Windermere Foundation Approaches $1.5 Million Raised in 2021

Windermere offices across the Western U.S. have remained committed to serving their communities in 2021, collectively raising nearly $1.5 million so far this year alone, pushing the foundation’s grand total raised since 1989 to nearly $45 million. After a successful Community Service Day in June and a first half of the year which saw over $1 million raised, Windermere offices have continued to give back this summer. Here are some recent highlights from across our network.

Windermere Utah

Windermere Utah has always been deeply rooted in its community, and 2021 has been no different. This year alone, they have hosted multiple fundraisers and supported several organizations to affect positive change in their community.

One of the greatest challenges the COVID-19 pandemic has put on schoolchildren is access to technology. After searching for a way to provide digital access to local schoolchildren, Windermere Utah came across the organization Spy Hop, based in Salt Lake City. Spy Hop is a digital media arts center that provides classes in film, music, audio, and design for students between the ages of nine and nineteen. They offer mentoring and host technology drives to provide computers for students in need through a program called the Technology Liberation Project. Windermere Utah donated $3,000 to support Spy Hop’s programs while sponsoring their technology drive in August.

The office also rallied together to support Lincoln Elementary School. As a Title I school, they cannot ask for supplies or funds, often leaving them underfunded compared to other schools in the area. Windermere Utah donated $1,000 for kids to purchase the supplies they need for the school year.

 

From Left to Right: Misty Medina, Laurann Turner, Lincoln Elementary Rep, Shawnee Cooper, Lincoln Elementary Rep, Michelle Adkins, Chelle Preslar, Kelly Silvestor, and Stephanie Vera

 

Windermere Evergreen – Evergreen, CO

Windermere Evergreen has close ties to the local Rotary Wildfire Ready program and given the prevalence of wildfires across the Western U.S. in recent years, the office was inspired to tap their Foundation resources to support local wildfire relief efforts. John Putt–managing broker at Windermere Evergreen—is a member of the Rotary Wildfire Ready leadership council. A former paramedic and firefighter, he is passionate about providing resources and education to mountain communities regarding wildfire preparedness. After trying to come up with ways to support the program, they settled on a classic method of bringing the community together—a good old tailgate party.  The office donated $1,000 to support the Rotary Wildfire Ready program, and the first annual Windermere Foundation Tailgate Party saw members of the community come together from all corners of town.

 

The Evergreen, Colorado Rotary Wildfire Ready firetruck.

The Evergreen, Colorado Rotary Wildfire Ready firetruck.

 

Windermere Spokane – Spokane, WA

After hosting a blood drive earlier this year, Windermere Spokane has continued to find ways they can provide for those in need in their community. In early September, they turned their attention toward Spokane’s youth. When they saw the Spokane branch of Volunteers of America announce that they were planning to move their Crosswalk Youth Shelter across town to a new facility, the office jumped at the opportunity to help. Windermere Spokane held a matching fundraiser that ultimately raised over $21,000 for the new shelter. But the office’s recent foundation efforts didn’t stop there.

In preparation for the new school year, the office held their Spokane Sock and Shoe Event to support local low-income and homeless grade school-aged kids with new pairs of shoes and socks. This year’s event provided new shoes and socks for 116 kids.

 

Two women with masks on take a selfie during a clothing drive for local schoolchildren.

Left to Right: Windermere agents Blythe Thimsen and Brenda McKinley

 

A woman in mask holds up pairs of socks during a clothing fundraiser for local schoolchildren.

Windermere agent Brenda McKinley

 

Kritsonis Lindor Team — Windermere Bellevue South – Bellevue, WA

Windermere agents John Kritsonis and Karl Lindor of Kritsonis Lindor have been strong supporters of the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank in years past, but the continued challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic made it clear that the IFCB needed their support more than ever. After food insecurity for children in their county jumped 54% in 2020, John and Karl knew they had to go all-in for their community. They doubled down on their fundraising campaign with a $25,000 match, ultimately raising $55,958. On August 20, their team spent the day volunteering at the food bank, putting together produce bags, and passing out groceries to families. All in all, they were able to provide groceries to over 120 families and over 350 kids. Their donations will support IFCB’s summer lunch program, which feeds roughly 300 children weekly during the summer.

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Windermere Partners with the Seattle Seahawks for Another Season to #TackleHomelessness

All of us at Windermere Real Estate are proud to kick off another season as the “Official Real Estate Company of the Seattle Seahawks.” Since 2016, we’ve partnered with the Seahawks to #TackleHomelessness by donating $100 for every Seahawks defensive tackle made in a home game. And for the third season in a row, the money raised will go to Mary’s Place, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting homeless families in the greater Seattle area. Mary’s Place works to provide safe and inclusive shelter and services that support women, children, and families through their journey out of homelessness.

