Community Investment

Since 1992, LSTAR has focused its community service on shelter-related charities, raising $799,387 for numerous organizations, including:

Recent initiatives included:

  • $50,000 to Youth Opportunities Unlimited (Y.O.U.)  and its New Addition Campaign, engaged on addressing homelessness issues, while providing a supportive and interactive program focused on healthcare, poverty reduction, employment, education and life coaching.
  • $50,000 over two years (2016-2017) to London Health Sciences Foundation's Adult Eating Disorders Clinic. Funds go toward kitchen equipment, including appliances and upgrades to the clinic's dining area.
  • $4,500 to Investing in Children, a charity offering opportunities for children to grow, learn and thrive, including a program that provides nutritious meals and snacks to more than 10,000 children across 85 area schools.

LSTAR continues to invest in community partnerships, including:

  • Hockey Helps the Homeless, London Tournament – $7,500 to the one-day fantasy hockey tournament for the fourth consecutive year. Since 2014, the event has raised $360,000 for Merrymount family support and crisis centre, Y.O.U. and The Unity Project for Relief of Homelessness. More than 200 REALTORS® participate in the event each year.
  • 2016 Christmas Kettle Challenge – LSTAR and London Firefighters together raised more than $33,000 for The Salvation Army's Centre of Hope-London. More than 100 REALTORS® participated, raising $22,600 up 50% from the 2015 Kettle Drive.

LSTAR also supports the Ontario REALTORS Care Foundation by participating in its Every REALTOR® Campaign, through fundraising and by the bestowal of fellowships. In 2016, the Foundation provided more than $1 million in grants to shelter-based organizations in communities across Ontario.

Beneficiary 2016 Amount Year End
Mission Services of London $322,424
Unity Project $108,821
VAWSEC $56,574
Women's Community House $33,883
All Our Sisters Conference Bursaries $2,000
Hockey Helps the Homeless $17,500
Youth Opportunities Unlimited $88,313
Merrymount Family Support and Crisis Centre $79,372
London Housing Registry $6,000
Investing in Children $4,500
St. Joseph's Hospice of London $50,000
London Health Sciences Foundation Adult Eating Disorders Clinic $25,000
Meals on Wheels "Home to Stay" Program $5,000
TOTAL $799,387