Each year the Durham Region Association of Realtors awards an agent with a Community Spirit Award. This award is given to the agent who has given the most back to their community by public service and in philanthropy.

Our own Lindsay Smith was the recipient of the 2020 award. This award was presented to Lindsay for his support of the restaurant community when they were locked down in March/20. He created a Facebook group that has grown to over 14,000 members with the sold purpose of promoting the local cafes to their patrons. On the philanthropy front, Wendy Starr and Lindsay contributed $21,500 to local charities on behalf of their clients in 2020.

Truly Wendy and Lindsay are "Rooted in Community."

OUR $20,000 IN 2020 UPDATE
2020 has been an unconventional year in so many ways.

Here is Lindsay and Wendy presenting a cheque for $3,250 to Hearth Place Cancer Support Centre, which is one of the 5 local charities we have focused on this year.

We are so happy to announce that, according to our numbers, we are not only going to meet our goal but exceed it before the year ends. Nothing makes us more happy or proud than giving back to our community.

Thank you to our wonderful clients who have helped us this year. These donations are because of your trust and enthusiasm. You are appreciated.

GIVE BACK $20,000 IN 2020!

This year it is our goal to contribute over $20,000 to local charities on behalf of our clients.  Not only will we contribute with every sale, we will also contribute on behalf of anyone who refers us to a new seller or buyer who completes a transaction with us.  Everyone wins!

In 2019 we gave back over $10,000 to local charities.  Each buyer and seller chose which charity was to be the recipient of this gift.

In addition to monetary donations, we are active in the community volunteering our time and skills to groups such as The Committee of Adjustment in Oshawa, Hearth Place, Shine Through the Rain, Oshawa Garden Club, CAREA Community Health Centre, and our own Keller Williams Red Day and Turkey Drive.
As a Thank you and a way to give back to the community, Buy Sell Love Durham/Lindsay Smith and Wendy Starr will be donating a portion of their commissions from each sale/purchase to a local Non-Profit Charity.  The Local Non-Profit Charities we have chosen to donate to this year are below:
Bereaved Families of Durham Region provides self-help / mutual aid support to bereaved parents through support programs, group sessions, one-on-one support and specialized workshops.The BFO-Durham programs are distinctive in that all group facilitators are bereaved individuals who have participated in a Bereaved Families of Ontario support group at one time and have received professional training to become group facilitators. *Bereaved Families of Ontario-Durham receives no government funding*

Simcoe Hall Settlement House provides wellness opportunities through their food bank and programs to serve children, individuals and families who experience financial and social challenges. Their vision is to be part of a community that will allow children, individuals and families to experience and lead healthy, meaningful and socially responsible lives. *Simcoe Hall Settlement House receives no government funding.*

Hearth Place is a support centre where cancer patients and their families can come and share their experiences, find resources and discover new ways to care for themselves and each other. They are committed to providing family support and received donations from that same community. *They receive no government funding.*

The Denise House exists to provide a safe, supportive and inclusive environment to abused women and their children in Durham Region and strives to provide integrated, anti-racist, anti-oppression services to empower the diversity of all women to choose their own future. The Denise House further exists to educate the public at large about issues resulting from the abuse, oppression and discrimination of women and their children. *85% of funding is received from the Government.*

Shine Through The Rain’s goal is to help those who are affected by life threatening illnesses. Whether it’s through services or funds we seek to provide guidance, support, and financial aid to those in need. We help adults, children, and families find the silver lining.  *Shine Through the Rain receives no government funding.*