Mary’s Place’s mission and the work of the Windermere Foundation go hand-in hand. Last year, we were able to donate $32,100 which brought our #TackleHomelessness total to $160,300 donated over the past five seasons. We look forward to raising even more this year!

Interested in following along with our progress this season? Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn for updates. Go Hawks!

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Windermere Foundation Surpasses $44 Million Total Raised


 

Since 1989, the Windermere Foundation has supported low-income and homeless families throughout the Western U.S. Earlier this year, the Foundation proudly crossed the $44 million mark in total donations.

2021 has been an active year for giving back at Windermere. Our offices have continued to support their communities during the COVID-19 pandemic, donating time and money to local organizations. In June, Windermere celebrated its 37th Annual Community Service Day, which saw agents and staff from across the Windermere footprint show up in force to partner with local organizations serving a variety of needs. When all was said and done, this year’s Community Service Day resulted in hundreds of hours of volunteer time and over $269,000 in donations.

Through the efforts of Windermere agents, owners, and staff, the Windermere Foundation raised over $1 million in the first half of 2021. This included the Windermere Lloyd Tower office which partnered with Adelante Mujeres, an organization that educates and uplifts the low-income Latina population in the Portland area. The Windermere Coeur d’Alene office worked with Second Harvest to set up a mobile market at the Kootenai County Fairgrounds to feed those in need, and the Windermere Spokane office partnered with Vitalant to set up a blood drive for local blood banks with depleted supply due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

To learn more about the Windermere Foundation, visit windermerefoundation.com. To help support programs in your community, click the Donate button below.

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Windermere Foundation Surpasses $1 Million Raised in 2021

In the first six months of 2021, Windermere offices collectively raised over one million dollars through the Windermere Foundation. June, a month in which Windermere celebrated its 37th Community Service Day, saw an outpouring of donations from across our 10-state footprint, bringing in over $269,000 to push the year-to-date total over $1 million. These dollars go toward supporting low-income and homeless families in the communities where Windermere offices are located. Here are some examples of how our offices have been giving back this year.

Windermere Realty Trust / Lloyd Tower – Portland, OR

Windermere Lloyd Tower can’t speak highly enough about the work of Adelante Mujeres, a local organization committed to educating and uplifting the low-income Latina population in the Portland area. The organization has a variety of programs to support women from childhood to adulthood. Their Adult Education program helps Latina women complete their secondary education and empowers them to become leaders. Empresas, a small business development program, focuses on immigrant entrepreneurs, providing one-on-one coaching and technical assistance over the course of eleven weeks. Chicas Youth Development supports over 600 girls between the ages of eight and eighteen in weekly after-school classes, designed to develop their leadership and foster academic success. In April, the Lloyd Tower office donated $5,000 to support programs like these and the small business development services Adelante Mujeres has provided local entrepreneurs throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Windermere Lloyd Tower office is part of the Windermere Realty Trust network of offices in Portland, Oregon.

Windermere / Coeur d’Alene Realty, Inc. – Coeur d’Alene, ID  

This past spring, Windermere Coeur d’Alene set out to make a difference in their community by helping fight food insecurity. They found the perfect partner in Second Harvest. Second Harvest brings community resources together to feed those in need and believes that nutritious food is the key ingredient for a healthy lifestyle. The office donated $2,000 to Second Harvest to set up their “Mobile Market,” a system for transporting food directly families, at the Kootenai County Fairgrounds in the heart of town. Windermere agents volunteered their time to staff the event, and the stage was set for a successful food drive. On the day of the drive, the donations poured in. Agents helped direct traffic, unloaded vehicles, distributed donations to families in the community, and cleaned up the fairgrounds afterward. Nearly 15,000 pounds of goods were donated, enough for Second Harvest to feed 209 families.

 

Pictured Left to Right: Amy Smock, Mark Whitt, Midge Smock, Larry Frisbie, Paulette Fabian, Kris Arnett, Andrew Steiner, Bob Zern, Joel Greiner, John Tindall, Morgan Keller, Ryan Keller

 

A man unpacks boxes during a food drive.

Pictured: Mark Whitt

 

Windermere Stanwood Camano – Stanwood, WA

Windermere Stanwood Camano and their local YMCA have formed a tight bond over the years, partnering together to create memorable events for the benefit of the community. Whether it was supporting the YMCA while teaching children water safety or rounding up donations on behalf of the Windermere Foundation, they’ve always found a way to make a positive impact in the Stanwood-Camano community. This past April, the office set a goal of raising $10,000 for the YMCA through donations made by staff and agents, which were matched by the office’s owners, Marla and Randy Heagle. The office hit their goal and in celebration, hosted a food truck from Seattle’s renowned burger joint, Dick’s Drive In. Attendees were encouraged to round up their purchases in support of the YMCA.

