COMMUNITY INITIATIVES

BLANKET DRIVE

Introducing a COVID-safe REALTORS Care® Blanket Drive!

This year everything has changed because of COVID-19 but we’re not going to let the pandemic to stop us from helping people in our communities who are still in need. This year the REALTORS Care® Blanket Drive will take place November 23 to 27 and it will be a little different.

We will not be asking volunteers or real estate brokerages to help collect blankets or clothing this year for safety reasons.

Instead – and for the first time in our event’s 26-year history – we will be staging an online Drive for financial support from REALTORS®, their brokerages, and their clients for past Blanket Drive charities.

You can donate now by clicking the button below. Every donation counts, so please give if you can.

Donate here!

For more details and updates on this year’s campaign, watch for updates at www.facebook.com/BlanketDrive.

Below is a list of charities that will be supported in 2020:

  • 5 and 2 Ministries Community Development & Support Services Society
  • Centre of Hope (Salvation Army)
  • Cyrus Centre
  • Gateway Community CRC (Extreme Weather Shelter)
  • Raven’s Moon Resource Society
  • Warm Zone (part of the SARA for Women Society)
  • Gateway of Hope Shelter (Salvation Army)
  • Ishtar Women’s Resource Society
  • Wagner Hills Farm Society
  • Hope Central Ministry (New Heights Church)
  • Lydia Home’s Alcohol & Drug Recovery Program (Union Gospel Mission)
  • Mission Community Services Society
  • Mission Friendship Centre Society
  • Mission Youth (MY) House
  • Hyland House (Options Community Services)
  • NightShift Street Ministries
  • Surrey Memorial Hospital (Volunteer Services)
  • Surrey Urban Mission
  • Atira Women’s Resource Society
  • Avalon Recovery Society
  • Bill Reid Place (Options)
  • NightShift Street Ministries
  • Extreme Weather Shelter (part of Peace Portal Alliance Church)
  • Sources White Rock/South Surrey Food Bank
  • Sources Community Resources Centre
  • Sources Women’s Place
  • Surrey Urban Mission
  • The Launching Pad Addiction Rehabilitation Society

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.

Fore more information, visit www.realtywatch.net or call 604.930.7630.

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 department. A printable PDF of these guidelines is available here.