CENTERVILLE—On most days, their efforts are aimed at helping clients buy or sell homes. But last week, Davis County realtors directed their energies to help families and individuals in need.
The Davis County Agents Association held a golf tournament fundraiser recently that netted more than $12,000 thanks to sponsorships and donations.
That money was equally divided between two Davis County charities – the Bountiful Food Pantry and the Safe Harbor Crisis Center – at a presentation at the Episcopal Church in Centerville on Aug. 23.
“This kind of support is so helpful for us,” said Lorna Koci, director of the Bountiful Food Pantry. “We want to live with community support and get off government support and this kind of donation is critical for that. We are so thankful for it.”
Kristen Floyd, executive director of Safe Harbor also expressed gratitude, telling those gathered that as a non-profit, it is sometimes difficult to employ enough people to meet the shelter’s needs.
“These types of donations are so significant,” she said. “We look forward to a great partnership with many of you.”
One in three women in Utah will be victims of domestic violence, said Floyd, and Utah has the highest percentage in the nation of women who are victimized.
Safe Harbor provided 20,000 nights of emergency shelter for women and men last year, she said. The shelter offers apartments for up to two years for those who need to leave their abusers, as well as outreach services for those who stay with their abusers but need services such as childcare and education support.
Bountiful’s pantry serves between 500 and 600 families every month, said Koci, and those families come from throughout Davis County.
With just two full-time and two part-time employees, the pantry coordinates the work of 160 volunteers. Besides food services at the pantry, they prepare Pantry Packs with food for elementary-school-age children from low income homes to eat over the weekend. They also coordinate dental care and eye care for those in need.
Additional programs are being developed to reach students in more schools.
Michael Gray, president of the agents’ association, thanked the realtors and members of the association representing related businesses for their support.
“It’s not about me, it’s not about you, it’s about them,” he said of the people who would benefit from the donations. “There are people who need our help out there. We want to make sure we let them know we care.”