By Mark McLean, TREB President
As Greater Toronto REALTORS® we’re fortunate to share in one of life’s most important milestones with thousands of GTA residents each year as they become homeowners.
We know that important milestones like buying a home is not only one of the biggest financial and lifestyle decisions you will make, but also a dream many Canadians strive to achieve, and having the support from family and friends can make all the difference.
However, not everyone is fortunate enough to have such a support system and recognizing this, Greater Toronto Realtors consider it a privilege to help communities, and the people who live in them achieve that dream of homeownership, helping to put them on a path to success.
Each year, TREB Members donate $1 per member per month, which goes towards supporting shelter-related charities across the GTA. In 2015, GTA Realtors donated more than $480,000 that went to 60 shelter-related not-for-profit organizations.
Realtors are also very involved in their communities. Each year Realtors across the GTA donate their time to causes such as Habitat for Humanity. These home builds not only help a deserving family obtain affordable housing, but studies have proven that home ownership has decreased health problems in Habitat families. Those families have also seen an increase in the number of children that will go on to pursue a bachelors degree or higher.
TREB Members also offer assistance to young people in their communities through scholarship programs, summer work placements and the children’s breakfast program. These initiatives help set up youth for success, so we can continue to build healthier, stronger and more vibrant communities.
GTA Realtors are passionate about the communities they work in, because they live in them too. They realize that giving back to their communities helps make it a better place to live for all.
You too can help make a difference by volunteering your time, organizing a fundraiser or making a financial contribution. To get involved and to learn more about the many ways Greater Toronto REALTORS® are working to make a difference throughout our region visit trebhome.com.