The Toronto Real Estate Board kicked off 2015 by providing grants to 60 different shelter-related charities throughout the Greater Toronto Area.
“For the past seven consecutive years Greater Toronto Realtors have voted overwhelmingly in favour of participating in the Ontario Realtors Care Foundation’s Every Realtor campaign,” says TREB president Paul Etherington. “The decision, which allowed TREB to donate $485,410… is just one example of our members’ commitment to fostering quality of life in the communities in which they live and work.”
Included among this year’s grant recipients was Habitat for Humanity Greater Toronto Area, which is currently building a home sponsored by TREB in the York Region municipality of Georgina. TREB members have also participated in the construction of the home, setting one family on the path to a better life.
The board also supports a Children’s Breakfast Program operated in conjunction with the Toronto District School Board’s Toronto Foundation for Student Success. Through sponsorship and volunteerism in the program they work to provide children in need with nutritious breakfasts to sustain their learning throughout every school day.
Each year scholarships are also presented to four graduating high school students in the GTA, to be used towards their post-secondary education. In addition, a Ryerson University student is selected annually to receive a summer work placement and award.
“Through the Toronto Real Estate Board, brokerage initiatives and individual volunteerism, Greater Toronto Realtors routinely demonstrate that they’re dedicated to helping others, and in today’s globally competitive world, their work to build a better city benefits us all,” says Etherington.