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“There are no bad days as a Realtor.” – Andrew Robertson, Conscious Real Estate Agent

You get to help clients find four walls and a roof they get to call “home” and the rest of it is just the details that get you there.  I strongly believe what sets us apart at Conscious Real Estate is the joy from buying or selling a home does not have to stop at the closing table.

 

Additionally, that day gives us the opportunity for an even greater moment. When we get to give 10% of a transaction’s commission to the non-profit of my clients’ choice. Each and every home bought or sold by a Conscious Realtor leads to vitally important funds being directed to worthy causes that impact the buyer or seller.

 

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Andrew Robertson presents one of two donations (totaling $1625) to the Rocky Mountain Down Syndrome Association.

 

Here’s how I was able to donate $1625.00 to the Rocky Mountain Down Syndrome Association through our 10% Giving Program with Conscious Real Estate.

 

I met Tim and Andrea this past spring at a coffee shop meeting coordinated by a previous client of mine, Kevin.  Encouraged by their friend, Tim and Andrea trusted me to assist them in making the leap from renting a home they tolerated into a house they could make their very own.

 

After some serious house searching, when we walked into an adorably remodeled ranch, Andrea called off the search and planted her flag in the front yard. This one was THE one!  There couldn’t be a happier ending to this story. Except, there was.

 

You see, my son Sean was born April 18th with a dual diagnosis of Down Syndrome and a congenital heart defect. The joy of bringing my son into this world was tempered by the difficulties we knew he would face. Shortly after his birth, we were contacted by an amazing woman named Meg who also has a son with Down Syndrome and a heart defect. Her calming presence, direct advice, and strong reassuring presence meant the world to my wife and I during a pivotal time.

 

When Tim and Andrea wanted to direct their donation to assist my son, I could think of no better place than to fund the mission of Meg and her colleagues at the Rocky Mountain Down Syndrome Association.

 

I was able to meet with Mac (Executive Director) and Mary Ann (Outreach Manager) at RMDSA to set up a donation.  They could not have been more gracious in welcoming me into their office. They explained the different services that RMDSA can provide to families in situations similar to mine. I offered background into why Conscious Real Estate operates the way we do.  Mac said he tried to use his best poker face, but the check I was able to present them “was a big one.”

 

I have not had the pleasure of making a donation that was as well received as this one. Knowing how these funds could help families just like mine only doubled my happiness in the moment.

 

The work that goes into negotiating a home purchase of sale is often behind the scenes. A good real estate agent handles problems that arise. But a great agent anticipates and heads off potential issues before you even know about them.

 

The more public displays like this donation serve to strengthen my desire to be the best advocate I can be for my clients’ needs. In return, they get to make a lasting impact in a community of people who truly can use the help. Being a facilitator in that process only reinforces my original thought that there are no bad days as a Realtor.

 


 

Learn more about Conscious Real Estate Agent, Andrew Robertson, and our Giving Program by clicking here.
Conscious Real Estate donated almost 9 thousand dollars to local and global nonprofits in 2019 alone
Conscious Real Estate donated almost 9 thousand dollars to local and global nonprofits in 2019 alone

Contact Conscious Real Estate to work with a company that donates to local and global causes.

We’ve donated $10,161 to be exactly precise, and by the time we finish this article, we’ll hopefully have surpassed $11,000. (Update: We did!)

 

When we put the numbers out there, we seek to convey that we truly care about our community (global and local), and show it, with our giving program. These funds come directly from our individual real estate agents. This is their income, and what most agents would save for their own lives and families. Yet, with Conscious Real Estate, we do things differently. 

 

“Everyone needs a little love and it makes my heart explode with joy at the opportunity to have donated to so many wonderful non-profits. I absolutely love getting to do donations in person and watching peoples’ faces light up when they see our big check.” – Kimberly McAleenan, Conscious Real Estate Agent

 

We donate 10% of our own commission from each home sale or purchase, and give it to the cause that our clients’ choose. This results in a variety of donations (and often, as is the case with Freedom Service Dogs, Judi’s House, and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation), we’ve donated twice and even three times to their organizations. 

 

Giving means everything to us, because when we give, we all receive. We’re all part of the same community when you take a big enough step back. And if only one or some of us is profiting, we’re losing the chance to share in the wealth and opportunity of the human experience.

 

We find it our absolutely duty to give. And we’re grateful to be a part of it. 

 

“Through our donations so far this year, I was able to see the bigger picture of the impact our brokerage is able to have in our community. It connects our real estate agency to our purpose. And, have been doing this long enough that several organizations have been able to receive repeat donations. We have donated to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation three times, Freedom Service Dogs four times, and Judi’s House twice.” – Allison Parks, Owner & Founder, Conscious Real Estate

 

Conscious Real Estate Owner and Founder Allison Parks writes out a donation check.

Conscious Real Estate Owner and Founder Allison Parks writes out a donation check.

 

Here’s a spotlight on the organizations that Conscious Real Estate has given donations to so far in 2019:

 

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation – $2751.

