Dated: November 30 2020

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I'm sure it doesn't come as a shock to anyone that the nonprofit sector has been adversely impacted on a massive scale due to the effects of the 2020 Covid-19 pandemic.  Not only has there been a significant decrease in resources and donations, but a massive increase in demand for assistance with the colossal amount of layoffs and loss of income globally.  

Soon it will be #GivingTuesday2020.  #GivingTuesday is celebrated annually on the first Tuesday after Thanksgiving.  It was started in New York City in 2012 and has grown into a "global generosity movement".  Giving Tuesday strives to create a world in which generosity is at the center and resognates around the world through kind gestures.  Whether or not it's helping a neighbor, doing something nice for a stranger or helping a local charity, there is something that everyone can do.  

R2M Realty was created with an initiative to give back 3% of our commission to our residential clients' local charities of choice.  It is my belief that since the monies from commissions are generated locally, some of it should go back into the local community... kind of like the circle of life.  You receive, you give.  With #GivingTuesday 2020 being one day away, I thought it would be a great idea to highlight some of our most popular local charity give back recipients from the past 7 years.  If you are looking for a way to participate in the movement, please  consider a donation of time, money and/or supplies to one of our top 10 recipients (In alphabetical order).  Your generosity would be greatly appreciated by me and the people who need these resources.  Kindness is contageous.  Let's all catch it and spread it.  Today, Tomorrow and Always.


Baking Memories for Kids, founded by Frank Spero in 2012.  Frank was inspired to start Baking Memories after a life altering battle with cancer.  The charity bakes delicious chocolate chip cookies that are sold to raise monies to send terminally ill children and their families on an all expense paid vacation to all of the Florida theme parks.  "I know that these vacations will never erase the ordeals that these families have endured, but maybe for just a moment they will be able to put aside those thoughts and focus on the joy of living and create some positive memories like those that sustained me through my own cancer battle.", Spero says of his mission. 

How You Can Help:


     This time of year Baking Memories looks for volunteers to assist in baking and packaging cookies to be sold.  It is a great event to participate in and one you can do with your teens.  


     Host your very own BM Bake Sale


     The delicious cookies can be purchased from the BM website and make excellent gifts for the holidays.  Talk about a win-win!  


      With every dollar donated, a memory is created.

_Nominate a Family

Know of a special family in need?  Contact BM4K.  They maybe able to help.


For 40 years, Center for Safety & Change has been an amazing resource for victims and survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault.  From community outreach to training and education to 24 hour hotlines and services, The Center for Safety and Change does it all.

How You Can Help:


     The Center for Safety and Change has mulitple ways in which you can help.  From answering hotlines to providing childcare while parents are in support groups, S&C can use your support.


     From one time donations to corporate giving programs and matching gifts, S&C offers various ways to give.  This program literally saves lives.


HiTor was established in 1973 and is Rockland County's Leading Animal Care Center.  HiTor's mission is to "provide a space where adoptable animals are sheltered in comfort, safety and security; where they have a place to exercise and experience joy; and where they can know the love of our community while we seek to find them their forever homes."

     How You Can Help:


     Find a new pet for your home here.

_Give Supplies

     Find a list of HiTor's much needed supplies here.


     If you have a love for animals, HiTor would love your help.  Whether you are interested in dog walking, cat care, dog bathing and grooming, greeters program, event planning, or opening your home to a foster animal, we can always use your help.  If you have a special talent, for example, photography, website or computer skills, carpentry or art, HiTor will work with you to find creative ways to use your talent.



Homes for Heroes was our first official give back recipient.  It's mission is to build and operate homes for honorary discharged homeless vets.  After giving much of their lives protecting and serving our great country, retired mlitary service men and women shouldn't have to come home and have to worry about where they will lay their heads at night.

Homes for heroes has an immediate need for $400,000 to "cover pre-construction costs, including engineering studies, architectural fees and site preparation."  based on the Homes for Heroes Rockland official website, they are $31000 from their goal.  To help out, you can click here to make a donation


The Marisa Fund was created by David Goldwasser, who lost his young daughter, Marisa due to cancer.  "The Marisa Fund raises money for research, treatment and care of pediatric cancer patients.  As a partner of the Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation, TMF finances research to find less toxic treatment protocols so medical institutions can kill the cancer, not the patient."

