Real Estate Agents: 5 Great Ways To Get Involved with Your Community

I’m a firm believer that getting involved in your local community and volunteering your time is beneficial not only for your mind and body, but also your business. There’s a sense of connection and community that occurs when you surround yourself with other like-minded charitable people — that quite often — results in the deepening of relationships with existing clients, as well as the fostering of new ones.

We’ve all heard the old saying, “people do business with people they know, like and trust.” Volunteering is a great way to network and meet new people, but more importantly, when the effort is genuine, can result in new business opportunities and referrals.

If you’re a real estate agent and you’ve been thinking about donating your time and service but aren’t quite sure how to get started, here are five ideas to consider:

  1. Rotary International not only offers help locally and worldwide, but membership offers tremendous networking opportunities. The Rotary motto is “Service Above Self” and Rotary is an organization of over 33,000 local clubs serving their communities around the world.
  2. Hands On Phoenix partners with a wide range of community service organizations and government agencies to put volunteers to work where they are needed most – tackling issues like homelessness, hunger, education, animal welfare, environmental challenges, and more.
  3. Kiwanis International offers volunteer opportunities to help enhance the physical, emotional, educational, and social wellbeing of our children. Click the link to to see what opportunities are available in your community.
  4. Smaller groups that cater to different ethnicities may be ideal for the agent who specializes in a certain ethnic market. The Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, for instance, can help you get in touch with local groups that offer help to the Hispanic community.
  5. Hyper-local volunteer opportunities like coaching a community athletic team, volunteering at a local school in your farm area, your church or community theater groups are also great ways to donate your time while meeting new people.

The important part is to think about what’s important to you. What are you passionate about? Then, reach out to that organization and ask how you can help. Making the time to start giving back will come back to you tenfold. In the words of Bryant McGill, “Giving is the master key to success, in all applications of human life.”

I hope you find these ideas helpful. We would love to hear about other ways you are volunteering your time and service to your local community, and how the act of ‘giving back’ has impacted your business. Feel free to comment below or share your stories with me via email at

To learn more about Cardinal Financial and our charitable work here in the Valley, please visit our Community & Charity page.



Change The Planet Week


Dear Friends, Clients, Partners & Family,

Every year I forget how hot it actually gets here in Phoenix, and then, like clockwork, it hits me. Is anyone else ready to welcome back those cooler fall temperatures? Well, while we’re waiting, I wanted to share a project that I’ve been passionate about recently – and I hope it sparks something in you too.

In the past, I’ve mentioned an organization – The CORE – which is now like family to me. Being part of a mentor group has been instrumental in my professional growth and something I highly recommend looking into if you want to grow your business. A few years ago, we decided it was time to start giving back to our communities. They created ‘Change the Planet Week’ to encourage people to donate their personal time and labor to make a difference in their neighborhoods.

Between my involvement with the Chandler Compadres and now The CORE, I have made it a priority to give back to local organizations like these, and I’d like to ask the same of you. This year, Change The Planet Week begins on September 8th. During this week, I’m asking my friends, family, partners and colleagues to give a few hours of your personal time and labor to a cause of your choice and share your experiences on our Facebook Group page (search for Change the Planet Week). It would mean the world to me and will hopefully inspire others to give of their time too.

We have supported many organizations in the past. This year my team and I are working with Save the Family to get an apartment ready for a new family. We are excited to do something new and this should be a great team building exercise.  Are there any organizations you enjoy volunteering at or giving your time to? Send me an email and let me know.

I truly believe that it only takes a few hours of time spent giving back to your community to make a huge impact, and who knows, together we may just Change the Planet! What do you say? Will you join me? I hope the rest of your year is a success and look forward to speaking to you soon.

Matt Askland