The Main Street Foundation is one of those good-feeling, hometown organizations that inspires an overwhelmingly authentic â€œgood people doing goodâ€ vibe. Since 2012, our good friends at Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Main Street Properties have been fulfilling Christmas wishes, slinging Manna food pantry bags, buying baseball tickets for veterans, caring for our elderly and just offering a helping hand to distressed families in our community. All this good-doing begs the question, is this really a real estate company, or something else entirely?
We caught up with Audie Street and Holly Lovett, the owners of Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Main Street Properties and the founders of The Main Street Foundation. Their explanation? â€œWe're not really a real estate company. We're a relationships company in the real estate business. Building relationships, giving back to the community that has so embraced us, and spreading love and good cheer is critical to our vision - we want to be everyone's favorite real estate company - and helping out where we can is just the right thing to do.â€
I have to say, it is inspiring in the world of business and its accompanying hyper-focus on return on investment, to encounter an organization with as much give-back attentiveness as this group. With over 40 service activities in any given year, (mind you, one of those was collecting over 12,000 pounds of food donations door-to-door) their hope is that they will inspire like-minded companies to get involved in making our community a better place. The idea that we can all make a small difference â€“ be a catalyst for change â€“ make this world a better place â€“ drives this group like a powerful magnet and it's just cool to witness.