Youth Opportunities Unlimited (YOU) received an early Christmas present Monday (Dec. 24).
The London and St. Thomas Association of REALTORS (LSTAR) presented Brian Hughes, YOU president, with cheques totaling $27,000 to be used towards the purchase of needed kitchen equipment and an expansion of both YOU’s kitchen and its food preparation area.
These services include providing the food sold at the YOU Made It Café and used in its catering business, as well as the production of Market Quality Preserves, a line of quality jams, jellies, salsas, barbecue sauces and rubs, made by a team of youths under the supervision of an accredited chef.
One cheque – for $11,500 – is from the REALTORS Care Foundation, the charitable arm of the Ontario Real Estate Association. Grant applications must be endorsed by local REALTOR® associations.
The other – for $15,500 – was raised through LSTAR’s Business Partners Program and its annual Slo-Pitch Tournament.
“This money is usually earmarked for our Home at Last Affordable Homeownership Partnership,” said LSTAR president Barb Whitney in a news release. “However, that partnership is in temporary hiatus, so the directors decided to divert funds from it for one year only to ensure that YOU’s kitchen is fully functional.”