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Greater Capital Area Association of Realtors®

GCAAR's charitable partnerships

GCAAR Cares supports pathways to homeownership by promoting financial literacy and stability, fostering homeownership opportunities, and advancing housing security in Washington, D.C. and Montgomery County, MD.

This work will, when possible, be done through a lens of racial justice and focus on traditionally underserved communities. We will leverage the talents, knowledge, and funds of GCAAR and our members.

Each year, GCAAR identifies a strategic charitable partner for a three-year engagement based on the above mission statement and criteria. Below are our current charitable partners.

Partnership with Junior Achievement of Greater Washington, 2024-2026

Our partnership with Junior Achievement was designed to support financial literacy education to approximately 12,000 Montgomery County seventh graders. Junior Achievement’s Finance Park® program is an innovation in experiential education designed to prepare middle school students for life and work in the real world. From goal setting to saving, budgeting, shopping and bill paying, students experience what it takes to successfully navigate today’s complex economy. In addition to financial support, some of GCAAR’s REALTOR® members will also be trained to serve as volunteer youth mentors. 


Partnership with Yachad, 2023-2025

Our partnership with Yachad (Ya-hUd) focuses on wealth creation of families in lower-income communities of color by preserving housing where families currently reside. Yachad’s Healthy Housing Remediation Program preserves and makes safe existing housing while building new equity for single-family homeowners. GCAAR’s financial support will be matched by one of Yachad’s community partners to budget for repair and remediation services for an additional 20-25 homes – and our members will be invited to help as volunteers.

Read about one special homeowner in D.C. that was helped by Yachad in 2023, thanks to support from GCAAR: Bernedette Cowan Wilson's story


Partnership with Habitat for Humanity Metro Maryland, 2022-2024

Our 2022 partnership with Habitat for Humanity Metro Maryland (HFHMM) will support homeowner education for the recipients of Habitat for Humanity homes, supporting pathways to housing and volunteer engagement of GCAAR members.

HFHMM's mission of building strength, stability, self-reliance and affordable housing dovetails with GCAAR's focus of fostering homeownership opportunities for everyone, especially in traditionally underserved communities. As part of the three-year partnership, GCAAR will sponsor HFHMM’s Homeowner Education programs, through which all participating families must complete at least 40 hours of homeowner training on budgeting, civic engagement, home maintenance and other topics. GCAAR members will also have the opportunity to participate in Build Days to further give back to this important initiative.

Read more about our partnership with HFHMM.

GCAAR volunteers from Build Day on April 28, 2022