Because REALTORS® Live, Work and Play in their communities they understand what makes a community function. The members of CADREB support charities and causes in the community through their offices, through Real Estate Board initiatives or through the many service clubs in which they belong. Preparing and serving Thanksgiving dinners, and donating to local housing-related charities and schools are some of the activities in which members enthusiastically participate.

    REALTORS® have initiated successful programs such as the REALTORS Care® Blanket Drive, the REALTORCare® Community Fair, Realty Watch, and supporting events with the REALTORCare® Tent.

    The REALTORS Care® Blanket Drive

    Way back in 1995, some caring REALTORS® in Vancouver observed the homeless situation in the city’s eastside and said to themselves, we’ve got to do something.

    They put out an appeal to their fellow colleagues for warm blankets and coats and collected 600 bags of donations specifically dedicated to Vancouver’s homeless in the downtown core.
    That single act of kindness has blossomed into one of the largest annual collections of warm clothing and blankets, helping homeless people and the working poor in every single community in the Lower Mainland.

    Seventeen years later, thousands of REALTORS® from Whistler to Chilliwack have collected enough donations to help more than 166,000 people in need. Each year, more than 75 dedicated members actually pick-up and deliver all the donations, and well over 100 real estate offices in the Lower Mainland act as collection depots.

    The annual REALTORS Care® Drive now collects an astonishing 5,000 plus bags of warm, winter items on behalf of dozens of local charities.

    The REALTORCare® Community Fair
    In November of 2011 the members of CADREB and their offices gathered together to put on a community event to raise funds for Chilliwack Community Services Olympic Legacy Housing. The building came from the 2010 Olympics Village and houses youth who need assistance in becoming self sustaining giving them a leg up on their future.

    Each Real Estate office provided a tent and a fundraising activity, the event was created to have a family fun day event and show that REALTORS® care about their community.

    The event raised $5000.00 and CADREB had previously given $3500.00 to the housing project.
    The event was well attended by the community.

    Realty Watch 
    Realty Watch is a community crime prevention program operating across the Lower Mainland of British Columbia, Canada, from Whistler to Hope and every community in between. Over 14,000 REALTORS® assist police as extra "eyes and ears" in their communities.

    Realty Watch has two components:

    • REALTORS® observe and report to police any suspicious activity that they may happen upon in their day-to-day business
    • In emergency situations, REALTORS® respond to a police/RCMP-activated fan-out to search for missing or abducted people, suspicious vehicles, or people with medical conditions who may be in danger.

     The program is organized and run by REALTOR® volunteers from the Greater Vancouver, Fraser Valley and Chilliwack real estate boards.

    Realty Watch is a partner agency of Amber Alert.

    CADREB REALTORCare® Tent  
    CADREB accepts tent applications from organizations that fit within the categories of community public service organizations, community not-for-proft arts, cultural, educational, recreational, social service organizations, and organizations serving CADREB’s communities in a focused manner. Currently, these communities include, Chilliwack, Hope, Harrison Hot Springs, Agassiz/Kent, Yarrow, and Cultus Lake.

    Events and organizations we have loaned the tent out for include: YMCA Healthy Kids Day, Fraser Valley Salmon Society, Cancer Fundraiser, Shelter Foundation (Royal Lepage Realty), Chilliwack Christmas Parade, Chilliwack Connect, Flightfest, Cultus Lake-Chilliwack Swim Club, Connerstone Community Fun Day, and Cheam Elementary Carnival.

    The application for use will be completed by the applicant and will be returned to the board office to be reviewed by the Executive Officer to ensure compliance with CADREB guidelines and policies. If approved the applicant will receive notice of approval and the application is forwarded to the tent handler who will make contact with the organization to confirm set-up and take-down times and location no later than two days before the event.