The Canopy Realtor® Association and Canopy MLS Board of Directors voted unanimously on August 26 to donate $ 200,000 each, for a total of $ 400,000 in funds to support county relief efforts by Haywood.
“We care deeply about the people and communities we serve and now more than ever our neighbors who lost their homes and need our help so much more,” said David Kennedy, President of Canopy Realtor® Association / Canopy MLS .
Kennedy said the reports from local leaders and Realtor® members in the Western region of the devastation are not only heartbreaking, but a cry for help.
Seventy-five percent, amounting to $ 300,000, will go to the Haywood County United Way, and the remaining 25%, amounting to $ 100,000, will go to Mountain Projects, for a total of $ 400,000. .
“I am just overwhelmed and filled with gratitude for the overwhelming support from our industry,” said Brian Cagle, Canopy MLS and Canopy Foundation Board Member and Vice President / Managing Broker of Beverly-Hanks & Associates. .
“We sincerely appreciate this generous donation,” said Celesa Willett, Executive Director of the United Way of Haywood County. “This gift will meet the immediate need to help people return home.”
Willett said the $ 400,000 donation from Canopy MLS and the Canopy Foundation, which has been divided between United Way and Mountain Projects, will be used to address urgent housing needs, and in particular to rehabilitate flooded homes.
“It will help with 20 houses. When you get a call like this it really hits you, ”said Willett upon learning of the gift. The fact that they trust Centraide to make it work is very humiliating. We’re here for the long haul.
Baptists on mission are on the ground in Haywood and have partnered with the state’s emergency management division to make the flooded homes habitable, costing $ 17,500 per home.
Once the immediate need has been globally satisfied, the group returns to the homes to complete tasks such as installing flooring and painting.
Canopy Realtor® Association is headquartered in Charlotte and is the trade association that provides real estate agents in Mecklenburg, Iredell and Haywood counties with the resources and services to conduct ethical, professional and profitable businesses. Haywood Board of Realtors® joined the Canopy Realtor® Association on January 1, 2020, creating the Western Region.Canopy MLS is a wholly owned subsidiary of Canopy Realtor® Associationand is the private brokerage cooperative used by Realtors® to bring together buyers and sellers with access to thousands of residential listings in a multi-county service area, including Charlotte, the Highlands of North Carolina , South Carolina and beyond.