Ontario REALTORS® Donate $1 million to Shelter-Based Charities as Pandemic Continues to Challenge Shelters and Food Banks
Article by Sudbury.com
Sudbury Real Estate Board provides $3781 in support to the Sudbury Women’s Centre & the Inner-City Home of Sudbury
As the third wave of the pandemic continues to put pressure on the province’s already stretched shelter system, the Sudbury Real Estate Board is supporting the Sudbury Women’s Centre & the Inner-City Home of Sudbury in our local community by providing $3781 in funding to assist with service continuity. 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 community of Greater Sudbury with vulnerable populations being disproportionately affected. Here in the community of Greater Sudbury, we have been partnering with various shelters and have witnessed first-hand the tremendous work they do to support the community.” said Tyer Peroni, Chair of the SREB. “This funding, which is consistent with the socially responsible leadership that OREA provides to the Ontario communities they serve, will support those most vulnerable”
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,” said Heather Arnott, President, Ontario REALTORS Care® Foundation. “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.”