Community Involvement- We LOVE Giving Back!
Community Involvement- We LOVE Giving Back!
Keller Williams is dedicated to serving the communities in which they live and work, and Masha Halpern & The Smart Move Team take this serving spirit to heart. Below are a few of the charities, fundraisers and events we have been involved in helping, and we hope you will join us in serving these worthy organizations and causes as well!
Keller Williams RED DAY
In 2009, Keller Williams devised a plan that would band agents across the US together in serving their respective communities. Since then, Keller Williams has set aside the second Thursday of every May for RED DAY (Renew, Energize and Donate), encouraging agents to leave their businesses at rest for the day to go and serve various organizations and causes that are near and dear to the heart of their communities.
On every RED DAY, Keller Williams Chapel Hill gathers to help the non-profit organization TABLE with sprucing up their Downtown Carrboro location and stocking up their store of food. KW Chapel Hill and Masha Halpern & The Smart Move Team are proud to support this most worthy of organizations as TABLE's initiative is to provide healthy emergency food aid to hungry children in the Chapel Hill and Carrboro areas. They serve children ages 3-14, and their constant goals are to 1. Encourage healthy eating while exposing participating children to new healthy foods, 2. Bring UNC college students and community members together to help prepare and distribute healthy food to children who go hungry on the weekends, 3. Raise public awareness of local childhood hunger, 4. Offer programs/activities for local residents to get involved in helping local hungry children, and 5. Increase the number of children served every year.
Help us change lives and make a difference in our community! With each Home Sale in 2017, Masha will sponsor a dog into their FOREVER HOME! Let's give these adorable dogs a chance at a great home and happiness with you and your family. Learn more by contacting Masha at 919-414-0337.
Wines for Humanity
Another avenue Masha Halpern & The Smart Move Team have taken to raise funds for TABLE and awareness for their mission is through hosting a wine tasting event partnered with Wines for Humanity, which we held at our new office space for past clients this past spring (pictured at right). Wines for Humanity's goal is to educate and entertain guests via the enjoyment of fine wines and how to taste and pair them with food - all for the sake of helping local causes and organizations. By presentation's end, guests order their selection of wine, and 9-12.5% of the proceeds will be donated to a local charity. Our wine tasting event in April 2015 was successful and a huge delight, and we thank everyone who participated!
The Lerner School
The Lerner Jewish Community Day School is dedicated to going above and beyond the call to providing children with a great academic experience. Lerner views a child's education as a whole - "intellectual, social, emotional, physical, and spiritual" - and as such strives to provide students with a meaningful, well-rounded education while instilling the values and traditions of the Jewish religion. Masha's son attended the Lerner School for his first seven years as a student, and Masha proudly served on the Board of Directors, acting as co-chair for one year and chair of the school's fundraising committee for five years, which organized all fundraising events for the school's tuition assistance program. In addition, Masha participated in/attended national conferences in California for Jewish Day School Fundraising Members. She has been a supporter of the Lerner School since 1998 and continues to make donations and participate in fundraising events for the school.
Jewish Federation of Durham-Chapel Hill
The Jewish Federation of Durham and Chapel Hill actively seeks to establish connections among the local community, aids the needy both near and far, and even offers and supports programs/services motivated by Jewish values that encourage living life with meaning. Believing strongly in these values for the betterment of society, Masha put her project management skills to good use when she served on the Jewish Federation Board of Directors to help develop and then co-chair with a fellow Lerner School parent the Corporate Sponsorship Program. She assisted in the creation of materials for this arm of the Jewish Federation, as well as in securing donors for this purpose, which brought about the building of the Levin Jewish Community Center. The Kiddush Cup Golf Tournament is one of the Federation's most popular corporate sponsorship events held every year at Governors Club. Masha is proud to have served on this board!
The Charlotte & Dick Levin Jewish Community Center
The Charlotte & Dick Levin Jewish Community Center seeks the enrichment of the Jewish community, ultimately "by playing an integral, meaningful role in the lives of individuals, families, groups and institutions through cultural, recreational, social and educational programs and activities." The Levin JCC is welcoming to everyone and offers numerous stimulating activities for all ages, including swimming and diving lessons in the aquatic center, summer camps for kids, private aerial silk lessons, lectures in the community hall, fitness programs for every level and so much more. Masha is a founding member of this organization.
Judea Reform Congregation
Judea Reform Congregation is located in the midst of both Lerner and the Levin JCC, and is committed to providing Reformed Jews in the Durham and Chapel Hill areas with a welcoming community in which to serve, worship, learn and live out the traditions of Jewish heritage. Those who embrace reformed Judaism experience at JRC "life-long learning, tikkun loam worship, celebration, community, connection to Israel, and meaningful lives." The diversity of JRC members is great as they include the congregation's founders, converts, native Triangle residents, singles of all ages, young families with children, interfaith families, and individuals from countries all over the world. Masha has been a member of this congregation since 1991.
If you are looking for ways to get involved in the Triangle area and one of the above interests you, feel free to contact us for more information. Masha Halpern & The Smart Move Team are committed to serving these organizations in our area and would love for you to join our efforts!