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Guarantee Real Estate Raises the Roof with Habitat for Humanity!

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Last week I attended my first Habitat for Humanity event. The experience was a blessing, and one that I am happy and humble to have been afforded the opportunity to help with.

Habitat for Humanity and Guarantee Real Estate Raised the Roof for a Family in Need

On May 11, Guarantee Real Estate partnered with Habitat for Humanity Fresno County and hosted an event to raise funds for the lovely “Chang Family”. The Chang Family, recently chosen to receive a Habitat Home, were both thankful and overcome with emotion when given a chance to address the crowd. Mr. Chang described to everyone what “Raise the Roof” meant to him. “This event means everything to me. It means a better life for my children and wife, and a chance for my children to grow up in an environment that I would not have been able to provide without your help tonight.” -Mr. Chang-Habitat Home Recipient.

Live Music, Good Food and Drinks
The event popped off with live sultry tunes from a local band as the mood was set for pure excitement through the entire time. Around 400 attendees mingled, laughed, and enjoyed the company of each other. A massive taco truck provided tacos with all of the toppings that one could handle. An array of drinks were provided by Home Services Lending, and a delectable assortment of deserts were provided by Susan Britter of First American Home Buyer’s Protection.

Job Well Done!
It takes about $15,000 to place a roof on a Habitat home. In addition to a grant given by the Guarantee Good Will Network, and the funds raised at the event, I’m told that a little over $11,000 was raised for the Chang Family! I’d say that Guarantee Real Estate, Habitat for Humanity, and the community partners who generously supported the event, should be proud of themselves for a job well done.

Thank You Thank You Thank You!
An event such as this requires many hands, and the joint effort of those who have big hearts. I want to give a huge shout out to the partners who helped to make this event successful: Century 21 C. Watson, Fidelity National Title, First American Title, Hyatt Real Estate, Sierra Pacific Mortgage, Joan Eaton & Paul Gibson, Keller Williams, Westland Realty, Realtor® Maria Martins-Sanchez, Old Republic Title, Placer Title, Realty Concepts, and one additional partner who wishes to remain anonymous. Also, I want to give a special shout out to those who organized the event: Sandy Darling, Desrie van Putten, Reginia Teter, and Josh Banker.

Fundraiser for Habitat For Humanity

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Join us in supporting Habitat for Humanity.
Purchase your ticket today CLICK HERE

Guarantee Real Estate is proud to announce a fundraiser event for Habitat for Humanity Fresno County. The fundraiser will be held on May 11, 5-8 PM at the Fig Garden Office, and will include an evening of live music, food, and drinks. All proceeds of the event will go to support Habitat for Humanity Fresno County. Tickets can be purchased online at OR, at the Fig Garden Office which is located at 5210 N. Palm Ave., Fresno, CA 93704.

Habitat for Humanity is a Christian international non-profit organization with a vision to help every family achieve the dream of home ownership. The organization has helped more than one million families improve their living conditions. For over 30 years Habitat for Humanity Fresno County has transformed many lives through providing affordable housing and rehab to over 150 families.  Guarantee Real Estate is deeply touched by the efforts of the organization and the quality of life that it has provided to those who need and desire change. Therefore, Guarantee Real Estate is delighted to collaborate with Habitat for Humanity Fresno County and participate in their Raise the Roof campaign to benefit one deserving family.

“I am so pleased that Guarantee is sponsoring this event. We hope that our friends and business partners will purchase tickets and support this worthwhile community effort to help a family obtain the American Dream!”

Sandy Darling – Fig Garden Office Manager

“This is an ideal opportunity for our real estate community, neighborhood business, and valued clients to come together and celebrate an incredibly effective organization. I hope that many will join us for this wonderful evening of fun and laughter.”

Desrie van Putten – Flex Office Manager

Make a $500 Donation and Become a Partner

Together, Guarantee Real Estate and Habitat for Humanity understands that an event like this can only be successful with the joint effort of everyone throughout the community. Partnerships are available to those who desire to make a donation of $500 or more. The partners for this event will be given the following opportunities; name recognition on the event banner and printed material, name recognition as a donor at the property for which the funds are currently being raised, and 10 tickets to the event. Don’t hesitate to call Sandy Darling at 559-650-6030 if you are interested in becoming a partner.

