We know that it takes teamwork to build a better community. In 2013, Coldwell Banker Seaside Realty and Seaside Vacations implemented “Seaside C.A.R.E.S.” as our official charitable giving campaign. The program is designed to support four “buckets” within the Outer Banks and northeastern NC communities: Food, Community, Environment, and Veterans. We are still going strong in 2017 as our agents and firm continue to prioritize giving with each successful transaction.
CBSeaside participates with our generous agents by providing matching funds, allowing individual contributions to make an even greater impact.
Our food bucket recipients are Beach Food Pantry and Food for Thought.
The primary mission of Beach Food Pantry is to help fight hunger and poverty of residents of Dare County by providing temporary assistance of food, and information regarding other services to alleviate hunger and poverty. Volunteers assist by picking up donations from retail stores, and nearly 500 total volunteers support the Pantry through some form of volunteer service. Numerous individual, organizations, businesses, religious entities, and corporations contribute food and money to Beach Food Pantry regularly to help support the mission.
Food for Thought – Fueling Brainpower for Kids
Hunger impedes children’s ability to think, learn and develop. The school breakfast and lunch program feed children at school but not on weekends. Recognizing the tremendous need, Food for Thought was born. This unique all-volunteer community non-profit organization, established in December 2006, is dedicated to reducing hunger and academic risk facing elementary children in Dare County by providing healthy meals to build strong minds.
In our community bucket, we distribute through the Outer Banks Relief Foundation. In 2004, a group of local citizens here on the Outer Banks decided to start an organization that would raise local funds to be used to assist people living or working in our Outer Banks community who are burdened with financial difficulties because of a debilitating disease or illness, or a personal tragedy with themselves or a family member. Since that time over 12 years ago, the Outer Banks Relief Foundation has provided over $1,443,000 to over 684 citizens in need. Financial assistance amounts range from $500 to $2,000. Some examples of those situations are individuals stricken with cancer, or with serious blood or nerve disorders, or spinal injuries, or MS. We work closely with the other charitable and helping organizations here in our Outer Banks community, in order to coordinate our support and services to the needy, to not duplicate our efforts, and to maximize our collective resources as much a possible, particularly in these challenging economic times. Dial 2-1-1 for available Health & Human Services in our area.
The Corolla Wild Horses receive a lot of attention from visitors. The mission of the Corolla Wild Horse Fund is to protect, conserve, and responsibly manage the herd of wild Colonial Spanish Mustangs roaming freely on the northernmost Currituck Outer Banks, and to promote the continued preservation of this land as a permanent sanctuary for horses designated as the State Horse and defined as a cultural treasure by the state of North Carolina.
The Network for Endangered Sea Turtles (N.E.S.T.) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and protection of the habitats and migration routes of Sea Turtle and other marine animals on the Outer Banks of North Carolina from the Virginia border to Oregon Inlet. With the North Carolina Aquarium’s support, the N.E.S.T organization operates a hotline and dispatches rescuers to stranded or cold-stunned turtles.
We support our Veterans through the local VFW. The North Carolina Veterans of Foreign Wars has a rich tradition of serving veterans, military families and their local communities.