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Our Impact

The Connecticut REALTORS® Foundation works hard year-round organizing a wide variety of charitable efforts that have a positive affect on communities across the state.

 

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The 7th annual (2022) be homeful for the holidays campaign is underway! The CT REALTORS® Foundation is pleased to once again partner with the Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness to help end family homelessness in CT.

Thanks to you, a child could stay safe in their home. Your generous gift helps prevent families from becoming homeless by providing emergency assistance to help them stay in their home and not have to enter the shelter system. For every $25 donated, the CT REALTORS® Care Foundation will gift a plush Paddington bear to a child living in a shelter during the holidays.

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Disaster Relief

The Foundation has made numerous donations in response to natural disasters in Connecticut, across the United States and around the globe.

 
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CTR's Hometown Heroes

The CT REALTORS® Hometown Heroes annual grant program provides immediate mortgage, rent, property tax or other housing-related expense relief to those who exemplify extraordinary service to the communities where we live and work.

View the press release to learn about our recent honorees.

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Dog Days of Summer

The Foundation is proud to coordinate the annual Dog (and Cat) Days of Summer drive each summer to collect funds and items to donate to animal shelters and other animal welfare organizations around the state. 

The summer of 2022 benefited three local area rescues: Dog Star Rescue, CT Cat Connection, and Wildlife in Crisis. Over $5,000 was raised and split evenly between the three groups.    

Check back in the Summer of 2023 for details on the next campaign.

 
 

Scholarship Program

Past...

The Raymond F. Gates, Jr. Memorial Scholarship Fund was established in 1976 in memory of Raymond F. Gates, Jr. following his tragic death in an automobile accident. Mr. Gates was the Executive Vice President of the Connecticut REALTORS®. 

Originally the fund was intended to assist Mr. Gates' children through college. Once this objective was met, the fund was expanded to benefit the children of Connecticut REALTORS®, REALTOR-ASSOCIATES® and local Board-Association/CTR staff. 

Over the past 46 years, children of REALTORS® have been awarded scholarships totaling more than $1,000,000!

Present...

Students can apply for ONE of two scholarship categories: academic excellence, based primarily on academic factors or scholastic achievement, based on academic factors, extracurricular activities and an essay. 

Future...

With the ever-rising costs of college today, our goal is to strengthen this program to increase the number of scholarships awarded and expand our ability to "Invest in America's Future".

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VIDEO: Watch a special interview (2020) with Raymond F. Gates, Jr.'s daughter and two sons who talk about their father's legacy. 

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Opioid Awareness

CT REALTORS® Foundation partnered with iHeartMedia and WTNH News 8 to combat the opioid crisis in Connecticut and help end the stigma surrounding Opioid Use Disorder. Our award-winning campaign included public service announcements, news stories and "A Concert for Recovery" with Grammy Award winner Keith Urban. Proceeds from the concert were used to provide 21 organizations more than $600,000 in grants.

 

Other Drives

The Foundation holds various drives throughout the year that support shelters and other organizations across Connecticut.

 

Each drive collects specific items based on needs at the time. Past drives included toiletries, razors, "care kits", paper products, bed and bath items, diapers, and even mattresses. 

Visit our Past Efforts page for details on drives held by the Foundation.

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