Volunteering not only allows real estate agents to help those in need, it also provides opportunities for them to grow their business and expand their network. One of the ways an agent can give back is through community service and charitable fundraising.

Keller Williams agents across the state of Washington recently spent a day volunteering in their communities, with one group helping the environmental group Earth Corps clear out blackberries and horsetail from Camp Long in West Seattle, according to an article on Q13Fox.com.

“It’s not unusual for [agents] to be trompin’ around getting a property ready to list,” Keller Williams’ Chrisi Webster said in “Real estate agents give back to the community with volunteer service day,” published May 12.

“But this is a fun way for us all to come together,” he said.

In Tacoma, agents collected school supplies for students; in Bellingham, agents painted and landscaped a domestic violence shelter; and in Mount Vernon, they cleaned veterans’ headstones at a cemetery, according to the article.

Each year, the second Thursday of May, Keller Williams agents celebrate Chairman of the Board Mo Anderson’s birthday by spending the day away from their business, serving causes in their communities, the article stated. This is the seventh year for the volunteer service day.

“Last year, we worked at the Log Cabin Museum in West Seattle, cleaning up the logs and restoring the property,” Webster said in the article. “We’ve been at Lincoln Park. We’ve been at homeless shelters. So we try to rotate it around.”

Across the country in New York, Jim Whelan, executive vice president of the Real Estate Board of New York, organized the first local Real Estate Games that took place June 9 at Chelsea Piers to raise money for JDRF and its fight against type 1 diabetes, an article on nypost.com reported.

According to “Real estate hotshots teaming up to fight diabetes,” each team of 10 people contributed $5,000. Events included sand volleyball, a rock climbing relay, tug of war, Tower Power (a Jenga-like balancing game), dodge ball and Hot Shot basketball.

Whelan’s teenage son was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes a few years ago, according to the article.

A little further South of New York, real estate agents in Washington, D.C., set records for attendance and fundraising for the Real Estate games held at American University on June 2. According to an article on bisnow.com, more than 2,400 professionals participated in that area’s 27th annual event, raising more than a half million dollars for JDRF.