Windermere Foundation Has Raised over $1,500,000 So Far This Year!

 

Thanks to the generosity of Windermere agents and the community, the Windermere Foundation collected over $1,537,000 in donations through the third quarter of 2017. This is an increase of nine percent compared to this time last year! Individual contributions and fundraisers accounted for 62 percent of the donations, while 38 percent came from donations through Windermere agent commissions. So far, we have raised a total of $34,643,324 in donations since 1989.

 

Each Windermere office has its own Windermere Foundation fund account that they use to make donations to organizations in their communities. Year to date, a total of $1,179,202 has been disbursed to non-profit organizations dedicated to providing services to low-income and homeless families throughout the Western U.S.

 

One organization that has been the recipient of Windermere Foundation funds is SafeHouse of the Desert. Safehouse of the Desert provides a “safe” residential environment for children between the ages of 11 to17 years of age. These young people are the victims of physical and emotional abuse, homeless runaways, victims of human trafficking, emotionally unstable home environments and various other unsafe situations. The facility shelters the children from perpetrators and offers education, therapy, artistic expression, coupled with training for future jobs, skills and coaching in being responsible and making wise choices.

 

The 16 Windermere Homes & Estates offices  in Southern California (Alpine, Big Bear, Del Mar, Escondido, Fallbrook, La Jolla, Palm Desert, Palm Valley, Plaza at Aviara, Rancho Bernardo, Rancho Bernardo-The Plaza, Santaluz, Scripps Ranch, South Carlsbad-Aviara, Temecula, and Trilogy) pooled their funds together and donated $5,000 for SafeHouse’s emergency shelter. They presented the donation check to SafeHouse on October 11, where they also spent the day cleaning, landscaping, organizing storage rooms, and providing breakfast and lunch at Harrison House, the 15-unit complex located behind the shelter and houses its transitional living program.

 

When asked why they chose this organization to help, Selina Sullivan, Regional Administrator for Windermere Homes & Estates said, “We recognize that the youth of today represents the future adults of tomorrow. Asking ourselves what we would want that future to look like, we realized that by contributing to this organization, we were impacting that future and contributing to the welfare of ALL children. In a world that is often covered in darkness, we wanted to serve as a beacon for others and to contribute to future generations.”

 

Generous donations to the Windermere Foundation over the years have enabled Windermere offices to continue to support local non-profits like SafeHouse of the Desert. If you’d like to help support programs for low-income and homeless families in your community, please click on the Donate button.

 

To learn more about the Windermere Foundation,

visit http://www.windermere.com/foundation.

Windermere Offices Help Fulfill Back-to-School Needs

 

According to a 2017 back-to-school survey, parents will spend an average of $501 per child on school supplies, clothes and accessories, computers and hardware, and electronic gadgets for the school year. For school supplies alone, the average spend per child is $104, which can be a lot for parents who are having difficulties just trying to make ends meet.

Thankfully, through donations from the Windermere Foundation, many of our Windermere offices are able to support local nonprofit organizations that provide backpacks, supplies, and other back-to-school necessities to children and families in need. Some offices have even made this an annual giving/volunteer event.

These are just a few of the Windermere offices that volunteer their time and donate funds to support programs that help children whose families would otherwise be unable to afford the basic necessities for the school year.

 

El Sobrante, CA

On July 15, the Windermere El Sobrante office kicked off their annual back-to-school supply drive with an ice cream social at their office. At the event they collected backpacks, school supplies and other donations, and provided ice cream for attendees. The drive ran from July 11 through August 10. Office staff also shopped for additional backpacks and supplies. Backpacks were then filled with supplies according to age, and delivered to three local area schools to distribute to students in need at the beginning of the school year.

 

Helena, MT

From June 26 through August 18, the Windemere Helena office supported The Angel Fund’s 11th Annual Stuff the Bus school supply drive. Agents purchased school supplies to fill up a bin at their office. This is the first year that the office has supported this drive. Students in need from over 30 schools in Helena and surrounding areas benefitted from this event.

 

Seattle, WA

For the past six years, the Windermere Mount Baker office has supported the Seattle/King County Coalition on Homelessness’s Project Cool back-to-school supply drive by holding drives to collect school supplies, and by participating in their annual backpack-stuffing event. This year, the office made a $1,000 donation to Project Cool through the Windermere Foundation, and 18 Windermere agents, staff, and family members volunteered on July 18 where they stuffed 100 of the 1,100 backpacks provided that day. The stuffed backpacks were delivered to various local social service organizations and homeless shelters, to be distributed to children in need. 

