Loan Market gives HOPE
On any given night in Australia over 100,000 people are homeless. Over the last five years the rate of homelessness has increased by eight per cent nationally and of the 105,000 homeless people, 60% are younger than 35 and almost half are women. At Loan Market we believe this is number is too high and so are taking on homelessness.
Getting people into homes is at the heart of our business and we're fighting homelessness in Australia by giving back through our HOPE program.
Our dream is to provide more Australians with a safe place to call home. Through our HOPE program we'll Help Open People's Eyes to understand that homelessness goes way beyond sleeping rough. We work with trusted charity partners to create change and have tangible impact on the lives of those we support.
Our community program
Our community program has been recognised as the best in the industry. We've recently won;
- Best Community Engagement Program at the 2013 Australian Mortgage Awards
- Best Ethical/Social Responsibility Program at the 2014 Australian Broking Awards
While we aren't in this for the kudos, it was an honour to have the team's hard work to help the homeless, disadvantaged and marginalised in our community recognised publicly.
OzHarvest is a not-for-profit organisation that rescues excess food from restaurants, retailers, food outlets and corporate kitchens that would otherwise be discarded. It's then delivered to charities that feed the disadvantaged and homeless. In April 2013 we started our journey with OzHarvest by delivering hundreds of kilos non-perishable food items to OzHarvest – who then distributed these on our behalf. You may also see Sam White (Chairman) cooking up a storm at the annual CEO CookOff.
Through the generosity of Loan Market's contribution, OzHarvest is able to collect quality excess food from commercial outlets and deliver it, direct and free of charge, to more than 500 charities providing much needed assistance to vulnerable men, women and children across Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Newcastle and the Gold Coast. Ronni Kahn, Founder of OzHarvest
Vinnies CEO Sleepout
The aim of the Vinnies CEO Sleepout is to raise funds to help bring an end to homelessness in Australia. For two years running Loan Market has been represented by Sam White, who was joined in 2013 by Mark De Martino (State Executive Victoria) and by Ken MacLennan (State Executive Western Australia) in 2014.
The money raised by Sam White and the staff of Loan Market in the Vinnies CEO Sleepout directly assisted people experiencing homelessness around New South Wales, including: the 500 men who every day receive hot nutritious meals at the Matthew Talbot Hostel in Woolloomooloo; the women escaping domestic violence at Our Lady of the Way, a women's refuge in Sydney which provides a safe and secure environment for single women over 50; and the men who will live in the newly refurbished Edel Quinn centre in Wagga Wagga. These are just some of the many services that benefited from the generosity of Sam White and his staff. Michael Perusco, Chief Executive Officer at St Vincent de Paul Society NSW
The Big Issue
The Big Issue is sold by disadvantaged and homeless people, who receive half of the magazine cover price. Our workplace giving program helps give vendors the hand up they need to kick start selling. Sam White has also joined The Big Issue vendors during International Vendor Week to test out his selling skills.
The Big Issue is proud to be a partner of Loan Market's HOPE initiative, which aims to raise awareness of homelessness. Valued donations and support received through our partnership go towards helping Australia's homeless, marginalised and disadvantaged help themselves. We look forward to working together to grow our relationship into the future. Emily Ryan, Partner Relations at The Big Issue
Loan Market HOPE Ambassador of the Year
Each year at our international conference we recognise the broker who has made the single largest contribution to the HOPE program.
The 2014 winner was Stephen O'Reilly Nugent from Port Point Cook Victoria.