Jeff Fields Wins National Award for Preventing Teen Suicide


Photo: Jeff Fields at the 2018 Connections of Hope Gala for Teen Lifeline.

On Oct. 6, The National Association of Realtors announced Jeff Fields, with Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty in Scottsdale, as one of its five 2020 Good Neighbor Award winners. As a volunteer and past board president of nonprofit Teen Lifeline, Fields has served more than 28,000 youth through a peer-to-peer teen crisis hotline while providing community education on suicide prevention.

NAR’s Good Neighbor Awards honor 10 Realtors annually for making an extraordinary impact on their communities through volunteer work. Over the past 21 years, the Good Neighbor Awards program has awarded nearly $1.4 million in grants to more than 200 Realtor-led nonprofits. Their impact has been felt in 40 states, 15 countries and in Puerto Rico.

“Our Good Neighbor Award winners leave a remarkable impact on their communities every year, but everything these Realtors have done in 2020 is even more impressive and more commendable,” said NAR President Vince Malta, broker at Malta & Co., Inc., in San Francisco, Calif. “I am proud to honor Jeff Fields for dedicating his time and passion to giving hope to teens who had none.”

Fields became passionate about saving teens from what he calls “the most preventable death” after losing several friends to suicide. To read his full story, go to magazine.realtor/JeffFields.

With the award, Fields will receive a $10,000 grant for his charity and will be featured in the November-December issue of Realtor Magazine. In lieu of the traditional ceremony held every year at the REALTORS Conference and Expo, Fields will be honored by the Scottsdale Area Association of Realtors.

NAR’s Good Neighbor Awards program is supported by primary sponsor realtor.com and Wells Fargo. Nominees were judged on their personal investment of time along with their financial and material contributions to benefit their cause. To be eligible, nominees must be NAR members in good standing.

“Congratulations to all of the Good Neighbor Award recipients, on behalf of everyone at realtor.com,” said realtor.com CMO Mickey Neuberger. “In an extraordinary year, these Realtors inspire us to care about others and contribute to making our communities a better place.”

More information about the Good Neighbor Awards is available at nar.realtor/gna.

The National Association of Realtors is America’s largest trade association, representing more than 1.4 million members involved in all aspects of the residential and commercial real estate industries.

AZJL interviewed Jeff when he was named to the 2017 class of 40 Under 40 for the Scottsdale Area Association of Realtors. Read that story here.

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