BDAR Assisting Shelters, Local Businesses During Pandemic

Local realtors association donating $7,000 to three local charities

The Barrie and District Association of Realtors has stepped up to the plate during the COVID-19 pandemic with a donation of $7,000 to be divided equally between Youth Haven, the Women and Children’s Shelter of Barrie, and the United Way of Simcoe Muskoka.

“Our members, working through the REALTORS Care® Foundation, are contributing much needed funds to help provide housing for women, children, youth and the homeless,” says Robin Jones, BDAR President.

In addition to helping these local organizations, BDAR is supporting local businesses through the Support Local campaign. The Support Local campaign includes a draw for four gift baskets that include products and gift cards from local businesses. These baskets range in value between $200 and $400. The money raised will go back into the community to support shelter-based charitable organizations.  Tickets are $10 each and will be available until May 22, 2020. To learn more about this draw, click here.

“This is the time that we come together to help those in need, and right now, local organizations, charities, and businesses are hurting,” Jones adds. “Our Association has the ability to step up and help out right here in our communities.”

As COVID-19 continues to put pressure on the Province’s already stretched shelter system, the Ontario Real Estate Association (OREA) also announced it is donating $480,000 to Ontario shelters and shelter-based charities through the Ontario REALTORS Care® Foundation. OREA’s donation will reach the most vulnerable populations through more than 50 shelters and food banks across Ontario. 

“Local Realtors® are stepping up during the Covid-19 pandemic and helping out people and businesses right here in our communities, both through these initiatives or others they have started themselves,” Jones said. “I am proud to be a Realtor in our region, and I’m honoured to support our local people in need.”