Written by Arkansas Real Estate
For many years the staff of Steve Fineberg and Associates has been actively involved in serving our community, however it was not until last year that we really determined that we needed to put our efforts into a strategy for being intentional in giving back to our community.
When you work in the real estate sector you are able to see so much of the community, and although we love seeing all of the growth our community has made we would be remiss not to acknowledge that there is still much work to do in our communities, which is why our team chooses to give back.
Our corporate giving mission statement is as follows: It is the mission of the agents and staff at Steve Fineberg & Associates Real Estate to participate in efforts to become a part of the energy that makes the communities of Northwest Arkansas great places in which to live and prosper. Steve Fineberg & Associates is committed to giving time and effort through involvement in various civic and charitable organizations in order to further contribute to making Northwest Arkansas an exceptional area in which to live and work..
So this year our staff set out to make some waves in our community.
Northwest Arkansas Children's Shelter
One of the major organizations our staff serves is the Northwest Arkansas Children's Shelter. Amy Mills, our Vice President and Executive Broker, has been volunteering with this organization for over two years and because of her leadership she has recruited Frances Travis, our Administrative Assistant, and Ida Fineberg, our co-owner and Vice President, to join in the efforts as well. Last year Amy served as the Chair of the Sponsorship Committee for the Starlight Gala, and helped to raise over $435,000 for their organization.
This year both Frances and Ida have helped with numerous events including their upcoming Tailgate For Kids Event that is coming up on October 13th in Fayetteville. Our office helped stuff and mail out hundreds of letters to potential donors.
The Children's Shelter does amazing things for children in our community. I know there is always a lot of negative stigma about abuse and neglect in the community, but at the Shelter kids are greeted by an amazing staff that is so positive. I am continually amazed by the passion and love the staff has for others, and if I can help better kids lives in this small way and support their mission I am happy to do so.
I also feel that in our business we have amazing opportunities to get companies plugged into organizations. For instance, one of my clients is Casey's General Stores. They recently moved to the area and because I was able to share with them about the great things that happen at the Children's Shelter they now are one of their sponsors. Being able to use our leadership and connections to better nonprofits is a huge passion of mine.
We also asked Frances about her experiences with this organization...
I absolutely love what they do to help children, so much so, that someday I hope to become a foster or adoptive parent to a child who has these same needs.
Open Avenues is another organization near and dear to our hearts. Ida Fineberg currently serves on the Foundation board for Open Avenues which as the name indicates this is the board that oversees raising of funds in a variety of ways including planning their major fundraiser in the spring is the spring fling luau and their golf tournament.
Open Avenues provides services to adults, 16 years and older who have a diagnosed disability. Open Avenues offers instruction in daily living skills and opportunities for socialization. Instructors offer classes in simple cooking, laundry skills, money skills, and other areas that will increase their independence.
We provide employment skills training through our relationships with local businesses and industries and offer job placement services when appropriate.
Grant West, our Office Manager, recently made his first donation to Open Avenues (since learning about their amazing work from Ida). "Giving is important because it helps to clear the barriers those who are struggling face."
Another organization that our staff is very involved with is ALPFA. Both Steve and Ida are members of ALPFA and Ida currently serves on the committee planning the Women of ALPFA event planned for November 2012 to promote leadership and education.
The Association of Latino Professionals in Finance and Accounting (ALPFA) was founded in 1972 with a focus on advancing the ideas, careers and reach of Latino business professionals.
The Northwest Arkansas Chapter has grown exponentially since its founding in 2008. With more than 400 student and professional members, their chapter is now the fourth largest ALPFA chapter in the country behind New York, Chicago and Boston. With their major focus on developing leadership skills, enhancing diversity in business and bettering our community, no matter your profession or ethnicity.
Havenwood, Lions Club, Chamber of Commerce, and Much More...
Steve and Ida are members of all the local area Chamber of Commerces. Ida volunteers on the Small Business Council for the Bentonville/BellaVista Chamber of Commerce. This group provides information, education, and programming to entrepreneurs and small business owners. Steve also just volunteered his time to be a Guest Speaker at the Rogers-Lowell Business Expo that hosted over 1500 people locally.
Ida recently joined the Board of Directors for Havenwood. Havenwood was founded in 1993 and provides transitional housing for single parents and resources to help break down the barriers each family faces in order to move from homelessness to self-sufficiency.
Ida helps plan events such as the Angel Gala hosted each February for Havenwood.
Steve serves on the Lions Club in Bentonville, and both are members of the Rogers Early Risers Rotary Club.
Ida Fineberg, "I feel it is very important that we give back to our communities in whatever way possible, be it money, time or expertise. Personally it gives me tremendous satisfaction that the time and efforts put into these organizations and events really do make a difference which is positive and make this a better place in which to live and work. I have always thought that everyone , no matter their circumstance , can help in some way or another. It's not all about donating money. Everyone has SOMETHING that is of value to their community organizations and I guarantee that the sense of satisfaction and accomplishment that comes from giving back will be well worth the time and efforts."