Supporting Our Local Businesses and Healthcare Workers

We are incredibly proud of our team, and can’t help but to feel inspired, motivated, and impressed! Our family of companies (Michigan Real Estate, Northern Indiana Real Estate, Tomie Raines REALTORS®, & Executive Realty) created a campaign called, “Together, We Are Stronger,” to prove that we truly are stronger when we work together, even if we must remain apart at this time.

An important part of this campaign was that we wanted to “give back” to our community. Our agent’s truly care about everything that healthcare workers and small businesses are going through right now so together, we set a goal to raise $1,500 in order to support local businesses and hospitals. Our team sees how hard these individuals work and what they are sacrificing, especially now more than ever. They wanted to let healthcare workers know we are thinking of them during this trying time. Because we could not raise funds in person, a Go Fund Me page was created for staff and agents to donate to if they wished. The money would be used to buy meals from local restaurants to be delivered to a few hospitals in our neighboring cities.

Even during a state-wide shutdown, our agents and team far exceeded our expectations! Our initial goal of $1,500 was left in the dust, and our company was able to raise over $6,376 to support 18 hospitals, 17 local restaurants and feed over 770 healthcare workers! Berkshire Hathaway Homeservices’ family of companies including Michigan Real Estate, Northern Indiana Real Estate, Tomie Raines REALTORS and Executive Realty have even pledged to match the donation! Within the coming weeks, these extra funds will help us support more local businesses and healthcare workers. Because of the generosity and grace, we were able to more than double our reach to support local businesses and provide meals to more healthcare worker scattered throughout Michigan and Northern Indiana.

We could not be more thrilled to be able to give back to those who are giving so much. We sleep better knowing we have these amazing people to take care of us. Being able to rally our community around them is part what makes us so proud of our company as a whole.

Michigan Hospitals:

  • Spectrum Health Hospitals Blodgett Hospital, Grand Rapids
  • Metro Health, Grand Rapids
  • Bronson Methodist Hospital, Kalamazoo
  • Ascension Borgess Hospital, Kalamazoo
  • Sparrow Hospital, Lansing
  • McLaren Hospital, Lansing
  • Beaumont Health, Royal Oak
  • McLaren Northern Michigan Hospital, Petoskey
  • Ascension Genesys Hospital, Grand Blanc
  • Three Rivers Health, Three Rivers
  • Covenant HealthCare, Saginaw
  • McLaren Bay Region, Bay City
  • Munson Healthcare, Gaylord
  • McLaren Northern Michigan Cheboygan Campus

Indiana Hospitals:

  • Memorial Hospital, South Bend
  • Franciscan Health Crown Point, Crown Point
  • Goshen Health, Goshen

We also need to extend a special thanks to the restaurants that made all of this possible, from the kitchen staff to the delivery drivers. Please remember to continue to support your local businesses during this time!

  • Big O’ Café, Grand Rapids, MI
  • Cottage Inn, Kalamazoo, MI
  • Jaspare’s Pizza, Kalamazoo, MI
  • Barnaby’s South Bend, South Bend, IN
  • Jimmy John’s, Lansing, MI
  • Mancino’s, Petoskey, MI
  • Gelsosomo’s Pizzeria, Crown Point, IN
  • Genesys Guido’s Premium Pizza, Grand Blanc, MI
  • Ample Pantry, Three Rivers, MI
  • G’s Pizzeria, Saginaw, MI
  • Eudici’s, Bay City, MI
  • Vincenzo’s Pizzeria, Wyoming, MI
  • Toarmina’s, Lansing, MI
  • PotBelly, Royal Oak, MI
  • Gerace’s Pizzeria, Goshen, IN
  • Jimmy John’s, Gaylord, MI

*We will be matching any funds that our agents have raised so far. Look out for additional updates on our COVID19 Benefit coming soon.

To stay up to date with our other activities and community involvement, like our Facebook pages: Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Michigan Real Estate, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northern Indiana Real Estate, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Tomie Raines Realtors, and Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Executive Realty.


Ten Backyard Activities to Keep You Moving

Spring is here and the weather is starting to get warmer. Although most of us are stuck at home social distancing, that doesn’t mean we have to avoid fun activities altogether. To keep you and your family from going stir crazy during this time, we’ve compiled a list of ten backyard activities to get you outside and keep you busy.

Have a bonfire with roasted hotdogs and s’mores.

An all-time favorite outdoor activity – a bonfire! Roast some hotdogs for dinner and finish with a delicious dessert of s’mores.

Go on a backyard camping trip.

