Ontario Realtors pay it forward

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Realtors play an integral part in their communities. In a recent survey
by the Ontario Real Estate Association (OREA), 84 per cent of Ontario
Realtors said they had contributed to their local com munity either through local charities, sports teams or events within the past year.
“I would like to recognize all OREA members who generously donate their time, money and skills to their local communities,” says Dreena Gilpin, president, Ontario REALTORS Care® Foundation. “I am honoured to be part of a profession that places such importance on giving back to its communities.”
The Ontario REALTORS Care® Foundation (previously the Canadian Real Estate Board Foundation – Ontario Fund, and the Ontario Real Estate Association (OREA) Foundation) was first established in 1967 to raise funds for a variety of charitable organizations across Ontario. In 1999, the Ontario REALTORS Care® Foundation turned its focus to shelter-based charitable organizations, a cause near and dear to Realtors. Since 1998, 4.4 million dollars have been granted to shelter-based organizations across the province on behalf of Ontario Realtors.
“Realtors help people buy and sell homes every day. We understand the comfort they bring and the memories they hold. We also recognize the value that living in a strong, safe and stable community offers to our families and our neighbours, and that’s why we give back,” says Gilpin.
If you have been thinking about volunteering, but are not sure what you would like to do, here are some suggestions:
Visit local seniors – seniors’ homes will almost always take volunteers, and it can be quite a rewarding experience. Volunteers help enrich the lives of seniors residents by engaging in activities together and sometimes just through conversation.
Help your local institutions – If you have school-aged children, you may already be familiar with all the volunteer opportunities available at your child’s school. Beyond that, after school care programs, day care centres, camps and church groups can always use extra help.
Share your skills – If you have a green thumb, your neighbour might appreciate your help this spring with sprucing up their garden. Or, if you can write, your local charity might benefit from having you write news releases or content for the website.
Donate to charity – Monetary donations go a long way at charities. If you cannot give financially, you might like to donate clothing, food, toys or toiletries instead.
More information is available at, www.wedothehomework.ca.
This article is provided by local REALTORS® and the Ontario Real Estate Association for the benefit of consumers in the real estate market.