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Summer of service

What is the Summer of Service?

The Summer of Service from the IREM Foundation celebrates the daily impact property managers have in their communities by bringing together participants in service to help communities thrive. Service projects should be focused on creating a positive environmental impact and completed between June 1 – August 31, 2022. All funds raised through registration fees and donations during the Summer of services will support diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives in the real estate management profession.

There are three ways to get involved with the Summer of Service:

  • Host a service project – $100
  • Participate in a service project – $25
  • Become a fundraising captain

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Get involved in service projects near you

IREM chapters, property management companies, and individuals are sponsoring both in-person and virtual service projects across the globe focused on sustainability efforts. These projects help communities thrive, such as creating new green spaces, performing community clean ups, and other skills-based service projects. 100% of host and volunteer’s registration fees support diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives through IREM & the IREM Foundation.

  • Host a project – includes a $100 donation
  • Volunteer for a project – includes a $25 donation

Check out upcoming events near you – or sign up to host a project of your own.

And, whether you’re hosting a project or volunteering, make sure to share how you’re supporting your community using the hashtag #IREMgivesback.

Volunteer or host a service project

Need ideas?

Organizing a service project doesn’t have to be time consuming! We’ve put together some examples of projects that could make a big difference in your community. Take a look at the ideas below for inspiration and to get started on a service project!

  • Host a cigarette butt clean up

    Volunteer time: 1 -2 hours | Effort: low
    Two thirds of cigarette butts are disposed of improperly, making them the most littered item on the planet. Coordinate volunteers to fill empty water bottles with these pesky eyesores and create a safer, cleaner and less toxic environment.

    Stuff you need

    • Plastic bags or bottles for collecting butts
    • Gloves
    • Time and place

    Optional ideas
    Make it a challenge! Meet your group at a central location, distribute supplies, and send out volunteers in small groups. Everyone meets back up to compare their collections. Offer snacks or invite participants to bring their own.

    Tips
    Look for butts on our streets, in parks, at beaches, and outside restaurants.

  • Create green spaces

    Time: 2 hours + | Effort: low to high
    Real estate management pros have skills and resources that can help make shared spaces safer, healthier, and more enjoyable. Consider your resources and use them to create a community garden or spruce up a park, school, or community center by planting trees.

    Stuff you need

    • Area to create a green space
    • Supplies for project

    Tips
    Connect with your city, county, school district, or community center to assess needs. Invite a vendor to donate supplies or keep it simple and grab some seeds and a few garden tools.

  • Host a workshop to educate the community

    Time: varies | Difficulty: medium
    Round up some local sustainability experts and host a workshop for tenants and landlords. Or invite residents to learn more about various programs offered in your community.

    Stuff you need

    • A location to host your event
    • Experts to provide presentation
    • Volunteers to assist residents with applications

    Tips Topics could include things like recycle efforts or water preservation.

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