Campgrounds may be closed, but that doesn’t have to stop you from creating your own camping adventure. Pull out the tent and your sleeping bags and set up camp right in your backyard!

Set up a mini golf course around your yard.

No golf courses open? No problem. Set up a mini golf course around your yard using objects from around the house as obstacles.

Make a time capsule and bury it in your yard.

Now is the perfect time to create a time capsule, capturing this significant moment in time. Include photos, mementos, and a letter from each member of the family describing what life is like in 2020.

Have a relay race.

An activity perfect for all ages. Include classic races such as the pillowcase race, egg-and-spoon race, and crab walk, or come up with your own races!

Have a family barbecue.

Another spring and summer activity that is tried and true. Break out the grill and cook up your favorite al fresco meal! Have each family member make a side dish for a true potluck style barbecue.

Build a fairy garden.

Browse the internet for some fairy garden ideas and put your creativity to the test. Gather any supplies you can find around the house and yard to DIY. You can keep adding to it for ongoing entertainment!

Turn your shed into a livable space or a reading nook.

Now is an ideal time for some spring cleaning! Kill two birds with one stone and clear out that shed in your yard and create cozy space for reading or relaxing.

Plant a vegetable and herb garden.

With limited access to seeds and starter plants from your local home improvement stores and nurseries, you may have to order supplies online. Pick out your favorite veggies and herbs and get planting. Enjoy your fresh produce throughout the summer.

Have a family scavenger hunt.

Create your own scavenger hunt that includes items you can find in your backyard or around your neighborhood. Pair off into teams or complete it individually. First one to gather all the items gets to choose your next backyard activity!


Companies Offering Discounts Due to COVID-19

It has almost been three whole weeks since the “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order was announced in Michigan and Indiana. We’re trying our best to keep you safe and in the know when it comes to Real Estate, but we also want to inform you of some pretty cool things that other companies in your community are offering!

Real Estate Agents

Free TeleHealth Membership for REALTORS®

In response to the current health crisis, the National Association of REALTORS® is funding 2-months of access to Members TeleHealth at no cost to our members, via the Right Tools, Right Now program.

Members TeleHealth provides access to a network of more than 2,300 board-certified physicians, who can address non-emergency medical issues via smartphone, tablet or computer.

Enrollment in the NAR-funded benefit is limited, so we ask that you check first with your insurance provider, even if it’s Medicare, as you may already have access to telemedicine.

Discounted Online Courses for REALTORS ®

NAR is offerings 30% off all online courses as well as free select courses until May 31, 2020.

To see everything that NAR is offering during this time, click here to visit their website.

First Responders & Healthcare Workers

Gas Discounts for First Responders and Healthcare Workers

BP is providing discounts up to $1 million in the form of 50 cents off a gallon for the people fighting coronavirus (COVID-19) on the frontlines.

The gas station is distributing codes for the discount. To receive a discount, visit bp.com/localheroes. You will be prompted to verify you are a first responder using ID.me. Once you do so, you will get a code via text or email that you can use the next time you get gas.

Free Meals & Rides for First Responders and Healthcare Workers

UberEats announced it will provide free meals and rides to first responders and healthcare workers in the U.S. and Canada, in coordination with local and state and provincial governments. Interested officials and organizations can reach Uber to partner at social-impact-support@uber.com.

Free Coffee for First Responders and Healthcare Workers

Starbucks is offering a tall brewed or iced coffee to police officers, firefighters, paramedics, doctors, nurses, hospital staff and researchers until May 3, the company said. Get more details here.

Free Donuts for First Responders and Healthcare Workers

As a thank, Krispy Kreme will provide all healthcare workers free dozens of our iconic Original Glazed® Doughnuts, beginning Monday, March 30 and on every subsequent Monday through National Nurses Week (May 6-12). Get more details here.

Free Counseling for First Responders and Healthcare Workers

Based in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Neurocore Brain Performance is offering free telehealth counseling to all first responders and medical professionals in the U.S. through May 1st, 2020. 


Keep Your Children Busy With These FREE Education Subscriptions

While you are social distancing in order to do your part to stop the spread of COVID19; many states have shut down public education for the remainder of the school year. This means that, for many of you, your kids are at home too and you’re probably running out of ideas on how to keep them busy and learning.

We’ve gathered a few of our favorite Online Education websites that are offering FREE subscriptions due to the Social Distancing orders. You can see the entire list here but we didn’t want to overwhelm you even more that you might already be!

ABC Mouse/Adventure Academy

Khan Academy

BrainPop

CircleTime Fun

Discovery Education

epic!

Minecraft: Education Edition

MusicFirst

Mystery Science

SmartMusic

STEMscopes