Overman’s duties as General Chair include training the Council members and individual office representatives, coordinating communication and support to offices for local events, and acting as spokesperson for the group. With so many offices already involved in supporting local charities, Overman encourages all the 40 sales offices and additional company divisions to continue to pursue their passion for community service and to use the Watson Cares “banner” to fulfill that passion.
The Watson Cares initiative reports upcoming events of individual offices with the goal of getting neighboring offices, customers and the community involved to maximize the results for each charity. To date, Watson Realty Corp.™ (http://www.WatsonRealtyCorp.com) offices raised over $83K for Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, $13K for Children’s Home Society, and donated hundreds of pounds of food and supplies to local food pantries. Additional events have been held to benefit other charitable organizations such as Habitat for Humanity, FL-GA Blood Alliance, Betty Griffin House, local Humane Societies, USO, and many others from northeast and central Florida and St. Marys, Ga.
The company-wide effort for 2013 is an initiative started last year entitled, “Opening Doors, Feeding Neighbors.” This innovative program brings Realtors® together with anyone moving who would like to donate items from their kitchen pantries. Watson Cares is pleased to partner with home builder, DR Horton (www.DRHorton.com), who is sponsoring the collection tote bags this year. The filled bags are collected by Realtors® from the donors and picked up by Feeding America/Second Harvest (www.FeedingAmerica.org) to be delivered to local food banks.
The Watson Cares Council leadership for 2013 includes the following list of individuals which represent all regions of Watson Realty Corp.™
Jacksonville Region Chair—Sandi Wagner, Intracoastal office
North Central Region Chair—Donna Daigle, Middleburg office
Central Region Chair—Sharon Backe, Clermont office
Corporate/Watson Family of Services—Lucille Johnson, Corporate office
Special Advisor—Paula Silberberg, St. Augustine Beach office
The Watson Cares Council Members at Large include Diane Waldrip, Jill Edgington, Dean LeBlanc, Christine Scalf and Susan McEwen.