Facebook131Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Thurston County REALTORS AssociationMore than 100 members of the Thurston County REALTORS Association (TCRA), one of the South Sound’s largest business organizations, took part in their annual Community Service Day held on Thursday, May 17, 2018. Association volunteers were assigned to work on projects across Thurston County; several groups of volunteers helped seniors with lawncare, one group painted a house for Homes First and another cleaned up an historic cemetery.The volunteers consisted of both REALTORS and Affiliate association members that include home inspectors, mortgage lenders, title insurers and others who typically work closely with REALTORS in a home sale.“This was a massive team effort to give back to the community we deeply care about,” said Ed Kunkel, the chair of the association committee that organized the day’s projects. “As those who assist people with their dream of homeownership, we want to make a difference in the place we all call home.”The volunteers worked in six different locations throughout Thurston County. Some helped seniors with pressure washing, mowing, trimming trees and cleaning gutters. One group painted an entire house for the local non-profit Homes First that provides affordable housing opportunities in the area. And, a large contingency of association members cleaned up the historic Mima Prairie Pioneer Cemetery the final resting place for some of the area’s early settlers. Descendants of some of those settlers came to visit during the day’s clean-up, grateful for the REALTORS annual upkeep of the cemetery for the last seven years.Local businesses that sponsored this year’s event of community improvement were United Roofing Solutions, Bay Equity Home Loans – Christina Daniels Team, State Farm Insurance – Melanie Bakala , Thurston County Title, Cameo Home Inspection Services, and Evergreen Home Loans.Kunkel said the REALTOR organization has been doing the Community Service Day for more than two decades and that the work is gratifying.“To see the smiles on seniors’ faces when their lawns look lovely again, or to see the renewed dignity of the historic cemetery and to see an entire house painted, there is visible evidence that we made a difference.”The Thurston County REALTORS Association of more than 700 REALTOR and Affiliate members provides professional real estate services to buyers and sellers and has been committed to protecting property rights and preserving the quality of life in Thurston County for more than 90 years.