REALTORS Care® charitable contributions
Each year, Metro Vancouver real estate companies and their REALTORS® contribute to the well being of their communities by donating or raising funds for charity. The REALTORS Care® program tracks these donations.
REALTORS Care® Blanket Drive
The REALTORS Care® Blanket began in 1994 when a group of Realtors called on colleagues to gather blankets to help the homeless keep warm in the Downtown Eastside.
The Blanket Drive is now an annual event driven by Realtors of three local real estate boards, including the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver. This is the longest running and most successful program of its kind in the region.
It helps the homeless, single mothers, the working poor, and those getting back into the workforce.
REALTORS Care® Shelter Drive
In 2009, the REALTORS Care® Shelter Drive was created to help raise funds for housing-related charities. Each year up to three such charities are selected to receive support, based on suggestions from Realtors.
Realty Watch is a powerful community crime prevention program operating across the Lower Mainland from Hope to Whistler and the Sunshine Coast, and every community in between. The program is run in partnership with local police departments and the RCMP where more than 16,000 Realtors assist police as extra “eyes and ears” in their communities.
Realtors observe and report to police any suspicious activity that they may happen upon in their day-to-day business. In emergency situations, Realtors respond to a police or RCMP-activated request to search for missing/abducted children or vulnerable adults, or life-threatening situations.
Realtors across the Lower Mainland work hard to improve their communities and give back to their neighbours. You can see how they contribute by checking out the Real Estate News section of this site.
REALTORS Care® Awards
For many REALTORS®, their profession is about more than selling real estate. It means being an active part of their community.
REALTORS® have raised millions of dollars and volunteered countless hours to many worthy causes.
That’s why, in 1999, the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver created the REALTORS Care® Awards, a community service recognition program that recognizes individuals and companies who give back to the neighbourhoods where they live and work.