Realtors Against Homelessness (RAH) Raise Funds to Help Homeless District 211 Students

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Members of RAH and a District 211 trustee pose with Superintendent Nancy Robb.

Members of RAH and a District 211 trustee pose with Superintendent Nancy Robb.

While students everywhere are challenged with academics and extra-curricular activities, many are faced with tough challenges outside of the classroom. This includes District 211 students and families that are homeless.

To help those families, Realtors Against Homelessness (RAH) works to provide fundraising opportunities and events throughout the year. Through sponsorships, ticket sales, silent and live auctions, and a 50/50 raffle, more than $22,000 was raised this year to assist District 211 students with emergency housing assistance, grocery store gift certificates, transportation needs, and more.

“People are often surprised to learn that there are homeless students in District 211. Sadly, even as our local real estate market is seeing welcome improvement, the number of homeless students in our area is on the rise,” said Cindy Eich, one of RAH’s founders and member. “It has been a pleasure to combine the efforts of the District 211 Foundation and Realtors Against Homelessness (RAH). These groups share a passion for helping students in need in our community.”

rah2_postRAH’s mission is to provide financial support and to increase community awareness of the growing number of students facing homelessness in our area.  In partnership with the District 211 Foundation, RAH’s efforts are intended to lessen the burden that these students face.

The group is comprised of brokers from multiple offices serving the District 211 area including Baird and Warner, Coldwell Banker, Keller Williams, Prudential Starck, RE/MAX at Home and RE/MAX Suburban. Attendees of the annual event included brokers, lenders, attorneys, home inspectors, clients, community leaders, as well as staff and friends of District 211.

Members of RAH and trustees for the District 211 Foundation were behind the fundraising efforts for homeless students.

Members of RAH and trustees for the District 211 Foundation were behind the fundraising efforts for homeless students.

“The outpouring of support at our 3rd Annual Event was overwhelming,” Eich said. “We are grateful to our event sponsors, attendees, and donors for their generosity.  Every contribution is helpful in making a meaningful difference in the lives of students facing homelessness in our area.”

If interested in making a contribution or to learn more about the group’s efforts, please visit the RAH website here.