Foundation for Giving distributes $18k

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Members of Woods Bros Realty’s Foundation for Giving committee recently gave out $18,800 in funds raised throughout the year to local charity organizations.

The Woods Bros Realty Foundation for Giving was established in 1987 by Pace Woods, Sr. to support those less fortunate in local communities. Every time a Woods Bros Realty sales professional closes one side of a transaction, the agent makes contribution to the Foundation, which is then matched by the company.

Each fall a committee of agents—selected by their offices to serve four-year terms—reviews all the requests and determines funding. A Woods Bros agent or employee must sponsor each request accepted by the Foundation.

Co-Chairperson Judy Sasek said she looks forward to hearing from the agencies in which Woods Bros agents are involved.

“It is very educational, and yet humbling at the same time, to learn about the numerous entities out in our communities assisting people in need of different services and outreach,” Sasek said.

This year, the transaction donation total was $13,000, with a last-minute appeal from the committee that raised an additional $5,800. Since the inception of the Woods Bros Realty Foundation for Giving, more than $330,800 has been donated.

“It has been an honor and a pleasure to work with all the agents and the different agencies our agents are affiliated with,” said Arla Meyer, Foundation for Giving co-chairperson. “There is nothing better than being able to give back to our local communities, based off of the team effort of all Woods agents and the company.”

Some companies who were helped by the Foundation for Giving in 2015 include the Kids Against Hunger, St. Monica’s, Voices of Hope, CASA for York County, Community Crops, Lincoln Children’s Zoo, BackPack Program, Child Advocacy Center, Cedars Youth Services, Young Life, Friendship Home, Mourning Hope, Huntington School, Grand Island Habitat for Humanity, Youth Leadership LincolnSeward Youth Center, Lincoln Community Playhouse, and TeamMates Mentoring Program, Foundation for Lincoln City Libraries, The Bay, and Hope Harbor.

Woods Bros Realty Foundation for Giving Committee Members
2015 Foundation for Giving committee members were (left to right): Russ Quick, Joanne McCoy, Roger Reynolds, Jayne Debus, Mike Poskochil, Co-Chairperson Judy Sasek, Lois Kohmetscher, Co-Chairperson Arla Meyer. Front Row: Pat Schmidt, Linda McCall, and Shelly Nitz, presenting checks to Sarah McMaster of Huntington School.
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