connected with our community and give back.
Years ago, the Boulder Area Realtor Association had an annual activity referred to as Project H.O.M.E. (Help Our Many Elderly) in which it helped Seniors with spring cleanup. The program eventually transitioned into Project School, where Realtors painted schools for about six years. When the recession hit in 2008, Realtors were busy scrambling to stay afloat, like millions of other people and some of that “giving back” wasn’t as prevalent.
In 2013, my platform as BARA’s then-President was to reinvigorate the volunteerism and connectedness between Realtors and the community. We partnered with BCCC to reconstitute Project Home. We had such a great time and a sense of accomplishment, fulfillment and personal reward, that there was a chorus of voices asking to make this an annual event, as it had been in the past. Working with BCCC made it easy as they have a list of “vetted” Seniors who need assistance; we just had to provide the muscle (and sweat). Our wonderful Affiliate Partners stepped up again by providing lunch to the hungry crews as well.
All in all, another successful year and we will plan it again for 2017.
The BCCC offers a program called Yard Busters to Seniors in the area. They also offer other programs called Fix-it, Ice Busters, Medical Mobility, Smart Seniors Financial Coaching and Carry-Out Caravan. These are really wonderful programs for Seniors to take advantage of. Everything is done though local volunteers, so if you have interest in lending a hand, please contact Boulder County Care Connect at 303.443.1933 or visit Careconnectbc.org.
By Lisa Wade, RE/MAX of Boulder