In addition to our agents busily selling real estate, they often donate their time to local charities. We asked them to share with us how they devote their free time to help others. Here are some of their stories.
Dean Nikodemski divides his time between being a volunteer 7th grade teacher at St. Andrews Catholic Church, he has also been a member of the Knights of Columbus Catholic Men's organization for 22 years and a Member of the Rotary Club of Little River, which is focusing on the disadvantaged in our area and a worldwide search for an end to polio.
Our Coldwell Banker Chicora Advantage Pawley's Island office agents volunteer for and support St. Christopher's Children of Georgetown County. St. Christopher’s Children is a non-profit organization that provides funds for the immediate personal needs of abandoned, abused, and disadvantaged children in Georgetown County, South Carolina, which are not funded by any other social services or government agencies. To get involved or donate visit: www.stchristopherschildren.orgAgents pictured are Su Cowieson, Henry Reynolds, Ruth LeMoine, Jane Jasien, Christy Hipp and Carol Lucic (not pictured Deb Walker).
Several of our agents donate their time each year to the Annual Christmas Day Dinner. Volunteers work for weeks in preparation for the event which this year fed over 9,000 people. Janice Ash Sialiano, Dorie Davidson, Kristin Owens, Rebecca Condeluci, Dave Alexander, Caleb Coblentz, Frank Basch, Sitell Patel, Kevin Skipper, Sally Reynolds, Kathy Reiersen and Lee Buchanan.
John Padgett I am a coach for a little kids basketball league at my church called UpWards Basketball. One of the best things about Upwards Sports is that it's very affordable for families that normally could not afford to have their kids play a sport from 5 years old all the way up to 8th grade. But the reason it is usually so affordable for the families is that our church chooses to pay half of each child's registration which is about $40 and then usually we have several sponsors lined up that have agreed to pay for levels of sponsorship which would cover the other portion of the child's registration about $40 and other things like the overhead, snack bar, uniforms, ETC...
Lusine Doran is involved with the Armenian Church where she teaches children to read and write in Armenian.
Amy Randall is on the Hospitality Committee of the Coastal Carolinas Association of Realtors where she helps to organize all kinds of charity events. She played in the Mark Sloan Golf Tournament last year with Ruth LaMoine. Proceeds from the event went towards cancer research and RAFT, which is the Realtor Trust. This trust helps Realtors and their families who are suffering from serious illnesses.
The John M. and Trena B. Draughn Scholarship Fund, one of the first and oldest scholarship funds at Waccamaw Community Foundation, has awarded $45,000 to college-bound students of the Horry-Georgetown region over the past 16 years.
Tiffany Densford - My family always collects toys for Help4Kids every Christmas. We have been doing this for the past 6 years. This year we collected over $1,300 in toys, blankets, games, socks and hygiene items. This was our biggest year ever. My husband hosts a race at our shop in Myrtle Beach called Beach Hobbies were the racers can donate toys or cash and we go shopping. When we dropped the toys off this year, Ms. Barb said they were the best donations she had received.
Christine Hughie - For about one hour a week I am a volunteer mentor for Miss Ruby's Kids, an organization that works with families and caregivers to inspire a passion for learning in their children. Volunteers are assigned to a child that they will be with for several years. I go to the school of my assigned child where we do activities such as read books, play games and talk about goals. In the coming months, I plan to include a couple of science projects.
Some events associated with Miss Ruby's Kids are the annual Kitchen Tour, for which I've been a docent, Dining For a Cause, a Mardi Gras fund raiser and an annual tea party.