Rebecca Pokluda’s recent move not only marked a big moment in her own life, it also helped Give Realty reach a huge milestone – reaching a donation total of over $150,000 since 2008. Rebecca’s move generated a Give Realty-facilitated donation distributed to two organizations, LifeWorks and the B Club.
“It’s so motivating to witness the impact of the two groups,” said Rebecca. “When you see their inspiring stories first-hand, it becomes easier to find the time and resources to help.”
LifeWorks is a nonprofit that transitions youth and families from crisis to safety and success, focusing on the areas of housing, counseling, education/workforce and youth development.
Susan McDowell, executive director for LifeWorks, said the organization was not only thrilled about the monetary gift, but also the opportunity to connect personally with a donor.
“We met Rebecca and took her on a tour of our facility,” said Susan. “It means so much to us that our donors see firsthand the impact their donation makes.”
Rebecca was also able to visit with Jan Hill, member of the B Club, a grassroots group which throws events to raise emergency funds for breast cancer survivors. The funds enable the survivors to remain in treatment without worrying about financial obligations like rent, utilities, food or medication costs.
“The B Club is such an easy way to do something that can make a difference,” said Jan. “Host a party, it doesn’t matter how big or small, it all adds up and it all goes 100% to emergency services.”
Rebecca is happy not only with her new home and having had the opportunity to engage personally with the two organizations, but with the overall service provided by Give Realty during the process of purchasing her new home.
“The Give Realty model really touched me at my core and Laurie exceeded the expectations I had for my buying experience. She’s not only an amazing realtor but an inspiration in how she lives her life and runs her business.”
Three Ways to Help LifeWorks
1. Host a donation drive. Organizing a gift drive is a rewarding way to get your family, friends, co-workers, neighborhood, civic group or school involved.
2. Volunteer to teach. Volunteers are needed to teach literacy and English as a Second Language. Visit http://www.lifeworksaustin.org/ to learn more.
3. Join LifeWorks Executives and Professionals. This auxiliary group hosts volunteer projects and special events to support LifeWorks.