Learning that you or your child has Cystic Fibrosis is devastating. The life expectancy is on average 37 years, though some live much longer (and, this age has drastically been expanded since the 1950’s when doctors said that there was “no cure” for CF). The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation seeks to fund research and programming to help children and adults living with CF. And, not just to live… to thrive! To have lives where they find love, adventure, joy, and a purpose in life, despite their genetic disease. 

 

Realtor Kimberly McAleenan presents a check to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation through Conscious Real Estate's giving program.

Conscious Real Estate Agent, Kimberly McAleenan presents a large donation to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

 

Our clients bought AND sold a home, making this donation extra large and extra impactful to the CFF. Funds are used to help support research and direct programming. It’s a cause close to our clients’ hearts, which is the case in all of our donations, and the beauty of our Conscious Real Estate donation program. You, the client gets to choose where we, your real estate agent, donates a portion of the commission we make from the sale or purchase of your home. Most agents would pocket this money as income, yet we firmly believe in donating 10% to a cause that you choose, and we have since the beginning of our company’s formation. Want to give too? Learn more here. 

 

Judi’s House – $775.

When we lose a loved one, as adults, we cope. Sometimes poorly, but we’ve usually had a few losses to know what it feels like and how to get through. When children lose a loved one, the word difficult can’t even describe the pain they experience. They need support to help them understand why life can be unfair, why some people leave us early, and how to find a smile and become a kid again (after processing their loss). 

 

Conscious Real Estate Agent Allison Parks presents a check to Judi's House an organization that helps children with grieving.

Conscious Real Estate Agent Allison Parks presents a check to Judi’s House, an organization that helps children with grieving.

 

Denver nonprofit, Judi’s House, helps grieving children. Their vision is that “no child should be alone in gref.” Through the generosity of donors, Judi’s House services are provided at no cost. That’s why our recent donation of $775 to this worthy cause meant so much. It means that Judi’s House can continue to offer resources to kids and families to help them get through what may be one of the hardest times in their lives. (Something else we love? Judi’s House Pathfinders Program. It’s a 10 week program focusing on art, play, and activities to help children and families cope with grief in a unique and gentle way. Learn more and donate here.)

 

Freedom Service Dogs – $1161.

We absolutely love donating to Freedom Service Dogs. We’ve actually donated several times to this paw-sitively (couldn’t help ourselves) awesome organization. FSD trains dogs to help vets with PTSD, people with disabilities to live more satisfying lives (having help for things like opening and closing doors and locating objects), and providing all participants with more freedom and independence, through the help of highly trained service dogs. 

 

Kimberly McAleenan realtor for Conscious Real Estate donates to Freedom Service Dogs

Conscious Real Estate Agent Kimberly McAleenan donates to Freedom Service Dogs.

 

What can they do? A lot. We’ve visited and seen it is action. For those with PTSD, a Freedom Service Dog can enter a home or building and “clear” the area, checking out every space and letting their owner know that they can safely enter. They can open and close doors, turn on and off lights, and even call 911 or press medical alert buttons. And, they provide companionship and emotional support for those struggling with the weight of their mental or physical limitations, giving them hope and friendship. A donation to FSD goes toward training new pups and keeping the doors open (which… coincidentally their service dogs can also literally do!). Learn more.

 

Allison Parks of Conscious Real Estate hangs out with a Freedom Service Dog

Allison Parks, Conscious Real Estate Owner and Founder, hangs with a Freedom Service Dog after presenting a donation.

 

Best Buddies – $833.

This one… Best Buddies is the world’s largest organization seeking to end the social, physical, and economical isolation experienced by those with intellectual disabilities. Best Buddies exists to help those with IDDs to know what it’s like to have a best friend, someone to have experiences with, to talk to, and to lean on. In so many cases, those with an IDD do not have the social experiences that so many of us (arguably) take for granted when it comes to friendships. 

 

Allison Parks of Conscious Real Estate donates to Best Buddies

Allison Parks of Conscious Real Estate presents a check to Best Buddies organization.

 

Donations to Best Buddies also supports the financial aspect of the organization where they advocate for and secure jobs for those with IDDs so that they can gain pride and make a living. Not only that, the organization also helps program participants to become public speakers, advocates and leaders. They are paving the way for inclusivity, and we are proud to be a part of it. Huge thanks to our clients who decided on Best Buddies for their 10% donation. We know it’s going to make a difference to an amazing group of people. They are people who add to the diversity and depth of our human experience here on this earth and deserve all the happiness, success, and financial security we can offer. Become a supporter of Best Buddies here. 

 

Blue Bench – $858.

As we are (finally!) now well aware, sexual assault is very prevalent in our society. In recent years, sexual assault and harassment have been brought to the forefront and are no longer ignored quite as much as they were before (there is still more work to do here). Yet the resources available for mental health services of any kind are still greatly limited. At the Blue Bench, counseling and support services are offered free or low-cost to those who are survivors of sexual assault and harassment. 

