Windermere Offices Continue to Support Communities Through COVID-19 Pandemic

Windermere offices have continued to support their communities throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, raising money for the Windermere Foundation, which has provided over $43 million in funding to support low-income and homeless families throughout the Western U.S. since 1989. Here are some highlights from the past holiday season.

 

Windermere Whatcom Donates 84 Thanksgiving Boxes

 

For over 20 years, Windermere Whatcom has donated Thanksgiving boxes to local school districts and organizations. These boxes contain all the fixings for a Thanksgiving feast, from sparkling cider and pumpkin pie to turkey roaster pans and a recipe book. The meals benefit families in need of a warm Thanksgiving meal. Agents at Whatcom’s five offices select the recipient organizations, then agents and staff are assigned items to fulfill depending on the number of meals needed. Keeping COVID-19 guidelines in mind, agents worked in small groups/shifts to pack the boxes of food and supplies on the day of delivery. In total, 84 Thanksgiving meals were donated on November 23 and 24, 2020.

 

Picture L to R: Alex Stredicke & Ken Gustafson

 


 

Windermere Abode Supports Tacoma Rescue Mission

 

Every Friday since March of 2020, Windermere Abode in Tacoma, WA has helped the Tacoma Rescue Mission serve sandwiches and snacks. After speaking with Windermere agent Melo Hogan, Broker/Co-Owner of Windermere Abode Anne Jones learned that throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the organization had been losing volunteers and needed to provide to-go meals for the community members they support. “The coolest thing about this program is we’ve invited our community to participate,” said Jones. “That’s how we’ve kept it going and literally have delivered thousands of sandwiches. We’ve had a few Fridays with two fully-loaded SUVs.”

 

A woman unpacks food donations from the back of a vehicle.

Pictured: Melo Hogan

 


 

Windermere Greenwood Donates $4,418 to WA-BLOC

 

In the summer of 2020, the agents and staff at Windermere Greenwood were looking for ways to support grassroots, Black-led organizations in underserved communities and youth. When they came across WA-BLOC (Building Leaders of Change), they jumped at the chance to support the organization. WA-BLOC works with students in South Seattle, igniting transformation and building leaders of change through revolutionary education and social justice leadership development. Understanding that the pandemic would impact students’ learning ability, the Greenwood office wanted to contribute to help make distanced learning more equitable. Totaling $4,418, their donations went towards purchasing laptops, wi-fi hotspots, school supplies, tutors, school lunches, and more.

 

A flyer showing Windermere Greenwood's $4,418 total raised for WA-BLOC.

Windermere Greenwood’s total amount raised in support of local organization WA-BLOC

 


 

Windermere Eastlake Gifts $5,000 to St. Francis House

 

Agents and staff at Windermere Eastlake in Seattle came together this holiday season to support low income and homeless families in their community through St. Francis House, an organization dedicated to serving the homeless population of King County. Eastlake donated $5,000 to the organization to distribute holiday gift packages to families including a new blanket, a new game, and a grocery gift card. Each child received a pair of socks, a new toy, and a book. So far, 375 families have received their gift.

 

 

A selection of toys distributed by St. Francis House through Windermere Eastlake’s donation

A selection of toys distributed by St. Francis House through Windermere Eastlake’s donation


To find out more about the Windermere Foundation or to make a donation, please visit the Foundation’s website here: Windermere Foundation

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#AskAnAgent Wrap-Up

On our “#AskAnAgent” Instagram Live series, radio personality and Windermere client Carla Marie goes live with our agents, answering viewer questions about how to buy and sell a home.

 

After our first three episodes with Jessica James, Ashley Abolafia, and Gervon Simon, Carla Marie sat down with the following agents to round out the #AskAnAgent conversations for 2020.

 

Episode 4: Jen BowmanWatch it here

 

The second half of our #AskAnAgent series began with an informative conversation between Carla Marie and Jen Bowman, a Windermere agent based in Lynnwood, Washington. Drawing on her experience working with mostly sellers in recent years, Bowman discussed what it’s like to work with sellers while inventory is low. On the topic of bidding wars, Jen stressed the importance of timing for sellers when they hit the market, so they know they have exposed their home to the greatest number of interested buyers. Wrapping up, Jen touched on the recent trend of buyers moving to rural areas from her perspective in Snohomish County.

 

Episode 5: Genevieve StollWatch it here

 

New Jersey natives Carla Marie and Windermere agent Genevieve Stoll continued the #AskAnAgent conversations with an instructive discussion, examining the real estate process from multiple angles. For Stoll, one of the first thing she tells her buyers looking to strengthen their offers is to speak with a reputable lender right away to get the pre-approval process started. The conversation shifted to how buyers’ needs are shifting during the pandemic and the resurgence of vacation home purchases.

 

Episode 6: Derrik ShockmanWatch it here

 

For the final #AskAnAgent episode of 2020, Carla Marie chatted with Derrik Shockman, a former business owner and agent with Windermere Abode in Tacoma, Washington. For Shockman, being an entrepreneur and real estate agent are similar in that both require staying calm through the ups and downs of the market. Derrik also shared his expert knowledge on the similarities and differences between single-family houses, townhouses, and condos, and the different needs they satisfy for buyers.

 

Follow our Instagram page (@windermere) for updates on future episodes and follow Carla Marie (@thecarlamarie) to watch all the #AskAnAgent episodes from this year.

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