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Local Realtor gets volunteering grant

The National Association of Realtors and the Good Neighbor Society have announced the recipients of the 12th annual Volunteering Works grants and mentoring program. 

The program matches Realtors who work on newer, small-scale charitable initiatives with mentors and provides funding support to individual volunteer efforts. Julie Lykins of The Broker Network in Escondido is a 2020 recipient of NAR’s Volunteering Works grants and mentoring services.

The five Volunteering Works recipients will receive a $1,000 seed grant and a year of one-on-one mentoring from a member of the Good Neighbor Society, comprised of past recipients of NAR’s annual Good Neighbor Awards for volunteer service.

It is truly remarkable that the Realtors being recognized today have been able to continue giving so much to their communities despite the disruption we’ve experienced for much of the past year,” said NAR President Vince Malta. “As a reward for their dedication, these five individuals will receive mentorship, resources and support to ensure their efforts are benefitting as many people as possible.”

Volunteering Works recipients were selected based on the dedication they’ve shown to their communities through volunteer work and the potential for those efforts to be expanded or improved upon with the help of an expert mentor. Mentors are past winners of the Good Neighbor Awards, the highest honor that NAR awards to Realtors involved in local community service initiatives.

After discovering that breast implants were the cause of over 40 medical complications, Julie Lykins has spent five years partnered with the Breast Implant Safety Alliance (BISA) and other organizations in support of research projects dedicated to breast implant safety. She will receive guidance from Vince Mirabelli of RE/MAX First Choice Realty, Ltd., Thunder Bay, Ontario, who will offer strategies to build awareness and support through websites and social media platforms.

To learn more about Volunteering Works or the Good Neighbor Awards, visit

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