“Building homes, hope and community has been a major cornerstone of Habitat for Humanity Fresno County since 1985.  It has taken the generosity and love of our volunteers, businesses and community leaders, donors, and the countless families we have served to make the impact we have for generations to come.  Guarantee Real Estate has been a major partner in this effort, and we are forever grateful.”

Matthew Grundy – CEO, Habitat for Humanity Fresno County

“As a company, Guarantee Real Estate wants to stand behind Habitat for Humanity, and really raise the roof for a family. This is going to be a huge party with a ton of people, good food, and drinks. At only $10 per person, you don’t want to miss this! I want to invite you to come by any time after 5 PM and join us for the celebration.”

Andy Nazaroff -President/CEO Guarantee Real Estate

Guarantee Good Will Network Donates $76,500

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Guarantee Real Estate along with its agents and employees combined their efforts and resources to donate over $76,500 to local non-profits in 2015.  The Guarantee Good Will Network (GGWN) charitable giving fund supports local organizations that provide safe shelter to people when they are in a time of need.  The Network also contributes to non-profits that offer services and facilities that are available to everyone in the community and make the Central Valley a more enjoyable place to live.  Since inception, the GGWN has contributed over $384,000 to local non-profits.

The organizations that received Guarantee Good Will Network donations in 2015 are:

Community Food Bank 18,937
Evangel Home 3,000
Rescue Mission 3,000
Hinds Hospice 3,000
Naomi’s House 3,000
Village of Hope 3,000
Ronald McDonald House 3,000
EOC Sanctuary Outreach to the Steeets 3,000
Sherriff’s Search & Rescue 2,500
Fresno Historical Society 2,500
Tree Fresno 2,500
Habitat for Humanity 2,250
American Red Cross 2,000
Rescue the Children 2,000
Storyland/Playland 2,000
Fresno Fire Chief’s Foundation 2,000
Terry’s House 2,000
Youth for Christ 1,500
Junior Company Foundation 1,500
Break the Barriers 1,500
Woodward Shakespeare Festival 1,400
Fresno Art Museum 1,200
Boys and Girls Clubs 1,000
Marjaree Mason Center 1,000
Angels of Grace Foster Family Agency 1,000
Breaking the Chains 1,000
Sierra Foothill Conservancy 1,000
MADD 1,000
Catholic Charities 1,000
StageWorks 1,000
Sequoia Council Boy Scouts 1,000
Fresno Filmworks 1,000

Ribbon Cutting at Habitat for Humanity’s Almy Playground

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Four years of planning, fundraising, and building paid off today as the children who live in Habitat for Humanity‘s southwest Fresno subdivision had their first chance to climb, slide, hang, run, and swing in their new Almy Community Park.  Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin, Habitat’s Sabrina Kelley and Torin Blount, Guarantee Real Estate’s Sandy Darling, as well as other Almy sponsors and children from the community expressed their gratitude for the broad support that made this playground a reality.

Community partners for this Habitat for Humanity – Fresno County project included PG&E, Wells Fargo, Cargill, Fresno Regional Foundation, Darling International, Guarantee Real Estate, and the residents of southwest Fresno.



Guarantee Good Will Network Donates $38,000 to Local Non-Profits

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During the first six months of 2015 the Guarantee Good Will Network (GGWN) contributed over $38,000 to local non-profit organizations.
The organizations that have received GGWN donations in 2015 are:

Guarantee Real Estate, its agents, and employees contribute to the Guarantee Good Will Network which supports charities whose purpose is to provide Safe Shelter for individuals when they are in a time of need. The Network also contributes to non-profit organizations that provide services and facilities that are available to everyone in our community and make Central California a more enjoyable place to live. Since inception, the GGWN has contributed over $346,000 to help our community.



Guarantee Good Will Network Supports Habitat for Humanity

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Habitat for Humanity-Fresno County recently received a $1,000 donation from the Guarantee Good Will Network.

Habitat seeks to end poverty housing and increase homeownership by uniting individuals, families, and communities to build affordable homes.  Habitat-Fresno celebrated the completion of their 100th family served when the Ordonez Family recently moved into their home near Jensen & Willow
Habitat families are taught basic construction skills that they use to help build their home.  They also learn about home maintenance, home improvement, interior design, neighborhood involvement, budgeting, consumer awareness, and how to cooperate with others.
To learn more about what Habitat for Humanity does, or how you might get involved by volunteering to help build a home, visit their web site, .

