RSCK in the Community
These programs and projects are accomplished by RSCK Members through the efforts of our Community Involvement Committee.
The Community Involvement Committee, was created to be a resource for members interested in serving South Central Kansas. They also hope to raise members' awareness of available volunteer opportunities, and promote the REALTOR® name, and RSCK, through community involvement.
NOTE: The following list are the main projects/programs in which RSCK is involved in, but there are others that we take part in periodically.
Home Improvement Project
A program where RSCK’s Community Involvement Committee has partnered with Wichita's City Inspections and the Environmental Court to help the elderly, disabled, and others who are unable to make repairs or clean up their property, and have been found in violation of city code. Our goal is to mobilize members to assist these people in cleaning up yards, repainting, and other minor repairs. Since its inception in 2011, REALTORS®, and RSCK Business Partners, have helped ten homeowners get up to code.
All projects are made possible through donations by local businesses or RSCK members. Please let us know if you would offer your time, talents and/or supplies to help? As a volunteer, you would only be contacted on an “as needed” basis when your schedule permits.
Habitat for Humanity
Habitat for Humanity is a non-profit Christian housing ministry working in partnership with low-income families to improve the conditions in which they live. Volunteers do nearly all of the labor on a Habitat house. Funds and building materials come from individuals, businesses, churches, and from community minded organizations.
Low-income families selected for Habitat houses must pay closing costs and monthly payments on a no interest, no profit mortgage. Families are required to invest 250 – 400 hours of “Sweat Equity” in construction of their house. Habitat is not a hand out, it is a hand up.
Habitat for Humanity has started a “Home Repair Project” similar to RSCK’s Home Improvement Project and the Community Involvement Committee is hoping to work with them on these projects in addition to the Habitat builds they already have been involved with.
The Lord’s Diner serves dinner nightly from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., 7 days a week, 365 days a year, including holidays. They currently serve an average of 425 meals nightly at the downtown location, and 150 meals nightly at the south Hillside location – 30 percent of which are families.
The Community Involvement Committee periodically holds food handler classes, which over 100 REALTORS® and family members have attended. They also arrange for REALTOR® Nights at the Lord’s Diner which occur on the 2nd Wednesday of every month at the South Diner location (2825 S Hillside).
School Supply Drive
The Community Involvement Committee mobilizes members in collecting backpacks filled with school supplies for the local McKinney-Vento Homeless Program that currently serves over 2,100 students in our local schools. These kids range from K-12th grade and lack a permanent place to call home. By providing these kids with these supplies, we are providing stability and the basic tools to help them succeed in school.
Christmas Crusade Toy Drive
For more than 30 years the Wichita Police Department has been putting smiles on the faces of thousands of children. Officers identify children on their beat that may not have a Christmas without the help of others. The WPD and their families, along with the Wichita Police Department Citizen Police Academy Alumni Association, wrap each toy collected for the officer who nominated the family for delivery just before Christmas. This is an important program that not only benefits children in need, but creates a positive relationship between the youths of today and the Wichita Police Department’s officers.
Each holiday season REALTOR® and Business Partner members donate and collect toys to donate to assist them with this effort to build positive relationship between law enforcement and the youth of Wichita while providing those who would normally go without, a brighter and happier holidays.
Contact Lauren Lentz for more information.