December 16, 2015
REALTORS® Care Award Acknowledges Those Who Give Back
For the ninth year, the Okanagan Mainline Real Estate Board has recognized select member REALTORS® for their community service and volunteer efforts as part of its REALTORS® Care Award program. In the Central Zone, this year’s award recipient is Scott Jennings, a REALTOR® with RE/MAX Kelowna.
In 2004, Jennings founded the Hot Coffee Project, a program which serves hot coffee and pizza to downtown Kelowna’s homeless during the five winter months.
“I own a coffee roasting company and everyone’s always asking for money, so why not put something that’s a bit more important into their bodies and something that is warm,” said Jennings. “That usually adds a bit more satisfaction, in my opinion, rather than just giving someone a dollar amount. Here you get to sit down and actually have a conversation with them over a cup of coffee and let people feel like they are people.”
Jennings’ entire family has become involved in giving back and his daughter became particularly inspired after attending We Day in Vancouver. The event is part of an international project that encourages youth to make a difference in their local and global community, combining the energy of a live stadium concert with the inspiration derived from extraordinary leadership stories. Following the event, Jennings and his daughter purchased several pizzas and walked around Vancouver, offering pizza to the homeless.
For his part, Jennings says that the lesson he would like people to take on is that giving back doesn’t have to be about money.
“It’s not always about collecting money, it’s about doing something because you want to do it. Don’t do it because someone thinks you should do it,” Jennings said. “My wife is always giving back and because of that she’s actually inspired me and our kids more so than ever before and again, you have to want to do it. We tell our kids it’s not about the money, we’re not collecting money. We’re doing something different for once.”
Jennings is among many OMREB REALTORS® who give back to the community, offering their time, expertise, and money to support local organizations and causes. The REALTORS® Care Award is designed to acknowledge the work and efforts of OMREB members in their region and nominations for the award are submitted by fellow Members, as well as the community, through an online call for submissions. The nominations are kept secret and it came as quite a surprise to Jennings when he heard his name called at the Central Okanagan Zone AGM on December 2nd.
“Seeing the people before me over the years, I was taken back because they had done so much and it was beautiful to listen to what they had to say,” said Jennings. “We’re not in it to honk our own horn. I was genuinely surprised and I didn’t know what to say because I wasn’t expecting it.”