Realtors give to youth centre

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August 18, 2015 8:15 AM

Alex Chippin Photo The Association of Saskatchewan Realtors awarded a $5,000 grant to the Lloydminster Community Youth Centre, which will feed the local organization's hot meal program. - Alex Chippin Photo

The Association of Saskatchewan Realtors (ASR) and the Realtors Association of Lloydminster and District (RALD) traded in their neckties for aprons on Aug. 12

At the Lloydminster Community Youth Centre (LCYC), representatives from the ASR and the RALD served up a barbecue for youth in celebration of a $5,000 grant that the organizations awarded to the LCYC.

“We gave them the grant back in February and now we decided to come in and do the barbecue today just to see what it’s all about,” said Michael Dewing, president of the RALD branch of the ASR.

The $5,000 donation is part of the ASR’s $30,000 annual grant system that awards money to six applicants each year. The ASR accumulates money throughout the year from various fundraisers facilitated by its local member Realtors, such as RALD.

The ASR’s selection committee then administers the funds, often focusing on community-based organizations, which made the LCYC a strong candidate.

“The local Realtors select it and it was those people at the table that said, ‘This was a good application, we know these people, they do great work and they enhance the quality of life in Lloydminster,’ ” said Chris Guerett, chief executive officer of the ASR.

The barbecue was a rather appropriate celebration method, as the LCYC is putting the $5,000 towards its hot meal program, according to executive director Lois Butts. The LCYC feeds up to around 50 people at a time, three days per week.

“It is good to see our money going to good use,” said Dewing.

“These people need a hot meal and we’re providing this one but the grant will provide funding for the rest of the year for them.”

The ASR also operates an endowment fund and continually encourages community leaders to contribute donations in an effort to relieve some of the fundraising pressures down the road.

However, that doesn’t mean the Realtors mind raising funds on their own as well, says Guerett.

“A lot of our members will do fundraising in local communities and it’s a good community development tool for us, to be in the community and support where we can.”

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