 

Receiving validation, helping understand what happened, finding empowerment, and maybe even a shred of hope after a traumatizing incident goes a long, long way. Blue Bench is a nonprofit that shares that vision. Through generous donations, they are able to retain their counseling volunteers and paid staff, run their programming, and extend outreach so that survivors know they have somewhere to turn. You never know when it could be you, or a loved one, that goes through a secual assault. We are grateful to our real estate clients for choosing the Blue Bench for their 10% donation. Thank you. For more information and to donate, click here. 

 

Cyclone Idai Fund (via UNICEF USA) – $1680.

The saddest part is you might not have even heard about Cyclone Idai. Yet, it is now considered the worst natural disaster in Southern Africa in nearly two decades. Between March 14 and 15 of 2019, the cyclone made landfall in Mozambique. It produced torrential rains and strong winds, killing more than 1,000 people and causing severe damage. The storm halted community growth and limited access to essential services. The economic impact, familial impact, and global impact of the cyclone are major and they need financial assistance.

 

Conscious Real Estate Agent, Rozlynn White’s clients chose this worthy cause to immediately help those affected by the disaster. As most of us know by now, funds are needed more than supplies when something like this happens. The money allows those who actively are working in the situation to choose which items and delegation of funds are needed, on the ground. Sending a large cash donation such as this one, means that people will be able to get what they need sooner and more reliably. Together, we can make a difference. And, our clients consciously chose to give to a cause that helps sustain human life. For that, we are in awe. To add to their donation, and more for information, visit UNICEF here. 

 

Lily Chiquet Strength Foundation – $1162.

Beginning in 2016, the Lily Chiquet Foundation was created to help support pediatric cancer patients. Inspired by Lily Chiquet, diagnosed with High Risk Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia on her third birthday, this organization fund raises to that families can get high quality care. At just three, Lily endured so many painful treatments to try to cure her cancer. She fought for 10 months. Strong.

 

Just one year later, Lily unfortunately did not survive. This nonprofit seeks to honor her memory and fund raise for the many children affected by cancer right now. Conscious Real Estate Agent Andrew Robertson led this donation through the suggestion of his clients and our giving program. To learn more, and to donate, click here.

 

Food Bank of the Rockies – $941.

When you’ve gone through a hard time and have had to visit the Food Bank of the Rockies, you know the value of the work they do. It’s actually life sustaining, and we greatly need their services as a community. The Food Bank of the Rockies provides produce and non-perishable food items to individuals and families who would otherwise not have access to food. Oftentimes, families do not qualify for food stamps to shop at the grocery store, yet, will many times qualify for assistance through the Food Bank. This helps them literally survive with sustenance. 

 

Conscious Real Estate donates to Food Bank of the Rockies

Conscious Real Estate Agent, Kimberly McAleenan donates to Food Bank of the Rockies.

 

Our clients chose Food Bank of the Rockies to help others with what is considered a basic human necessity, and they are absolutely right. In our country (and the world), access to food is a disparity not caused by supply, but rather distribution. The Food Bank of the Rockies seeks to mitigate that inequity through its many locations and constant drive to provide food for low-income individuals and families, as well as those in severe temporary crisis. In addition to the homeless, which comprise about 10% of who the Food Bank feeds, they also help seniors on a fixed income, low wage workers, and children. Consider a donation yourself and learn more right here. 

Do you love what we do at Conscious Real Estate?

 

Then your heart and mind are right in line with our mission. Do you want to be a part of the giving culture?Are you looking to buy or sell a home? Contact one of our agents to begin. We’re conscious in more ways than one. Firstly, we work with you as the unique person you are. We match you with the most on par home or selling negotiation. And, we find you the neighborhood most in-line with your values and dreams. Subsequently, we provide the most genuine experience throughout. And at the end, you get to choose where the donation goes, making the experience full circle in giving. Ready to start? Click here. 

 

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Conscious Real Estate Agent Kimberly McAleenan (left) with Owner & Founder Allison Parks (right) embarking on a day of donating.

 

Conscious Real Estate donates to local causes with every home purchase or sale.

Allison Parks and Kimberly McAleenan found this message on a day of donating through their giving program with Conscious Real Estate.

 

Conscious Real Estate Owner and Founder Allison Parks tries on a new look while on a day of donating.

Conscious Real Estate Owner and Founder Allison Parks tries on a new look while on a day of donating.

 

Conscious Real Estate agents Allison Parks and Kimberly McAleenan share smiles while presenting donations in Denver.

Conscious Real Estate agents Allison Parks and Kimberly McAleenan share smiles while presenting donations in Denver.

 

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A guest post from Conscious Real Estate Agent, Kimberly McAleenan

 

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Kimberly McAleenan (right), presents her donation to Freedom Service Dogs, with her client Brandon (right)

 

Freedom Service Dogs is an amazing organization!  

 

Even though we just missed the latest graduates of puppies, we got to hear all about them and the amazing things they do for their new human partners, even laundry!!!

 

Dogs are meticulously trained to match the needs of their new human companion and go through months and months of learning everyday tasks that can be difficult for some people.

 

Freedom Service Dogs helps Veterans and people with special needs get the help they need by providing them with incredible dogs. It costs around $70,000 to feed all of the dogs for 1 year, so every bit helps them out.

