Agents Give Back! Willamette Valley Real Producers featured Legacy Broker Lisa Plechl Phillips in their Agents Give Back article this month. Lisa dedicates her time to the Boys And Girls Aid and Habitat for Humanity. #ItsAboutCommunity and we are proud to have Lisa on our team. #LegacyRealEstate #BoysAndGirlsAid #HabitatForHumanity
The July issue of Willamette Valley Real Producers is out now! Check it out to read Lisa’s full article as well as association news, Amerititle Idol’s recap, and other various articles about local agents who are doing great things. CLICK HERE: Willamette Valley Real Producers – July 2018
“It’s very touching, and it’s very touching to see how we are able to touch these girls’ lives and empower them to make better decisions”
Boys And Girls Aid & Habitat For Humanity
The daughter of an Austrian immigrant, Lisa Plechl Phillips saw every day her father’s pride of being an American. With that pride came a sense of excitement to give back to the community, and it stuck with Lisa. “I think just because my parents are so grateful to live in the United States that serving others and giving back to the com – munity you live in is huge,” she said. “That’s where I’ve learned all of that.” In addition to her thriving real estate practice, Lisa makes it a point to follow that example. She is a driving force in the Boys and Girls Aid Cherry Branch Gala of Trees. It’s an event that occurs in December every year, where 12 to 15 trees are deco – rated and auctioned. Trees sell for anywhere between $2,500 and $8,500 each, and the event brings in between $120,000 and $150,000 each year.
Proceeds go toward programs in Marion and Polk counties that help children find stable homes and gives a helping hand to young people who haven’t had much guidance in life. Boys and Girls Aid is a 130-year-old nonprofit that offers services in foster care adoption, foster care programs, infant adop – tion, adoption planning, support for unplanned pregnancies and decision-making, temporary housing and assistance to help children get back on track to succeed and transitional living programs for young people at risk of homelessness who work or attend school. “The proceeds from the gala serve children in Marion and Polk counties,” she said. “It goes toward adoptions and educating families. It’s really trying to keep families intact and helping children who need to be adopted. They operate a couple of homes where young people are transitioning into society, teaching them basic life skills.”
Lisa first got involved about 19 years ago when she and some friends decorated Christmas trees. Her first year she made a tabletop tree and a quilt to go along with it. “It did really well, and so they invited me back the following year,” she said. “I did another tabletop tree and a wreath the next year. Then I became a member of the Cherry Branch of Boys and Girls Aid, specifically based in Salem. I decorated a full-sized tree and I’ve been decorating a full-sized tree every year since then.” It’s a significant commitment. Plechl Phillips estimates that it takes about six to eight hours of shopping and two days of decorating for a tree to be show ready.
She also gives time to the Cherry Branch of Boys and Girls Aid in other ways. Once she was invited as part of a group to deliver dinners to a transitional home that housed about seven young women between the ages of 16 and 20. They broke bread together and had poignant conversation. “It’s very touching, and it’s very touching to see how we are able to touch these girls’ lives and empower them to make better decisions,” she said. “The staff at Boys and Girls Aid is amazing. It’s such a gift. They invited us the hour after dinner to stay for their group therapy, and that’s something they’ve never done. It was such an honor to be invited to something that these girls are so vulnerable, and yet they trusted us to sit there and be with them.”
Lisa also has found a way to help others achieve homes, even spanning beyond her three-year real estate career. She, along with all the other women in her office, participate in the Women Build Week with Habitat for Humanity. “The experience was something so profound,” she said. “We laid and hammered down sub-flooring, helped build a wall, and learned the structure and placement of doors and windows. To know I had a part in building something so meaningful to a family and I will most likely never meet is exhilarating.”
Professionally, Lisa is no stranger to getting involved in the heavy lifting. Prior to her real estate career, she owned Twig Downtown in Salem, where she sold interior design supplies and did interior design, as well. That background has set Lisa apart among her peers, and the two careers have melded together. She works as a designer for Banner Homes, choosing all their finish selections on spec homes and meeting with all buyers on pre-sold homes to hand-select interior choices. She also lends a hand to her real estate clients looking to spruce up their homes for sale. “I have taken them to the paint store, chosen colors and gone to the granite yard for counter tops,” she said. “I’ve helped pick out faucets, door knobs; the simple things that can really do a lot for a home. That is putting in extra hours for me, but it’s also giving back. It’s making people happy and helping them know they are putting their best foot forward. It’s what I love to do.”
Written by Rick Osborn. Photos by Marlin Brownell,
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