Community Engagement

Halloween partyREALTORS® care about the community in which they live and work. They fight for affordable homeownership opportunities, take pride in giving back to the community through volunteer work, and recognize those citizens whose extraordinary contributions have enriched our area.

About the Community Service Committee

The Capital Area Association of REALTORS® Community Service Committee offers opportunities for CAAR members to engage in various projects that are designed to serve our local community. Throughout the year, the Committee offers programs for CAAR members to get involved. For more information on the Community Service Committee or to obtain additional information on how you can get involved, contact: Kathy Nichelson 217-698-7000 or via email.

Charity of Choice

Each year, in October, the Capital Area Association of selects a Charity of Choice," to be the recipient of charitable donations of money, time and needed items. In recent years, CAAR’s charity of choice has included Land of Lincoln Honor Flight, M.E.R.C.Y Communities, Central Illinois Foodbank, Hoogland Center for the Arts, Southwind Park, The Salvation Army, the Iles House Foundation, Habitat for Humanity and Springfield Green, to name a few.    The Boys and Girls Club has been selected as CAAR's "charity of choice" for 2014. Stay tuned for information on our upcoming fundraiser.

We so appreciate CAAR choosing Contact Ministries as its charity of choice for this year.  Your generous donation has enabled us to renovate the Emergency Shelter space and make necessary purchases.  The facility will provide a place to sleep, a meal, a hot shower, and the ability to do a load of laundry.  The renovation was quite extensive including new ceiling, floors, wiring, windows, plumbing, restrooms, beds, mattresses, tables, appliances, outdoor concrete repairs.  ~ Cindy Drum, Executive Director of Contact Ministries (CAAR's 2013 "charity of choice")

Community Foundation for the Land of Lincoln

In 2007 the Capital Area Association of REALTORS® established a Donor-Advised fund within the Community Foundation for the Land of Lincoln (CFLL) and named it “The Capital Area REALTORS®” fund. To get the fund started CAAR provided $5,000 in seed money. The purpose of this fund is to “enhance the quality of life in the capital area.” Money generated through fundraising efforts is deposited into this fund and then distributed to CAAR's Charity of Choice. CAAR also accepts direct contributions to help build this fund balance. Find out how you can contribute to this fund.

Summer Outing Also Benefits Community

CAAR’s Annual Summer Outing and Golf Tournament also make it possible to contribute to our community as a portion of funds generated by this event are distributed to the Capital Area REALTORS fund.

CAAR Members are Engaged

In addition to the Capital Area Association of being a civic-minded organization many members CAAR are as well and volunteer countless hours of service each year to local charitable organizations. Each year CAAR recognizes one or more of its members with the coveted Community Service Award.

Homeownership Coalition for Persons with Disabilities

In 2002, the Capital Area Association of played a critical role in helping to launch the Homeownership Coalition for Persons with Disabilities (Homeownership Coalition), answering a need expressed by , lenders and independent living centers, to assist people with disabilities with purchasing homes. The solution to this need is expressed in the Homeownership Coalition's mission statement: 

To assist all people, regardless of their disability, in purchasing their own homes, allowing them to live in the community as independently as possible. 

In 2009, this program was awarded the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF prestigious HOPE Award and, to date, this program has helped over 200 families achieve the dream of homeownership. Today, this program is maintained by the Illinois Assistive Technology Program (IATP). CAAR continues to support this coalition by assisting with its homebuyer education efforts and providing general guidance and support.