Windermere Offices Donate to Local Organizations
The true essence of the Windermere Foundation’s work is to make enduring community connections . The relationship between Windermere Columbia River Gorge and SafeSpace Children’s Advocacy Center of the Gorge is a shining example of that mission. Last year, someone close to the Windermere Gorge family experienced an unfortunate and devastating situation. SafeSpace came in with open arms and resources to support all members of the family, and their care and dedication to the community struck a positive chord with Windermere Gorge owner Kim Salvesen. Feeling inspired to sing their praises, Salvesen hosted a podcast episode to help bring attention and donations to the business. She followed that up by making SafeSpace the beneficiary of her Windermere golf tournament in 2022. Sadly, Kim Salvesen passed away earlier this year. In her memory and her support of the organization, the Gorge office is donating $10,000 of Windermere Foundation funds to sponsor a room at SafeSpace’s new care facility. It will be named “The Kim Salvesen Room.”
The Windermere Coast offices in Oregon know that reading is the gateway to learning and opportunity for young children, a belief shared by local organization SMART Reading. For the past 13 years, they have supported SMART with their donations and volunteerism to help them continue to provide resources and education to local kids. This August, the offices were proud to present a $1,000 check to go toward their educational programs.
For years, the Windermere Spokane offices have hosted a socks and shoes drive for local low-income schoolchildren. Over time, the event has picked up steam and continued to grow. For the local Windermere staff, seeing the smiles on the kids’ faces when they get to pick out a brand-new pair of shoes is the best part. This year, the Spokane offices put $6,484.49 toward the drive, providing 148 kids with new socks and shoes to go into the school year. It’s fulfilling for the Windermere folks to know that these kids children will walk into their new classrooms proudly.
This summer, Windermere Utah continued their tradition of supporting the local Make-A-Wish Foundation. Their support goes back several years to the point where now, Make-A-Wish is an ingrained part of our Windermere community in Utah. Windermere agent Cathy Sneyd has been volunteering with Make-A-Wish for years and is passionate about helping children live the best lives possible. She started the relationship several years ago with the idea of granting the wishes of local children experiencing critical illnesses. This has become a staple of Windermere Utah’s giving. This year, they made a $5,000 donation, which is enough to fund one full wish for a child in the Make-A-Wish program.
This year, Windermere Gig Harbor made a lasting connection with a local organization. The NW Furniture Bank’s mission to help restore hope, dignity, and stability in the community by recycling donated furniture makes people feel at home, a notion that the Windermere Gig Harbor folks understand well.
They transformed their office parking lot into a quick and easy one-way drive-through for friends, neighbors, and clients to donate. NW Furniture Bank parked their box trucks on-site and the Windermere team got to work unloading, loading, passing out donation receipts, and cheering visitors on. They also presented the NW Furniture Bank with a $2,000 check of Windermere Foundation funds. Jeremy Simler, Executive Director of NW Furniture Bank said that the event “far surpassed their expectations” and that they “would love to make it an annual event.”
Other notable contributions from throughout the network included a $5,000 donation from the Windermere Sun River office in Oregon to Neighborhood Impact, a housing assistance program based out of Bend dedicated to strengthening the Central Oregon community through homeownership opportunities, and the Camano Island office’s backpack drive that donated over $800 worth of backpacks to local schoolchildren in need.
The Salt Lake Parade of Homes brings awareness to homelessness in Utah by gathering community members from throughout the region. The Windermere Utah office was involved in this year’s parade, trading off shifts at the tiny home known as the HomeAid Collaboration Cottage. This project helped further HomeAid’s mission to build safe housing for the local homeless population by introducing visitors to their work. The cottage is one of 10 units in a planned village to provide affordable housing for those transitioning out of chronic homelessness.
Windermere Utah also recently gathered for an annual tradition: The Out of the Darkness Community Walk to Benefit the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. This event is near and dear to the Windermere community, particularly agent Lisa Jungemann. Here’s what she had to say about this year’s effort:
“Windermere Real Estate Utah is proud to be a sponsor for the fourth year in a row. They have backed me and my team for several years. Our local chapter of the Windermere Foundation is focused on kid-related organizations in need of help, and we all know that suicide has wreaked havoc on our youth. We are very proud to be here and to step up our efforts by having our agents volunteer to help this year.”
The Utah office also donated $5,000, which will go toward bringing AFSP’s Interactive Screening Program to a college or university. The online program allows mental health services at institutions of higher education to provide a safe and confidential way for individuals to take screenings for mental health conditions and anonymously communicate with program counselors to receive support.
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Featured Image Source: Alisa Scott, Windermere Utah