Pictured are members of Coldwell Banker CORE (Culture of Real Estate), or CB CORE, a year-old group that offers help to people of different ethnicities who may be struggling to buy homes. Shown standing at center is Darrell Burks, chair of the southeast branch of CB CORE, with Donna Reid, seated at left, and Nancy Klock Corey, seated at right.
MIAMI BEACH, Fla. – When Hurricane Irma hit in 2017, Nancy Klock Corey, regional vice president of Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate, Southeast Florida, in Miami Beach, learned some valuable lessons.
She recalls, “We started a drive to collect supplies for those in Puerto Rico. We had water and supplies coming in from all around the state that had to deal with everything that was going on here on the East Coast, and then the West Coast (of Florida). We were trying to get everything down to Puerto Rico, down to the Keys, and more. It was a huge operation, and we had hundreds of our sales associates involved.”
So, when Hurricane Dorian hit the Bahamas on Sept. 1, 2019, Corey’s region was ready to spring into action.
“We coordinated throughout the whole company to dropship from Amazon, which made getting the supplies to the people in the Bahamas much easier,” she says. “We have 77 offices in Florida and 7,000 sales associates.”
While they are still collecting supplies at their office locations, they wanted to make it easy for everyone to donate and deliver items. They joined forces with the Global Empowerment Mission because it has three warehouses in Southeast Florida, which is a perfect fit for a launch-off point for the Bahamas.
“Our CEO Ryan Gorman sent out a global communication message to (Coldwell Banker offices around the) country,” Corey says. Also, a couple of our sales associates put together flotillas. They loaded all the supplies on the boats and took them over.”
However, says Corey, they wouldn’t be able to do it without the help of Coldwell Banker CORE (Culture of Real Estate), a year-old group that offers help to people of different ethnicities who may be struggling to buy homes.
“We wanted to let the Caribbean know that we were there to help,” says Darrell Burks, an agent with Coldwell Banker in Miami Beach and chair of the southeast branch of CB CORE. “Response has been overwhelming. Some offices had so many donations that they had to drop off the goods to the Global Initiative immediately to make room for more.”
Overall, says Corey, “We’re not ‘married’ to one group over another. It’s just that our region was ready to handle this type of project, and we had collection sites ready. We’re also supporting the efforts of the Miami Association of Realtors and Florida Realtors Disaster Relief Fund.”
She adds, “What we’re interested in is getting the supplies to the people. We reacted and moved as quickly as we could.”
Are you interested in helping those impacted by Hurricane Dorian? Go to https://www.globalempowermentmission.org/hurricane-dorian.
Also, The Florida Realtors Disaster Relief Fund is available to assist Realtors, including their real estate employees, Realtor board/associations and their staff, in the event of devastation caused by a hurricane, tornado or other natural disasters. https://www2.floridarealtors.org/about/charities/disaster-relief-fund