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AHIP, CAAR, & BRHBA Partner to Raise $50,000 by June 1 and Expand Community Awareness for Keeping Local Neighbors Safe at Home 

Albemarle Housing Improvement Program (AHIP), Charlottesville Area Association of REALTORS® (CAAR), Blue Ridge Home Builders Association (BRHBA) are partnering for the fourth year to support AHIP and the work to keep local neighbors Safe at Home.

Wednesday, April 1, marks the official spring campaign kick-off with five events with Charlottesville restaurants and retail businesses throughout April and May. The common goal of each event is to rally awareness of AHIP and raise $50,000 for emergency repair and home rehab work for seniors, families with children, neighbors with disabilities, and other low-income homeowners in need in Charlottesville and Albemarle.

"We are not able to run our programs without the support of this community, REALTORS, and home builders. They are among our strongest champions in our mission to provide a safe, secure, healthy environment for all," Jennifer Jacobs, AHIP executive director, said. "Only with these partners can we achieve this level of impact year after year."

The public is encouraged to join us in each campaign event listed below:
Wednesday, April 22 - Alex and Ani, 5-7 p.m. - 15% of net proceeds will be donated
Wednesday, May 13 - Langford Market, 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. - 15% of proceeds will be donated 
Thursday, May 28 - Burtons Grill, all day - 15% of proceeds will be donated

Local REALTORS® and home builders have built tremendous momentum around reaching the goal, especially with last week's BRHBA Home & Garden Festival. While the Festival was a free, community event, attendees were asked to make a contribution to AHIP. The generosity of even goers, exhibitors, donors who built the AHIP house display, and volunteers resulted in more than $6,000 being raised - a great jumpstart to successfully reaching the goal.

"The 42nd BRHBA Home & Garden Festival was a huge success and we cannot thank the vendors, sponsors, volunteers, and visitors enough. We look forward to putting on an even bigger show next year as we are already taking reservations for the 2016 show," BRHBA President Ben Davis said. "The overwhelming turnout of visitors to this year's event is a testament to the value of being able to see, touch, and talk to industry experts all in one place. It was great to hear attendees say 'I used to come here as a kid, and now I'm bringing my kids."

More than 25 CAAR volunteers talked to Festival attendees, shared why they are so passionate about the services AHIP provides to our community, and asked for a contribution. Many more volunteers participated behind the scenes, organizing logistics and finalizing today's campaign launch.

"REALTORS® are invested in building our community and strengthening our neighborhoods, and these events are a great way for us to get involved. We look forward to participating in the spring campaign events, contributing to our local commerce, and of course, supporting the overall goal - keeping seniors, neighbors and children Safe at Home," CAAR President Anita Dunbar said.

Everyone should be Safe at Home. Partner with AHIP, CAAR, & BRHBA and be the hope to local families in need of critical home repairs. Learn more about this join initiative and make a contribution using by June 1.

About CAAR

The Charlottesville Area Association of REALTORS® serves more than 1,000 real estate professionals and affiliate members throughout the City of Charlottesville and the counties of Albemarle, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa and Nelson. Widely recognized as the leading voice for real estate in Central Virginia since 1925, CAAR members bring professionalism and high ethical standards to every business transaction. The Association advocates for the protection of private property rights and provides tools and technology for members to achieve expertise in serving the needs of customers and clients. The CAAR membership is committed to enriching the region’s neighborhoods by engaging in a variety of educational programs as well as community service events each year.

Vision - The REALTOR® is indispensable to every real estate decision.

Mission - To support our REALTOR® members to be professional, ethical and successful.