We have a responsibility that goes way beyond helping people buy and sell homes. We too are home owners. We too have kids. We too want safe, vibrant and livable neighborhoods. Because of that we have committed to helping create and maintain communities that are thriving and interesting places to be.
For the past 31 years, Windermere offices have given back to the communities that have given so much to us. The Windermere Foundation has donated over $30 million to organizations that provide support to low-income and homeless families. The only way we’re able to do any of this is because of the generosity of our agents. Every time they help someone buy or sell a home, a portion of their commission is donated to the Windermere Foundation.
But it’s also thanks to our clients who make it all possible by choosing to work with Windermere. Thank you for enabling us to continue making a positive difference in the lives of our neighbors in need.
We’re so proud of our team and the selfless role they play in our community. Our agents are true leaders, proving time and time again that service to others is not something you do, it is who you are.
In 2021, Windermere Real Estate/Sequim-East was pleased to donate $1500 to the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Olympic Peninsula through the Windermere Foundation. Every time a Windermere agent helps a client buy or sell a home, a portion of their commission is donated to the Windermere Foundation. In 2019, our local Boys & Girls Club served 1,258 youth members and 2,945 youth through their outreach programs. They kept their doors open throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, setting up Remote Learning Support Centers, providing free wifi, and delivering 54,000 free healthy meals to low-income families.
415 coats were collected in October 2019 by Windermere Real Estate offices in Sequim and Port Angeles. The coats, along with a generous supply of hats, gloves and scarves, were donated to the Sequim Boys & Girls Club, Sequim Seventh Day Adventist Church's free clothing closet, and The Answer for Youth (TAFY). Thank you for helping us keep Clallam County warm!
From left to right: Dave Sharman, Dollie Sparks, Jody McLean, Alan Burwell, Marcee Medgin, Carol Dana, Michelle Gulka, Tyler Conkle, Cathy Reed, Kylie Walters, Jessica Warriner, Sheryl Payseno Burley, Rick Brown.
In observance of Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October, brokers with Windermere Real Estate in Port Angeles and Sequim presented a donation to Kristi Toth and Sandy Ruddell of Operation Uplift. This volunteer-run organization provides assistance to individuals dealing with a cancer diagnosis on the Olympic Peninsula. 100% of every donation goes back to the people in our community. Services include (but are not limited to) prostheses, compression sleeves, wigs, travel assistance, mammography, and activities. Their next Breast Health Clinic will be held in Sequim on October 15, 2016. To find out more about how you can contribute to this wonderful organization, or if you would like to get more information about services, call 360-457-5141 or go to operationuplift.org.
Windermere Real Estate brokers from the Sequim-East and Sunland offices demonstrated their attention to “Detail” for our Windermere Community Service Day on Friday, June 3, 2016. Thank you to Red Carpet Car Wash for helping us raise nearly $2,000 for the Sequim Boys and Girls Club, including funds for a new air hockey table for the kids.
The Boys & Girls Club of the Olympic Peninsula presented Windermere brokers with a “Helping Hand Award” for supporting the club which strives to make a positive difference in the lives of young people in our community.
Alan Burwell (Designated Broker) and Dollie Sparks -(Broker/Director of Operations), on behalf of Windermere Real Estate's Sequim and Sunland offices, presented a $2000 donation to Unit Director Dave Miller at the Sequim Boys & Girls Club. Dave was joined by a number of happy B&G members on January 9th, 2019.
Windermere was approached by the club with an urgent need to assist in replacing a non-operating bus with a new 12-passenger van.
Janet Gray, the club's Resource Development Director, explained, “Our fleet of vehicles is aging. We transport elementary school youth to our Sequim and Port Angeles clubs after school and our transportation fleet is essential to both clubs."
Windermere has a long history of supporting the Boys & Girls Club. Dollie Sparks remarked, "This is such a great opportunity to give back to the community in a way that the kids will feel immediately.”
The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Olympic Peninsula currently serve approximately 1,347 Clallam County youths ages 6-12 with after school programs and summer camps. Learn more about the club and how you can help by visiting their website at www.bgc-op.org.
On June 7th, 2019 brokers from Windermere Real Estate Sequim-East and Sunland worked together to build custom Cedar Adirondack chairs to raffle during their annual Windermere Community Service Day.
The raffle tickets brought in a total of $1,173, which was donated to the Sequim School District's McKinney-Vento Program. The program helps students who are experiencing homelessness by connecting them with supportive services, removing enrollment barriers, providing students with clothing, food packs, bus passes, college application assistance, and medical referrals.
