How you can help Syrian refugees

Our area is expecting a significant number of Syrian refugees over the next few months.  As a REALTOR®, you have unique qualifications and relationships which may be helpful for the refugees and the agencies helping to settle them.

  1. You and your clients own real estate, homes and rental properties, and housing is one of the most critical issues facing newcomers to our communities.  You may also know of warehouses or storage facilities that can be used to store donated items.
  2. You have strong relationships with your clients and know when they are renovating or intending to get rid of household items.  Furniture and small appliances are needed to help the newcomers make their houses feel like homes.

See how you can help by checking out the FAQ put together by RAHB and the Housing Help Centre:

Wesley Urban Ministries is compiling a database and will work to pair refugees with appropriate housing.  If you or your clients are looking to help and have housing that can be made available please complete this form:

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The Salvation Army is helping Wesley with donated items and more information can be found here:

To donate to the Syrian Refugee Fund visit


To find out more about the people who are joining our community, please see the Government of Canada’s profile on Syrian refugees:


For more information about how you can help, please contact Megan at the RAHB office – 905.529.8101 x295 or

REALTORS® support shelter-related organizations

Representatives from nine local charitable organizations were on hand to receive donations from the REALTORS® Association of Hamilton-Burlington (RAHB) on Thursday, December 10, 2015.

2015 RAHB President Donna Bacher and CEO George O’Neill presented the cheques totaling $53,521 on behalf of the Ontario REALTORS Care® Foundation, which is supported by members of the Association.  Each year, funds donated by RAHB members come back to the community, to be distributed to shelter-related organizations.

Cheques were presented to Good Shepherd, Indwell (formerly Homestead Christian Care), Mark Preece Family House, Mission Services, St. Joseph’s Healthcare Foundation, St. Peter’s Hospital Foundation, The Bridge, The Salvation Army Hamilton and the YWCA Hamilton.

For more information about the Ontario REALTORS Care® Foundation, go to


Royal LePage Burloak Chili Bowl raises money for local shelters

Royal LePage Burloak Real Estate Services held its 6th Annual Charity Halloween Chili Bowl on October 28, 2015 to raise money for Halton Women’s Place and The Carpenter Hospice.

Approximately 130 people attended the event, including Royal LePage Burloak Real Estate Services’ sales representatives, administrative employees and community sponsors.  The event raised over $3,000 for
the shelters

Over the past thirteen years, Royal LePage Burloak Real Estate Services has raised over $250,000 in support of Halton Women’s Place and the Carpenter Hospice and continues to contribute to the Royal LePage Shelter Foundation by organizing and holding fundraising events throughout the year.


Keller Williams Complete raises funds for Habitat

On September 23, 2015, Keller Williams Complete Realty held its second annual charity golf tournament in support of the Women in Law (WIL) build and Habitat for Humanity.  Through the  tournament, sponsorships and donations, Keller Williams Complete donated $20,965 to Habitat
for the build.

A message from the Canadian REALTORS Care® Foundation

How Did You Give Back in 2014?

The REALTOR® community in Canada reported giving over $53.8 million to charity in 2012 and 2013.  That’s a strong message that helps CREA and the Canadian REALTORS Care® Foundation highlight the generosity of REALTORS® to the general public, the media, and decision-makers on Parliament Hill.

Now that 2014 has come to a close, please help the Foundation add another year’s worth of REALTORS® donations and fundraising totals to that figure to make it even more impressive!

Please visit and complete a simple form to let the Canadian REALTORS Care® Foundation know how you gave back in 2014. Your personal information will be kept strictly confidential, in accordance with CREA’s Privacy Policy.

Thank you for your help in showing the world that RAHB members and REALTORS® across Canada really do care.

REALTORS® Care! REALTORS® Ride for Charity

This year’s REALTORS Care® Foundation Motorcycle Ride for Charity will take place on July 8 , 2015, with the kick off taking place at the Ontario Real Estate Association (OREA) in Don Mills. This year’s goal is to raise $25, 000 for shelter related causes in Ontario.

The ride route and other details for the event are just being finalized; stay tuned for more information. You can also check out the REALTORS Care® Foundation website for information about signing up to ride or sponsoring a rider.


RAHB member Kathy Chiu’s (Right at Home Realty Inc.) “An Evening of Song” fundraiser for Joseph Brant Hospital Foundation raised over $18,000 for the Foundation. The event was held October 17 at the Burlington Performing Arts Centre.  Further donations can still be made to the Foundation; please mention the contribution is towards the efforts of “An Evening of Song”.


RAHB presented REALTORS Care® Foundation grant cheques to St. Peter’s Hospital Foundation, Mark Preece Family House, Ronald McDonald House Hamilton, and Indwell in December.

RC1(left to right): RAHB CEO Ross Godsoe, St. Peter’s Hospital Foundation Director of Development Heather Scott, Mark Preece Family House Executive Director Pearl Wolfe, RAHB President Tim Mattioli.


(left to right):  RAHB CEO Ross Godsoe, Ronald McDonald House CEO Chantell Tunney, RAHB President Tim Mattioli.


(left to right): Indwell Executive Director Jeffrey Neven, Indwell tenant Tom Jeffery, Indwell Director of Projects and Development Graham Cubitt, Indwell President of the Board Trevor Horzelenberg, Indwell Director of Policy and Planning Steven Rolfe, RAHB President Tim Mattioli, RAHB CEO Ross Godsoe, Indwell tenant Nicole Bade, Indwell Project Developer Sylvia Harris.


RAHB members care!

During 2014, RAHB made donations to the following shelter-related organizations:

Dr. Bob Kemp Hospice
Mark Preece Family House
City Kidz
The Salvation Army – Hamilton
Phoenix Place
Mission Services
St. Matthews House
Neighbour to Neighbour
Ronald McDonald House – Hamilton
St. Peter’s Hospital Foundation


Did you know:
The REALTORS Care® Foundation grant and RAHB’s donation to Ronald McDonald House, combined, will house a family at Ronald McDonald House for two weeks.


Blood Donors – RAHB Partners for Life

Wrap it up red!

This year the REALTORS® Association of Hamilton-Burlington has made 16 donations towards the goal of 20 units of blood for 2014.  Thank you to those who have been able to contribute to this life saving goal.  We are still hoping to achieve our pledge for this year. If you haven’t registered as a member of the RAHB Partners for Life program you can do so here.  Once you have registered as a member, any blood donation that you have made during the year will count towards our goal.  Don’t forget to ask your family and friends to sign up as well.

It is not too late to donate this year. Your donation can help to save someone’s life during the holidays.


Royal LePage Burloak Bowls for Charity

Royal LePage Burloak Real Estate Services held its fifth annual Charity Halloween Chili Bowl on October 29, 2014 at Burlington Bowl.  The event raised $2,600 for Halton Women’s Place and The Carpenter Hospice. (more…)


This spring, the Canadian REALTORS Care® Foundation asked REALTORS®, brokerages, franchisors, real estate boards and associations and their affiliated charitable organizations how much they raised and/or donated to charity in 2013. The Foundation crunched the numbers and found that REALTORS® reported over $23.2 million in funds raised and donated in 2013Added to 2012 tally of donations, that makes a grand total of $53.8 million in only two years. (more…)