FORREC is based in Toronto’s Liberty Village, one of the city’s most vibrant communities. As citizens of this great city and this planet, we believe how we give back says a lot about who we are. The FORREC Scholarship Program recognizes educational achievement at seven different schools and, inside FORREC, an exuberant team that we affectionately call the Funraisers helps raise funds for numerous worthy causes.
New talent is the lifeblood of our business and industry. Our five studios are proud to sponsor annual FORREC scholarships of $2,000 each at these seven leading educational institutions across Ontario, Canada:
Architecture Studio: Ryerson University and the University of Waterloo (Architecture programs)
Creative Studio: OCAD University and Sheridan College
Graphics Studio: Seneca College
Interior Design Studio: Ryerson School of Interior Design
Landscape Architecture Studio: University of Guelph (Landscape Architecture program)
SKETCH is a platform for homeless and marginalized youth to experience the transformative power of the arts. Since 1996, over 10,000 youth have engaged in the arts and skill building at SKETCH. In 2017, FORREC committed $150,000 over three years to support this organization’s arts-based programs. As well, our employees volunteer to prepare meals, mentor young people and help out at SKETCH’s Creative Hub during events and holidays. Visit SKETCH at www.sketch.ca or follow them @SKETCHToronto.
Manulife Ride for Heart
Heart disease and stroke take one Canadian life every seven minutes, and that’s unacceptable. In 2018, FORREC raised $12,582 for the Ride for Heart campaign to help make heart disease and stroke a thing of the past by walking, running, and cycling on the Gardiner and DVP with 15,000 other amazing Torontonians.
CP24 CHUM City Christmas Wish
The CP24 CHUM Christmas Wish program has become one of the largest distributors of toys to children in need in the Greater Toronto Area. In 2018, through our Secret Santa program, we released our inner child and gave each other gifts that were then donated. FORREC donated 11 heaving bags of toys to the program.
On a mission to provide a magical Christmas to low-income families with young children, Holiday Helpers aims to deliver Christmas to 600 GTA families this year! FORREC sponsored a family of 6, raffling items internally to raise money and donating additional much-needed winter clothing, and toys and books to the family.
Our offices are in Liberty Village so when we heard there was a respite shelter opening a block away that needed winter clothing donations, we knew we had to participate! Through October, the FORREC team donated bin after bin of clothing and toiletries for men, women, children and even pets. Eight heaving bags went to the St. Felix Centre.
As well, this year we asked staff to donate to the Toronto Humane Society who asked for gently used towels and bedding to keep the animals comfortable through winter. A further four bags were dispatched to the River Street shelter.