Good Neighbor

Good Neighbor

Lisa Hurley, a Realtor with Coldwell Banker Realty in Center Harbor, was selected as the New Hampshire Association of Realtors 2022 Good Neighbor Award recipient for her volunteer efforts with the New Hampshire Veterans Home in Tilton.

The official presentation was made by NHAR President Adam Gaudet (pictured with Hurley and her therapy dog Molly), and the Veterans Home was presented with a $3,000 check in Hurley’s name.

Since 2019, Hurley has been contributing at the Veterans Home in a number of ways, including the collection and donation of hundreds of items for the facility’s “Sunshine Cart,” which provides a variety of products – from hygiene to notebooks to playing cards to puzzle books – at no cost to residents. She also spearheaded a fundraising effort that led to the purchase of two holiday gifts for each of the residents last year.

But Hurley’s most notable contribution comes weekly in the form of her visits to the Veterans Home with her dog Molly, who makes her rounds with Hurley every Wednesday.

“Words can’t possibly express how much this teams to our veterans,” said Heather Sparano, who serves as the volunteer services program assistant. “Their faces light up when they see Molly. They look forward to it every week.”

Hurley and Molly were selected from a Good Neighbor applicant pool of 16. All were strong candidates, including Good Neighbor runner-up Dawn Longval of Isaiah Homes in Sanbornton. 

Longval is the founder of Isaiah 61 Café in Laconia, which serves the homeless with food, shelter and various services. Isaiah 61 Café has received $2,000 from NHAR to help its mission of helping the underserved.

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:

  • A portion of the $5,000 award as a donation, in their name, to their community charity
  • Coverage in their local media and on
  • Registration fee to attend the NHAR annual conference in September
  • A prestigious crystal award presented at a time and place of their choice
  •  of the Good Neighbor Awards logo on their Web site and promotional materials

"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."

Ben Cushing, 2023 President, New Hampshire REALTORS