You may have difficulty getting in touch with your local Windermere broker today, but there’s a very good reason. Today is Community Service Day. A tradition at Windermere since 1984, each year Windermere offices close for the day to help make a positive difference in our communities. Over 30 years and more than one million hours of community service later, we’ve continued this tradition through neighborhood enhancing projects in the areas where Windermere brokers live, work and play.
Saturday, June 3rd is the fifth annual Lake to Lake Bike Ride. Two routes are available – both start and finish at the Lake Hills Community Park. The mostly flat 9 mile Greenbelt Loop takes riders through Bellevue’s award winning park system. A more challenging ride, the Lake Loop, follows a 22 mile route. Both routes are approximately 80% on-road and 20% off-road gravel surfaces.
Event pre-registration ($15) is available or $20 the day of the event. Participants receive a custom t-shirt. Registration opens at 8:00 AM and first riders depart at 9:00 AM. To register visit http://parksreg.bellevuewa.gov/ (activity code #117822) or call call 425-452-6885. For more information, or to volunteer for the event, visit the event website at http://bellevuewa.gov/lake-to-lake-bike-ride.htm, call 425-452-4882 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The event benefits Bellevue Youth Camp Scholarship Fund.
Rain or shine . . . this is a great opportunity to for kids of any age to enjoy a non-competitive recreational ride to explore the city’s award winning park system and lake views. Te event is recommended for ages 9 and up. Riders under age 9 must be in a tag-a-long or trailer.
Small things can make a big difference and making even a small effort every day can have a big impact on the quality of where you live. Next time you’re walking to dinner or the movies, spending time with your kids in the park or walking your dog, take a minute to make a difference.
- There is no Poop Fairy! Make it a habit to pick up more poop. Certainly clean up after your own dog but carry an extra bag on your next dog walk and pick up someone else’s dog’s poop.
- Report it if you see a problem. Did a truck lose some of its gravel load in the street? Has overgrown landscaping blocked a sidewalk? Is a clogged storm drain overflowing? Its quick and easy to report problems using the MyBellevue app on your phone. Touch the “new request” button to report a problem or to request a service.
- While the City of Bellevue does a great job maintaining the city’s parks, landscape and maintenance staff can’t be everywhere all the time (see Poop Fairy above). Lend a hand – if you see trash left behind, pick it up and place it in the closest trash can.
- SLOW DOWN! As Bellevue’s residential and employment population grows so do the number of pedestrians on the streets. As a courtesy and to keep our streets safe, slow down, pay attention, look twice before making that right-turn-on-red and NO cell phone use or texting. The city is full of people young and old, bike riders, children and pets – keep everyone safe.
- Get to know your neighbors. Watch out for one anther, children and pets. You could discover a new friend, baby sitter, dog walker and maybe something new about your neighborhood.
- Volunteer. Check with local non-profit organizations and the City of Bellevue website for volunteer opportunities.
- Unfortunately one of the hazards of a growing city is an increase in homelessness. Next time you see someone who is obviously homeless, make eye contact, smile, say hello. Acknowledgement of another person can make their day. Carry $5 Starbucks cards and occasionally hand them out – the ability to buy a hot drink or sandwich for someone who doesn’t have the means to do so could make a big difference.
- Shop local. Support the many locally owned stores and restaurants throughout Bellevue. Visit area farmers markets.
- VOTE! There’s no better way to make your voice heard.
As Realtors® we do more than just assist clients in buying and selling homes. Many of us, at the local, state and national level, are involved in supporting non-profit organizations that provide services and support to families and children in need. Windermere has recently partnered with the Seattle Seahawks as the official real estate company of the Seahawks. More important . . . this partnership will enable us to do even more for our communities through our new #tacklehomelessness campaign. For every home game tackle the Seahawks make, Windermere is donating $100 to YouthCare, a non-profit organization that provides services and support to homeless youth.
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Volunteering is a big part of the culture in the Puget Sound region. Whether your interests or experience are in the arts, senior care, child care, environment, health care, human services, parks, education, homelessness, food banks, animal welfare, etc., there are opportunities to donate your time, knowledge and experience. The work of volunteers often goes unseen but is never unappreciated by the organizations and individuals that benefit from the valuable volunteer time and skills donated.
If you have a background or simply a passion for the arts, craft and design, look no further than our own BELLEVUE ARTS MUSEUM and become a museum docent. As a volunteer museum guide you’re an essential link between the public and the museum engaging visitors of all ages, conducting tours, performing gallery duty and assisting in education programs. Its a great opportunity to connect with others who share your passion and you’ll benefit from continuing education about art, craft and design and have the opportunity to attend art tours to local artists’studios and collector’s homes, visit exhibitions with curators and participate in book and movie clubs.
Interested or want to know more? Contact the Bellevue Arts Museum Education Curator at email@example.com or call 425-519-0793. Information sessions are scheduled for May 6th and June 3rd. Visit http://www.bellevuearts.org/get_involved/docent.html.