OUR MISSION STATEMENT IS TO UNITE OUR REALTOR® COMMUNITY INTO MAKING AN IMPACT IN CENTRAL ILLINOIS BY STRENGTHENING CHARITIES IN OUR COMMUNITIES AND AIDING IN DISASTER RELIEF
The PAAR CARES Foundation is a not-for-profit charitable foundation; supported by voluntary contributions by REALTOR® and Affiliate members of Peoria Area Association of REALTORS®, member firms and the public. All contributions made to PAAR CARES Foundation are dedicated to their programs and projects; no monies are used for administrative overhead. Donations are tax deductible; contributions can be made to a specific program or as a general donation.
$3,600 Raised at Deck the Halls Fundraiser
11/30/2021 9:40 AM
“We are proud of the successful year the PAAR CARES Foundation had through fundraising. Because of our generous REALTOR® community, we are able to distribute $30k to 30+ local area food pantries each year”, said Mary Ann Ladendorf PAAR CARES Chairman.
Nancy Koch Scholarship & GRI Designation
11/8/2021 9:22 AM
The PAAR CARES Foundation is accepting applications for those interested in earning the Graduate REALTOR® Institute Designation through the Nancy Koch Scholarship.
Chili 'Koch' Off to benefit the Nancy Koch Scholarship
10/13/2021 8:14 AM
Chili 'Koch' Off to benefit the Nancy Koch Scholarship on October 20th!
$12K Raised at PAAR CARES Fundraiser
8/10/2021 12:24 PM
"Central Illinois has the best REALTOR® community when it comes to giving back to our community. Our members truly showed up for this event and donated to such a great cause!" said Mary Ann Ladendorf, PAAR CARES Chairman.
Bridge Lights Up For Fair Housing
4/20/2021 9:18 AM
The Murray Baker Bridge lights up in purple and orange to commemorate National Fair Housing Month! Every April REALTORS® commemorate the passage of the Fair Housing Act of 1968 which prohibits discrimination in housing based on race, color, religion, sex, familial status, national origin, and disability.
Local Area Community Garden Expansion
4/6/2021 11:26 AM
The PAAR CARES Foundation has joined Phoenix Community Development Services, as well as other community partners, in assisting with the expansion of the Sow to Grow Community Garden.
Ways We Help
For over 30 years, the Turkey Drive has raised funds contributing over 37,000 turkeys to 30+ food area food pantries throughout Peoria, Tazewell, Woodford, Fulton and McDonough Counties. 100% of all funds raised are dedicated to supporting the needs of the community.
If you would like to apply to be a part of our Annual Turkey Drive, CLICK HERE
BOOTS FOR KIDS
Created by Lamoine Valley REALTORS®, a chapter of Peoria Area Association of REALTORS®, to provide boots for children in need during the winter months. REALTORS® raise money to purchase boots as needed.
READY TO ROLL
Assisting in building wheelchair ramps for disabled individuals who own their homes, so they can live independently. PAAR CARES helps financially and with volunteers through the Ready to Roll Ramps for Independence Program, partnering with Advocates for Access and His Helping Hands.
The Nancy Koch Memorial Fund will be used to award scholarships to complete a GRI, The Graduate REALTOR® Institute Designation through the National Association of REALTORS®. Earning the Graduate REALTOR® Institute (GRI) designation is a way to stand out to prospective home buyers and sellers. Applications due no later than December 31st, 2021. If you would like to apply for the Nancy Koch Scholarship, CLICK HERE.
2021 Board of Directors
PAAR CARES focuses on homeownership, affordable housing, rehabilitation and homelessness initiatives, including organizations that assist those in our community. The Foundation’s programs strive to support basic and urgent human needs, (food and shelter; family support, and education). The inception of PAAR CARES Foundation was the 2014 Washington, Pekin and East Peoria tornado which dismantled many people’s homes and businesses. Through the relief efforts of many within the Peoria Area Association of REALTORS®, the PAAR CARES Foundation was formed. The PAAR CARES Foundation has grown exponentially from its birth in 2014 and continues to strive to make impactful community efforts through various channels.