My client, Brandon has an adorable dog named Lilo. He comes from a military family, so he wanted the donation from his home purchase to support Veterans and animals.

 

This was such a fun donation and I really hope I can bring them more money in the future.



Congratulations Brandon and Lilo to being Colorado homeowners and thanks for picking me, Kimberly McAleenan with Conscious Real Estate and Freedom Service Dogs for your donation!

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Conscious Real Estate agents donate 10% of their own commission to a nonprofit of their clients’ choice. These awesome clients chose: The Gathering Place.

 

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Kimberly McAleenan, Conscious Real Estate Agent, with the Hubbards, who chose The Gathering Place for their donation.

 

I had the most amazing joy helping Teri, Kyle and their daughter Kasey purchase their first home. The Gathering Place helped Teri get her life situated when she needed help and it felt incredibly full circle to be able to donate money back to them after Teri and Kyle closed on their home.” – Conscious Real Estate Agent, Kimberly McAleenan

 

The Gathering Place: A Refuge For Building Lives

 

The Gathering Place was a safe place for my kids and me to spend our days and get a good meal, while I tried to get back on my feet. I was pregnant at the time and I don’t know if I or my daughter would have survived without them. It’s very hard to better yourself without a support system. The Gathering Place filled that role for me. I can never thank them enough for all they did for us!” -Teri, a former Gathering Place member, current amazing human.

 

A Denver Non-Profit Gets a Boost From Conscious Real Estate

 

Conscious Real Estate is a local real estate agency that loves their clients and the community, showing it in a big way by personally donating 10% of every commission to a nonprofit of their clients’ choosing. This programming allows for large, lump sum donations that make a big difference for the nonprofits they pick.

 

For the recipient charities, this can help one more person into the program, help purchase supplies, secure a contractor, help with building maintenance or any of their current needs. You’ve heard it before, but sharing is caring and at Conscious Real Estate, we are honored to be a part of supporting the nonprofit community here in Denver.

 

Donations Aid Programming…. Like This One! (Yep, They Do Even More!)

 

On top of all the amazing things The Gathering Place does for people, I love that they have an artist program that allows people to create art and cards. The art/cards are then sold and the artist gets the majority of the money. I bought a bunch of these cards, not just because the money supports a good cause and helps the people who created them, but also because the art was fantastic!” – Conscious Real Estate Agent, Kimberly McAleenan

 

Donations can help nonprofits expand into new areas. Such as social enterprise. Art Restart is a new way for homeless women to make money (they make 50% commission on their art, the rest goes back to The Gathering Place to support programming), and get a sense of acknowledgment and accomplishment for their artistic skills through their custom and original greeting card program. Find out more about Art Restart (or purchase some cards!), right here.

 


Learn More: 

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Buy a Home in Denver
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“Who Run the World? Girls!” – Beyonce

 

Girls, Inc. of Metro Denver is dedicated to inspiring girls to be “strong, smart, and bold.” In this world of limiting messages, sexual harassment, the “roles” women and girls are “supposed” to play, and the constant pressure to be pretty and perfect… girls have a lot to hold up to. Girls, Inc. helps them deal with these pressures, identify which ones don’t matter, and learn how to react to the ones that do (like standing up for yourself and shooting for the stars!).

 

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On a Recent Donation to Girls, Inc. of Metro Denver…

 

“Shaina Jordan is my amazing home buyer that selected Girls Inc. of Metro Denver for her donation. I love that Girls Inc. teaches girls to be ‘Strong, Smart and Bold’.

Too often women are taught to be careful. Instead, Girls Inc. teaches them to be brave,” says Conscious Real Estate Agent, Kimberly McAleenan.

“In a world where women are undervalued daily, I topped off this donation to $1,000 to help even more girls learn that they have value and can do so much more,” she added.       Thank you Kimberly!!!

 

The Girls’ Bill of Rights

Girls, Inc. created this Girls’ Bill of Rights to expressly state that girls have the right to:

to be themselves and to resist gender-stereotypes;
to express themselves with originality and enthusiasm;
to take risks, to strive freely, and to take pride in success;
to accept and appreciate their bodies;
to have confidence in themselves and to be safe in the world;
to prepare for interesting work and economic independence.

 

Where Does the Money Go?

 

Of course, when it comes to donations, donors always want to know if their money is well-spent and going to be used effectively. Charity Navigator gives Girls, Inc. four stars, a perfect score for accountability and transparency, and 95.52/100 overall. You can check out their amazing review here. Over eighty five percent of the funds they receive goes to programming!!! Just a tinge goes to admin and fundraising. Needless to say… that rocks! What kind of programming, you ask?

  • STEM Programs for Girls
  • Mentoring Programs
  • Anti-Bullying Solutions
  • After School and Summer Programs
  • College Tours
  • HS and College Prep Workshops
  • And, sooooo much more… learn more here.

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About Conscious Real Estate

We are a conscious real estate company that gives back to nonprofits with every home sale or purchase from out own commission. Yes, we are passionate about our community. We believe that by giving, we all receive. Local Denver nonprofits need funding. By working with Conscious Real Estate, our clients are able to donate large, lump sums to truly impact local programs.