 

Generous donations from Windermere owners, agents, staff, and the community continue to make it possible for the Windermere Foundation to support programs like Project Cool. If you’d like to help children in need in your community during the school year, or throughout the year, please consider donating to the Windermere Foundation. To learn more about the Windermere Foundation, visit http://www.windermere.com/foundation

Windermere Foundation Has Donated Nearly $1,000,000 This Year!

Thanks to the generosity of Windermere agents and the community, the Windermere Foundation collected over $903,500 in donations through the second quarter of 2017. This is an increase of 10 percent compared to this time last year! Individual contributions and fundraisers accounted for 62 percent of the donations, while 38 percent came from donations through Windermere agent commissions. So far, we have raised a total of $34,009,527 in donations since 1989.

 

Each Windermere office has its own Windermere Foundation fund account that they use to make donations to organizations in their communities. Year to date, a total of $979,486 has been disbursed to non-profit organizations dedicated to providing services to low-income and homeless families throughout the Western U.S.

 

One organization that has been the recipient of Windermere Foundation funds is the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) National Scholarship Fund. LULAC has considered education its number one priority since it was established in 1929. The scholarship fund was established in 1975 to provide scholarships to help Hispanic youth in underserved communities make the dream of college enrollment a reality. Former recipients of LNSF scholarships are now leaders in fields of business, science, government, and education.  A rigorous selection process assures the expectation that future recipients will demonstrate the same level of excellence.

 

Last year, the Windermere office in Salinas, CA supported LULAC’s scholarship fund with a $1,000 donation, and will be making this donation annually. Christopher Barrera, Realtor and President of LULAC Salinas Council #2055, says “I am proud to be associated with such a great organization like Windermere Valley Properties in Salinas, and it’ll be an honor to present a check to LULAC on behalf of Windermere and the Windermere Foundation.” Each year, the LULAC Salinas Council holds a Black & White Ball to raise money for the scholarship fund. Monies raised are matched by LULAC national. There were 14 scholarships awarded in 2016. Thanks to the $15,000 raised through their event, matching funds from LULAC national, and a donation from the Windermere Foundation, they will be awarding 39 scholarships at a presentation ceremony on July 29 in Old Town Salinas.

 

Generous donations to the Windermere Foundation over the years have enabled Windermere offices to continue to support local non-profits like LULAC. If you’d like to help support programs for low-income and homeless families in your community, please click on the Donate button.

 

To learn more about the Windermere Foundation, visit http://www.windermere.com/foundation.

Windermere Helps Fight Food Insecurity by Funding Weekend and Summer Meal Programs

 

For many children, the free meals that they receive in the school cafeteria may be the only food that they get for the entire day. And that’s just on the weekdays. On the weekends, children often go hungry because their families cannot afford to cover basic household expenses, including groceries. And when the school year ends, they lose the security of those two meals, making summer the hungriest season of the year for children in our communities.

Through the Windermere Foundation, many Windermere offices throughout our network support programs that provide weekend and summer meal programs. These programs help girls and boys at risk of hunger get access to nutritious meals outside of school.

Here are just a few of the programs that our agents and offices support…

 

California

For the past two years, the Windermere Redding office has supported an afterschool/summer program at Eagles Soar Youth Activity Center (ESYAC) with a monthly donation of $54 that they can use to purchase food, clothes, and other necessities. The program serves “housed” homeless kids—kids who live in transient housing such as motel rooms and trailer parks. It is a 100 percent volunteer organization that is funded by donations from the community. Program volunteers pick the kids up after school twice a week and they also have a summer events program. They feed and tutor the kids, provide them with clothes if needed, and send them home with food for the weekend. Over 90 percent of the kids they help are on the honor roll.

 

Montana

For the past two years, the Windermere Missoula office has supported the Missoula Food Bank’s Kids Empower Pack program. The Kids Empower Pack is a nutrition program helping kids stay nourished when school is not in session. School officials identify children living with chronic hunger and enroll them in the program. And every Friday, they are sent home with a backpack full of nutrition for the weekend. In 2016, the Missoula office donated $1,200, with half of the proceeds from their annual standup paddle board race being donated to the program. The program will be one of the beneficiaries again for this year’s event. Last school year, Kids Empower Pack was helping 528 local kids every weekend. In 2017, Kids Empower Pack will feed 750 kids every weekend.

 

Oregon

The Windermere Gearhart and Cannon Beach offices support Warrenton-Hammond Healthy Kids, Inc., donating $500 to them in 2016 and $3,500 over the past six years. WHHKids currently serves Warrenton Grade School's 771 students and Warrenton High School’s 261 students with food weekend backpacks, clothing, and hygiene items. The student population that receives free and reduced lunches is 55 percent. This is down from a high of 64 percent for the past few years. They also serve the district's homeless population.

