Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity is a most worthwhile organization that helps people have a home to call their own.

One of the ways they fund the building and outfitting of the homes is by selling items that are donated to them in their ReStore retail stores. We are happy to have done our part by donating—10 skids full of new products to them over the last several years to sell in their stores. Our staff have made personal donations of their furniture that was not being used by them any longer, to be sold in the ReStore stores as well. It takes recycling to a whole new level! ReStore, Habitat for Humanity; we admire all you do.

This year Universal Lighting was also the sponsor of lights for the Princess Margaret Lottery Condo! This year the condo was designed by Danielle Sucher Interiors. We were so honoured to take part in this prize as well this year. The space was beautifully and thoughtfully designed and helped raise more funds for cancer research.

Each year, for the holiday season; we like to honour our clients who show so much commitment to us, that we have become their go-to store for all of their lighting needs, and their home décor items too! To celebrate and honour our clients, we give a financial donation to an organization that we wish to support. These organizations speak to our hearts. They represent children who need help with their challenges, both physical and mental; children who are experiencing ill-health; adults attempting to make the huge contribution to solving the illness that is cancer; and children who wish for enrichment in their lives in after school programs- including educational and recreational activities. Our hearts are warmed by the assistance our money gives to these organizations, and the goals they can achieve because of it. Some of the organizations that we have donated to in the past, are:

Toronto Kiwanis Boys and Girls Club

In lieu of Christmas gifts for 2018 we made a donation to the @tkbgc, an organization close to our hearts. The Toronto Kiwanis Boys and Girls Club is an amazing organization that provides children and youth a safe place to learn, grow, experience opportunities and overcome barriers to help build confidence and develop life skills. Our donation is going to send the awesome leaders on the Youth Advisory Squad to the Youth Summit in Montreal. We hope they have a great time! This video makes us excited about our future leaders! To learn more about this amazing organization head to www.believeinkids.ca.

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For two years, our donations were given to Shalva, an amazing organization that assists its clients and the clients families with all of the tools it needs to work with the special needs, to allow them to function with as little difficulty as possible.


Israel Cancer Research Fund

ICRF, a previous organization to receive a financial donation, is committed to fund doctors who do research to find a cure(s) for cancer. They have made some absolutely amazing discoveries and contributions to dealing with this horrible illness.

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Sick Children’s Hospital

Sick Children’s Hospital is a world-renowned hospital that deals with children’s health each and every day of the year. Universal Lighting was happy to have chosen the hospital as one of the donation recipients.


As our ongoing commitment to finding a cure for cancer, Universal Lighting has been the sponsor of lights for the Princess Margaret Lottery Grand Prize home, for more years than we can count. It is our absolute pleasure to procure the products requested by the designer in charge of the project (a big thank you to Brian Gluckstein, who has headed up this project for the past 8 years). We are overjoyed each year when we get to see how beautifully all of the products have come together to create a most stunning the home. Every one of these Grand Prize homes has been not only unique but it seems to appeal to everyone who views it. And the money raised by the sale of the tickets goes towards the search for a cure. Here’s to our hope that we get to see a cure for cancer in our lifetime.

Princess Margaret Lottery Condo

Design for Hope

Another one of our fav designers to work with, is Stacey Cohen, who requested our participation in Design for Hope, makeover project. We were honoured to be included with the dedicated group of trades and vendors, who collaborated to create a safe and functional home. Each year a family in need of this assistance is the chosen to receive a renovated and reinvented home, with the hope that it will give the family a fresh start. Universal Lighting would like to wish the Nickolic Family a -bright future!

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