REALTORS Care®: Kamloops REALTORS® help find ‘A Path to Home’

So many REALTORS® from coast-to-coast are committed to volunteering their time and raising funds for the causes and charities close to their hearts. CREA is proud to celebrate the generosity of REALTORS® and highlight their inspiring stories with our national REALTORS Care® program. Here is one of those stories.


In February 2019, the Kamloops and District Real Estate Association (KADREA) partnered with United Way Thompson Nicola Cariboo to launch “A Path to Home”—a month-long, three-part campaign that engaged REALTORS® in and around Kamloops, British Columbia, to learn about the spectrum of housing needs in their community and give back by volunteering their time and raising funds and awareness.

“We were looking to achieve a ‘bigger picture’ impact, and this campaign aligned with our three pillars: giving, engagement, and exposure for our REALTORS®,” said Trevor Koot, Executive Officer of KADREA. “REALTORS® care and are truly engaged in their communities, and we as an organization like to take those opportunities to engage in the community as a whole.”

“Seeing is Believing” Tour

On February 5, 2019, 50 REALTORS® participated in a “Seeing is Believing” bus tour hosted by the United Way. It served as an opportunity to learn and explore the scope of low-income subsidized and transitional housing available in the area.


Koot described the tour as “an educational experience that REALTORS® will be able to apply and incorporate what they heard into their business.”

Hands-on Volunteering

In an effort to spread the love on Valentine’s Day, REALTORS® volunteered their time to help paint the Emerald House, a co-ed and low barrier shelter that provides accommodation for women and men who are homeless.

Fundraising

Another component of the campaign was to raise funds for apartment kits. These kits have everything you would need to get started in a new home, such as towels, sheets, dishes, utensils, cleaning supplies and toiletries. REALTORS® and community members generously donated towards the kits.

Koot offered up some final advice that could help other REALTORS® make a deeper impact for the causes they believe in: “Collaborate. Plain and simple. What we noticed, especially with the smaller brokerages, is this type of initiative creates an opportunity for those who wouldn’t necessarily do things on their own. Whatever we do, we try to collaborate. These organizations are so excited when they can meet with someone and build a bigger idea.”

Samantha Restoule brought her experience in communications to her former role of Program Coordinator for REALTORS Care® and CREA’s Young Professionals Network (YPN). In her role, Samantha highlighted the incredible work REALTORS® are doing in their communities as well as liaised for board and association YPN initiatives. In her spare time, she writes about music, hangs out with her cats, and talks everyone’s ear off about astrology.


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