Giving back: Country Living Realty invests in its community |

Giving back: Country Living Realty invests in its community

From left to right: Taylor Ovenden, Andrea Camp, Yvonne Gustin, and Dorina Fredrickson stand outside their business along E. Victory Way. The four have come up with a program to donate $100 to a non-profit, charitable organization in Moffat County for every home they sell. (Joshua Carney / Craig Press Staff)

Wanting to give back to the community and make an impact locally, Country Living Realty came up with a unique way to get involved and help other local organizations out in Moffat County.

For every home that Country Living Realty sells, the local business — which won Best Real Estate Office in Moffat County in 2018 and 2019— will donate $100 to the buyer or seller’s organization of choice. There’s only one stipulation though: that organization must be in Moffat County.

“We were just looking for a way to be able to make an impact locally,” Dorina Fredrickson, who came up with the idea, said. “We talked about ways we could impact the community; we all live here, so we wanted to give back.”

“We’re giving back to the community, and this way it’s going to a non-profit, charitable organization,” Yvonne Gustin added. “Everyone has an organization that’s important to them, so this is just a nice way to give back. If you have kids in 4-H, or kids on the Craig hockey team, or even those that have used the Moffat County Cancer Society, everyone has something that’s important to them, so we want to give back. Being able to do this here in this community makes it that much better.”

Country Living just recently started the “We Believe In Making A Difference” program, which has been another step forward for them when it comes to making an impact in the community. Earlier this year, Country Living participated in the #trashtag cleanup challenge, which was spearheaded by Craig Councilwoman and Country Living Realtor Andrea Camp, who said she saw the idea on social media and decided Craig could use a bit of sprucing up before tourism week. Along with the #trashtag challenge, Country Living gave away pumpkins at open houses, and even bought girl scout cookies and delivered them to the local police officers and fire departments.

“We want to put a positive spin on things around here,” Gustin said. “It’s great to be able to do this. Craig is a great community and a great place to raise your kids. I would hope that people continue to give and be positive about this community; it’s important to repay this community.”
As a locally owned and operated business, Country Living has made it their mission to give back to a community that has done so much for them in recent years.

“I think it’s very relieving to buyers to know that when they’re buying a home through us, some of that money is going back into the community they’re investing in,” Fredrickson said.

This year, Country Living has donated $800 after starting the program a few months ago. Long-term, the business hopes to donate around $10,000 next year, meaning they’d have to sell roughly 100 homes. Last year Country Living sold more than 150 homes and are already on pace to break that mark this year. Should the locally owned and operated business maintain that same pace next year, the company would donate more than $15,000, all right here in Moffat County.

“It’s really nice to be able to give back like this,” Fredrickson said. “It’s been quite the experience so far.”

Through eight sales, the company has donated to the Boys & Girls Club of Craig, Christmas for Kids, Craig Cougars Hockey, Humane Society of Moffat County, the Mark Zimmerman Benefit Fund, Moffat County Cancer Society, Sandrock Elementary, and the Yampa Valley Pregnancy Center.

“We had one buyer who donated to Christmas for Kids,” Fredrickson said. “The buyer said she chose them because she needed to use the program once before and said it was nice knowing that program was available then, so she wanted to make sure it could impact someone else’s life like it did her’s, so that was really touching.”

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