Oakwynites are passionate about giving back to the community and using our platform to lift up others. Our Charity Feature initiative aims to spotlight charities that have significance to members of the Oakwyn community and helps to exemplify several of our core values.
We recently celebrated 2021 as our most successful year so far, this is all the more reason to make 2022 our most charitable yet. In 2021, we gave big—in 2022, we’re aiming to give even bigger.
Our Featured Charity until March 31st is Ronald McDonald House BC’s Realty With Heart!
Realty With Heart
At Oakwyn Realty, we understand the value of a home. This quarter, when Oakwyn agents help a client purchase their forever home, we’re helping the families of sick children find their home-for-now, too.
Oakwyn Northwest leader, Jenny Wun, has chosen Ronald McDonald House’s Realty With Heart program to be our first featured charity of 2022. Realty With Heart is an initiative that connects real estate agents to Ronald McDonald House, a program that houses the families of sick children who have to travel long distances for specialized care.
Ronald McDonald House helps bring together up to 2000 families a year from over 200 communities in BC and the Yukon. With the Realty With Heart program, real estate agents can donate a portion of their commission in their client’s name to help keep families together during times of incredible difficulty. Oakwyn is Realty With Heart’s first partner.
Jenny sat down with Ronald McDonald House VP of External Relations, Shannon Kidd, and Director of Development, Sarah Tarling to talk about the program and how realty professionals can contribute. “Our mission is to provide accommodation and a community of support to families who have to travel to seek medical treatment for their critically ill child,” said Shannon. “It’s a place where there are lots of programs for siblings and patients and parents to take a moment and have a bit of normalcy in a very tense time”.
“Putting our hearts where our homes are”—Jenny Wun, Oakwyn Managing Broker
A house is more than four walls and a roof—it is warmth, stability, and most importantly, togetherness. Jenny volunteered at Ronald McDonald House BC in 2019. She has since become an Ambassador for the Realty With Heart program and is excited to get the whole Oakwyn community involved.
In February, we held a Valentine’s Bake Sale and sold Candy Grams with all proceeds going towards Ronald McDonald House. We have already raised 92% of our original goal contribution of $2,500–funds that will go towards housing, supplies, and more for the Ronald McDonald House families:
Just $15 can provide a family in crisis with necessary toiletries.
Just $30 can provide a game or activity kit for a sick child in need of a little joy.
And just $150 can keep a family together for a night as their child accesses vital, life-sustaining care.
Find more information about the organization and the ways to donate and you can hear more from the families themselves about what Ronald McDonald House means to them.
Lead by Example
Jenny Wun is currently opening Oakwyn North West, our new Burnaby office. Her charitable leadership not only helps us Lead by Example by setting a great precedent for our new team at Oakwyn North West, but she is also helping cement Oakwyn’s Theme of the Year: Evolve. As the company grows into a new and exciting chapter, we never stray from what makes Oakwyn, Oakwyn. Our core values will always remain at the heart of everything we do, no matter how much we grow.
Your donation can help keep families together. When you donate with Realty With Heart, Ronald McDonald House will send a personalized card to your client in recognition of the support.