Archived Efforts

  • Our 4th annual “be homeful for the holidays” campaign [December 2019] exceeded our expectations once again this year.  Donations are still trickling in, but the overall campaign total currently stands at roughly $60,000 with nearly $40,000 of that coming from REALTOR®-generated donations.  These funds will provide emergency assistance to prevent families from becoming homeless.  Plush Paddington bears, books or blankets were also provided to every child living in a shelter over the Holidays (approximately 800) through this campaign.  Whether you donated, put up a giving tree, helped wrap or deliver gifts – we could not have done it without you!  CT REALTORS® Care.

  • At the 2019 CTR Installation and Foundation Benefit Dinner, attendees were asked to bring toiletry/undergarment donations for the VA (Newington Campus) and they certainly came through!  Thank you to all who donated to support our local Veterans

Photo of supplies collected for a toiletry drive for Veterans
  • Thank you to everyone who supported the Gates Scholarship Fund by purchasing discounted tickets for the 2019 Travelers Championship or making donations via the Travelers’ Chip in for Charity program – it was our best year yet!  Your generosity helped raise $7,203 for the Gates Scholarship Fund!

  • Dog Days of Summer 2019 - A huge thank you to our many generous donors who helped raise $2,100 for our Dog Days of Summer campaign that has been split between three benefitting animal rescue organizations this year: CT Dog Gone Recovery Volunteer Network, Meriden Humane Society and Sadie Mae Foundation in addition to the mountain of supply donations collected at our July BOD meeting.  We’re also happy to report that all of the animals features on CTR.tv's “5 in 5” segments have been adopted! 

  • In our continuing efforts to help with homelessness across the state, the CT REALTORS Foundation held a paper product drive at the March 2019 CTR BOD meeting.  139 rolls of paper towels, 446 rolls of toilet paper, 3300 napkins, 590 cups, 1296 plates, 27 boxes of tissues and $80 in cash donations were collected and split between Holy Family Home and Shelter in Willimantic and Covenant Shelter of New London. 

  • Check out CTR's special edition of "5 IN 5" featuring many of the foundations efforts in 2018. 

  • Thanks to the incredibly generous support of CT REALTORS® across the State, we are happy to report that the CTR Foundation’s 2018 “be homeful for the holidays” campaign was a huge success – our best year yet - raising over $100,000 to help end family homelessness in Connecticut and providing a plush Paddington bear/book or blankie/book to every child living in a shelter over the Holidays. Thank you to all who contributed, we could not have done it without you!

  • In October 2018, made a $2,000 donation to help with relief efforts for those affected by Hurricane Michael in the Florida panhandle area. 
     

  • Thanks to member donations matched by the Foundation, donated $4,000 to benefit victims of Hurricane Florence in North and South Carolina.

  • Over the summer/fall of 2018, thanks to the extreme generosity of CT REALTORS members, the Foundation was able to collect over 5,000 pieces of toiletries that were distributed to St. Vincent DePaul Mission of Waterbury, The Cornerstone Foundation in Rockville, FISH of Northwestern CT, New Reach in New Haven, Liberation Programs in Stamford, Covenant Shelter of New London and CT Coalition Against Domestic Violence who will share the toiletries with shelters/safe houses throughout CT.

  • At their October 4, 2018 BOD meeting, CTR Directors once again came through by donating countless disposable razors to help fill a need at the South Park Inn (a homeless shelter in Hartford).

Big supply of razors collected to give to homeless shelters
  • Thank you to everyone who supported the Gates Scholarship Fund by purchasing discounted tickets for the 2018 Travelers Championship or making donations via the Travelers’ Chip in for Charity program.  Your generosity helped raise over $6,000 for the Gates Scholarship Fund!​

  • Our first Toiletry Drive collection of nearly 500 pieces was delivered in August 2018 to The Shelter at St. Vincent DePaul Mission in Waterbury.  Many thanks to all of the members who have donated and local Boards who have collected these donations.

Small toiletries collected during a toiletries drive
  • During the CTR Board of Directors meeting on July 19, 2018 as part of our “Dog Days of Summer” campaign, the Foundation collected over 300 lbs of dry food, nearly 400 cans of wet food, almost 50 packages of treats, close to 100 toys/supplies/miscellaneous items along with $750 in monetary donations to benefit Bridgeport Animal Control Shelter/Pantry, Danbury Animal Welfare Society and Protectors of Animals.  Special thanks to the CTR Board of Directors, Rich Eimicke/the Northern Fairfield County Association staff and Foundation Trustee Mary Beth Grasso for delivering the donations to the shelters.

Table full of pet foods and supplies collected for animal shelters

  • In May/June 2018, provided a total of $16,525 in grants to CT REALTORS members who were affected by the tornadoes that touched down here in CT.

  • At their meeting on March 15, 2018 CT REALTORS Board of Directors members donated more than 5,200 diapers, 1,500+ wipes and nearly $400 in cash donations to benefit The Diaper Bank. Thank you to all who so generously supported this incredible organization that provides more than 1.7 million diapers to families in need across the state each year.

Table full of diapers and baby items collected for a diaper pantry
  • ​CT REALTORS® members who attended the 2017 NAR Annual Conference in Chicago collected and brought back with them hundreds of hotel toiletries that were later donated to Immacare in Hartford. Immacare has supportive housing and an emergency shelter where the toiletries will be used. Just another simple and cost-free way CT REALTORS® lent a hand to those in need!

  • Donated $2,410 to benefit the victims of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico relocating to CT. 

