Plymouth Housing needs your help this Thanksgiving

Special request from Plymouth Housing
Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and we still need your help filling our table! Every year, we invite all 1,000+ Plymouth residents to come together for a delicious Thanksgiving meal.

If you’ll be in the Seattle area for Thanksgiving, you can make a difference by cooking extra food for people who are healing from homelessness. Right now, we’re most in need of turkeys, hams, salads, and vegetable side dishes.Can you deliver a cooked Thanksgiving dish to a Plymouth building on the morning of Thursday, November 28?

Click the button below to let us know what you’ll bring.

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Will you be out of town for the holiday? Too busy to cook? You can still help us celebrate with a donation.
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Thank you for being part of our community!

Posted on November 18, 2019 at 10:40 am
Stephanie Kristen | Category: community, events, giving back

Charity of the Month – Mary’s Place

Windermere is proud to partner with the Seattle Seahawks for the fourth season to help #TackleHomelessness. For every Seahawks home game defensive tackle, Windermere will donate $100 to Mary’s Place, whose mission is to help families on their journey out of homelessness. To date, we’ve raised nearly $100,000 through our #TackleHomelessness campaign and we’re looking forward to raising even more for our friends at Mary’s Place!

Check out Mary’s Place and see the positive impact they are having on our community.

Posted on September 5, 2019 at 9:06 am
Stephanie Kristen | Category: community, giving back, seahawks, seattle

Final Days of the School Supply Drive

We are excited to be participating in the Congregation for Kids school drive again this year! If you haven’t heard about this yet, it is a great cause supporting the kids in the Bellevue School District. They are looking to help 1,656 kids this year with new school supplies to start their year off right.

Amazon links (below) you can use to easily purchase supplies and send them straight to the office, if you would like. You can also make check out to Congregations for Kids/EISCC and we can provide tax receipts to make it super easy for everyone!

We are taking donations and supplies until August 12th If you can’t make it in, I am happy to come by pick up any donations you may have.

Crayola Crayons (set of 24) Buy 6 pack for $9.61

Erasers (standard pink size) Buy 36 for $12.59

Markers, boxes of 10, thin, non-washable (Crayola Classic Colors): Buy 24 boxes for $43.88 

Markers, boxes of 8-10 wide, washable (Crayola Classic Colors): Buy 24 now for $48.00 

Markers, Expo Dry Erase Chisel tip black. Buy now 12 for $9.19  

Pencils, colored, sets of 12 (Crayola brand). Buyer 24 for $39.01 now 

Scissors, 5” pointed (Fiskars brand only) Buy 12 for $20.99 now:

Scissors, 5” blunt (Fiskars brand only)–Buy 12 now for $21.98

8 GB+ USB Flash Drive—Buy 5 for $13.98 now

Posted on August 9, 2019 at 11:17 pm
Stephanie Kristen | Category: community, events, giving back

Free Shredding Event

The April 15th tax deadline is fast approaching.  Every year about this time I promise myself to be better organized next year. My filing system is always a work in progress.  I am often struggling with what to do with all the accumulated receipts, statements, bills and legal documents? Below is a link to an article on how long keep these docs and what can been thrown away or better yet shredded.

https://www.irs.gov/businesses/small-businesses-self-employed/how-long-should-i-keep-records

Windermere is here to help and are providing some options for shredding your old documents.  We are offering complimentary shredding services at multiple locations.  You can bring your sensitive documents to be professionally destroyed on site. A certificate of destruction can be provided upon request.

Shredding Dates and Locations

Saturday, April 20th  10 am – 2 pm  – Issaquah Office  1810 15th Place NW, Issaquah

Saturday, May 11th  10 am – 2 pm  – Bellevue South Office   14405 SE 36th St, Bellevue

Wishing you all the best for a happy and pain free tax season. (well, as pain free as it can be!)

Posted on April 10, 2019 at 8:30 pm
Stephanie Kristen | Category: bellevue, community, events, giving back

Recycling Event this Saturday at Windermere Bellevue South

Posted on February 27, 2019 at 2:02 pm
Stephanie Kristen | Category: bellevue, community, events, giving back

Windermere Foundation Surpasses $38 Million in Total Donations Raised

2018 concluded with another great year of fundraising and giving for the Windermere Foundation, thanks to the continued support of Windermere franchise owners, agents, staff, and the community. Nearly $2.5 million was raised in 2018, bringing our grand total to over $38 million raised since the Foundation’s inception in 1989! During the past year, nearly $1.9 million was donated to non-profit organizations throughout the Western U.S. that provide much-needed services to low-income and homeless families. In 2018, the Windermere Foundation fulfilled 689 grant requests and served 507 non-profit organizations.

