Fair Housing Poster Contest–Coming to a School Near You!

Guest Blogger:  Jo Becker, Fair Housing Council of Oregon
Dear Friends,

We’re following up here on a letter recently mailed to your association about our annual Fair Housing Poster Contest for school children.

We were thrilled to learn that the Columbia County Assn. of Realtors(R) took the contest and ran with it last year by helping to spread the news within their community and encouraging schools and students to participate. We hope your association might follow in their footsteps!

You can learn all about it on our website:

• Read about Columbia County’s efforts at http://fhco.org/pdfs/AssnPromotesContest.pdf

• Find several helpful suggestions on how to get started and how you might get involved at http://fhco.org/pdfs/AssnPromotesContest.pdf

• Get details on the Contest itself here: http://fhco.org/contest.htm

• Zip to the Contest brochure with this year’s theme, deadline (3/17), prizes, etc. by visiting http://fhco.org/pdfs/ContestBrochure2011.pdf

Our Contest is in its 13th year and while it’s been popular we’d like to take it to a whole new level—and you can help! If you do decide to undertake some sort of Contest promotion—whether reaching out to individual teachers and principals, offering art supplies to schools that may need them due to budget cuts, collecting submissions and forwarding them to us in Portland, or featuring copies of local submissions in your own community—please let us know so we can support and tout your efforts!

We’re proud of the working relationship we have with the housing industry and the individual trade associations across our service area. As always, we’re genuinely interested in collaborating when and where appropriate and nothing could be more natural than this feel-good community Contest. Let us know if you have ideas, suggestions, or questions.


Jo Becker, (former) GRI
Education & Outreach Specialist
503/453-4016; jbecker@FHCO.org

Exciting "First Story" Project in Albany Supports Community & Industry

Guest Blogger:  James Montgomery
Hello to all of my fellow Salem, Albany & Corvallis Community Members!

I am so excited to announce our next First Story project. We are going to be building a home for a very deserving family here in Albany at our Edgewater community. First Story will be building six Grant houses during 2011, one house built in each of regions Hayden Homes builds in.

I encourage you to visit http://www.firststory.org/ for a first hand glance at what this wonderful organization has done to change the lives for families all over the Pacific Northwest.

Get your non-profit sales/construction hats on everyone because we have a lot of fun ahead of us!!! We will need to raise $30,000 dollars before we are able to start construction of this home in our community. I have attached an application for a deserving family so please pass this along to anyone you may know who could befit form this home. There is also an every brink counts donation form so please help this community cause and pass this along to all of your contacts. With your support First story will be able to provide a new home to a family in our Community.

Click Here for Donation Form
Click Here for Home Owner Application

Please let me know if you have any questions,

James Montgomery, ABR
Principal Broker
Hayden Enterprises Realty, Inc.