Wine Walk Benefits Habitat for Humanity

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The Guarantee Good Will Network has joined with the merchants of Fig Garden Village to raise funds for Habitat for Humanity-Fresno County.  On Thursday, September 29th from 5:00 PM to 8:00 p.m. Fig Garden Village will host their 2nd Annual Wine Walk and Moonlight Sidewalk Sale.
The Fig Garden Wine Walk will feature wine tastings from over 25 California wineries, delicious food samples from restaurants in the Village, and stores will offer terrific sidewalk sale items.
Tickets cost $25 per person, or two for $40. Tickets can be purchased online at or in person at Elbow Room or Bella Vino Cellar in Fig Garden Village.  ID required for wine tasting at this event.

Habitat for Humanity Fresno County Receives Donation from the Guarantee Good Will Network

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On Monday, June 27th, Tony Miranda, the Executive Director for Habitat for Humanity Fresno County, gladly accepted a $1,000 donation from the Guarantee Good Will Network.

The first-time homeowners for the final house in Habitat’s eleven-unit Clara North Village will be moving into their home by the end of December.  Habitat will be starting a new project of 9 homes on the northwest corner of Willow & Jensen in September.  They are also very excited to have acquired two foreclosed and rehabilitated homes in the City of Parlier.  And they are in the process of selecting two great families for those homes at this time.

Families typically invest a minimum of 500 hours of “sweat equity” before they can take ownership of their new home.  Most families not only help build their own home but also aid in the construction of other Habitat homes.  This important part of the Habitat program helps to ensure that families are not only committed to their home but also to the greater community as well.

Habitat for Humanity Fresno County seeks to end poverty housing in the county of Fresno by uniting individuals, families, and communities to build decent, affordable housing.  Learn more about Habitat and find out how you can get involved by visiting their web site,

Tree Fresno Receives Donation from Guarantee Good Will Network

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The Guarantee Good Will Network helped make the Central Valley greener, healthier, and more beautiful by making a $1,000 donation to Tree Fresno.

Since 1985, Tree Fresno has planted over 37,000 trees throughout the Central Valley.   Along with public area and school campus plantings, Tree Fresno is now committed to the continued progress on the Master Urban Parkway Plan (MUPP), an ambitious plan to create a network of over 200 miles of urban trails that would connect parks, schools, shopping and recreation areas; Tree Fresno is also hard at work on the Friant Oak Loop-Scenic Highway Beautification and Reforestation Project, where 25 miles of scenic recreation area will be lined with a variety of trees designed to provide shade, beauty, and attract wildlife.

In addition Tree Fresno offers education at school campus plantings by teaching our children the value of green spaces and caring for their environment.

With a staff of only 6 employees, the majority of work for Tree Fresno’s projects is done by volunteers.  To learn more about Tree Fresno and how to get involved with an upcoming tree planting, visit their web site, .

Guarantee Good Will Network Makes Donation to Habitaty for Humanity – Tulare County

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The Guarantee Good Will Network made a $1,000 donation to Habitat for Humanity-Tulare County. The donation will support “A Brush With Kindness” and the Rescued Homes” programs.

The “Brush With Kindness” program helps repair houses, one at a time. Volunteers from service groups, businesses, congregations, and community agencies help with repair work for low-income homeowners who are challenged by age, disability, or circumstance.
“A Brush With Kindness” brings resources, volunteers, and homeowners together to repair roofs, paint, landscape, replace damaged windows and doors, repair plumbing and electrical problems, install wheelchair ramps, replace stoves and refrigerators, install weather-stripping and low-flow shower heads, repair or replace floors, and provide general clean up. Homeowners and family members work side by side with volunteers to complete the restoration of their home if they are able. Our program helps individuals live in a safe, decent home and helps restore hope and dignity to their lives.
The “Rescued Homes” program allows families to purchase homes that have been through foreclosure and are left in disrepair. The program works the same way as Habitat’s “New Homes” program, the homeowner must work 500 hours of sweat equity to repair their home and work on other Habitat projects until their hours are finished. When the home is complete they purchase the home from Habitat with a no-profit, no-interest loan.

These programs are making a tremendous impact by improving neighborhoods at the same time they are helping the individual families they assist.

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