A portion of the money raised every year is due in part to our agents who each make a donation to the Windermere Foundation from every commission they earn. Additional donations from Windermere agents, the community, and fundraisers made up 68% of the money collected in 2018. Each Windermere office has their own Foundation funds, which enable them to support local non-profits in their communities.

One organization that received Windermere Foundation donations from several Windermere Real Estate offices in the Seattle area is Treehouse. Treehouse’s mission is to give foster kids a childhood and a future. Their goal that they have set to achieve by 2022, is to see youth in foster care graduate from high school at the same rate as their peers across Washington State. And to provide them with support and a plan to launch successfully into adulthood. Donations from the Windermere Foundation have helped Treehouse clients like Ashley, get the support she needed to turn her life around.

“I didn’t have a childhood that all kids should have–like making friends my age or playing sports. I changed the path that I was on because I wanted to give people a reason to believe in me. You have to want to change and speak your truth, but you can’t do it without people believing in you. You can get through the darkest situations, you just gotta look for a little crack of light. Treehouse is that crack of light for me,” ~Ashley

2018 also marked the third year of our #tacklehomelessness campaign with the Seattle Seahawks, in which Windermere committed to donating $100 for every Seahawks home game defensive tackle to YouthCare, a non-profit organization that provides critical services to homeless youth. While the Seahawks didn’t make it past the first round of the playoffs, they did help us raise $31,900. When added to previous seasons, the total donation for the past three years is $98,700! We are grateful for the opportunity to provide additional support to homeless youth thanks to the Seahawks, YouthCare, and the #tacklehomelessnesscampaign.

With your help, we have been able to make a difference in the lives of many families in our local communities over the past 30 years. If you’d like to help support programs in your community, please Donate here.

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

 

Posted on January 25, 2019 at 10:59 am
Stephanie Kristen | Category: community, giving back

Winter Drive for YouthCare

Windermere and the Seattle Seahawks have come together for another season to help #Tacklehomelessness in our community.

As part of that campaign, Windermere is hosting a “We’ve Got You Covered” winter drive for YouthCare, a non-profit that provides support and services to homeless youth throughout the Puget Sound area.

We are collecting NEW hats, scarves, gloves/mittens, and warm socks.

From October 15 through November 9, you can drop off donations to participating Windermere offices in King and Snohomish Counties**. Our friends at Gentle Giant Moving Company are generously donating their time and trucks to pick up all of the donations from our offices. Donations can also be dropped off directly to YouthCare, Monday through Friday from 9am-5pm, at 2500 NE 54th St, Seattle, WA 98105.

Each night, over 1,500 young people are homeless in King County. Please help them stay warm during the cold winter months by dropping off your donations to our participating offices.

For more information, contact me at 206-200-0222

Posted on October 18, 2018 at 1:18 pm
Stephanie Kristen | Category: community, events, giving back

Hustle to Fight Homelessness

Original posting from Plymouth Housing Group

Have you joined the Hustle?

This weekend is your chance to join Elysian Brewing and the Seattle Seahawks as they hustle to make a difference for Plymouth’s residents!

In the Hustle to Fight Homelessness, these great organizations are competing to collect household items and food to help Plymouth’s new and current residents transition smoothly from life on the streets to life in a supportive community.

And you can help! Drop off donations of food and new or gently used household items (for the complete list click here) at a Seahawks Pro Shop or Elysian Brewing location by Sunday, April 15.

Listen to Marilyn, Plymouth’s Manager of Clinical Development, and Searetha, Plymouth resident and Board Member, share the importance of Plymouth’s mission.
Posted on April 12, 2018 at 3:54 pm
Stephanie Kristen | Category: community, giving back, seahawks

Windermere Foundation Surpasses $35 Million In Giving

Windermere Foundation 2018

A portion of the money raised last year is thanks to agents who make a donation to the Windermere Foundation from every commission they earn. Additional donations from Windermere agents, the community, and fundraisers made up 66% of the money collected in 2017. These funds enable offices to support local non-profits that provide much-needed services to low-income and homeless families in their communities.

