For Executive Sandy Rubolotta of Realty Executives Exceptional Realtors® Pompton Plains, in Pompton Plains, New Jersey, giving back to the community she serves could mean giving her neighbors the priceless gift of good health.
In 2008, Rubolotta founded the Greater Pompton Area Chapter of Deborah Hospital Foundation. Inspired by her own experience at Deborah®, Rubolotta made it her mission to raise awareness and funds for the local hospital that treats patients regardless of their ability to pay.
REALTOR® Magazine, the official magazine of the National Association of REALTORS®, recently recognized Rubolotta’s efforts and has gotten behind her cause in two significant ways. Sandy is just one of five national recipients to receive the 2015 Volunteering Works award. The New Jersey REALTOR® has been awarded a $1,000 grant and has been paired with a Good Neighbor mentor for her charitable work with Deborah®. (REALTOR® Magazine’s Good Neighbor Award mentors have made an extraordinary impact on their community, or on the national or world stage, through volunteer work.)
In 2006, Rubolotta began experiencing troubling heart symptoms. A trip to the doctor revealed several tests were in order. However, Rubolotta soon learned her insurance would not cover the tests or any necessary heart procedures. “I paid dearly for the test and prayed for good results. They were not good. I had 5 blockages to my coronary arteries,” Rubolotta said.
After exploring several options and at the prompting of friends in the real estate industry, Rubolotta found her way to Deborah®, a leader in cardiac, pulmonary, and vascular care. Although Sandy held strong community ties and area expertise, she had no idea Deborah® offered services for the under-insured and those without insurance. Time proved to be of the essence. Upon admission to Deborah®, tests revealed if Rubolotta had waited even another week, heart bypass surgery would have been necessary. Less invasive solutions were employed and within just 2 days, Rubolotta was back home. “I have never to this day received a bill from the hospital, although I make it a point to donate a portion of my income each year to Deborah®,” Rubolotta said, who is back at work doing what she loves, selling real estate.
The Volunteering Works grant and mentoring program connects REALTORS® seeking to magnify their community service efforts with successful volunteer leaders, forming a year-long mentoring relationship. As part of the award, Rubolotta will receive one-on-one mentoring from a member of the Good Neighbor Society along with the seed money to help increase her work with Deborah Hospital. Building a stronger network of volunteers and grooming new leadership are some of the goals. “We started the Pompton-area chapter so the next generation would learn about this wonderful visionary place. Back in the 50s there were over 300 fundraising chapters. Now there are only 70 left. First and foremost, it’s about getting the word out about Deborah®,” Rubolotta said, who is currently exploring options to do just that.
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