As the third wave of the pandemic continues to put pressure on the province’s already stretched shelter system, the REALTORS® Association of Hamilton-Burlington is supporting five shelter-based charities in our local community by providing $19,290 in funding to assist with service continuity. The five shelter-based charities that received funding are Halton Women’s Place, Salvation Army Hamilton Booth Centre, The Bridge Hamilton, Wesley Urban Ministries, and YWCA Hamilton. This funding is part of the Ontario Real Estate Association’s (OREA) larger donation of $520,000 to Ontario shelters and food banks, which is on top of the $480,000 donation made one year ago. The funds will be distributed through the Ontario REALTORS Care® Foundation to nearly 100 shelters and food banks across Ontario.
“The impacts of COVID-19 continue to be felt around the world, including in our local communities with vulnerable populations being disproportionately affected,” says RAHB President Donna Bacher. “In our RAHB market area, we have witnessed first-hand the tremendous work and obstacles these five charities have had to overcome during the pandemic. Our hope is that this donation will have a direct impact on our community and assist in each charity’s pandemic recovery plan.”
All charities receiving funding are listed on RealHeart.ca, a recently launched initiative with a mission to support Ontario REALTORS® in their work to build stronger communities across Ontario. In 2020 alone, the Foundation raised more than $1.1 million for shelter-based organizations. Today’s donation is part of OREA’s and ORCF’s longstanding commitment to helping families in need of emergency and permanent housing.
“The impact of this pandemic on our local communities has been devastating,” says President of the Ontario REALTORS Care® Foundation Heather Arnott. “We hope this donation will help our community organizations continue the incredibly important work they do to help those going through tough times. I’d like to thank the OREA Board of Directors for their continued support of the Foundation and for their work in responding to the current COVID crisis. This funding is consistent with the socially responsible leadership that OREA, its 37 Member Boards and its REALTOR® Members provide to the Ontario communities they serve.”
Pictured is Anuja Varghese from YWCA Hamilton
To make a donation to the Ontario REALTORS Care® Foundation, go to www.RealtorsCareOntario.ca.
Representatives from 14 local charitable organizations received grant cheques from the Ontario REALTORS Care® Foundation at the RAHB office on Thursday, December 19.
RAHB President Bob Van de Vrande and CEO Carol Ann Burrell presented cheques totaling $42,180 on behalf of the Foundation, which is supported by RAHB members. Each year, RAHB members raise funds that are distributed among local shelter-related organizations within the RAHB market area.
The recipients of the 2019 Ontario REALTORS Care® Foundation grant are as follows: Restoration Second Stage Home, Neighbour to Neighbour, The Salvation Army Hamilton, Shifra Homes, Wesley Urban Ministries, Mission Services Hamilton, Indwell, The King’s Way Outreach, YWCA, The Bridge, Mark Preece Family House, March of Dimes, Good Shepherd Hamilton and St. Peter’s Hospital Foundation.
The recipients of the 2019 Ontario REALTORS Care® Foundation grant are specifically using the funds for:
If you know any deserving shelter related organizations within the RAHB market area, please encourage them to apply to the Ontario REALTORS Care® Foundation grant next year!
For more information about the REALTORS Care® Foundation, please go to https://realtorscareontario.ca/
Please click the video to view a slideshow of all the charitable organizations receiving their cheque!
Ladies and Gentlemen:
All qualified Ontario REALTORS® and Executive Officers are encouraged to seek election to the 2020 ONTARIO REALTORS CARE® FOUNDATION Board of Directors on February 25, 2020 at the Ontario REALTORS Care® Foundation Annual General Meeting to be held at the Scotiabank Convention Centre, 6815 Stanley Ave., Niagara Falls, ON L2G 3Y9.
Linked below is a package of materials regarding the election for the 2020 ONTARIO REALTORS CARE® FOUNDATION Board of Directors. The package includes:
Interested candidates must submit a fully completed Ontario REALTORS Care® Foundation Candidate Form, including their names, seconders and candidate credentials, by regular and/or registered mail and/or courier to the attention of:
Secretary-Treasurer of the Ontario REALTORS Care® Foundation
c/o Andrew Popert, PwC | Partner, Assurance
PwC Tower, 18 York Street, Suite 2600
Toronto, Ontario M5J 0B2
Tel: (416) 687-8901
The signed original Candidate Submission Form must be received by PriceWaterhouseCoopers LLP, on behalf of the Secretary-Treasurer of the Ontario REALTORS® Care Foundation no later than 4:30 p.m. on December 11, 2019.
Hurricane Dorian has caused extensive devastation on the islands of Abaco and Grand Bahama in the Bahamas. At least 50 people lost their lives and an estimated 2,500 are still missing. According to the United Nations, 70,000 people are now homeless and need immediate humanitarian relief.
