Tons of furniture (literally), dozens of house cleaning kits, a small fleet of U-Hauls, and twelve Virginia REALTORS® made for an energetic scene at our headquarters this week. The Virginia Leadership Academy (VLA) convened for its first retreat, but the class had already been hard at work. Around the state, the VLA class of 2017 spent weeks gathering supplies to benefit CARITAS in order to make Wednesday’s incredible delivery. CARITAS works in and beyond central Virginia to break the cycle of homelessness and housing vulnerability with effective and permanent solutions. Their mission is centered around the same principle that is at the core of this year’s VLA curriculum – servant leadership. It’s a principle that’s natural to REALTORS®, as constant guardians of your clients’ interests and ambassadors to your communities. An astonishing volume of collections came in from each classmate. CARITAS was on hand to fill an entire truck in addition to the donations that had already arrived directly at their warehouse. The truckloads of furniture, housewares, linens, appliances, and cleaning supplies will equip families and individuals in need and enable their permanent housing stability.

Thank you, VLA Class of 2017!