 

Let’s face it… a larger donation goes further! If you’re thinking about moving to Denver, relocating to another neighborhood in Denver, purchasing an investment property, or selling your home, you can be the one in the picture with the big check presented to your favorite cause.

 

It’s a proud moment that makes our clients truly feel part of the community, making the impact they may have always wanted to, but just needed an opportunity like our Give 10% program to make it happen. Learn more here!

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Conscious Real Estate is a socially conscious real estate agency in the Denver area that donates 10% from each home sale or purchase to a nonprofit of their clients’ choice. Penn State Board Member, Darcy Barr, chose to donate to a cause near and dear to her… the Penn State Scholarship Fund! Huge thanks! Here’s more about the alumni organization….

 

Even though the Penn State “Nittany” Lion isn’t naturally found in our Colorado wildlife, you CAN find many human alumni living here in our wonderful state! Ba-da-cha…

 

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Penn State Mascot, the Nittany Lion

 

All jokes aside, college pride is strong with Penn State Alumni, so they have set up a special affiliate group for Coloradoans with a fundraising arm to provide scholarships to potential Penn State students.

 

And guess who’s super proud of Penn State and wanted to give back? Our amazing client Darcy Barr, who chose them as her Give 10% recipient from her recent home purchase with Conscious Real Estate. Awesome!

 

Did you know? There are over 7,000 Penn State Alumni living in Colorado.

 

The CO chapter helps organize group events to promote alumni comradery, offers professional development resources, provides discounts on travel and other services for alumni-only, manages a mentorship program, and holds awards ceremonies to honor alumni achievements, and of course funds the incredible scholarship program (among many other benefits they offer!).

 

Want to connect with the chapter??? Reach out to Darcy!!

 

Our super rad client Darcy is a Penn State board member who also is the creativity behind the scenes of the Penn State Colorado Chapter social media accounts. Following their accounts will help you connect with other alumni, prospective students, and stay in touch on their many events and offerings each year.

 

Ready? Here is everything you need to get started:

 

Instagram: @PSUColorado

Facebook: Follow along here.

LinkedIn: Check out interesting alumni facts.

Twitter: @PSUColorado

CO Event Listings: See what’s coming up!

Website: Click here to join/learn more.

 

Thank you Darcy for choosing Conscious Real Estate for your real estate needs and Penn State Colorado for your incredible donation!

 


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Conscious Real Estate Owner and Agent, Allison Parks, with Client (and Penn State Board Member) Darcy Barr, at the PSU Colorado Annual Picnic

Did this inspire you? Let’s get started! Click here to connect with our of our agents and look forward to making YOUR impact (and finding a home that’s perfect for you!).

 

 

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Conscious Real Estate donates 10% of every home sale or purchase to a local nonprofit of our clients’ choice. Recently, Agent Kimberly McAleenan’s client chose Families First here in Colorado.

Prevention is key.

Raising a family takes endurance and love, patience and grace. Life, on the other hand, often gives us chaos and challenges. And, parents are tested on their patience regularly. Every. Single. Day. It can take a lot out of anyone.

It is the belief of local organization Families First, that prevention and education can help parents and caregivers with frustrating moments and explain parenting skills that can make peace at home.

This in turn, can help end the cycle of child abuse and neglect.

If a family is struggling, they can contact the Families First Support Line, which one mother said was “more helpful than her doctor’s office”:

“Crystal called the Families First Support Line about her ten-year old son was having a rough time.

The Families First Support Line volunteer discussed the situation with Crystal and empathized with her. They discussed the fact that all any of us can control is ourselves. Sometimes we need to work on that to prevent ourselves from getting angry.

A month later, Crystal commented that we at the Support Line were more helpful to her than her doctor. She said it was nice to talk to someone who really cared and was supportive in talking about her concerns.

After talking to us, there has been a big turn around with her son. She was very grateful to the Support Line for the help we gave.” – Families First

Parents and caregivers can also attend local parenting classes to get advice from an expert and fellow parents. Children aged 4 – 12 years old can attend certain free classes and have a separate curriculum. Kids can enjoy a craft, snack, and sharing time geared toward boosting your child’s self-esteem.

Parents have said positive things about the groups…

“If I had to drive two hours to get here, I would. It’s that important to me and my kids.”

“Most of us are not born knowing these ideas… If more people would take this class there would be fewer frustrated children and parents. It made me understand I’m not alone.”

“We were planning to go to the class anyway, but when we heard what our kids would be learning – well, we make this a big part of our weekly family time.”

Families First also offers intervention and began with residential care for abused and neglected children starting in 1986. Since then, they have developed programming to educate parents, help them connect with their children, and provide a place for positive parenting. And, they need donations to keep up with the demand.

Conscious Real Estate Agent, Kimberly McAleenan’s clients recently choose Families First for their Give 10% home purchase donation. (We donate at every home sale or buy!!)

Kimberly said, “One of my favorite thing about Families First is that they help the children and the parents! I think it’s really helpful for both sides to get the education to work together towards a stronger future. They are also opening a facility to help even younger kids so they can try to teach them good tools for life earlier!”