The Rockland County Road Runners just concluded it's annual 5K Turkey Trot for 2020 for the Marisa Fund.  This year the Turkey Trot was conducted virtually and is Rockland County's largest Road Race.  You may have just missed the trot, but you can still donate to the Marisa Fund by clicking here.


Meals on Wheels was founded in 1974.  It addressed the need for home delivered meals in Rockland County.  A lot of our aging seniors and disabled are not able to go out for food resources, let alone cook for themselves.  Meals on Wheels makes sure that they don't go unfed.  The organization has also established a pet pantry for seniors who can't afford to fed their pets.  

How You Can Help:


     Meals on Wheels provides lots of opportunities for volunteers to assist in delivering meals to those in need.  With Covid, the organization has lost a lot of volunteers and can use some helping hands.  This is another great one to do with the kids to begin to get them involved with giving back to their local community.

_Blizzard Box Prep

     Blizzard Boxes are prepared and given to the homebound to provide a sufficient supply of non-perishable foods in case of emergencies.  Assembling Blizzard boxes is a great community service project for the family or for your scouts.  



The Nyack Center is one of my personal favorites, as when I think back to the things that adversely impacted me when I was a kid, I ofter think that if my brother and I had a community center like the Nyack Center to be a part of, maybe some things would have turned out differently.  The Nyack Center was founded in 1990 and provides meals, educational and recreational programs to the children and family of the Nyacks and Greater Rockland County.

How You Can Help:


     When there are kids, there is always a need and a way to assist.  Contact the Nyack Center to see how you can be of service.

_7th Annual Toy Drive

    R2M Realty is conducting its 7th Annual Toy Drive with the help of some local elves (small business partners).  Stop by one of the local businesses to pick up a little something for the holidays and be sure to bring and leave a new unused toy behind.  We will be collecting until the December 7th.  We have Toy collection boxes located at Christine Cordey Salon- Nyack, The Things I Love-New City, Blarney Stone Publik House- Garnerville, Aunt Mia's Sweets-Blauvelt, Hudsonview Dental-Piermont, Bailey's Smoke House-Blauvelt, Nanuet Hotel, Nanuet Restaurant, Iron Fist Athletics Nanuet, R2M Realty Pearl River, 1840 Tavern-West Nyack, Ambulance Brew House- Nanuet, Tappan Fire Department, Dean's Coffee-Pearl River, River Cafe-Pearl River, Hudson Spectacles - Nyack and Peace in Piermont.



People to People has been a paramount resource for Rockland families during this pandemic.  Their mission has been to assist our communities most vulerable families, seniors and veterans.  Whether it be food, clothing, school supplies, People to People assists with and utilizes it all and there are many ways to help.

How You Can Help:

_Donate Food

_Donate Money


     There are numerous volunteer opportunites available and aside from assisting at P2P, you can also organize a local food or clothing drive on your own.  Check out the People to People website for more infromation.


The Rockland County Pride Center is Rockland's foremost resource for the LGBTQ+ Community.  The Pride Center's purpose is to support and celebrate it's community, "challenge sterotypes and practices that adversely impact Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer People".  

How You Can Help:




UH has been providing compassionate care and support to our Rockland County family, neighbors and friends for over 30 years.  UH is now also providing hospice service and care to families and neighbors of Orange County. 

How You Can Help:


     UH’s volunteers provide a variety of services that impact Hospice patients and their families on a daily basis, 24/7, 365 days a year.  UN also has an amazing youth hospice program which was founded in 2008.  The Youth for Hospice mission is to empower the younger generation who understands the importance of hospice care and giving back to the community.

_The Tree of Life

     Due to Covid, the Tree of Life Tree Lighting Event will take place virtually, Wednesday, December 9th from 5:45pm-6:15pm. You can purchase stars for the Tree of Life Here.


If there are other local charities that are dear to your heart, please share them with us.  Our buyer and seller lients who do not have local nonprofits that they are passionate about are always looking for ideas to give back.   Let's keep the giving going all year round.

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Originally from the Motor City, this real estate maven has taken East Coast by storm! Kenyatta moved to NYC in the early 90's and met and married her husband, Rudy Arietta, who's roots are also from M....

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