Greenrock lends a helping hand with The Redwood’s Donor Appreciation Night

Greenrock is proud to be a supporter of The Redwood, a safe haven for woman and children who are fleeing abuse, it’s a place for healing, community and fun. Greenrock, through its charitable trust and partnerships, have donated $35,000 over the past year to the organization in efforts to help them fulfill their goal of constructing a state-of-the-art healing play area in the courtyard.

Greenrock is honoured to be a partner in this transformative project at The Redwood.

Greenrock’s journey with The Redwood began during the holiday season of 2018; residents across all Greenrock properties were tasked with voting for their desired charity whereby the five charities with the most votes would each receive $20,000. With an overwhelming amount of votes and support from residents, The Redwood was a finalist and received the $20,000 holiday donation from Greenrock Charitable Trust. An additional $10,000 was donated shortly thereafter from another tenant holiday survey from Greenrock Commercial Services, and our partners in Postmedia Place, Shiplake Properties, with the building’s tenants overwhelmingly voting for The Redwood. This summer, Greenrock Charitable Trust donated another $5,000 to kick start a “fill the fridge” campaign for families that leave the care of The Redwood to receive gift cards for grocery stores to ensure they have supplies for their new life.

As a continued supporter of The Redwood, Greenrock employee volunteers recently rolled up their sleeves, arrived on site and over the course of two days, worked hand in hand with staff at The Redwood to transform the courtyard into a spectacular donor appreciation event space. After the event, Akilah Downey, Volunteer & Communications Coordinator with The Redwood, thanked Greenrock and stated that The Redwood was “able to show donors and friends exactly how they are helping women and the children live without abuse, homelessness and poverty”.

 

Greenrock truly believes that everyone deserves a safe space, whether it is where you live, where you work, where you play, or where you seek help in times of need. Greenrock looks forward to continuing to work with The Redwood in the future and help make a lasting impact with partnerships like this.

The Redwood offers safety, healing and opportunities for growth for women and their children fleeing abuse. Families receive case management and counseling services from Resident Services Counselors, access to empowering and life-changing programs, and transitional support when they are ready to take the steps toward a new life. (https://www.theredwood.com/)

Greenrock Property Management and its 4,000 Residents Make Big Community Impact This Holiday Season

As a company, Greenrock has at its core a deep commitment to giving back. Whether it be through our furnished charitable suites (used at no cost to families of out-of-town patients at several Toronto hospitals), our building-wide food drives, or other initiatives

Photo (left to right): Janine Greenberg (Head Office Administrator, Greenrock), Belsi Flores (Accounts Payable), Laura McLean (Corporate Law Clerk, Greenrock) and Gloria Mogavero (CEO, Greenrock).

throughout the year — it’s important for us to not only provide high-quality housing for our residents, but to foster and build community.

 

 

It’s in that spirit that we wanted to do something different this year by putting our residents at the helm of our holiday giving program. Earlier this year, Greenrock, through the Greenrock Charitable Trust, earmarked $100,000 to be donated on our resident’s behalf and asked them to vote (online and at our six buildings across the city) on which charities they think make the biggest impact on the communities in which you live.

Photo (left to right): Justin Taylor (COO, Greenrock), Mark Trask (Chief Marketing and Development Officer, Casey House) and Bojan Stoiljkovic (Resident).

 

After the votes were counted, the list was narrowed down to five amazing organizations: Camp Oochigeas, Casey House, The Redwood, SPRINT Senior Care, and Stella’s Place, with each charity receiving $20,000 on behalf of Greenrock’s residents.

 

On December 17th 2018, Greenrock staff and residents gathered with representatives of each charity to facilitate these donations.

 

It was a great event and a fantastic opportunity to hear directly from each of these wonderful organizations about the important work they do and the impact that our donation will make on our community.

 

On behalf of Greenrock Property Management we’d like to thank each of our residents across this city for being a part of this important initiative –it’s proof that we can make a real impact if we work together.