 

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Left: (from left) Conscious Real Estate Agent Kimberly McAleenan, Conscious Real Estate Client Molly, Families First Executive Director Adam Robe, Director of Communications and Outreach, Rosa Huber. “They shared a lot of insight with us and Rosa has been with the company 23 yrs!,” said McAleenan.

Right: Conscious Real Estate Agent Kimberly McAleenan finds the most thoughtful gifts for her clients and promised her client the best gnome ever as a closing gift. Ta-daa!


Inspiring? Contact us to start browsing properties today and make your local impact! – Conscious Real Estate

 

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Conscious Real Estate donates 10% of all home sales and purchases to a local nonprofit of their clients’ choice. Thank you to Sean and Marissa Laven for choosing Conservation Colorado and Conscious Real Estate.

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“Welcome to Colorful Colorado,” the sign reads.

Colorado is a beautiful state full of natural beauty and color. Conservation Colorado is one local organization striving to keep our state colorful in another sense too – by including our residents of all colors in natural conservation efforts and supporting legislation to ensure environmental protection equally in all areas.

In Denver, some groups of people and entire neighborhoods have been unjustly slighted over decades. In particular, the Globeville area and neighborhoods affected by the initial construction of I-70 which cuts off local transportation in some areas and consistently produces more pollution. People who live in these areas now face increased health concerns and lower standards of air quality, among other health issues. Here is a report on the latest efforts from CDOT.

In Colorado, Latino residents comprise over 20% of everyone who lives in our state. Yet, according to statistics from our state government itself, they suffer more health problems and have lower incomes when compared to the entire population of Colorado. Just check out this fact sheet on the health disparities from the Colorado Office of Health Equity. Yes, there is an entire office devoted to this, but is it actually helping?

Local nonprofit organization Conservation Colorado seeks to positively influence legislation on conservation, clean water, curbing air pollution, and supporting fair development initiatives that do not unjustly isolate or harm one community over another:

“Unfortunately, our amazing state faces grave threats. Powerful interests are constantly pushing to put pollution and profit over public health. We are at the front lines of every fight working to protect the air, land, water, and people across our state.

We have a long and successful history in Colorado of collaborating on key environmental issues, working collectively at the State Capitol, and establishing strategic partnerships to find success on a variety of levels, including:

  • Ensuring that more than three million acres of wilderness will stay forever wild.
    Setting a statewide renewable energy standard, then increasing it to 30% and making it one of the strongest in the nation.
  • Working to minimize impacts from oil and gas drilling by updating public health, drinking water and wildlife protections in 2008 and continuing to push for further reforms.
  • Passing more than 130 different conservation bills at the state legislature in the past six years on a host of environmental issues ranging from water efficiency to air quality to energy efficiency to transit.
  • Electing pro-conservation candidates and holding our elected officials accountable in the State Legislature, Governor’s Office, and local government councils and commissions.” – Conservation Colorado

Conservation Colorado is doing an amazing job, but as a nonprofit, donations are needed to stay afloat and support their programming.

They have several initiatives that we find, well, awesome! In addition to working around the clock to support legislation, they are focused on diversity and are: “committed to building a more diverse and inclusive organization and being a leader in the broader conservation community to ensure diversity, equity and inclusivity are integral parts of our work.” Further, they believe that: “all Coloradans should be fully represented and engaged as we work to build as powerful a conservation movement as we can.”

The youth and adult Promotores and Protégete Programs through Conservation Colorado are specifically for Latino youths and adults to get a say. Side note… while researching for this article, we have to give kudos to the University of Colorado for creating a Certificate in Latino Health from the Colorado School of Public Health. Thank you for also being a leader in recognizing the unique health impact issues facing a huge segment of our population. More info here.

Conscious Real Estate Agent, Andy Robertson, recently donated $700 to Conservation Colorado as part of our Give 10% programming. We donate 10% from every home purchase or sale to a nonprofit of our clients’ choice.

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“Sean and Marissa Laven knew immediately that they wanted to support clean water initiatives in Colorado, and Conservation Colorado seemed the natural partner for their donation.”

“Though the staff was busy planning their Rebel with a Cause gala, they loved the interruption to gather for a photograph so they could show the Laven’s how grateful they are for the support!” said Robertson.

At Conscious Real Estate, we love to support local changemakers.

We are grateful to donate to Conservation Colorado because, “they’ve had the wherewithal to be inclusive with diverse communities across the state – a lot of low income and Spanish-speaking communities and youth who often have not had a seat at the table when it comes to conservation,” says Allison Parks, owner and founder of Conscious Real Estate. Sign the petition to have your voice heard.

You can help too!!

How? Of course, when you buy or sell a home with us, 10% of our own commission is donated to your favorite nonprofit. This means a large lump sum that doesn’t come from your pockets whatsoever, but comes directly from your heart. Referrals for socially conscious friends and family who are looking to move to Colorado or to a new location in the Denver area are greatly appreciated and help local organizations make our hometown even greater and more inclusive. Contact us anytime for more information or to set up a chat with one of our agents. Thank you for reading!

