Chadwick White Has A Heart of Service!
Keller Williams South Park
Written by Heather Pluard
Photos by Abby Humphries
“What else do you need?” That question, asked by Keller Williams South Park REALTOR® Chadwick White, turned what was supposed to be a single community service event into an ongoing office crusade. While volunteering at The Pine Valley Community Center in May of 2019, Chadwick and his team fell in love with the people they served, and they wanted to do more.
“When you go into a neighborhood like Pine Valley, you can see and feel the need,” Chadwick says. “But you can also feel the love there. Meeting people who are doing so much good in the community, despite the struggles, made me want to help. I thought, ‘If this were my family, what would I want to do?’ Then I evaluated my skill set, found what I could use, and put both feet in the water.”
After holding a food donation drive, Chadwick and his office partnered with Roots Kitchen to deliver 150 meals to the center. Together, they continued providing meals throughout the pandemic, also partnering with a local nonprofit, Feeding Charlotte, along with Johnson and Wales – a culinary school willing to donate food. KW South Park then got together to raise $10,000 and used the money to fund improvements at Pine Valley and buy computers for the kids.
“Change starts with the youth,” Chadwick says. “We have to show kids that if they’re willing to go for it, there are people who will help. The kids at Pine Valley used the computers to do schoolwork during COVID, and they learned basic computer skills. Sometimes, their parents have to choose between providing a meal or paying a bill. They don’t always get to have dinner at night…so computers were way out of reach without our help. I think about how blessed I have been in my life growing up in Charlotte. I’ve had the opportunities, means, and support that these kids don’t, and it makes me want to be an even better servant of the community.”
During the Christmas season, Chadwick and the office set up an Angel Tree for Pine Valley. They delivered clothes, toys, and gifts the children would not have received otherwise. Chadwick also tapped into his personal contacts to set up a day at Camp Thunderbird in South Carolina, where he had been a director for ten years. The plan is now on hold, but Chadwick hopes to get the kids out on the lake and ropes course when the pandemic ends.
“It makes me feel good that I’m able to help, both monetarily and physically,” Chadwick says. “Donating my time touches me more because I’m talking to people, getting to know them, and seeing the fruits of my labor. That warms me up and pushes me to do better. But donating money is also essential. Many nonprofits rely on government funds to operate, and when those funds are unavailable, they have to raise money. Sometimes, people can only donate one or the other. Don’t be torn. Go with the cause that touches you most, and do what you can!”
When Chadwick isn’t helping others through real estate or volunteering, he loves traveling, getting out into the great outdoors, and kickboxing – an activity he does six days a week. “I’m dead at the end of each class,” he laughs. “I also love going to local restaurants with friends, and I’m really into the craft brewing scene here in Charlotte. I’d love to brew beer at home if I had more time.”
For REALTORS® looking to make a difference, Chadwick suggests they start in their neighborhoods first, doing small things like organizing community cleanups or holding garage sales to benefit local nonprofits. “As real estate agents, we live, shop, and sell in our community, and it’s good to give back to the place that helps us thrive,” he says. “I’m out in the community a lot, helping however I can. There is always a need, and in my heart, I know helping the less fortunate is the right thing to do. If I can have a positive impact on even one person’s life, that’s a great success to me.”