In 2016, the Windermere Portland-Raleigh Hills office donated $2,000 to Take Action INC. Take Action INC is an all-volunteer backpack program, non-profit organization, whose mission is to find resources to feed hungry kids, educate the public of the severity of childhood hunger in our midst, and encourage local communities to adopt schools of their own. One hundred percent of the grant is used to purchase food at a generous five percent discount from their Beaverton Grocery Outlet store partner to help 36 low-income families and feed 45 food-insecure kids at Hayhurst Elementary School.

 

Washington

Over the past three years, the Windermere Seattle-Wedgwood office has supported the Hunger Intervention Program with approximately $9,000 in Windermere Foundation grants. The program provides nutritious weekend food for students eligible for free or reduced price lunch when school lunches aren’t available, in addition to providing meals during the summer. The program currently serves students at Olympic Hills, John Rogers, BrierCrest, and ViewLands Elementary schools, as well as Kellogg Middle School and Nathan Hale High School.

Sometimes individual agents recognize a need in their communities and create their own programs, like Anne Jones, an agent at the Windermere Tacoma-Professional Partners office. After speaking with representatives from various schools, it was determined that food insecurity was a significant issue. So last fall, Anne created the Snacks for Schools program to support Tacoma area schools. The ultimate goal of the program is to not only provide food, but to also foster connections between community members and schools throughout the city. The program’s first delivery took place in March 2017 at First Creek Middle School, where they were able to provide a snack for all 750 students. In April, they stocked the pantry at Blix Elementary. So far, snacks have been provided for 2,400 students. With the help of other agents and community partners, the program hopes to reach 13 more schools during the month of May. 

 

Thanks to the efforts of our Windermere offices and agents, we are tackling issues of food insecurity in our communities and helping our nonprofit partners provide nutritious meals for children in need. If you’d like to help support programs in your community, please click on the Donate button.

To learn more about the Windermere Foundation, visit http://www.windermere.com/foundation.

 

 

 

Over half-a-million dollars has been disbursed to non-profits so far this year!

Thanks to the generosity of Windermere agents and the community, the Windermere Foundation collected over $325,000 in donations during the first quarter of 2017. This is an increase of 17 percent compared to this time last year! Individual contributions and fundraisers accounted for 55 percent of the donations, while 45 percent came from donations through Windermere agent commissions. So far, we have raised a total of $33,431,017 in donations since 1989.

Each Windermere office has its own Windermere Foundation fund account that they use to make donations to organizations in their communities. Year to date, a total of $545,354 has been disbursed to non-profit organizations dedicated to providing services to low-income and homeless families throughout the Western U.S.

One organization that has been the recipient of Windermere Foundation funds is the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless. The Colorado Coalition for the Homeless operates a range of integrated programs to support children and families. These include family support services, pediatric services, eye and dental care, child, adolescent, and family therapy, and child care.

A recent donation from the Windermere Real Estate office in Centennial, Colorado is helping to fund the Coalition’s Family Support Services Program. The program provides services including emergency shelter information and referrals, housing information and referrals, referrals to other agencies, programming designed specifically to meet needs of children ages birth to 6 years, access to medical and mental health services, and diapers and baby supplies.

Generous donations to the Windermere Foundation over the years have enabled Windermere offices to continue to support local non-profits. If you’d like to help support programs in your community, please click on the Donate button.

To learn more about the Windermere Foundation, visit http://www.windermere.com/foundation.

 

 

Over half-a-million dollars has been disbursed to non-profits so far this year!

Thanks to the generosity of Windermere agents and the community, the Windermere Foundation collected over $325,000 in donations during the first quarter of 2017. This is an increase of 17 percent compared to this time last year! Individual contributions and fundraisers accounted for 55 percent of the donations, while 45 percent came from donations through Windermere agent commissions. So far, we have raised a total of $33,431,017 in donations since 1989.

Each Windermere office has its own Windermere Foundation fund account that they use to make donations to organizations in their communities. Year to date, a total of $545,354 has been disbursed to non-profit organizations dedicated to providing services to low-income and homeless families throughout the Western U.S.

One organization that has been the recipient of Windermere Foundation funds is the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless. The Colorado Coalition for the Homeless operates a range of integrated programs to support children and families. These include family support services, pediatric services, eye and dental care, child, adolescent, and family therapy, and child care.

A recent donation from the Windermere Real Estate office in Centennial, Colorado is helping to fund the Coalition’s Family Support Services Program. The program provides services including emergency shelter information and referrals, housing information and referrals, referrals to other agencies, programming designed specifically to meet needs of children ages birth to 6 years, access to medical and mental health services, and diapers and baby supplies.

