Give Where You Live: RED Day (5/10)and Lemonade Day (6/3)!

IFrame We have two wonderful community service programs coming up in the next couple of months that I want to share with you. The first is Keller Williams’s annual RED Day, done locally in collaboration with the Food Bank of NYC on May 10th. The following month, on June 3rd, is great financial education program involving kids called Lemonade Day.

RED Day:

RED Day (Renew, Energize and Donate) is an initiative dedicated to celebrating Keller Williams Realty’s year-round commitment to improving our local communities.  Each year, on the second Thursday in May, tens of thousands of associates from across the United States and Canada participate in a wide range of projects, devoting their time to renewing and energizing aspects of the neighborhoods in which they serve.

RED Day initiatives run the gamut: From rebuilding homes, refurbishing local parks, giving to local food shelters, hosting blood drives, beautifying beaches and so much more. Projects are chosen by each individual market center based on a need they see within its community

In our area, KWNYC has teamed up with The Food Bank of NYC to help feed hungry New Yorkers. Scores of our agents (myself included!) will be spending May 10th in the Hunts Point warehouse breaking down, assessing the quality of and repackaging food and nonfood products into sizes suitable for distribution to the city’s soup kitchens and food pantries. And if you’d like to contribute as well, we’re holding a virtual food drive to help support the Food Bank’s efforts.

We have accepted the challenge to hold a Virtual Food Drive in support of this fantastic organization. Help us reach our goal to donate a minimum of $2,000 to Food Bank NYC. The Virtual Food Drive is active NOW and will continue until Thursday, May 10th. Please visit our Virtual Food Drive and make a gift today! http://help.foodbanknyc.org/site/TR?fr_id=1300&pg=personal&px=1326641

Just like a traditional food drive, our Virtual Food Drive lets you shop from aisles of produce, meat, dairy and more. But thanks to the Food Bank’s wholesale purchasing power and efficient distribution system, your online gift can help provide more food – doubling or even tripling what your dollar can provide at the grocery store. Beginning today through May 10th, when you make a donation through our Virtual Food Drive, Peapod by Stop & Shop will provide you with a special offer to save on your next grocery delivery order. So donate now!

Lemonade Day:

Lemonade Day is a free, fun, experiential learning program that teaches youth how to start, own and operate their own business – a lemonade stand. It began in Houston, Texas in 2007. Since then it has grown from 2,700 kids to 120,000 kids in 31 cities across America and Canada in 2011 – including ours!

The foremost objective of Lemonade Day is to empower youth to take ownership of their lives and become productive members of society – the business leaders, social advocates, volunteers, and forward thinking citizens of tomorrow.

Each child that registers receives a backpack with an Entrepreneur Workbook that teaches them the 14 lessons of Lemonade Day like creating budgets, setting profit-making goals, serving customers, repaying investors, and giving back to the community. Along the way, they acquire skills in goal-setting, problem solving, and gain self-esteem critical for future success. They keep all the money they make and are encouraged to spend some, save some and share some.

If you know any kids that want to participate, email me at sedry@kwynyc.com or go to nyc.lemonadeday.org.