Eric Parker of LE Parker Properties in Swanzey is the 2021 recipient of the New Hampshire Association of Realtors Good Neighbor Award, for his tireless work on behalf of the Monadnock Humane Society.
"We rarely see volunteers with the networking, customer service, social media, and creativity skills that Eric has brought to MHS," said the organization's development director, Kelly Brigham-Steiner. "Thousands of the Monadnock Region’s pet owners' and animals' lives are improved because of him."
Working side by side with his wife and business partner Lark, Eric stepped up when a three-day power outage left the Humane Society without electricity during the summer of 2020. After funding the majority of the generator rental for the initial outage, Eric and Lark donated an initial $2,500 then spearheaded a successful fundraising effort toward the $40,000 necessary to purchase a new generator that can power the entire facility in the event of an emergency.
He also co-chaired the programming committee for the 2021 "MHS Hair Ball@Home: The Wizard of Paws," and is co-chair of the MHS Walk for Animals event scheduled for September 2021.
The Monadnock Humane Society will receive a check in the amount of $3,000 in honor of Parker’s service, and the formal presentation of the award will be made this fall.
Additionally, the Good Neighbor Working Group was compelled to give an additional award to Laurie Coffin, a Realtor with EXP Realty Gowen Realty Group in Plymouth, for her efforts with Operation Overseas. The organization will receive a check for $2,000 in her honor.
“We're living in a time when volunteerism is more necessary than ever, so it’s critical to recognize the efforts of our fellow Realtors who have gone above and beyond to make the lives of those in their respective communities better,” NHAR President Jim Lee said. “Among an excellent group of applicants, Eric and Laurie stood out as the embodiment of service and the personification of our Realtor ideals.”
The NH Association of Realtors Good Neighbors program was introduced in 2003 and serves to annually recognize Realtors who make exceptional contributions to improve the quality of life in their communities through volunteerism.
Each year, one or two winners are selected from applications and recognized by NHAR leadership at the end of the year. Winners receive:
"Amidst the sea of change to which the New Hampshire Association of REALTORS has played witness in its 85 years, one thing that has remained constant is the Realtor 'R' and the value we bring to every real estate transaction in which we take part. We are part of a unique community where our familial cooperation transcends our business competition. These are not mere platitudes, but our living ideals, and they are, in fact, the foundation on which we conduct ourselves in our day-to-day affairs."
Jim Lee, 2021 President, New Hampshire REALTORS