RUMSON, NJ – Twenty years ago, Carolynn Ozar Diakon founded Resources Real Estate with the goal of building an independent real estate agency with strong market instincts, exceptional customer service and a commitment to the community. In 2020, Resources Real Estate will celebrate her legacy and their 20th anniversary with an initiative designed to match her distinctive personality: “20 Deeds in 2020.”
Diakon, who passed away in 2019, always had big ideas and a powerful personality to bring them to fruition. The Carolynn Ozar Diakon Foundation was created by her family and Resources Real Estate to honor her spirit, with a mission to empower women who face challenges of all kinds. Carolynn’s husband, Robert Diakon, and her three adult children, Gabriel Diakon, Christopher Ozar and Brett Diakon will direct the organization along with Thomas McCormack, Broker of Resources Real Estate.
This year, the #20Deeds2020 effort will take Diakon’s philanthropic efforts to a new level. Resources Real Estate is asking people to perform 20 good deeds during the course of the year. To maximize the impact, the first good deed each participant must perform is to find 20 more people willing to make the same commitment.
“It’s simple really — we want to change the world,” said McCormack, who worked with Diakon since 2002 and was her business partner since 2010.
Not only do they want each person to commit to performing 20 good deeds in 2020, they want each of them to recruit an additional 20 people to commit to 20 good deeds with each of their recruits also committed to adding 20 more people to the effort.
“We intend to create a ripple effect throughout our community, the state of New Jersey and beyond,” said McCormack, “to create a movement that will, in time, improve the lives of thousands of people.”
If that sounds audacious, it’s in keeping with the bold character of Diakon herself.
Throughout its 20-year history, Resources Real Estate has always been a strong community partner. Diakon personally overcame many hardships in her life and was known for her efforts on behalf of mental health, historic preservation, victims of domestic abuse, women’s health and much more. One dramatic example included Diakon taking her family in a rented RV to New Orleans immediately following Hurricane Katrina to assist in relief efforts. Diakon received the Clara Barton Corporate Humanitarian Award from the New Jersey Red Cross in 2013 because of her unflinching commitment to help others.
The #20Deeds2020 initiative doesn’t define what constitutes a good deed — big/small, grand/modest, solo/group, public/anonymous — they all qualify. In addition, the organizers hope that the campaign will provide a platform for many non-profits to gain wider attention and support.
The company, its agents and supporters have already put in motion efforts to support people in need and local non-profits. Resources Real Estate’s commercial division has initiated an effort to collect items needed by Ronald McDonald House of Central NJ located in Long Branch which provides a ‘home away from home’ for families of seriously ill children receiving medical treatment in local medical facilities. Other initiatives include promoting volunteerism at Lunch Break in Red Bank and Mary’s Place by the Sea in Ocean Grove, food donations to the Atlantic Highlands Food Pantry and other efforts. They’ve even enlisted local businesses to provide rewards for those participating in the challenge.
“Positive change starts with one good deed at a time,” said McCormack.
To accept the #20deeds2020 challenge or find out more info on volunteer opportunities and promotions, visit www.20Deeds2020.com or search social feeds for #20deeds2020.
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