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Commercial Department: Helping Hands: Josephs Appraisal Group (JAG): February 2008


Helping Hands: Josephs Appraisal Group (JAG)

Each month, Helping Hands features a mortgage professional or group that has volunteered to lend a hand to others in need

Name Josephs Appraisal Group (JAG)

Project Measure of Love trail race0208helpinghandscom

Site Scottsdale, Ariz.

How In 2005, JAG President Jay Josephs and his employees organized the first Measure of Love trail race. Funds collected from race registration and donations have been directed to ChildHelp, a Scottsdale-based nonprofit that aids victims of child abuse and neglect nationwide. The race was held again in 2006. 

This year’s event is scheduled for Feb. 23 at McDowell Mountain Regional Park, outside Scottsdale. It includes a 10K competitive trail run, an open trail hike, a fun run for kids and a relay race. The event usually attracts about 100 participants, says Jill Sturman, JAG’s marketing director.

All of JAG’s 25 Arizona appraisers and other employees participate in the event in some way, Sturman says, be they working on setup or competing in the race.

“This company is composed of people who really care,” Josephs says.

Why Josephs says he first became involved in helping children’s causes after meeting the director of a home for children in distress when he was a student at University of Arizona. The home’s director mentioned its neighborhood was too dangerous for trick-or-treating, and Josephs’ fraternity decided to plan a Halloween event for the kids.

“I wasn’t really impacted [by the event] until the director sent me a note that mentioned that it was the first time these kids ever mentioned going to college,” Josephs says.

Josephs and his fraternity continued planning events, such as soccer games and movie days, for the children for the rest of his time in college.

“For two years, we made a real difference,” he says. “I could see it when we would see [the kids].”

Josephs decided the proceeds from the trail runs would go to a child-related organization with roots in Arizona, and a friend referred him to ChildHelp.

Impact JAG raised more than $18,000 for the nonprofit from the first two trail runs, Josephs says. The company hopes to raise $7,500 from this year’s race.

Try it; to register for this year’s race


Kirsten Terry is a Seattle-based freelance writer. For questions on this article, call (800) 297-6061 or e-mail

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