Managing communities goes far beyond the bricks and mortar of our clients’ physical assets. OPMG essentially manages communities with a focus on residents. After all, customer service and community relations are an important component of the property management experience.
OPMG in the Community
Part of our role in building communities is to create opportunities
for people to learn and grow. We have hosted a number of events
that focus on our diverse
mix of residents and families, introducing them to important topics such as fire and
internet safety in a fun and interactive social environment.
OPMG has always been a proud community partner. We have worked with many community organizations that focus on youth education, leadership, youth hunger and homelessness. In 2015, OPMG donated more than 31,415 pounds (14,280 kilograms) of food, providing breakfast and school lunches in many of our managed communities.
OPMG is a proud sponsor of the willow park co-op food bank, feeding those in need in North Oshawa in January of 2017 OPMG helped 85 families meet those needs.
CHFT Diversity Scholarship Program
In 2004, the Co-operative Housing Federation of Toronto (CHFT)
launched the CHFT Diversity Scholarship Program.
The program is for people living in CHFT member housing co-ops. An important element of the scholarship is the strong commitment to diversity shown by the applicants in their communities. Students are awarded their scholarships largely based on their community involvement in their schools, co-op communities and in a variety of community based organizations.
Over the years, OPMG has contributed hundreds of thousands of dollars to helping to further youth education. This includes raising funds for the Co-operative Housing Federation of Toronto (CHFT) Diversity Scholarship Program, which helps to put children living in CHFT member housing co-ops through college or university; and (since 2011) the Golden Horseshoe Scholarship Program.
OPMG has donated over $155,000 to the scholarship program since 2005.
OPMG School Contributions and Awards
In 2014, OPMG founded the Overbye Entrepreneurship
Award, which helps to cover the cost of post-secondary education for gifted students at Maxwell Heights
Secondary School (Oshawa).
OPMG offers assistance to its neighbourhood students. Sponsored by Service Canada, summer students are hired annually through the Canada Summer Jobs program. Their working experiences are valuable and challenging as they are exposed to a diversified and mixed-income community.