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GTA REALTORS® Donate $560,414 to Shelter Charities

TORONTO, February 3, 2016 -- Greater Toronto Area REALTORS® celebrated the 2015 holiday season in a giving way, providing grants to over 50 shelter-related charities throughout the GTA.

“At our Spring General Meeting, GTA REALTORS® voted to participate in the Ontario REALTORS Care® Foundation Every REALTOR® Campaign by donating $1 per Member per month.  This is the eighth consecutive year that TREB Members have participated in the campaign, and our Members continued with their commitment to improving the quality of life in their communities by donating $560,414 this year alone,” said TREB President Mark McLean.

As a result of the Greater Toronto REALTORS®’ donation, grants were provided to the following shelter-based charitable organizations:

360° Kids

Sanctuary

AIS – Accommodation, Information & Support Inc.

Sandgate Women's Shelter

Belmont House Foundation

Scarborough Women's Centre

Casey House

Seeds of Hope

Centre for Addiction and Mental Health Foundation (CAMH)

Sherbourne Health Centre

Christie Refugee Welcome Centre

St. Matthew's Bracondale House

Community Living York South

St. Michael's Homes

Covenant House Toronto

Street Haven at the Crossroads

Elspeth Heyworth Centre for Women

Street Health Community Nursing Foundation

Ernestine's Women's Shelter

The Dorothy Ley Hospice

Eva's Initiatives for Homeless Youth

The Good Neighbours' Club

Fife House Foundation

The Massey Centre for Women

Fred Victor

The Redwood

Furniture Bank

The Salvation Army – Ontario Central East Division

Haven on the Queensway

The Salvation Army – Sutton Youth Centre

Horizons for Youth

The Vitanova Foundation

Inn From The Cold

Toronto Foundation for Student Success

Joanne's House – Durham Youth Housing and Support

Trails Youth Initiatives Inc.

Kennedy House Youth Services

Variety Village

LOFT Community Services

Ve'ahavta

Matthew House Toronto

Women's Centre of York Region

Na-Me-Res - Native Men's Residence

Wychwood Open Door

Nazareth House Inc.

Yellow Brick House

Nellie's Women's Shelter/Women's Hostels Inc.

YMCA of Greater Toronto

New Leaf: Living and Learning Together Inc.

York Region Centre for Community Safety – Sandgate

North York Women's Shelter

Yorktown Shelter for Women

Regeneration Outreach Community

Youth Without Shelter

Ronald McDonald House Charities Toronto

YWCA Toronto

Included in the $560,414 charitable contribution is the $10,000 that GTA REALTORS® raised in support of Camp Winston through fundraising efforts at the TREB FEST 2015 and REALTOR® QUEST 2015 events.

Recognizing that young people represent the city’s future, Greater Toronto REALTORS® also support 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, REALTORS® work to provide the children with a well-balanced and nutritious breakfast in an effort to help achieve overall health and 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 and a commercial network scholarship is awarded to a Ryerson University MBA student.

“REALTORS® see firsthand the countless positive impacts that come from having a place to call “home.”  It’s so important in building strong communities that we take care of those less fortunate, and through monetary contributions and volunteerism, GTA REALTORS® consistently demonstrate that they are committed to building a better, stronger city, starting with those who need it most, and are our city’s future,” said Mr. McLean.