The Framingham office of ERA Key Realty Services has donated $1,600 to area charities this holiday season.
Donations, made through the ERA Key Realty Services Charitable Trust Foundation, include $400 each for Resiliency for Life (RFL), a Framingham public school program that provides students a supportive environment where they can feel a sense of community and build their academic and social-emotional skills; NEADS of Princeton, which trains and provides world-class service dogs to veterans, children and adults with disabilities and others; the Provision Ministry, Inc. of Westborough, which connects quality nonprofits with the right donors of money, goods and services, and Jeff’s Place in Framingham, which offers hope and healing in a supportive community for grieving children, teens, families and individuals.
“High inflation has made life especially difficult for those in need,” said Ali Corton, who manages the Framingham office. “We do our part to help by donating to non-profits in the communities we serve and, in many cases, volunteering our help.”
ERA Key Realty Services has been named among the top places to work in the state for the seventh time, based on a survey administered by Energage for The Boston Globe.
ERA Key placed 10th in the large company category. The agency, which has 15 offices throughout central and eastern Massachusetts, did not participate in the survey in 2020, but made the list for five consecutive years from 2015 through 2019 and again in 2021.
The Top Places to Work survey of more than 80,000 employees at 363 companies asked questions based on factors such as company leadership, compensation and training, and workplace flexibility. Responses were anonymous.
President and Chief Operating Officer Cheryl Eidinger-Taylor credited the company’s core values for helping to create a workplace where agents and staff consider it to be one of the best places to work in Massachusetts. ERA Key’s core values include teamwork, hard work, giving back to the community, seeking solutions, acting with integrity and having fun.
“It’s an honor for ERA Key to be among the 150 companies in all industries to be included among the Top Places to Work,” Eidinger-Taylor said. “Being a top workplace helps us to attract some of the industry’s top Realtors. We provide our Realtors with the tools to succeed, which is why we have also succeeded.”
She added that ERA Key provides agents and staff with the training programs and tools they need to achieve the best results for themselves and for their customers. ...
Congratulations to ERA Key's Michelle Haynes.
In an article about the most expensive home sales in the region, The MetroWest Daily News reported that Haynes, a Realtor in the Franklin office, was responsible for the most expensive home sale in Franklin for 2022.
The Daily News reported that, "Franklin's biggest sale in 2022 was for a home at 26 October Drive, which rang in at $2.2 million. The home was sold on May 26, and features five bedrooms and six bathrooms, spread over 4,700 square feet. The home is part of Franklin's Autumn Hill Estates, and has a soaking tub nook, floor-to-ceiling stonework and a coffee/wet bar area in the kitchen. The house was built in 2007, and was listed by Michelle Haynes of ERA Key Realty Services."
The Billerica office of ERA Key recently donated two large boxes full of toys to Toys for Tots, a program run by the United States Marine Corps Reserve that distributes toys to children whose parents cannot afford to buy them gifts for Christmas.
The collection was led by Realtor Cathy Lomasney, right, who has led the collection for 14 years. She was named to the Leader's Circle in 2021 and is one of the agency' top all-around agents.
“The holidays are synonymous with giving," Lomasney said. "Thankfully, Toys for Tots toy drives help fill the need and bring joy to so many children. With the increased need this year, so many people really came through and generously donated toys, games, stuffed animals and much more. I greatly appreciate the efforts of all those that participated.”
Pictured above is Realtor Lisa Luther, left, and Danielle, an annual contributor to the Toys for Tots drive.
The Billerica office of ERA Key recently donated $500 to Operation Delta Dog.
The non-profit organization rescues shelter dogs and trains them to work as assistance dogs for disabled veterans who suffer from Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), Military Sexual Trauma (MST) or Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
In a letter thanking the office, which contributed the funds through the ERA Key Realty Services Charitable Trust Foundation, Delta Dog Executive Director Charlotte Troddyn wrote, “Donations like yours not only enable us to offer all services at absolutely no cost to veterans, but also to give shelter dogs a second chance at life. Thanks to you, the dogs get the homes they need, and the veterans get the help they deserve!”
Pictured above are, left to right, Lisa Luther, Lisa Benoit, Shelly Laffey and Caroline Corbett with a trainer from Operation Delta Dog.
ERA Key's Whitinsville office has donated $7,866 to area charities this year, in addition to volunteering for various events.
The donations, made through the ERA Key Realty Services Charitable Trust Foundation, benefitted nine area charities, as well as local schools.
“We’re proud to do our part to give back to the community,” said Realtor Carla Horn. “It is a key value at ERA Key and those who work in the Whitinsville office are always glad to help. Whether it’s an Earth Day cleanup, a Habitat for Humanity project or donations to local food pantries, we’re here to help.”
“We seek to spread our charitable contributions throughout the communities we serve, benefiting needy residents, veterans, animals, people with health issues and others,” said Realtor Laura Hebb. “We’ve all been affected by the pandemic and current high inflation, so the need for assistance is greater than ever.”
Financial donations made this year included $1,500 to Peace of Bread Community Kitchen in Whitinsville, and $500 each to Veterans, Inc. in Worcester, Wheeling for Warriors in Whitinsville, People First Food Pantry in Uxbridge, the Oxford Ecumenical Food Shelf, Divine Mercy Chaplet & Adoration in Whitinsville and the St. Denis Church food pantry in Douglas.
In addition, donations...