If they can gather the most online votes through Sept. 28, REALTORS® Jack Persin and Michael LaFargue can earn bonus grants for their nonprofit organizations.
Persin and LaFargue are among 10 finalists for the NAR Good Neighbor Awards, and with enough support from family and friends, they could win the Web Choice competition. The top three vote getters will receive bonus grants of $2,500, $1,250 and $1,250. Vote daily.
Persin (Baird & Warner in Naperville) co-founded Naperville Responds for Veterans, a nonprofit that helps low and moderate-income veterans and their families live with dignity and remain in their homes as they age. The organization has helped nearly 200 veterans to date by making needed repairs, such as replacing aging systems and constructing wheelchair ramps to accommodate disabilities.
LaFargue (Coldwell Banker Residential in Chicago) LaFargue has worked in several nonprofits related to transportation, schools, neighborhoods and parks in an effort to make change in underserved areas of Chicago. He led an effort to install 40 neighborhood security cameras, which led to the arrest of suspects in the murder of a local judge. He also leads the Red Line Extension Coalition which helped drive a $2 billion, 5.3-mile train route expansion that would benefit people in underserved areas.
Find out more about the NAR Good Neighbor Award program and the 2018 finalists.