Greetings from the Windermere Foundation,
Kris Barrows of the Windermere Lake Forest Park office in Seattle submitted this about their Community Service Day project at Ballinger Homes.
“Ballinger Homes is an integral part of our community. It is a King County sponsored housing project that includes people from all over the world who have come to America to build a better life. The housing project sponsors wonderful programs for the children who live there. Windermere has supported the children over the years with various contributions, such as providing English dictionaries so that they children going to school could learn words that their parents could not teach them. The after school program provides tutoring for children, art education and life experiences. It is an amazing place to visit and view a sea of children of all ages and ethnicities working together to learn. Not only is book knowledge part of the educational background, but life skills. Those children who wish to learn knitting and sewing are encouraged to do so. This year our Community Service Project is enhancing the gardens that are provided for the people who live there so they can grow some of their own food and learn about composting and “green” skills. It is always a privilege to be able to go out into our own community on Community Service Day and provide help in areas that will improve people’s lives when we are gone. Ballinger Homes has proven to be a good investment in our time and energy and we look forward to supporting them not just one day a year, but throughout the year. We are so lucky to have this opportunity to do something positive.”