Dozens of Realtors, staff and managers team up to back agency’s Cares Week

An associate from Carolina One’s Coleman Boulevard office in Mount Pleasant wears a Carolina One Cares shirt while joining fellow employees and agents distributing fresh produce with the Lowcountry Food Bank (Provided).

Typical days find Carolina One Real Estate agents focusing on their jobs assisting customers in buying and selling homes.

But Realtors and employees at each of the 11 local offices in January through March took steps beyond what’s written in their job descriptions, spending many hours — even days — in local volunteer projects.

They aided the homeless; fixed up, painted and landscape buildings, rooms and grounds for nonprofits; gabbed with seniors in assisted living; handed out fresh produce; and teamed up for orphan relief.

“I am so proud that every one of our offices stepped up in support of this annual giving back volunteer effort,” says Michael Scarafile, company president describing what’s come to be known as Carolina One Cares Week.

“It’s indicative of who we are and what we do,” he says.

According to the 50-year-old agency, Carolina One Real Estate “does much more than help people realize their dreams of home ownership.”

For instance, Carolina One awards grants twice a year to local nonprofits; and it doles out college scholarships to the children of its agents and staff. At the same time, the agency is “understandably proud” of its yearly volunteer effort.

During first quarter 2015, retail offices all over the Lowcountry “donated time, talent and labor to assist needy agencies, and individuals throughout the metro Charleston area,” the agency says.

Among the outlets and their work:

- The downtown Broad Street office painted two bathrooms, a large hallway, a conference room and an office for Water Missions International. The venture provides “inexpensive clean water systems to Third World countries particularly in times of natural disasters,” according to Carolina One.

- Isle of Palms and Longpoint Road offices partnered to complete an extensive painting project at Hope House in Mount Pleasant. A Mount Pleasant Presbyterian Church ministry, Hope House “offers free temporary room and board to families whose loved ones are infirmed in area hospitals,” according to Carolina One.

- More than a dozen volunteers from Carolina One’s Mount Pleasant Coleman Boulevard office took most of the day teaming with the Lowcountry Food Bank to distribute fresh produce to North Charleston families. Lowcountry Food Bank board member and Realtor Bill Trull organized the event.

- More than 60 people at Summerville-based One80Place shelter, dedicated to homeless women and children, ate breakfast and dinner prepared and served by Carolina One’s Summerville Main Street office. Event chairperson Jackie Tucker further arranged for free hairdressing services for the shelter guests, the agency says.

- The Summerville Trolley Road office spent all day repainting a barn, polishing saddles and refurbishing a handicapped ramp for H.I.S. Ministries. The therapeutic riding center and outreach program is situated in Ridgeville.

- West Ashley’s Orleans Road office delivered midday snacks and “much appreciated comfort and conversation” to residents at Palmettos of Charleston Assisted Living Center. The operation offers a “personal level of support” to seniors, while championing residents’ need for activity, freedom and privacy.

- The Center for Birds of Prey/Avian Conservation Center in Awendaw took in volunteers from Carolina One’s Metro North office on Crowfield Boulevard in Goose Creek. The “enthusiastic” group landscaped the grounds in preparation for the center’s reopening ceremony.

- A Johns Island family got help with yard work and the reconstruction of a “badly needed” front entrance porch from Carolina One’s West Islands office on Folly Road.

At the same time, the Carolina One Real Estate Administration office volunteered to sort and organize clothing and supplies for Lowcountry Orphan Relief. The group strives “to meet the needs of abandoned, abused and neglected children in the Lowcountry.”

Scarafile expressed his “sincere gratitude” to staff, agents and management for their complete support during the volunteer week.

Reach Jim Parker at 937-5542 or jparker@postandcourier.com.