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Youth have a lot of serious stuff to face every day. Maybe more than any have ever had to. With school shootings happening often, mental wellness generally not prioritized, a lack of positive leadership, economic hardship, and failing school systems, young humans who thrive are like a flower growing out a rock. How do they do that? How can they grow despite the circumstances? How can teens thrive in a tough world to become positive leaders?

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Truly passionate youth are nurtured at places like the Colorado Young Leaders organization, a local 501(c)(3) that matches ambitious youth with the opportunities making their dreams and impact possible.

 

Where there’s a will, there’s a way. It’s like water. Water, over time, will create spaces and valleys and paths exactly where it wants to flow. Our human willpower is exactly the same. While we don’t know what the road will entail on the journey, if we want something badly enough, we’ll find a way how.

 

Colorado Young Leaders believes in this same kind of “magic.” Specifically, they believe in the “Power of Yes.” It’s right on their website, but we like quotes like these, straight from the kids involved in the program:

 

“Saying yes is the start of something bigger than you could have imagined. You’ll know you love it when you do it.” – Max A.

 

What does the power of yes mean to CYL? They define it as: “the willingness to jump into an adventure even if you don’t have it all figured out just yet. It means you want to learn more about the world around you, discover your own gifts, and make a real impact.”

 

How does Colorado Youth Leaders empower youth and help them find opportunities? They have a unique structured program named after four of Colorado’s most well-known 14-ers. In the first phase, students work with the organization to discover and easily identify their trust and core passions. Next, the student commits to a cause. What follows is a perfectly matched internship to help the youth meet leaders and mentors who share their passion and learn valuable skills related to the individual impact they hope to make within their cause.

 

The program concludes with a legacy project, which can span a wide range of student-led initiatives for lasting impact, i.e. meaningful volunteering, creating programs to get more youth involved in service-based careers, or any number of awesome projects they come up with along with the help of CYL.

 

For example, one student was having a difficult time with reading, but had a passion for working with trucks. They took him out to meet a truck mechanic who provided the student with all of the manuals for working on trucks. Sure enough, he took to those manuals and this greatly improved his overall reading skills.


Another student felt passionate to do something about the fact that her school district had experienced several suicides of students. She took the initiative to start a program called “Offline October,” which encouraged students to take a pledge to stay offline for the month of October and encourage more interaction among one another. Thousands of people took the pledge nationwide.


We can get behind it 1000% (or actually 10%, which we donate from every real estate sale or purchase from our agents’ own commission). Recently, Owner and Founder, Real Estate Agent extraordinaire, Allison Parks, was able to donate $1221 to Colorado Young Leaders. Investing in youth leadership is one of the most direct ways to help our future.

 

“I think it’s not just fantastic, but also crucial to empower our young people in this manner,” says Parks. “All too often, young people are told that they can’t do something because they’re too young, or the project will be too big or too difficult… but how will we know what these young people are capable of until we let them try?

I think many times, they will surprise us… and sometimes the projects will be too big or too difficult, but that’s exactly what learning leadership is about. Leadership isn’t about success at every avenue, nor is life. Learning how to adapt to obstacles is a key part of success in which I wish I would had more supported learning experiences when I was younger.” – Allison Parks, Owner & Founder Conscious Real Estate, Do-Gooder, Mindful Broker

 

Does this sound like a cause you could support? There are many ways to help! You can consider donating your time. Get more info here. And, of course, another crucial way to help is to invest and support the organization financially. This way, they can distribute the funds to their particular needs or invest in a current project that needs support. Large, lump sums can go a long way, which is why we encourage you to work with a conscious real estate agency that donates to local positive nonprofits (Hint hint!! It’s us!!).

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Spotlight on a Recent Conscious Real Estate Donation to the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless

 

We are a community.

We forget that sometimes. When it comes to our Denver community, homelessness and the brink of homelessness due to rent and home prices is an everyday reality. Yet, many people pretend these issues or people don’t exist, pushing them into corners (literal corners, like Lawrence Street and Park Avenue and figurative corners, like not being able to get credit, rent a place, find a job, etc.). This is our call to open our community, minds and hearts. We’re all on the same team.

 

Yet, how little our homeless community is valued can be reflected in the 2018 Denver Right to Survive Initiative. It’s an incredible movement establishing basic human rights for the homeless. What whatttt?? Yes. It’s 2018, and our homeless friends and neighbors are having to establish their own ‘Bill of Rights’ because our local, national and global human rights protections are ignored so commonly for them. It’s movements like this and support of hyper-local nonprofits that can help with building up our homeless neighbors. (Psst… you can read more and support the Right to Survive Initiative here.)

 

 

Housing: necessity and luxury.

 

The foundation of Maslow’s hierarchy of human needs is shelter. We need a place to rest and protect ourselves from the elements. Without that support, there’s not much to build on. Local Denver shelters are crowded, many are completely full daily. The silver lining is that there are so many dedicated people, organizations and businesses that understand we are all part of the same community and want to help. Yet, it’s true… housing, especially in Denver, is a luxury.

