Posted by Meg Schmieder , Community Program Coordinator, ShelterBox Canada

In her January 2022 Newsletter, Meg SchmeiderCommunity Program Coordinator at ShelterBox Canada, asks if we know a realtor who shares the same values of peace, service, and friendship that we do? ShelterBox Canada has an opportunity for them to get involved in Rotary International’s commitment to disaster relief with our Buy a Home, Give a Home program. Here's more of her newsletter.....

ShelterBox Update JANUARY 2022:

Rotarian Realtors Can Support Families Impacted by Disaster with Every Home Sale

Do you know a realtor who shares the same values of peace, service, and friendship that you do? ShelterBox Canada has an opportunity for them to get involved in Rotary International’s commitment to disaster relief with our Buy a Home, Give a Home program. Realtors across the country are joining together to help families affected by disaster by donating the cost of a family relief tent with each home they sell.

Stephanie Winger, Rotarian and Buy a Home, Give a Home member, has received great responses from her clients. “They are glad that, through me, they are able to be a part of giving a home to a family. It was really a way for me to combine my passion for ShelterBox with my clients’ desire to also give back”, expressed Winger. Her motivation for joining was to give back in a tangible way while setting herself apart from other realtors in the area. BDC has reported that social corporate responsibility is important to homebuyers and can solidify customer loyalty.

Amazing Rotarians and realtors like Mike Coffin, Stacey Jones, and Per Dahlstrom are helping Canadians find a new home, but they are also providing emergency shelter and tools for displaced families around the world. In recognition of realtors’ commitment to Buy a Home, Give a Home, ShelterBox provides access to logos, banners, customizable information cards and more to promote their involvement with their clients and community.

This program is a great way to build Rotary memberships and get your local realtors spreading awareness about our neighbors abroad who have lost their homes to flooding, hurricanes, and other life-altering catastrophes. For more information on the program check out and connect with Meg at to get your local Rotarian and/or non-Rotarian realtors involved!

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Meg Schmeider

Community Program Coordinator, ShelterBox Canada

Member of the  Rotaract Club of Sarnia-Lambton


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Did you know that there is a Rotary and ShelterBox Support Group on Facebook? It is a group that brings together Rotarians, ShelterBox Supporters, Staff and ShelterBox Response Teams to discuss all things ShelterBox and Rotary. It is a great place to see the latest operations updates, Rotary deployment information and video content to share with your Rotary Club. If you would like to join the group and conversation, please search for “Rotary and ShelterBox Support Group” on Facebook and ask to join the conversation!



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Join the ShelterBox community today and you’ll receive exclusive updates about where ShelterBox is working, how you’re aid supports families, and stories directly from the people you are helping.

But more importantly, you’ll be joining a community of passionate individuals who are impatient to see a world where no one is left without shelter.

We’ll be sending you a first-hand look at what life is like for families affected by disaster, and how our global ShelterBox network works to help these families self-recover. You’ll receive exclusive news, stories, videos, and more — right to your inbox.

Join today, and be a shining light in the dark for families recovering from disaster.


About ShelterBox Canada: Canada is a registered charity that has been a part of the global ShelterBox network since 2010. We have a team of over 120 volunteers across the country who share their passion with us and help us raise awareness and fundraise across the country. There are ten Canadian ShelterBox Response Team members who work tirelessly with the rest of the International Response Team to deliver aid to families who need it around the world. To learn more about our board and staff click here .

ShelterBox and Rotary are official project partners in international disaster relief. ShelterBox is a registered charity independent of Rotary International and the Rotary Foundation.  Since  2012, we have been neighbours, friends and community leaders. Their aim is to create positive, lasting change in communities at home and all over the world.project partners with Rotary International, a global community of 1.2 million. Rotary has supported ShelterBox from the start when a local club championed the simple idea to package up essential shelter items in our now-iconic ShelterBoxes. As ShelterBox grew, so did Rotary support, and we are now international project partners in disaster relief. This partnership has helped us to become who we are today. Our global network of ShelterBox affiliates, which provides all-round assistance, evolved from Rotary relationships.



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