RE/MAX people stand together
Harvey, Irma, and now Maria, the Hurricanes that roared through the Caribbean and then into the southeast United States, have impacted millions of lives. In areas throughout multiple countries, territories and states, people are displaced, power systems are struggling or down, and water continues to cause problems. Thousands of RE/MAX Affiliates have had their lives disrupted, and unfortunately some have sustained significant damage to their homes or offices. Those in Puerto Rico may be without electricity for months.
But, in addition to actively helping their communities regroup and recover, RE/MAX people are passionate about helping each other.
Immediately after Harvey hit Texas, RE/MAX LLC established a site where Affiliates and others could contribute to help the RE/MAX offices and agents impacted by the storm. That effort continues, and its reach now extends even farther.
Dave and Gail Liniger will match the amount raised, dollar for dollar, up to $1 million. Currently more than 1,000 generous donors have contributed over $175,000. If you’d like contribute (every dollar will help!) click here.
You can also help RE/MAX Affiliates in Central America and the Caribbean by donating to the regional relief fund, here.
(Note: Contributions are not tax-deductible.)
In times of need, you can always count on RE/MAX agents to step up and help their communities and colleagues. Here’s an update of how RE/MAX Affiliates have contributed to the relief effort.
Chris Krzemien, Broker/Owner of RE/MAX Experience in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, organized a supply drive across southwest Florida to help victims of Hurricane Irma. In total, his team delivered three SUV loads of supplies to the tiny island of Chokoloskee, FL.
Damage to the bridge connecting the island to the mainland made it difficult for large trucks to deliver much-needed supplies. That’s where Krzemien and his team stepped in.
“FEMA and the Red Cross were there to help with water and food but we were able to get desperately needed sanitary items and cleaning supplies to them as their homes were completely underwater during the storm and now filled with silt from the Bay waters that rushed in during the storm surge,” Krzemien said.
Anthony Askowitz, Broker-owner of RE/MAX Advance Realty and RE/MAX Advance Realty II in Miami, opened his office to business professionals who have been displaced by Hurricane Irma. His Facebook post last week offered desks, telephones and cellphone recharging stations to professionals without electricity. Read more in the Miami Herald.
From RE/MAX Hometown in Magnolia, TX:
From Mike Casey of RE/MAX Trinity in Weatherford, TX:
“I am a member of an elite disaster response team called the Storm Warriors. We are usually the first on the scene to these devastating events. Thanks to the generous support of the RE/MAX Trinity family we were one of the first teams to arrive in Aransas Pass and deliver relief supplies on Sunday. The people we encountered were in shock. It was a very emotional experience.
We are currently filling (2) 18-wheelers to make another trip in the next few days to Rockport. We will be supporting the relief efforts on the Texas Coast and Houston for many months to come.”
RE/MAX scenes from Texas, Florida and the Caribbean
“Our offices and our homes are gone. Our team is safe. We must rebuild the office (which is nonexistent; disappeared). 98% of the island infrastructure is gone and must be rebuilt. The situation is difficult as military has arrived and curfew is established due to looting and robbery.”
– Antonio Pomata and Ettore Musolino, RE/MAX Elite, Saint Martin
“Everything is destroyed here in the British Virgin Islands, the hurricane took the country back a decade. All business and offices have been torn apart and at least 7 are dead.”
-Rico Garcia, RE/MAX Best Priced Properties, British Virgin Islands
“During my 22 years with RE/MAX, I have never seen devastation like this in the Caribbean; these were no ordinary hurricanes, and they hit very sensitive places. It will take years for some of these markets to go back to normal. This is the time to show solidarity with our RE/MAX family.”
– Ricardo Cardenas, Regional Director & Co-Owner of RE/MAX Caribbean and Central America
“Hurricanes Irma and Maria made direct hit on several of our offices in the Caribbean. In several islands, it may well be 4-6 months before electricity is fully restored, due to what was already a failing utility infrastructure. 15 out of 71 offices in the Caribbean and Central America Region have been seriously damaged or destroyed, or 21% of the Region.” Just to put that in context, imagine if all the RE/MAX offices were damaged or destroyed in a 10-state area of the USA, or an entire province of Canada.
Many of our Agents have lost not only their offices, but their homes, their personal possessions, and their market – and thus their means of livelihood unless they are willing and able to relocate (at least for the interim and foreseeable future).”
-John D. Turley, CEO & Co-Owner of RE/MAX Caribbean and Central America