  • A huge thank you to those who donated for Hurricane Harvey and Irma relief efforts.  The Foundation offered to match 100% of contributions received (up to $10,000 each). We were able to provide $20,290 to the NAR REALTORS® Relief Foundation for Hurricane Harvey and $12,605 to the Florida REALTORS® Relief Foundation.
     

  • Another thank you goes out to those who supported the Gates Scholarship Fund by purchasing discounted tickets for the 2017 Travelers Championship or making donations via the Travelers Chip in for Charity program.  Your generosity helped raise $5,750 for the Gates Scholarship fund.

  • The Foundation Trustees met in September 2017 and approved dedicating an annual Gates Scholarship in honor of each CTR Past President who passes away.  The first two memorial scholarships will be presented next year in honor of CTR Past Presidents Bob Kimball and Frank Green who most recently passed away.

  • In May 2017 during the NAR meetings in DC, the CT REALTORS® Foundation asked CT REALTORS® attending the meetings to collect their hotel toiletries.  Over 500 pieces were collected and donated to the American Red Cross for their new immigrant and homeless veteran programs. Such an easy and cost-free way to show CT REALTORS® Care!

  • During the CTR Board of Directors meeting on July 20, 2017 as part of our “Dog Days of Summer” campaign, the Foundation collected nearly 400 pounds of dry food/treats, 80+ cans of wet food and 40+ toys/supplies/miscellaneous items along with cash donations to benefit the Waterford and Westport CT Humane Society shelters. Special thanks to CTR Director Carol Christiansen and Mid-Fairfield County Association AE Carol Heins who dropped the donations off at the shelters.

  • Thanks to the incredibly generous support of CT REALTORS® across the State, we are happy to report that the CTR Foundation’s 2016 “be homeful for the holidays” campaign was a huge success. Our goal was to raise $50,000 to help end family homelessness in Connecticut and to provide 2,000 plush Paddington bears to children living in shelters – and we did just that ($51,200 to be exact.) Best of all, the fundraising efforts have allowed the CT Coalition to End Homelessness to open their assistance fund to providers everywhere in the State for the first time since they launched the "be homeful" project three years ago. Thank you to all who contributed, we could not have done it without you.

  • At the 2016 CT REALTORS® Installation and Foundation Benefit dinner, 330 mittens/gloves, hats and scarfs were donated to benefit local shelters through the City of New Haven’s Homeless Division. The Foundation also collected 128 donations totaling over $3,200 for its “be homeful for the holidays” campaign to help end family homelessness and donate a plush Paddington bear to every child living in a shelter this holiday season. Pictured are 2017 CTR President Michael Barbaro and CTR Foundation Chair Nicholle McKiernan.

Bags of toiletries collected for homeless shelters
Pet food and supplies collected for animal shelters in 2017
Paddington Bear Deliveries to Shelters 2016
Hat, Scarves and Mittens Collection
  • The CTR Foundation donated $2,500 to the Louisiana REALTORS® Relief Fund to support their to help residents and homeowners as they attempt to recover from devastating flooding in August of 2016.
     

  • In July 2016, we made a $2,500 donation to the West Virginia REALTOR® Relief Fund to benefit the victims of the most devastating flooding they have seen there in 100 years.
     

  • In May 2015, we made a donation to AmeriCares in support of their efforts in response to the earthquake in Nepal.
     

  • In December 2014, in response to a personal plea to Sierra Leone’s Ambassador Ibrahim S. Conteh, the Foundation made a $1,000 donation to Citizens to Drive Out Ebola.  Freetown, Sierra Leone is a Sister City to New Haven, CT. 
     

  • In 2013, we donated $4,000 to the Oklahoma Housing Foundation after a devastating tornado in May and $2,500 to RRF in support of relief efforts in Illinois after tornadoes hit that state in November.
     

  • In 2012 the Foundation partnered with AmeriCares to raise over $21,000 to support Connecticut relief efforts after Hurricane Sandy and that we also made a $3,500 contribution to the REALTORS Relief Fund (RRF) to in support of the recovery efforts of our neighbors in New York and New Jersey after the same storm.  The Foundation also donated $2,500 to the Newtown Rotary and another $2,500 to Newtown Youth and Family Services to assist the community after the Sandy Hook tragedy. 
     

  • $5,000 to the Connecticut Chapter of the American Red Cross to help CT residents who were displaced by Hurricane Irene and $5,000 to the REALTORS Relief Foundation to support relief efforts in VT after Hurricane Irene in 2011.​

  • $11,000 to Alabama after the devastating tornadoes in 2011.
     

  • $4,000 to Habitat for Humanity International for Chile after the earthquake in 2010.
     

  • $6,000 through the REALTOR® Relief Fund for Haiti through the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund in 2010.
     

  • $5,000 to Georgia after floods and mudslides in 2009.
     

  • $5,000 to Kansas after tornadoes in 2007.
     

  • $5,000 to Southeast Asia after the Tsunami in 2005.
     

  • $50,000 towards efforts to rebuild after Hurricane Katrina in 2005. CTR and the local Boards from Connecticut also raised and donated an additional $70,850 to NAR’s Operation Home Delivery project. Additionally, 14 CTR members traveled to Mobile Alabama as part of the Global Village project, organized in cooperation with Habitat for Humanity International, to build homes for those hurt by Katrina.
     

  • After the terrorist attacks on 9/11, NAR created the REALTORS® Housing Relief Fund to aid the dependent family members of those killed in the attacks. The fund raised monies to make three mortgage payments for victim’s families to help keep them in their homes. Connecticut worked with NAR and was a hub state for the fund as many victims resided in Connecticut.