KWAR Donates $20,333 to Local Charities and Announces it will Double its Annual Donation in 2021

KITCHENER-WATERLOO, ON (November 23, 2020) ––Today marks the beginning of REALTORS® Care Week across Canada. The Kitchener-Waterloo Association of REALTORS® (KWAR) is pleased to announce five local charities who are the successful recipients of its 2020 Ontario REALTORS Care Foundation Grant.


This year, a total of $20,333 is being donated from KWAR’s Every REALTOR® Campaign supporting the Ontario REALTORS Care Foundation (ORCF), and ensuring investments are made back into our community through local charities.


The following five grant recipients will each receive $4,066:

  • Child Witness Centre
  • Heartwood Place
  • Hospice of Waterloo Region
  • Lisaard & Innisfree Hospice
  • YW Kitchener-Waterloo


“Realtors are staunch supporters of those in need throughout the Region, which should come as no surprise since we also live in the communities we serve,” says Colleen Koehler President of KWAR. “The five local charities receiving this year’s grant provide critical refuge and support in their own unique way.”


Recently KWAR’s board of directors agreed to double its monthly contribution to its Every REALTOR® Campaign (currently $1 per member per month) to two dollars per member per month. These funds are provided to the ORCF which supports shelter-related charities in Ontario. Charities are invited to apply for these funds by September 30th of every year.


“Now more than ever those who can need to dig a little deeper to support local charities,” says Koehler. “For this year’s national week of volunteer service for REALTORS®, Realtors are coming together to raise awareness about important housing and shelter-related issues.”


Throughout the week KWAR will be sharing and celebrating volunteer service and charitable works on all its social media platforms. “Collectively we all endeavour to enhance the quality of life for those in our community not just this week, but throughout the year,” notes Koehler.




Since 1993 the Kitchener-Waterloo Association of REALTORS® has donated well more than a million dollars to support local charities on behalf of its REALTOR® members.


REALTORS® believe that healthy communities depend on a strong economy, safe neighbourhoods, a clean environment, access to housing and the protection of rights of property owners. KWAR recognizes the need to support and enhance the Quality of Life enjoyed by residents of Waterloo Region.