 

SUMMARY OF FUNDS, GRANTS & DONATIONS IN 2017 

  • Organizations served: 472
  • Number of individual grants fulfilled: 644
  • Average grant amount: $2,964.04
  • Average donation to the Windermere Foundation: $116.08

FUNDING BREAKDOWN

  • Total amount disbursed in 2017:               $2,249,357.14
  • Total disbursed through grants:                 $1,908,843.54
  • Scholarships:                                                    5%
  • Youth/Child Programs:                                33%
  • Emergency Assistance:                                 24%
  • Shelter:                                                             11%
  • School Assistance:                                          5%
  • Education/Counseling:                                 12%
  • Administrative Expenses:                              2%
  • Fundraising Expenses:                                  8%

So how are Windermere Foundation funds used? Windermere offices decide for themselves how to distribute the money in their local community. Our offices have helped support school lunch and afterschool programs, housing assistance for homeless families, food banks, homeless shelters, and non-profits that provide basic necessities, such as shoes, clothing, toiletries, and blankets to families in need.

A very notable day in 2017 for the Windermere Foundation was November 15, when a record-breaking $253,782 was given in a single day. A total of 35 non-profit organizations benefitted from that day’s donations, including Attain Housing in Kirkland, WA, which received $56,000 from the Windermere Real Estate East, Inc. group of offices. Other organizations that received donations were Boys and Girls Club of Contra Costa in Walnut Creek, CA, and the Shady Cove School in Shady Cove, Oregon.

2017 also marked the second year of our #tacklehomelessness campaign with the Seattle Seahawks, in which Windermere committed to donating $100 for every Seahawks home game defensive tackle to YouthCare, a non-profit organization that provides critical services to homeless youth. While the Seahawks didn’t make it to the playoffs this year, they did help us raise $31,800. When added to last year’s $35,000, that’s a total donation of $66,800. We are grateful for the opportunity to provide additional support to homeless youth thanks to the Seahawks, YouthCare, and the #tacklehomelessness campaign.

Thanks to our agents, offices, and everyone who supports the Windermere Foundation, we are able to continue to make a difference in the lives of many families in our local communities.

This post originally appeared on the Windermere Foundation Blog.

Posted on February 23, 2018 at 7:06 pm
Stephanie Kristen | Category: community, giving back, seahawks

Windermere Foundation Reports Record Day of Giving

Every week, the Windermere Foundation disburses grants to support non-profit agencies dedicated to helping low-income and homeless families. On a given day, thousands of dollars’ worth of grants can be issued. However, on one particular day, November 15 to be exact, an amazing thing happened…the Windermere Foundation disbursed nearly $254,000. This was a record day of giving for the Windermere Foundation!

A total of 35 non-profit organizations benefited from the record-breaking $253,782 in donations that day. The largest beneficiary was Attain Housing in Kirkland, WA, which received $56,000. Their grant was funded by the Windermere Real Estate East, Inc. group of offices which are located east of Seattle in Bellevue, Redmond, Issaquah, and Kirkland. The funds will provide affordable housing to homeless families with children, as well as case management for setting financial and social goals.

Attain Housing helps homeless and at-risk families with children in King County to become stable and self-sufficient. Here’s a story of one of their recent clients:

When Jeremy and Lisa entered into Attain Housing’s program just five months ago, they had a lot of hurdles ahead of them. They were both only nineteen, had a newborn, had been homeless since they were fourteen, and had never experienced stability. As soon as they moved into one of Attain’s transitional housing apartments and began working with their case manager, Jeremy started attending a skills training program. He has since earned his GED, acquired his driver’s license, obtained a vehicle, and started full-time employment. Jeremy’s family is on track to successfully complete the program by the end of their first year, but they already have plans to move into market rate housing within the next two to three months. This is success!

According to Kathy Fleming, Executive Director at Attain Housing, “The $56,000 gift from Windermere ensures that five families (including 15 children) will have safe housing and supportive services for an entire year. This is a significant gift and the largest grant that Attain Housing has received from any organization or company. Thank you!”

The Windermere Foundation is fortunate to have generous owners, agents and staff that contribute to their offices’ Foundation fund pool. This pool of funds, combined with Windermere transaction donations, monies raised through Windermere office fundraising events, and donations from the public, allows the Windermere Foundation to disburse much-needed funding to local non-profits in the areas that our Windermere Real Estate offices serve.

If you’d like to help to help non-profits that provide services to low-income and homeless families in your area, please consider donating to the Windermere Foundation.

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

Original posting in Windermere Foundation Blog

Posted on December 4, 2017 at 11:50 pm
Stephanie Kristen | Category: bellevue, community, giving back