ONTARIO REALTORS® DELIVER $480,000 TO COVID-19 STRESSED SHELTERS AND FOOD BANKS


Windsor-Essex County Association of REALTORS® provides $7280 in support to Community Living Essex County

WINDSOR – As COVID-19 continues to put pressure on the province’s already stretched shelter system, we are proud at Windsor-Essex County Association of REALTORS® to be able to support Community Living Essex County  in our local community by providing $7280  in funding to assist with service continuity. This funding is part of a $480,000 donation made by the Ontario Real Estate Association (OREA) that will be distributed by the Ontario REALTORS Care® Foundation (ORCF) to shelters, food banks and shelter-based charities.

“The unprecedented impact of COVID-19 has been felt around the world, including in our local community of Windsor- Essex with vulnerable populations being disproportionately affected,” said Lorraine Clark of Windsor-Essex County Association of REALTORS®. “Here in the community of Windsor-Essex we have been proud to partner with Community Living Essex County, and have witnessed first-hand the tremendous work they do to support over 700 children, youth and adults with an intellectual disability. We hope that this donation will help them get through this incredibly difficult time.”

The funding will be distributed to more than 50 charities across Ontario. The ORCF is an organization that has supported shelter-based organizations throughout Ontario since 1977 and receives its funding through the generosity of Ontario’s REALTORS®. In 2019 alone, the Foundation raised more than $1.2 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.

“Now more than ever, our local communities and shelters need our support,” said Kevin Crigger, President, Ontario REALTORS Care® Foundation. “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. When the COVID-19 health crisis is behind us, Ontario REALTORS® and the ORCF will still be there, as they have been for more than 40 years, raising money to support our local charities.”

The donation is being redirected from OREA’s one-time $5 million dollar grant to the Ontario REALTORS Care® Foundation made earlier this year, facilitating a faster and direct distribution of funds at a time of need.

To donate to the Ontario REALTORS Care® Foundation today, visit www.realtorscareontario.ca.

About Windsor-Essex County Association of REALTORS® 

The Windsor-Essex County Association of REALTORS® (WECAR) is recognized as the voice and source for real estate by providing education and essential services to maximize professionalism and business opportunities of our Members so they are able to make a valid contribution to our Communities. WECAR is the oldest Real Estate Association/Board in Ontario and the second oldest in Canada, celebrating our 100th Anniversary in 2018, and represents over 1000 members and 90 firms.

 

About the Ontario Real Estate Association

The Ontario Real Estate Association represents 80,000 REALTORS® who are Members of the 37 real estate boards throughout the province. OREA’s mission is to help Ontario REALTORS® succeed in building stronger communities. For almost one hundred years, OREA has promoted higher standards in real estate for the benefit of consumers and REALTORS® alike. As one of Canada’s largest professional associations, we are Ontario’s strongest advocate for home and property ownership, property rights, and prosperous communities. OREA serves its REALTOR® members through the production of Standard Forms, top-tier advocacy, award-winning leadership development and other services.

 

About the Ontario REALTORS® Care Foundation

The Ontario REALTORS Care® Foundation, formerly the Ontario Real Estate Association (OREA) Foundation was established in 1967. The Foundation supports shelter-based charitable organizations across Ontario, making a difference in the lives of people and communities where REALTORS® live and conduct business.