Additional sets of Adirondack chairs were built for other local non-profits to auctions at their fundraising events later this year.
Brokers from Windermere Real Estate/Sequim-East and Sunland present $2,000 from the Windermere Foundation to Sara Nicholls, Executive Director of the Sequim Free Clinic, run by Dungeness Valley Health and Wellness. Volunteer physicians, nursing and support staff provide Basic Urgent Care services to uninsured and under-insured men and women in our community. The Sequim Free Clinic is a non-profit organization located at 777 N 5th Ave at the back of the building. To donate, visit their website at sequimfreeclinic.org.
Brokers with Windermere Real Estate in Sequim present a check for $2,000 from the Windermere Foundation to Samantha Troxler of the Sequim School District McKinney-Vento Program. The program assists local students experiencing homelessness, which it defines as lacking a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence. The Windermere Foundation's goal is to provide financial assistance through non-profit organizations that benefit low-income and homeless families.
Every time a Windermere agent helps someone buy or sell a home, a portion of their commission is donated to the Windermere Foundation.
Brokers from Windermere Real Estate’s Sequim-East and Sunland offices spent Windermere’s Community Service Day (June 5, 2015) weeding the landscaping at Sequim’s Boys & Girls Club. Inside the club, we also painted a wall and refinished a pool table. Join us in supporting the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Olympic Peninsula. The club provides a safe place for kids who may be left alone after school. Life enhancing programs are offered in education, career development, health and life skills and leadership. Visit the Boys and Girls Club for more information about volunteering or supporting this worthwhile organization.
Windermere Real Estate / Sequim East and Sunland are proud supporters of the Sequim Food Bank’s “Backpack Program”. Donations from our Windermere Foundation Funds will help local kids in need. Children who receive food assistance during the school week often don’t get enough food on Saturdays and Sundays. The Food Bank sends these kids home from school on Fridays with a “backpack” of nutritious and child-friendly food to help get them through the weekend. Visit the Sequim Food Bank website to learn more about how you can support them, too!
To help collect pet food for the Olympic Peninsula Humane Society, Windermere Real Estate held a photo shoot with Santa Paws on Friday, November 22, 2019. Tails were waggin', toys were squeakin', treats were gobbled up. Our collection bin was brimming over with our community's generosity.
Kathy Suta of Sequim Community Aid accepts a $1,000 donation from Windermere Real Estate brokers in Sequim on February 25th, 2019. Sequim Community Aid is a local non-profit 501(c)3, donor-based organization providing emergency financial support with rent and utilities. All money is paid directly to the landlord or utility company. With the recent snow, SCA has received a flood of calls requesting assistance. To donate to Sequim Community Aid visit their website at sequimcommunityaid.com.
Windermere Real Estate offices in Sequim and Port Angeles held a coat drive in October 2018. A total of 331 coats were collected by the three offices. We also collected a generous supply of hats, scarves, gloves and sweaters. Donations were delivered to the Sequim Seventh Day Adventist Church's free clothing closet, the Sequim Boys & Girls Club, the Sequim Community Warming Center, and The Answer for Youth (TAFY). Thank you for helping us keep Clallam County warm this season.
On Friday, June 8th, 2018 the Windermere Real Estate offices in Sequim assisted the Sequim Food Bank with their annual Peanut Butter Drive at the Sequim Walmart, Safeway and QFC. Stephen Rosales, food bank president, estimates there were about 3300 jars of peanut butter collected over the weekend, and about $900 in monetary donations. Windermere and the Food Bank would like to thank the community for their generous support. If you missed the drive, but would still like to donate, call the Sequim Food Bank, 144 W. Alder St., Sequim, at 683-1205 or 461-6038. (Pictured left to right: Rick Brown and Jessica Warriner of Windermere Real Estate/Sequim-East.)
Windermere Real Estate offices at Sequim-East and Sunland collected coats, hats, gloves and scarves for those in need in November 2017. Adult coats were donated to Serenity House of Clallam County, which helps the homeless access the services they need, like transitional housing for families and disabled adults. In addition, they offer those in need with rent assistance, and access to essential household items.
Windermere Real Estate offices in Sequim have collected Toys for Tots each December since 2017. The mission of the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation is to ensure that every less fortunate child in Clallam County knows there is hope for the future, and receives a shiny new toy this Christmas Season. We are honored to help them achieve their goal.