Photo (left to right): Alex Robertson (CEO of Camp Ooch), Stacy Landau (CEO of SPRINT), Mark Trask (Chief Marketing and Development Officer, Casey House), Jenny Carver (Executive Director, Stella’s Place), Justin Talyor (COO, Greenrock) Tanisha Sri Bhaggiyadatta (Resident Services Manager, The Redwood) and Catherine May (Fundraising Manager, The Redwood).

How to give back this holiday season

 

The holiday season can be a hectic time and it can be easy to lose focus of what it’s really all about — joy and giving. If you want to support your community and those in need this year, here are a few ways to give back this holiday season.

 

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Volunteer at a Shelter or Food Bank

 

Toronto soup kitchens and food banks are dedicated to serving the community, but they need your help, especially during the holidays. If you can spare some time, you have neighbours who could use some assistance. The Yonge Street Mission has several locations to serve the community. You can also contact North York Harvest Food Bank,The StopFort York Food BankSecond HarvestDaily Bread Food Bank, just to name a few.


Donate to a Food Bank


If you don’t have spare time to donate, there are many ways you can help support food banks in your community. You can donate food, or funds or even host a fundraiser.Donating on someone’s behalf is a great holiday gift for those hard-to-buy-for folks on your list.


Random Act of Kindness


You can give back to your community this holiday season in small ways, everyday. Buy a homeless person a meal or bring them a blanket, smile at the people you pass on the street, bake cookies and share them with your neighbours and coworkers, or collect canned food while you drop off the cookies and donate the food to a food bank.


Give to UNICEF


UNICEF is a non-profit humanitarian organization with a mission to ensure the wellbeing of children all around the world. You can donate to UNICEF or purchase a Survival Gift of your choice.


Support MADD


Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) is a volunteer-led organization committed to ending impaired driving through litigation and education, and to supporting victims and survivors of impaired driving. With chapters all over Canada, it’s easy to get involved. The best way to volunteer with MADD is to contact your local chapter.  You can also make a donation. Greenrock is currently supporting MADD with our Make It Home campaign. We will donate $250 of the first month’s rent for new residents who begin renting with us this December. Eligible properties include Greenrock at Village Green and Greenrock at Davisville Village.


Support the Toronto Fire Fighters’ Toy Drive


The Toronto Fire Fighters’ Toy Drive is a non profit registered charity that helps pre-screened families in need. You can drop off a new, unwrapped toy at a fire hall near you to make someone’s holiday special.


Donate Blood


Even if you can’t spare a cent this holiday season, you can still give generously to someone in need. Giving blood through Canadian Blood Services can give the gift of life to someone in need. It only takes a few minutes.



Adopt a Pet


There are many animals in need of good homes this holiday season. Before you adopt a pet, remember that the responsibility of loving and caring for it will continue long after the holidays have passed. Adopting a pet means committing to the well-being of the animal for the rest of its life. Older pets need love too and require less of a long-term commitment.  Pet adoption should be discussed and planned beforehand with your family members or roommates or partners. Giving a pet as a holiday surprise may sound like a fun idea, but may not be in the animal’s or the owner’s best interests.  Once you’ve made the decision, pets in need of a home are available at city shelters, or through the Toronto Humane Society.


Donate to an Animal Shelter


If adopting a pet isn’t the right choice for you and your family right now, you can still make a difference in an animal’s life. You can donate money, time, toys or anything else your local shelter may need.


Support the Canadian Cancer Society


Cancer touches all of our lives. You can help make a difference this holiday season by donating or volunteering your time. Volunteers are an essential part of The Canadian Cancer Society. You can structure your volunteer time to have the greatest effect, based on your time, skills and scope of focus.


This is by no means an exhaustive list. If you’re looking for ways to give back to your community this holiday season, the only limit is your imagination.


Greenrock Property Management Limitedwants to help you support your community. For information on Greenrock Communities in Toronto, including Village Green (50 Alexander Street40 Alexander Street and 55 Maitland Street) and Greenrock at Davisville Village (77 Davisville Avenue45 Balliol Street and 225 Davisville Avenue), please visit our website.