Local real estate agents came up with a campaign aimed at supporting the St. Joseph’s Hospital and thus supporting the entire community.
As of Jan. 1, Coldwell Banker Choice Real Estate started their new Homes for the Hospital initiative.
Throughout 2021, part of the proceeds from every sale made by any of their real estate agents will go to the St. Joseph's Hospital Foundation.
"We've always wanted to be involved in the community and do things that would allow us to give back," said Josh LeBlanc with Coldwell Banker Choice Real Estate.
"I think we've always had a high profile in the community and we'll continue trying to do that. But with COVID happening we wanted to support a facility that benefits the entire community and the surrounding area. That's why we chose the hospital foundation."
The company came up with the idea based on similar experiences in other industries. They thought of other businesses running charity campaigns where they donate part of proceeds from their sales to various organizations.
But LeBlanc said they haven't seen anything happening real estate-wise with the hospital foundation, so Coldwell Banker Choice Real Estate decided to take the idea and try using it in their area.
"Any house that we sell, whether it be on the buyer's side or selling side, we will donate a portion of our commission to the hospital foundation," said LeBlanc.
"We hope that people will work with us this year, so we can help support the hospital foundation, and people will have a decent feeling knowing that they are helping the community when they purchase their house as well."
The money raised will be used for St. Joseph's Hospital's general needs.
The agents will be providing portions of their commission all year long, and at the end of 2021, a joint donation will be made to the hospital foundation.