When people come together and rally for a good cause, they can accomplish great things. And it’s that spirit of giving and compassion that makes the holidays such a special time of the year. It’s also a favorite time of year for many of our Windermere offices with “all hands on deck” as owners, agents, and staff shop for, wrap, and deliver gifts to those who otherwise would not have such a happy holiday. Here’s just a sampling of our offices helping to make the season bright for those in their communities.
The Windermere Raleigh Hills office in Portland, Oregon raised over $8,000 at their Winter Wonderland Silent and Live Auction on December 4, which benefitted the Windermere Foundation. Through these funds, they will be able to help many underprivileged families and children this holiday season. A group of agents from this office also participated in The Parry Center Cookie project. They pitched in to roll, cut, and bake sugar cookies and gingerbread men to be decorated by the kids at the center.
The Windermere Bellevue Commons office partnered again with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Bellevue for their Adopt-a-Family campaign. Early in the month, the agents go as a group and shop for gifts for the children. Then they have a group wrapping party the following week and deliver the gifts to the Boys and Girls Club. This is the office’s fourth year participating in annual event, which last year benefitted approximately 200 children. This year, the Windermere Bellevue Commons office wrapped and donated gifts for 25 children and 13 families.
Agents and staff from the Windermere Tri-Cities Kennewick office adopted two families for Christmas through the Union Gospel Christmas Miracle Program. Along with helping provide gifts and other items to the families for the holidays, they also partnered with Charlie’s Automotive in Kennewick who provided some much needed car repairs for the families.
Owners, agents, and staff from the Windermere City Group in Spokane are committed to their community and feel that by giving, they truly receive. This holiday season, they had the opportunity to donate their time helping with lunch service at their local Union Gospel Mission.
The Windermere Professional Partners office in Tacoma teamed up with Penrith Home Loans to collect much-needed coats and clothing for kids of all ages, in support of Charlie’s Dinosaur, an outreach program by Crime stoppers of Tacoma/Pierce County. Donations were collected at the Windermere North Pearl and Gig Harbor offices. And earlier in the holiday season, offices collected food for the Families Unlimited Network Food Bank. They delivered over 2,500 pounds of food and $924 in cash donations that will provide over 1,950 meals to individuals and families served by the food bank.
The Windermere Redding office was busy this holiday season. First with their annual Windermere Foundation Fundraiser for Make-A-Wish & Wings of Angels. Then with a Wish List Drive benefitting One Safe Place, a domestic violence crisis center. Personal hygiene items, clothing, food, and other necessities were collected at the office. The donations they collected will help over 100 people at the center.
The holiday season was made brighter for two local families thanks to the Windermere Mercer Island office and the Windermere Foundation. As part of the 2014 Mercer Island Youth and Family Services (MIYFS) Adopt-A-Family program, the Windermere Mercer Island office adopted two local families, providing funds for holiday meals and gifts. The families received $600 worth of grocery cards and three gifts for each child—there were five children total. Gifts included two bikes, a doll house, board games, Legos, books and more.
At the Target for Kids event on December 6, over 200 brokers from six Windermere Real Estate/East, Inc. offices helped bring the holidays to 100 children and their families. With the help of a broker and $200 each, children shopped for gifts for members of their families. Windermere brokers also set up wrapping stations and children enjoyed Santa photos, crafts, The Dickens Carolers, and more. This group of offices has participated in this holiday tradition 14 times in the last 17 years, donating almost a quarter-of-a-million dollars to the event through the Windermere Foundation.
Through the Windermere Foundation, Seattle-area Windermere Real Estate offices (Windermere Eastlake, Windermere Ballard, Windermere Madison Park, Windermere Real Estate/Wall St., Inc., Windermere Queen Anne, Windermere Magnolia, Windermere Greenwood, and Windermere West Seattle) came together to donate $35,000 to Mary’s Place “No Child Sleeps Outside” campaign, whose goal is to raise $250,000 by December 23. The money will be used to open a crisis-response night shelter for Mary’s Place so that every homeless family in Seattle has a warm place to sleep during the winter months.
Thanks to the generosity and support of our agents, Windermere has been able to help make this holiday season a little brighter for those in need in the communities we serve. From all of us at Windermere, we wish you all a happy and prosperous holiday season.
To find out more about the Windermere Foundation, or to make a donation, please visit http://www.windermere.com/foundation