Please be advised that CREA has just launched a fundraising campaign in support of the Canadian Red Cross’ Hurricane Dorian Appeal, as directed by the REALTORS Care® Committee. CREA is encouraging the REALTOR® community to make tax-receiptable donations using their REALTORS Care®-branded fundraising page: http://www.redcross.ca/dorian/
CREA would appreciate your help in spreading the word about their campaign to encourage donations and amplify our message that REALTORS® from across Canada are here to help. Please visit the REALTORS Care® Facebook Page, Twitter and Instagram accounts to find content you can easily share with your social networks.
Thank you in advance for your support.
Thank you everyone who volunteered to participate in RAHB’s Home Build Day for Habitat for Humanity Hamilton.
We had a wonderful response from RAHB members and all spots have now been filled.
We will be sure to post photos from the day within an upcoming NewsReal.
Congratulations to Immediate Past President, Jack Loft, who won the 2019 Spirit Award from the Ontario REALTORS Care® Foundation!
The Spirit Award is given to individuals and organizations that have been instrumental in promoting the good works of the Ontario REALTORS® Care Foundation through past successes and continual fundraising support!
Representatives from 10 local charitable organizations were at RAHB to receive grant cheques from the Ontario REALTORS Care® Foundation on Thursday, December 13 and Tuesday, December 18.
RAHB President Jack Loft and CEO George O’Neill presented the cheques totaling $35,500 on behalf of the Foundation, which is supported by RAHB members. Each year, funds donated by RAHB members come back to the community, to be distributed among local shelter-related organizations.
Cheques were presented to Carpenter Hospice, Halton Food for Thought, March of Dimes, Mark Preece Family House, Neighbour to Neighbour, The Bridge, The King’s Way Outreach Centre, The Salvation Army Hamilton, Wesley Urban Ministries and the YWCA Hamilton.
For more information about the REALTORS Care® Foundation, go to https://realtorscareontario.ca/
Roughly 550 wildfires are burning across British Columbia, and more than 20,000 people are affected by either an evacuation order or alert.
The Canadian Real Estate Association has launched a fundraising campaign in support of the Canadian Red Cross’s B.C. Fires Appeal. Will you help your fellow Canadians in their time of need?
CREA has sent additional information to all members – check your inbox, or donate now by using the link below.
Royal LePage Burloak Real Estate Services recently celebrated its year-round commitment to supporting Halton Women’s Place and the Carpenter Hospice with a total donation of $42,000!
Funds for the two local charitable organizations are raised through Royal LePage Burloak’s annual golf tournament and Halloween Chili Bowl, with additional trades-based donations from members in the office.
REALTORS® really do care about their communities!
(Front Row: Angie Mackie, Rebecca Ryder and JoAnn Landry of Royal LePage Burloak Real Estate Services and Mae Radford of The Carpenter Hospice, backed by REALTORS® and staff from Royal LePage Burloak Real Estate Services.)
Does your office raise funds for or work with charitable organizations in your community? Why not let other REALTORS® know? Send the details to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you to all RAHB volunteers!
It’s National Volunteer Week, and RAHB would like to say a big “thank you!” to all members who volunteer with the Association. We appreciate our volunteer committee and task force members who offer their time, talents and expertise for the benefit of all members.
Do you volunteer in your community or for other causes? A big “thank you!” to you, too! REALTORS® are known for their volunteerism, and supporting your community speaks volumes about how much you care.
Do you have volunteers who help you in your business or other endeavours? Be sure to thank them for their efforts – let them know you appreciate the work they do for you.
Happy National Volunteer Week!
Did you know the winner of the RAHB Outstanding Community Service Award gets to name a charity to receive a $1,000 donation from RAHB?
Jim Duschl (RE/MAX Real Estate Centre Inc.) was the recipient of the 2017 Outstanding Community Service Award and he asked that the $1,000 donation go to the Waterdown District Lions Club. RAHB recently received a letter from the Club, telling us what the donation meant to them. Here’s what the letter said:
The Waterdown District Lions Club was pleased to find out that the REALTORS® Association of Hamilton-Burlington recognizes members who serve the community not just professionally, but through volunteering.
Finding out that Jim Duschl was the recipient this year was definitely a shared happy moment for his friends at the Lions club. Further to this, we then found out that Jim has chosen our service club as the recipient of your donation of $1,000 — we are honoured.
The Waterdown District Lions would like to thank the Association, Directors and members for this generous donation. The donation will continue Jim’s volunteer service, as we use it to support programs throughout the Waterdown and District communities we serve.
We also commend Jim for his work in our club and other programs in which he is active. Jim is a highly valued member, a recognized leader in the Lions movement, and we look to him for community guidance throughout the year.
Thank you again for this donation and for recognition of our fellow Lion, Jim Duschl.