TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Jan. 13, 2015) - Greater Toronto REALTORS® kick off 2015 by providing grants to 60 different shelter-related charities throughout the Greater Toronto Area.

"For the past seven consecutive years Greater Toronto REALTORS® have voted overwhelmingly in favour of participating in the Ontario REALTORS Care® Foundation's 'Every REALTOR®' campaign," said Toronto Real Estate Board President Paul Etherington. "The decision, which allowed the Toronto Real Estate Board to donate $485,410 to the Ontario REALTORS Care® Foundation on their behalf, is just one example of our Members' commitment to fostering quality of life in the communities in which they live and work."

As a result of the Greater Toronto REALTORS'® donation, grants were provided to the following shelter- based charitable organizations:

360 Kids (Formerly Pathways for Children, Youth, Families)
A.I.S. Accommodation, Information & Support
Belmont House Foundation
C.H.A.T.S. - Community & Home Assistance To Seniors - New
CAMH Foundation
Casey House
Christie Refugee Welcome Centre
Covenant House
Delisle Youth Services
Dorothy Ley Hospice/ Mississauga
Elspeth Heyworth Centre For Women- New
Emily's House - New
Ernestine's Women's Shelter/ Etobicoke
Eva's Initiatives
Fife House - New
Fred Victor
Furniture Bank
Good Neighbours Club - New
Habitat For Humanity Greater Toronto Area
Horizons For Youth
Houselink Community Homes
Humewood House - New
Inn From The Cold
Interval House
Joanne's House / Durham
Kennedy House Youth Services
Kinsa Foundation - New
Loft Community Services
Matthew House
Nazareth House
New Leaf: Living And Learning
Our Place / Mississauga
People In Transition "My Sister's Place"
Red Door Family Shelter
Regeneration Outreach Community - New
Ronald McDonald House Toronto
Safehaven - New
Sandgate Women's Shelter
Scarborough Women's Centre
Seeds Of Hope Foundation
Sherbourne Health Centre
Southlake Regional Health Centre Foundation - New
St. Matthew's Bracondale House
Street Haven
Street Health Community Nursing
The Redwood
The Salvation Army - Scarborough
Toronto Community Hostel- New
Toronto Foundation For Student Success
Variety Children's Charity - New
Ve'ahavta Foundation
Vitanova Foundation
Women's Centre Of York Region
Yellow Brick House
York Region Centre For Community Safety - New
Yorktown Women's Shelter
Youth Without Shelter
YWCA Of Greater Toronto

Included among this year's grant recipients was Habitat for Humanity Greater Toronto Area, which is currently building a home sponsored by Greater Toronto REALTORS® in the York Region municipality of Georgina. Greater Toronto REALTORS® have also participated in the construction of the home, setting one family on the path to a better life.

"Our support of Habitat for Humanity Greater Toronto Area reflects the ideal that everyone should have a place to call their own," said Mr. Etherington. "As REALTORS® we dedicate our lives to helping people achieve this important goal."

Recognizing that young people represent the city's future, Greater Toronto REALTORS® also support a Children's Breakfast Program operated in conjunction with the Toronto District School Board's Toronto Foundation for Student Success. Through sponsorship and volunteerism in the program they work to provide children in need with nutritious breakfasts to sustain their learning throughout every school day.

Each year scholarships are also presented to four graduating high school students in the GTA, to be used towards their post-secondary education. In addition, a Ryerson University student is selected annually to receive a summer work placement and award.

"Through the Toronto Real Estate Board, brokerage initiatives and individual volunteerism, Greater Toronto REALTORS® routinely demonstrate that they're dedicated to helping others, and in today's globally competitive world, their work to build a better city benefits us all," said Mr. Etherington.

Greater Toronto REALTORS® are passionate about their work. They are governed by a strict Code of Ethics and share a state-of-the-art Multiple Listing Service. Over 40,000 TREB Members serve consumers in the Greater Toronto Area. TREB is Canada's largest real estate board.

Contact Information:

Media Inquiries:
Mary Gallagher
Senior Manager Public Affairs
(416) 443-8158