 

A man and a woman stand together in front of a food truck.

Pictured: Marla Heagle and Randy Heagle

 

An aerial shot of the Windermere Stanwood Camano building.

An aerial shot of Windermere Stanwood Camano during the event.

 

Windermere Spokane – Spokane, WA

In April 2021, over a year after the first days of the COVID-19 pandemic, Windermere Spokane felt a call to rally their community to donate blood. The pandemic had left local blood banks depleted and in desperate need of donations. Working with Vitalant, an independent, nonprofit blood services provider in the Spokane area that focuses on providing life-saving blood and comprehensive transfusion medicine services, Windermere Spokane hosted a donation site at their office. Spokanites came out in force to support the blood drive! After all donations had been tallied, the blood drive yielded 34 units of blood.

 

A man sits in a chair getting his blood drawn.

Pictured: Richard Stokes

 

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Windermere Celebrates 37 Years of Community Service Day

Every year in June, Windermere offices close for business in order to participate in Community Service Day. An annual tradition since 1984, our agents, staff, and franchise owners spend the day volunteering in their communities completing a variety of neighborhood improvement projects. Here are a few highlights from this year’s Community Service Day from around our network.

 

Windermere Rowland Realty – California

The Windermere Pinole and Diablo Realty offices joined together and volunteered for the Food Bank of Contra Costa & Solano Counties, working in their warehouse to bag produce for a food giveaway. After reaching out to their clients and peers, agents were able to gather $2,850 in donations for the food bank, an amount that will allow them to provide 5,700 meals to the local community.

 

Pictured: Scott Tuffnell, Denise Ramirez, Mike Rowland, Renee Rowland, Diane Cockrell, Mona Logasa, Dave Nardi, Ellen Osmundson, Jim Georgantes, Tina Rowland, Jacob Cardinale, Nicolars Ramirez, Luis Ramirez-Agudelo

 

A group of people hold up a check in a warehouse.

Pictured: Scott Tuffnell, Denise Ramirez, Mike Rowland, Renee Rowland, Diane Cockrell, Mona Logasa, Dave Nardi, Ellen Osmundson, Jim Georgantes, Tina Rowland, Jacob Cardinale, Nicolars Ramirez, Luis Ramirez-Agudelo

 

Windermere Fort Collins & Windsor – Colorado 

For CSD 2021, Windermere Fort Collins partnered with ChildSafe Colorado, an organization that provides therapy for victims of childhood abuse and seeks to “break the cycle and heal the trauma resulting from childhood abuse and neglect with specialized treatment, education, and community outreach.”

Windermere agents and staff completed a variety of indoor and outdoor projects including painting, planting flowers, landscaping, as well as supply collection and organization. In addition to their hands-on work, Fort Collins also set up an online portal for clients, friends, family, and community members to support their work through online donations to ChildSafe.

 

Two women and a boy work in the garden.

Pictured: Heather Patel, her son, and Jill Pino

 

The Windermere office in Windsor, Colorado partnered with the Weld RE-4 School District to host a school supply drive to provide supplies for children in low-income households for the 2021–2022 school year. In addition to the in-person event, they also had over fifteen local businesses volunteer by hosting a drop box in the weeks leading up to the event. Twenty-five boxes were donated by a local moving company, Johnson Moving & Storage. On the day of the supply drive, the boxes were filled with donations.

 

A group of women handle drop box donations.

Pictured: Suzanne Ekeler, Tammy Fisher, Angie Hoskins, Kelsey Vandemark, Angie Clauser, Karla Laferriere, and Anali Roath

 

Windermere Sandy Real Estate – Oregon

The Windermere Sandy Real Estate office organizes blood drives every year, so when it came time for this year’s Community Service Day, they knew exactly where to turn: The American Red Cross. With the help of Windermere agents, Red Cross volunteers set up in Windermere Sandy’s conference room, getting folks registered for the drive and handing out t-shirts. The Windermere Sandy staff greeted donors on the way in and during the afternoon, reception was handled by Windermere owners Alan and Therese Fleischman.

 

A white American Red Cross truck parked in a parking lot.

A white American Red Cross truck parked in a parking lot.

