Charities have a special place in the hearts and minds of our nation and our community. It’s no surprise that everyone has a favorite charity. Whether it’s supporting cancer research, homelessness, a church or memorial fund, there are plenty of charities from which to choose.
While most realtors give their clients a closing gift, Olathe realtor Kelly Weyer of ReeceNichols has found a creative way to honor her favorite charity and raise awareness among others. Weyer serves on the board of Inclusion Connections, the Kansas City-based nonprofit designed to help individuals with intellectual disabilities build social relationships, learn workplace skills and, eventually, live independently. As part of its workforce training, the organization founded PawsAbilities in Olathe. PawsAbilities makes artisanal dog treats, handcrafted doggie bandanas and one-of-a-kind dog toys.
One thing that separates Kelly from other realtors is her practice of making a charitable donation as a closing gift. With each real estate transaction she closes (buy or sell side), Kelly gives a donation (calculated to the size of the transaction) to a charity of her client’s choosing. Many charities have benefitted from Kelly’s practice, but none more so than Inclusion Connections and PawsAbilites. That’s because many of her clients don’t support a particular charity, so they’re open to suggestions. As a board member and a strong advocate, Kelly is quick to recommend Inclusion Connections. Additionally, if someone refers Kelly to a client, she will make a donation on behalf of both parties in equal amounts at closing.
Inclusion Connections and PawsAbilities appreciates Kelly’s gift of time and financial support. It has allowed us to serve the needs of many Kansas City-area individuals who want to live, work, play and contribute to their local community.
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