The Woodlands real estate expert receives special award for volunteering

By: Sean K. Thompson
| Published 06/29/2017


THE WOODLANDS, Texas -- The National Association of REALTORS® and the Good Neighbor Society have announced the recipients of the ninth annual Volunteering Works grants and mentoring program, which matches realtors who do charitable works in their community with mentors and awards them grant money to expand their efforts.

Out of the entire nation, only five Volunteering Works recipients were chosen, and one of them was Priyanka Johri, owner of Woodlands Eco Realty. Johri will receive a $1,000 seed grant and a year of one-on-one mentoring from a member of the Good Neighbor Society, which is comprised of past recipients of the National Association of REALTORS® Good Neighbor Award for volunteer service.

In 2008, Johri founded Pure Mutts Animal Sanctuary after Hurricane Ike left many pets injured and homeless. She runs a no-cage shelter for dogs that are sick, older or injured – often taking in dogs that other shelters are unable to care for – and finds them permanent homes. Johri’s goals include training domestic violence survivors to be pet sitters or dog groomers and taking in dogs whose elderly owners are going into assisted living facilities.

“I am honored to have received this award and am excited to put the funds to good use in helping our local animal population,” said Johri. “There are more than one million members of the National Realtors® Association in the country, and less than 200 realtors have been selected for this award in the past 18 years,” said Johri. “To be one of the only five realtors selected for this year’s award is truly humbling. I have a lot of work ahead of me to keep the standard!”

The Volunteering Works recipients were selected based on their devotion to their communities through volunteer work and the potential for their good works to be expanded or improved with the help of an expert mentor. Their mentors are past winners of the Good Neighbor Awards, the highest honor that NAR awards to realtor members who are involved in community service.

“Realtors have an extraordinary reach into their communities. Many of them guide, mentor and volunteer in the places they live and work, and these Volunteering Works recipients are improving lives in ways that will continue far beyond 2017,” says NAR president William E. Brown.

To learn more about Volunteering Works or the Good Neighbor Awards, visit

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