No one ever seeks out an acknowledgment for their work in community service. I certainly did not. And, what a humbling honor to have Who’s Who In Luxury Real Estate select me to be their 2014 Extraordinary Philanthropist at their 19th Annual Fall conference in Boston several weeks ago where members from around the globe gathered to share best practices and expand their personal connections with the best of the best in luxury real estate.
Keller Williams Realty just finished gathering together their top Realtors in Austin, Texas to share their best ideas. And, once a year their honor 60 Realtors for Service Above Self to their community. Jim Walberg was at both of these remarkable events.
Each quarter Keller Williams Realty invites the top Realtors from their North American offices to Austin, Texas for serveral days of sharing their best ideas for growing a real estate practice – MasterMind. And, once a year they have their Cultural Summit, which is a celebration of honoring two Realtors from each of their 30 North American regions for their extraordinary contribution to community service. Continue reading
Hunger never takes a Holiday! The Food Bank Pantry is almost empty, and the need is GREAT!
Every month there are 70,000+ meals served in Contra Costa and Solano Counties!!! And with because the financial stress of the last year and specifically the last few months the need for meals has skyrocketed, and the Food Bank resources have shrunk. Unemployment is rising, the economy is still being impacted each day by the credit meltdown, and people are acting from fear when it comes to meeting the needs of their specific family. The East Bay real estate communities and my Rotary Club are banding together with a commitment to find people like you to help.
The Food Bank warehouse is located in Concord, California, and it is huge! If you stop by there this week, the shelves are almost bare. The demographics of the East Bay range from incredible wealth to incredible poverty – all within a 20 mile radius. Those with a loaf of bread need to share a slice of it with someone. Those with only a slice of bread need to share a bite with someone. It is even more important for us, in these uncertain financial times, to live out the words, “Service Above Self”.
The Food Bank is the one at the front lines of providing meals to those in need in our community. They desperately need our help – NOW. In Contra Costa and Solana Counties 33% of the people receiving emergency food are children and 21.4% are over 50 years old. The Food Bank has created a method for you to “shop on line” in order to fill their Pantry. Also, any cash donation allows them to purchase $6 worth of food for every $1 donated! With the need so great, please take action today. It will only take a few moments of your time and the meals served because of your kind help will sustain thousands less fortunate than you. And, if you are driving downtown Danville this next week, please drop off any non-perishable food or checks made out to the Food Bank to our office at 760 Camino Ramon, Suite 200, Danville, in the Rose Garden Center. Or, contact me and I will come and pick up any donations from your home or place of business. Until next time…your East Bay lifestyle detective remains on duty.
Jim Walberg reminds us that hunger doesn’t take a Summer vacation!
The Summer months are the most critical time for food needs in the Bay Area. Click on Summer Food Drive TODAY, and go shopping for those less fortunate than you. With kids about to get out of school for the Summer, there will be thousands of them who will not have a meal because of not being in school. The Food Bank is the one at the front lines of providing these meals to our needy kids.
According to the Nation wide report on hunger and food insecurity from The Center on Hunger and Poverty entitled, “Hunger and Food Insecurity in the Fifty States: 1998-2000.” California has grown to be the 5th largest economy in the world and yet, in spite of our amazing agricultural abundance, over a million people are hungry and 5 million live in fear of hunger. In fact, California ranks as the 15th worst state for food insecurity with hunger by the US Department of Agriculture. California is actually above the national average in percentage of households living under these conditions.
About half of food stamp eligible people in California DO NOT receive food stamps. In fact, in the last five years the number of food stamp participants dropped 40% from over 3 million to less than 2 million. Three million children in California are eligible to receive free or reduced priced school meals, and though the National School Lunch Program feeds many of them, 70% of these children do not receive school breakfast. About 2 million children receive free or reduced price school lunches but during the Summer, less than half received lunch.
FACT: In Contra Costa and Solano counties more and more retired or disabled people on fixed incomes are being forced to choose between food, rent, medical care, or prescription drugs.
