COMMUNITY INITIATIVES

BLANKET DRIVE

This year’s Blanket Drive is November 14 – 21, 2016. Dozens of real estate offices across the Fraser Valley and Greater Vancouver serve as drop-off locations to collect an astounding 4,000+ bags of blankets and clothing, which REALTOR® volunteers personally deliver to local charities (listed below).

“Like” our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/BlanketDrive.

Fraser Valley Blanket Drive charities supported in 2016:

5 and 2 Ministries Community Development & Support Services Society, Centre of Hope (Salvation Army), Cyrus Centre, Raven’s Moon Resource Society, Warm Zone (Women’s Resource Society of the Fraser Valley)
Gateway of Hope Shelter (part of Salvation Army), Ishtar Transition Housing Society and Wagner Hills
Hope Central Ministry (New Heights Church), Lydia Home’s Alcohol & Drug Recovery Program (Union Gospel Mission), Mission Community Services Society, Mission Friendship Centre, Mission Youth (MY) House
The Great Helping Hand Society, Hyland House (Options Community Services), NightShift Street Ministries, Surrey Memorial Hospital (Volunteer Services), Surrey Urban Mission
Atira Women’s Resource Society, Sources Food Bank Resource Centre and Sources Women’s Place

Fraser Valley charities and drop-off locations, as well those for Greater Vancouver, can be found at www.blanketdrive.ca.

REALTY WATCH

Since 1995, Fraser Valley REALTORS® have joined forces with police acting as “extra eyes and ears” to fight crime in their communities. REALTOR® members at the Chilliwack and District Real Estate Board joined the Realty Watch program in 2003. In 2006, the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver members launched Realty Watch for their areas.

Realty Watch is a crime prevention program whose mission is to reduce and prevent crime by assisting police in time-critical situations — usually lost, missing or abducted children or vulnerable adults.

Police contact the Fraser Valley Real Estate Board and request a fan-out for the missing person. The information sent out as a text message to REALTORS®. After receiving the fan-out message, if a REALTOR® sees or hears anything that could help police with that case, he or she calls 911.

REALTORS®, with their smartphones and community mobility, are an excellent resource for police. Over 14,000 REALTORS throughout the Lower Mainland of BC, from Whistler to Hope, can be mobilized within 30 minutes.

In the Fraser Valley, Realty Watch is led by a group of volunteer REALTORS®. For more information, call 604.930.7630.

Visit www.realtywatch.net for more information.

CHARITABLE CONTRIBUTIONS

CHARITABLE GIVING GUIDELINES

Given our modest budget, we have specific criteria when reviewing submissions, as follows:

  • Preference shall be given to shelter-related causes. These include charitable efforts that support the provision, creation, or modification of temporary or permanent human shelter.
  • Preference shall be given to submissions that address the needs of people who live within the Fraser Valley Real Estate Board’s areas of operation.
  • Submissions shall only be considered from fully registered Canadian charitable societies, preferably with a BC division.
  • A complete submission, including a description of the need for funding, must be provided. Organizations are expected to carry out the project as funded, and to submit written reviews as requested.
  • Charitable societies are expected to maintain proper fiscal accounting practices and to provide, upon request, interim and/or annual financial accounting of use of funds.
  • Submissions will be reviewed through the lens of the Quality of Life principles:

    ensuring economic vitality

    providing housing opportunities

    protecting property owners

    building better communities

  • Submissions must demonstrate the opportunity for public recognition of the donation, with such recognition to go to the REALTORS® of the Fraser Valley Real Estate Board.

Submissions will be reviewed annually. Please address any submissions to the attention of the Communications committee.

A printable PDF of these guidelines is available here.

 

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