There’s a natural connection between community service and real estate. When people in an area pull together, it creates a sense of community that makes local real estate in the area more attractive, and drives a stronger feeling of well-being. At Stewart, we wholeheartedly believe that charitable efforts create better neighbors.
Throughout Stewart’s history, the company has been deeply rooted in building community through service. Our strong record of supporting philanthropic initiatives reaches back to our earliest days in Galveston, Texas – family members donated a stretch of gulf front property that was named in their honor, and today, Stewart Beach is a well-loved, family-friendly spot to enjoy the coast. More recently, Stewart Morris, Sr., Senior Advisor to the Board, was a founder of Houston Baptist University, and helped secure land for the campus. He remains an active supporter of the university, along with many other organizations.
Our employees and local offices frequently give of their time, money and talents to charitable causes including Habitat for Humanity®; United Way® and its affiliated non-profit organizations; Susan G. Komen Race For the Cure® and other cancer charities; holiday toy and gift drives for Star of Hope Mission, Toys for Tots® and other organizations; animal rescue, children’s hospitals, food banks, and numerous others across the U.S. and in foreign markets.
It’s rewarding to see the good that is happening, with communities and employees brought closer together as a result of every effort. And Stewart is committed to doing even more. Our Community of Sharing™ program began in 2012 as a way for our network of independent agencies and Stewart employees join forces for a great cause.
Since then, our Agency Services group has raised more than $87,000 in support of Helping a Hero, which provides specially adapted houses for severely wounded U.S. military veterans and their families. This effort received national attention when Helping a Hero and Stewart joined ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition to build a new home for Army SSgt. Shilo Harris (Ret.) and his family.
Now, the Community of Sharing name is expanding to build company-wide relationships with charity organizations, and to further support local offices and associates in their efforts. Individuals and teams will continue their favorite community activities, while new opportunities will become available to those who are looking for a place to join in.
Charitable activities help Stewart be an integral part of the communities where we do business, and more importantly, to give back by serving others. We’re proud to be a company that cares deeply about making a difference, from executive philanthropy to local office events and individual volunteering. Community service has been an essential part of Stewart’s culture since our beginning in 1893 – and Community of Sharing will help carry the spirit forward into our future.