Generous donations to the Windermere Foundation over the years have enabled Windermere offices to continue to support local non-profits. If you’d like to help support programs in your community, please click on the Donate button.

To learn more about the Windermere Foundation, visit http://www.windermere.com/foundation.

 

 

Read Across America Day: Supporting Literacy Programs in Our Communities

“You’re never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book and read to a child.” ~Dr. Seuss

 

Today is Read Across America Day! What started out in 1997 as a move to create a day to celebrate reading by the National Education Association, turned into an official day of observance in 1998.  Read Across America Day became an official day to be observed on March 2 or on the closest school day to that date each year. This particular date was selected to promote reading for children because it is the birth date of Dr. Seuss, author of many famous children’s books. 

 

Although not officially a national holiday, it is observed across the country by schools and libraries, taking a lead role in promoting the day. You can observe the day by picking up an interesting book and reading it with a child. Or you can find a Read Across America event by clicking on this link and searching by state. You can also add an event to this site by taking the Read Across Pledge.

 

The Windermere Foundation is proud to support school and community programs that provide resources for students in need, like the Olympic Hills Elementary School library. Through a grant from the Windermere Foundation, Olympic Hills Elementary School was able to purchase 130 new books for its library.  

 

If you’d like to help support programs in your community, please click the Donate button and specify the Windermere Real Estate office near you. Donations made to offices will go to help non-profits in the communities they serve through Windermere Foundation grants.

 

 

To learn more about the Windermere Foundation, visit http://www.windermere.com/foundation.

Read Across America Day: Supporting Literacy Programs in Our Communities

“You’re never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book and read to a child.” ~Dr. Seuss

 

Today is Read Across America Day! What started out in 1997 as a move to create a day to celebrate reading by the National Education Association, turned into an official day of observance in 1998.  Read Across America Day became an official day to be observed on March 2 or on the closest school day to that date each year. This particular date was selected to promote reading for children because it is the birth date of Dr. Seuss, author of many famous children’s books. 

 

Although not officially a national holiday, it is observed across the country by schools and libraries, taking a lead role in promoting the day. You can observe the day by picking up an interesting book and reading it with a child. Or you can find a Read Across America event by clicking on this link and searching by state. You can also add an event to this site by taking the Read Across Pledge.

 

The Windermere Foundation is proud to support school and community programs that provide resources for students in need, like the Olympic Hills Elementary School library. Through a grant from the Windermere Foundation, Olympic Hills Elementary School was able to purchase 130 new books for its library.  

 

If you’d like to help support programs in your community, please click the Donate button and specify the Windermere Real Estate office near you. Donations made to offices will go to help non-profits in the communities they serve through Windermere Foundation grants.

 

 

To learn more about the Windermere Foundation, visit http://www.windermere.com/foundation.

Windermere Foundation By the Numbers

For the past 28 years, the Windermere Foundation has been helping those in need in our communities through donations to local organizations that provide services to low-income and homeless families. In 2016, the Windermere Foundation raised over $2.2 million in donations, bringing the total to over $33 million raised since it started in 1989.

Last year, 35 percent of the donations to the Windermere Foundation came from agent commissions. That’s because every time you use a Windermere agent to buy or sell a home, they make a donation to the Windermere Foundation. The other 65 percent came from additional donations made by Windermere agents, employees and the community. Because of these donations, the Windermere Foundation was able to fulfill 664 grants and help 410 organizations that provide help to those in need.

And every dollar donated is put to good use! As you can see from the infographic below, even small donations make a big impact and help us fund things like food bank meals, school supplies for underprivileged students, and resources for children in crisis.

 

 

 

 

If you’d like to help support programs in your community, please click the Donate button.

 

To learn more about the Windermere Foundation, visit http://www.windermere.com/foundation

Windermere Foundation By the Numbers

For the past 28 years, the Windermere Foundation has been helping those in need in our communities through donations to local organizations that provide services to low-income and homeless families. In 2016, the Windermere Foundation raised over $2.2 million in donations, bringing the total to over $33 million raised since it started in 1989.

Last year, 35 percent of the donations to the Windermere Foundation came from agent commissions. That’s because every time you use a Windermere agent to buy or sell a home, they make a donation to the Windermere Foundation. The other 65 percent came from additional donations made by Windermere agents, employees and the community. Because of these donations, the Windermere Foundation was able to fulfill 664 grants and help 410 organizations that provide help to those in need.

And every dollar donated is put to good use! As you can see from the infographic below, even small donations make a big impact and help us fund things like food bank meals, school supplies for underprivileged students, and resources for children in crisis.

 

 

 

 

If you’d like to help support programs in your community, please click the Donate button.

 

To learn more about the Windermere Foundation, visit http://www.windermere.com/foundation