The National Association of REALTORS®’ announced five recipients of its 2021 Volunteering Works Awards, including Illinois REALTOR® Ryan Gable, CEO of StartingPoint Realty in Schaumburg.

In Gable’s honor, a $1,000 grant will be given to an organization he helped found earlier this year, Bikes and Music. Also, Gable will receive strategic planning and fundraising guidance from 2020 NAR Good Neighbor Award winner Eric Baucom of Coastlands Real Estate Group in Ventura, Calif.

Volunteering Works winners were selected because of their devotion to their communities through volunteer efforts and the potential for their good works to be expanded with the help of an expert mentor.

Portrait REALTOR Ryan Gable

Ryan Gable

“Our sole purpose is to help individuals and institutions continue to teach, learn and play music,” said Gable. “We just started this year, and in the past 30 days we have partnered with Thomas Kelly College Prep, a local high school in Brighton Park, Chicago. We reached out regarding what was needed and it was a resounding response due to COVID.

“Our goal right now is to ensure that any child who wants to learn and play music gets an instrument to join in the fun. The world needs musicians, and budding musicians need instruments. We want to make the connection between used instruments to new music students more seamless.”

NAR President Charlie Oppler said, “Amid the changes and challenges that have been introduced into all our lives over the past year, these amazing recipients have continued to step forward in ways that leave a lasting, positive mark on our world. I am so proud to support these volunteers and their important work, which illustrates the commitment REALTORS® make to their neighbors and neighborhoods.”

The Volunteering Works program is sponsored by Wells Fargo Home Lending.

Other 2021 winners included:

  • Eduardo Aguire, Corcoran Global Living, San Francisco
  • Kathleen (Kadi) Tubbs of Randall J. Hendricks in Seminole, Fla.,
  • Jane Page Thompson of Carolina Real Estate Company in Aiken, S.C.
  • Gloria Vinson of Landco Properties, Inc., in Jacksonville, Fla.

Learn more about the Volunteer Works and Good Neighbor programs.