As a board member of the Neighborhood Housing Services of Northern Queens, Walsh volunteers his time by giving home-buying seminars for local residents looking to become homeowners.
With the recent real estate market crash, Walsh the seminars are a vital service.
“After the six-week course you’ll be able to purchase a property,” he said. “Or you’ll know what else you have to do.”
He teaches prospective buyers to determine if they are financially fit, what to look out for during home inspections and to choose a realtor that will help them through the process.
“It’s just a different way to give back to the community,” he said “Maybe there will be less foreclosures.”
Walsh is also a statewide board member of Best Buddies International, a nonprofit organization that pairs members of the community with an individual with developmental disabilities.
One Saturday, he was eating at a restaurant on Austin Street in Forest Hills when a woman overheard his conversation about funding for the organization. She walked up to him and thanked him; her daughter had been part of the program.
“I think it’s important to give back to the community,” said Walsh. “It’s a benefit to everyone.”