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.
For the past 27 years, the Windermere Foundation has donated a portion of the proceeds from every home purchased or sold towards supporting low-income and homeless families in our communities. What started as a grassroots foundation serving families in need in Washington State has grown to encompass eleven states and raised over $30 million for programs and organizations providing shelter, food, children’s programs, emergency assistance, and other services to those who need our help most. Every time a Windermere agent sells a home, a portion of the commission goes to the Windermere Foundation.
This year Windermere is excited to announce its designation as the official real estate company of the Seattle Seahawks . What do Windermere Real Estate and the Seattle Seahawks have in common? Both got their start in Seattle in the 1970s and both are organizations who believe in giving back to our community. So when presented with the opportunity to become the Official Real Estate Company of the Seattle Seahawks, we didn’t have to think twice.
At the center of this partnership with the Seahawks is a new #tacklehomelessness campaign. The Windermere Foundation will donate $100 for every Seattle Seahawks home game tackle during the 2016 season. On the receiving end of these donations is YouthCare, a Seattle-based non-profit organization that has been providing services and support to homeless youth for more than 40 years. In addition to raising money, the #tacklehomelessness campaign will also bring awareness to the very issue of homeless youth struggling in our community. We know the Seahawks are equally committed to this important cause.
Our partnership with the Seattle Seahawks and YouthCare fits perfectly with the mission of the Windermere Foundation which is to support low-income and homeless families in the communities where we have offices. Through the #tacklehomelessnesscampaign, we hope to be able to do even more.
I’m honored to be affiliated with Windermere Real Estate and the efforts of the company and its foundation to give back to our community.
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.