Giving Back to Asheville, North Carolina
The Highlands of Roan, the Black Balsams, the Seven Sisters, the Blue Ridge. The Appalachian Mountains have played an important role in shaping the person I am today as they helped me to see the bigger picture of the impact that my actions have on the planet. They are why I am a 1% for the Planet member and why I volunteer my time with and support the Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy (SAHC), a nonprofit with a sterling track record of preserving the pristine places in and around the area I call home.
As a real estate broker in Asheville, N.C., I witness the vibrancy of my local economy, which is built upon small businesses, agriculture, artists, tourism and outdoor recreation, every day. In addition to helping to conserve the Appalachian Mountains, I became a 1% FTP member because I want to be part of the solution to preserve lands vital to my community for future generations.
1% FTP allows me to publicly demonstrate my commitments to conservation and SAHC. I hope to help other people become aware of the opportunities to support local organizations by talking to them about 1% FTP's mission and including its logo in my email signature and on all of my marketing materials. This allows people to immediately recognize that I have a passion for conservation-minded work. I hope to inspire others, especially small business owners, to join this movement with me. It is one thing to say you're committed; it something else to be held accountable to that commitment.
All of our agents take time out of their schedules to get out of the office and make a difference in the community. Town and Mountain Realty groups participate in many Habitat for Humanity volunteer work days and have contributed upwards of 400 work hours building homes. In addition to working with their hands, they also give financially; the company has donated a portion of its closings to help Blue Ridge Forever safeguard land and water, and helped support Dining Out for Life, Girls on the Run, and more over the years.
"That's part of who we are and who we want to be," Mike said. Locally owned and operated, not part of a real estate franchise, Town and Mountain is independent and focused on the needs of its clients and those who want to buy or sell real estate. The concept is important to the company.
"I've lived here about all my life," Mike said. "All our agents are locally involved. That's who we want to be - an independent business, involved in our community and helping people achieve their real estate goals."