Gratitude Project Nominations

The MAR Gratitude Project was created by the 2017-2018 Leadership Academy as a way to recognize the unsung heroes of the REALTOR® community. Nominations are screened by the Gratitude Project Task Force volunteers, who meet monthly to select recipients. Honorees must be Massachusetts Association of REALTORS® members and have performed a notable act of kindness, charity, or service outside their ordinary duties as a real estate professional.

Do You Know an Unsung Hero in the REALTOR® Community?

Do you know a REALTOR® who gives their time and energy to make the community they live in a better place? Nominate them for the MAR Gratitude Project Award!

Here are just a few examples of charitable works that we have recognized:

  • Toy and food drive coordination
  • Combating homelessness and hunger
  • Advancing youth and education
  • COVID relief efforts


There are so many REALTORS® who give their time and energy outside of being a real estate professional. Nominate someone you know today! Those recognized will receive a personalized thank-you card from MAR’s President and a small token of gratitude.

Recent Gratitude Project Recipients

Rebecca GlynnI started sewing early in quarantine when a friend of mine told me about a woman in Quincy who started a Facebook group called Facemask Helpers.  She distributed them to hospitals, etc. Often, I’d just leave them on my steps and someone would come by to pick them up. I also made them for people who heard I was making them. Most of those people wanted to pay so I collected whatever they wanted to give and then made a donation to the Scituate animal shelter (I think I collected over $300 and rounded it up to $500).  

A colleague in my office heard I was sewing and offered to help as well. She had lots of experience making drapes, etc., so she offered lots of white cotton that we used for the inside layer of the mask and also for ties (because elastic was completely unavailable). She was a huge part of what I did and helped me produce faster. I researched lots of patterns and found one that would fit over an N95 so nurses could prolong the life of their N95s. The whole process was so therapeutic. Every mask was made with love and I felt so fortunate to be able to help in a time when there seemed to be “nothing to do” in such an uncertain and scary time.” 

– Rebecca Glynn

Michelle Haggstrom


“I co-chair the investment team that helps allocate United Way funds to community agencies and individuals in need. I also contribute time at the Boys & Girls ClubUnited Way events, and senior centers, in addition to supporting local animal shelters. Whether combating homelessness and hunger, advancing youth and education, or whatever cause you’re passionate about, it’s critical to help those in need when you can. Compassionate and generous volunteers make a huge difference. I feel it is both heartwarming and rewarding to have a positive impact on someone’s life.”

– Michelle Haggstrom

Ellen Johnson


“I started the food drive in March in response to the COVID-19 shutdown. I do Facebook live videos requesting food or monetary donations, and most people donate money. I then shop weekly and bring food to the food pantry. Starting in September, I cut down my visits to once a month but, unfortunately, I am starting to go more frequently again due to demand.”

– Ellen Johnson

Maribeth Lynch


“When I founded Thrive Real Estate in 2014, it was based on the commitment I had towards community service and support. I have always believed that giving back in a meaningful way was the surest path to long-term success for both the community we serve, as well as our own companies.   

My advice to anyone looking to get started would be to find something you are passionate about and dedicate your time and talent to this pursuit within your community. In my case, I’m passionate about economic development and the support of small businesses. All of my volunteerism ties back to these interests and I’m hopeful it will help in a small way to allow my community the ability to grow and thrive.”

– Maribeth Lynch

Marie Presti


“The Presti Group is proud to support many community projects. The most recent one was the Newton/Stoneham Front Steps Project, which was organized by Marie Presti, Broker/Owner of The Presti Group. Back in March, as we started to socially distance from our family and friends, the purpose of the Front Steps Project was to bring the community together to mark this unprecedented time in our lives, and to raise money for COVID-19 relief efforts for several charities in Newton and Stoneham.  In exchange for a donation, people were able to schedule a professional photographer to visit the front of their house and take pictures of them during the stay-at-home period. Together with The Presti Group, the projects were sponsored by the Rotary Club of Newton/StonehamMLAC Photography, Diane Brophy Photography, and Dawn DiOrio PhotographyCombining the projects, we were able to raise over $10,000 to help local charities.

– Marie Presti

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