Posted October 20 2011, 6:59 AM PDT by Christine Wood

Windermere Foundation Quarterly News, Summer 2011

Posted in News from the Foundation by Christine Wood

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Greetings from the Windermere Foundation,

Thanks to you and the wonderful support the Windermere Foundation has received so far this year, we have disbursed over $851,000 to qualifying social service organizations dedicated to serving low-income and homeless families throughout the Western U.S.

Our amazing agents, staff, and owners, along with public supporters, continue to contribute generously of both time and money to the Foundation.

Here are a few of the great programs that recently received Foundation support:

Habitat for Humanity received $4,000 from the twelve CCRGI offices in Oregon and the Coachella Valley offices in CA. Habitat for Humanity was founded in 1976 and has had millions of volunteers help build over 400,000 affordable houses in partnership with families in need.

Family Promise received $1,200 from the Lewiston, ID office.

“Thank you for your recent donation to Family Promise of Lewis Clark Valley. Your gift will help provide homeless families with meals, a place to stay together as a family, as well as provide them assistance in finding permanent housing, jobs and other needs.

Thanks to your generosity, we will be able to continue this cost-effective solution to the problem of homelessness. Families are housed with Host Congregations, while volunteers provide meals. There is little overhead for the great benefit that is gained. Thank you again for your support.”

Family Promise

Hazel Dell Elementary, Vancouver, WA received $1,000 for their Jim Collins’ Coats for Kids and Warm Clothes Program.

“First a huge thank you to you and the Windermere Foundation for your support of the children at our school. We have used the funds for buying hooded coats, warm tops such as fleece jackets to make their thinner coats warm, hoodies, and jeans for some children that did not have winter appropriate pants. Also many children were able to have warm shoes and socks because of your support through this fund.

Many of our families have been and are still hit hard with the economic conditions. Our free and reduced lunch percent has moved from 52% to 64% this year, a measure of the rise of poverty for our students.

…Being able to help these students with clothing, due to the Foundation’s generosity, has been wonderful. It gives them not only warm clothing, but also a sense of pride and ability to feel comfortable here at school.”

Hazel Dell Elementary

Scholarship Program

Several offices awarded scholarships to qualifying students wishing to continue their education. Over $16,000 was gifted by the following offices: Bingen, WA, Coeur d’Alene, ID, Dallas/Monmouth, OR, East King County Group, WA (comprised of 13 offices), Seattle-Madison Park, WA, Port Ludlow, WA, Prescott, AZ, Republic, WA, and Whidbey Island-Freeland/Langley, WA.

Building Better Communities, One Home Sale at a Time

On September 23rd, more than 200 volunteers from 30 Greater Seattle-area Windermere Real Estate offices, Seattle non-profit Neighborhood House, the High Point Community Association, and the local community came together to build a park that will serve more than 500 kids in the High Point neighborhood. This year, the Windermere Foundation is doing more for our communities in neighborhoods where there are a lot of kids but not a lot of resources.

To nominate a project for next year or learn more about what is happening in your area, go to www.windermereandyou.org. Or share your Foundation experiences at www.facebook.com/WinderemereFoundation


As always, thank you for your continuing support of the Windermere Foundation. Many low-income families are receiving basic necessities because of your commitment to helping others.

Best,

Christine Wood

Windermere Foundation

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