 

Windermere Real Estate Utah 

In communities throughout the state of Utah, Windermere agents were out in force for Community Service Day. The office in Layton, UT weeded and maintained playground areas and outdoor spaces at the Safe Harbor Crisis Center. Agents joined together to lay bark and install solar lights along the walkways on the property. The organization was also presented with a $5,000 check from the office’s Windermere Foundation funds.

Agents from the Park City office worked with local organization EATS Park City to package seeds and provide interview clips of stories relating to food and local culinary traditions. EATS Park City is dedicated to empowering and growing healthy communities with fun, food, and nutrition advocacy. Windermere Utah also made a $5,000 donation to the organization.

 

Windermere Real Estate Ellensburg – Washington

The agents and staff at Windermere Real Estate Ellensburg held a canned food drive, collecting donations at their office and dropping off grocery bags at three-hundred homes in the area for people to add non-perishable food items. They made the round on the final day of the drive, collecting 1,387 pounds of food for the Fish Community Food Bank. After they dropped off the donations, the Ellensburg team went to two different gardens owned by the food bank and spent the day weeding, cleaning up, and planting new foods.

 

A group of people posing for a photo in a garden.

Pictured: Caitlin Wable, Sally Vietzke, Danielle LaHaie, Erich Cross, Jennifer Savage, John Gardner, Cara Marrs, Genevieve Gillman, Casey Mills, Taylor Hull, Misti Sandnes

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Windermere Foundation Approaches $500,000 Raised in 2021

In the early months of 2021, Windermere offices have continued to give back to their communities. Across Windermere’s 10-state footprint, over $417,000 has been raised this year alone, bringing the total raised by the Windermere Foundation to over $43.7 million since it began in 1989. Thirty-eight percent of this year’s funds were donated by agents from their commissions, while sixty-two percent was raised through fundraisers and additional donations made by owners, agents, and staff. These dollars go toward supporting low-income and homeless families in the communities where Windermere has offices, such as those described below.

 

Windermere Fort Collins

In late March, the Windermere Fort Collins office stepped up to make a significant impact in their local community by donating $10,000 to ChildSafe Colorado. The organization’s mission is to break the cycle and heal the trauma resulting from childhood abuse and neglect with specialized treatment, education, and community outreach. The Windermere office’s donation will help ChildSafe run its day-to-day operations. The organization is Northern Colorado’s only comprehensive outpatient treatment program for child and adult victims of childhood abuse, treating about 700-800 clients per year.

 

Windermere Lane County

The team at the Windermere Lane County office in Eugene, Oregon continues to be highly active in their community. So far this year their donations include $2,200 to Bags of Love, which provides necessities and comfort items to children who are in crisis due to neglect, abuse, poverty, or homelessness. Another $2,200 went to CASA of Lane County, which provides court-appointed special advocates to serve neglected and abused children aged 0-17. A $2,500 donation went to Kids First Center to further their impact in the community. Kids First is part of the first response team that supports the healing process when a child is a victim of abuse. Donations of $603 and $2,200 were made to Florence Food Share and Food for Lane County respectively, two organizations dedicated to reducing hunger locally. Lastly, the Windermere Lane County office made a $602 donation to the local Boys and Girls Club of Western Lane County. All in all, these donations totaled over $10,000.

Windermere is so proud of our owners, agents, and staff, and all they do to give back. We are grateful to everyone who has supported the Windermere Foundation – it is because of you that we are able to help our neighbors in need and make an impact in the communities where we serve. To help support programs in your community, click the donate button below.

 

 

To learn more about the Windermere Foundation, visit windermerefoundation.com.

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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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GivingTuesday 2020: Donate Through Your Local Windermere Office

 

After shopping for everyone on our holiday lists this year, let’s remember those in our communities who need our support. This GivingTuesday, you can help low-income and homeless families in your community by making a donation to the Windermere Foundation via your local Windermere office.

 

GivingTuesday – December 1, 2020

 

GivingTuesday is a global generosity movement created in 2012 to unleash the power of people and organizations to transform their communities and the world—a day to encourage people to do good. It inspires generosity of all scales, whether it’s taking a stand for an issue you care about or simply making a neighbor smile. The organization now operates in over 70 countries and has touched hundreds of millions of lives.

 

The Windermere Foundation

 

Since 1989, Windermere Real Estate has been dedicated to helping our communities through the Windermere Foundation, whose mission is to provide support to low-income and homeless families. To date we have raised over $42.5 million, with more than $1.6 million coming in 2020 alone. This year for GivingTuesday, you can donate to your neighbors in need through the Windermere Foundation by designating your funds to your local Windermere office.

 

 

For more information on GivingTuesday and how you can participate, visit their website here: GivingTuesday FAQ. To find out more about the Windermere Foundation or to make a donation, please visit windermerefoundation.com.

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