FACT: While the Federal Poverty Level is $20,650 for a family of four, a startling 65.9 percent have incomes under $15,000, while 73.1 percent of the clients of emergency food programs have an income less than 130% of poverty.
FACT: 78.5 percent of families who use emergency food programs in Contra Costa and Solano counties report that the food they bought just didn’t last and 41 percent of adults reported they did not eat for a whole day because there wasn’t enough money to buy food.
FACT: 26.4 percent of residents using emergency food services in Contra Costa and Solano counties are homeless, or in shelters or transitional housing.
Today is the day to make a difference in the lives of those less fortunate in the Bay Area. Again, all you have to do is click on Summer Food Drive. No excuses, just do it. Thanks for your kind assistance during this time of great need. Until next time…
This is the third time in Jim Walberg’s very long real estate career that his peers have honored him with this award.
The East Bay Real Estate community announced this year’s recipient of Realtor Of The Year last week. This year’s recipient is Jim Walberg from The Bay Area Team at Keller Williams Realty – Danville. The criteria for this award is based on the Realtor who has significantly contributed to the professionalism of the industry and service to the community. It is an honor that is awarded from the East Bay real estate community of Realtors and Affiliates. This is the third time in the past 18 years that Mr. Walberg has been the recipient.
He was selected again as the 2007 Realtor Of The Year because of his 35+ years of service to many of the Bay Area’s community needs. When asked to comment on the award Mr. Walberg gave a few words for the audience to remember. “To whom much is given, much is required.” Some of the organizations that have benefited from Mr. Walberg’s community involvement are; Rotary International; Contra Costa Food Bank; Adopt-An-Angel; Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation; Contra Costa Winter Special Olympics; The One Warm Coat Project; Toys For Tots; and, many more. Mr. Walberg continues to live his life using Rotary International’s model of “Service Above Self”. He describes his experience as a long time Realtor in the East Bay with Keller Williams Realty as having a career with having, a business worth owning and a life worth living. The entire real estate community congratulations Mr. Walberg on this significant acknowledgement of his commitment to extraordinary service to others.
Mr. Walberg is the owner of The Bay Area Team – a realty group in the San Francisco Bay Area servicing the residential real estate needs of that region, Worldwide Properties 4 Sale – an internet center featuring homes and deeded fractional ownerships that are for sale from the BVI, to Tuscany, to Thailand, Caribbean Islands Realty – a real estate group based in Red Hook, St. Thomas, and Navigate The World – a charter vacation yacht brokerage company booking vacations on the world’s finest yachts. Contact him anytime. He would enjoy chatting with you.
The East Bay Real Estate community leads the Holiday collection of food and funds.
None of you will ever meet Peg Deslaurie. She died five year ago of cancer. However, her legacy within the East Bay Real Estate community has never stopped. She was a Realtor in my Danville office for many years and was the champion of the East Bay’s Food Bank projects. She introduced this project to our real estate community and engaged all of the Brokerages and marketing associations to participate and to invite their client base to participate, too. Not only was this a Holiday project, but it was a Summer project, too, for the Food Bank’s Summer lunch program for kids who would not be able to have lunch because they were not in school.
In addition, the Realtors Marketing Association in the Tri-Valley created a Peg Deslaurie Community Service Award that is given each year to the Realtor who stands out in their commitment to community service. Before Peg passed away, she asked if I would promise to continue this project within our real estate community. I have kept my promise.
Because of Peg’s example and leadership the Food Bank project within the East Bay Real Estate community has not only continued, but it has expanded. Because of the work of Realtors and their client bases, there was over 5,000 pounds of food collected and over $2,500.00 of cash donations to the Food Bank! This program supplies over 70,000 meals a month for those less fortunate than us, and would not have any meals without this important project.
There is still time to help! You can drop off non-perishable food and/or checks made out to the Food Bank to our office all the way up to December 21st – 500 La Gonda Way, #102, Danville, California, 94526. Or, you can mail checks to our office to the attention of “Jim Walberg”. The Food Bank is able to buy $6 of food for every $1 that is donated because of their agreements with grocery companies. Thank you in advance for your participation in this very important project!