 

It can be mind numbing to think about… Did you buy your home before the Denver market boom and are lapping up your property values this year? Or, are you looking to buy and have been saving for some time, concerned about the prices out there? Finally, you could be like the best friend of a Conscious Real Estate employee… renting a studio for $1700 and sharing it with your partner. These are the common scenarios in housing these days. While more affordable housing is going up and some really cool projects like the Beloved Community Village have been changing the scene, donations are needed to help more people.

 

And, also… check this out. This stand-up judge is currently refusing to drop a class-action suit against the city of Denver for confiscating the property of homeless people (remember those awful vides of law enforcement taking their blankets on Capitol Hill last winter in the snow?) This is the kind of positive, for-the-people government action we like to see. We’re coming together!!

 

How does homelessness happen?

Many of our homeless neighbors are vets coping with trauma. Many have been homeless since they were kids. One man was literally thrown from a bridge. Another was just an infant when he became homeless. Their stories show just how strong human resilience can be despite the circumstances. This inner strength is, well, awesome.

Stories of the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless: Bruce

A lot of stories start out like any other. Bruce, for example, was a marine who made it big during the dot.com era. He was making six figures, was married and living a family life when everything came crashing down. The money ran out after the bubble. His wife divorced him. He lost contact with his son. He began to drink, heavily. Life spiraled out of control. His drinking left him physically disabled, having to use a cane to walk.

 

It wasn’t pretty and Bruce didn’t have a lot of options except to try to reverse time. And, he did. He went through programming through the Colorado Coalition of the Homeless and started college courses in Applied Science. Did we mention he got a 4.0? “Looking toward the future, Bruce says that professionally, ‘my ultimate goal is to run a nonprofit for addicted Veterans who are homeless.’ But more importantly, ‘my goal after I leave is to [continue to] build a relationship with my son.'” – Colorado Coalition for the Homeless

Stories of the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless: Caden & Ria

Two toddlers, Caden & Ria, became homeless when their family was evicted from their apartment (for reasons that are not mentioned on the site, but with the prices in the Denver area, we can only imagine…). Due to this hardship, the family was not able to maintain requirements for the Colorado Childcare Assistance Program (CCAP) Subsidy and they stopped bringing the kids to school.

 

This was especially alarming as Caden tests on the autism spectrum. After learning about the circumstances, through the Colorado Coalition of the Homeless, the family learned about programming that would allow the children to continue to come to school, getting much needed nutrition and support. The family also received help on career assistance and finding a home. Through the organization, the family now is employed and living in an apartment.

 

Stories of the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless: Jessica

Jessica went through what no mom should ever have to. She lost her three month old to SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.) Devastated and still caring for her other children, a series of events led to her dismissal from work and then eviction from her home. She lived with her mother in a small mobile home, but was targeted as at-risk of losing custody of her children unless they found a more stable environment.

 

Through the Colorado Coalition of the Homeless, Jessica was able to go through the Family Reunification Program and helped her move into a suitable home with her children. She is also now able to regularly meet with a trauma counselor to work through the grief over the loss of her child. She plans on working in the medical field and works every day to make a better life for her children.

 

…read more incredible stories here.

 

What this donation means to us.

We find great inspiration in:

Thriving where you’re planted.

Getting past all the odds.

Dismissing people who say: “that’s too difficult.”

Ignoring the thoughts that tell you, “you can’t do this or that.”

 

Nonprofits like Colorado Coalition for the Homeless exist because homelessness may never be solved. Donations help give much needed funding to a nonprofit that needs staff, shelter maintenance, outreach, medical assistance, financial coaching and the many other services they offer.

 

“This was our first donation that ever supported people experiencing homelessness, so that’s a big deal, to me at least.” – Allison Parks, Owner & Founder, Conscious Real Estate

 

We have been donating to the nonprofits of our clients’ choosing for over four years now. We have no regrets about the many wonderful organizations that our clients have selected to receive donations. This is exactly why we created our business model as such – we care about all of the causes. The environment matters. Free speech matters. Veterans matter. Social justice matters. Animals matter. ALL OF IT MATTERS.

 

But still… four years is a long time to go without donating to a group of people who we all see on the streets every day in Denver – a group of people who are clearly in need. This donation landed an extra special place in our hearts… why shouldn’t the donations from our home sales contribute to the homeless?

 

From the start, Conscious Real Estate always had a socially conscious mission. Since the beginning, we have donated to scores of global, national, local and hyper-local nonprofits. We love focusing on Colorado nonprofits and this donation was especially meaningful. We genuinely hope to generate more business that allows us to continue to give back to the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless.

 

 

Look! It’s us!

Here is Conscious Real Estate Agent, Kimberly McAleenan (center), with her client Adrienne (left), and John Mezger (right) of the Colorado Coalition of the Homeless. Let’s just say those smiles are thinking about what can be done with $854! A lot!!! Are you looking to buy or sell? Join the conscious movement and contact us to learn more.

 

When you buy or sell a home with Conscious Real Estate, you’re able to donate a large chunk to a nonprofit of your choice. So many of our clients already make smaller monthly donations and attend the events of the organizations that they love, but this really allows our clients to give in a bigger way – using our money.