Windermere Donates $35,000 To Help #TackleHomelessness

The regular football season is officially over, and while the Seahawks didn’t make it to the Super Bowl this year, they did take home the title of NFC West champs. We can think of a number of reasons to be proud of the Seahawks, but the biggest one for us is the $35,000 they helped us raise to #tacklehomelessness.

As the Official Real Estate Company of the Seattle Seahawks, Windermere and the Seahawks decided to partner on a cause that is important to our community. The result was our #tacklehomelessness campaign which saw Windermere donating $100 for every Seahawks home game tackle during the 2016 season. An additional donation was made in honor of Bobby Wagner, the NFL leader in tackles this season, for each of his 167 tackles. All of these tackles added up to an impressive $35,000.

The recipient of the $35,000 donation is YouthCare, a non-profit organization that provides essential services to homeless youth. The money raised will help fund YouthCare’s Residential Care Programs, which provide both housing and tailored support services to youth transitioning from homelessness to stability and independence.

Our partnership with the 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. We are grateful for the opportunity to provide additional support to homeless youth in our area thanks to the Seahawks, YouthCare and the #tacklehomelessness campaign.

See you next season and GO HAWKS!

We’ve Got You Covered Winter Drive for YouthCare – Wrap Up

Windermere Winter Drive Collects over 3,500 Items for Homeless Youth

As part of Windermere’s #tacklehomelessness campaign with the Seattle Seahawks, 38 Windermere offices* in King and Snohomish Counties collected new hats, scarves, gloves/mittens, and warm socks for Windermere’s “We’ve Got You Covered” winter drive. The recipient of these donations was YouthCare, a non-profit that provides support and services to homeless youth throughout the Puget Sound area.

An estimated 3,500 items were collected during the four-week drive. We are thankful for the generosity and enthusiasm shown by the participating offices—there was even some competition among them to collect the most items. Taking that title for the most donations was the Windermere Shoreline office which alone collected 665 items! Some of the donations were even hand-made by members of the community, like the 10 sets of hats/scarves knitted and donated to Windermere’s Mercer Island office, and the homemade Seahawks scarves and hats that were donated to the Property Management – South office. These generous donations will go a long way towards helping to keep many homeless youth warmer this winter season.

Jody Waits, Development and Communications Officer at YouthCare, was overwhelmed with excitement by all of the winter gear that was collected: “This is AMAZING! We received a truck – a literal truck – full of donations,” she said, adding, “Windermere’s amazing donations provide homeless youth with cold-weather items they would not be able to afford to purchase on their own. Helping a young person feel warm, dry, and safe, frees them up to focus on achieving other goals, and connecting to their future potential. We are very grateful for Windermere’s partnership with YouthCare.”

We are also incredibly grateful to Gentle Giant Moving Company, who partnered with us for this drive, and generously donated their time and trucks to pick up all of the donated items from our offices and deliver them to YouthCare.

Thank you to our participating offices, and all those who donated, for making our winter drive a success!

*Participating Windermere offices

Auburn-Lakeland Hills, Bellevue, Bellevue Commons, Bellevue South, Bellevue West, Burien, Enumclaw, Issaquah, Kirkland Central, Kirkland Yarrow Bay, Kirkland-Northeast, Lynnwood, Mercer Island, Mill Creek, Property Management – South, Redmond, Renton, Seattle-Ballard, Seattle-Capitol Hill, Seattle-Eastlake, Seattle-Green Lake, Seattle-Greenwood, Seattle-Lakeview, Seattle-Madison Park, Seattle-Magnolia, Seattle-Mount Baker, Seattle-Northlake, Seattle-Northgate, Seattle-Northwest, Seattle-Queen Anne, Seattle-Sand Point, Seattle-Wall Street, Seattle-Wedgwood, Seattle-West Seattle, Services-Marketing, Shoreline, Snohomish, Woodinville


StagerPalooza is back to help #TackleHomelessness!

Once a year, the talented people at Staging & Design Network have a two day sale of their staging inventory, to make room for new trends, styles and colors. This is a fantastic opportunity to buy furniture and décor that was hand-picked by an interior designer and then sold at a fraction of the retail price.

This year, they have added a new element to help support the Windermere Foundation in association with the Seattle Seahawks to #tacklehomelessness and support YouthCare. For every item on YouthCare’s Wish List that you bring into the sale, you will win a chance at a fun door prize!

Event Details:

Staging & Design Network Showroom
13621 NE 126th Place, Suite 400
Kirkland WA 98034

Friday, September 30, 2016 from 10am to 4pm
Saturday, October 1, 2016 from 10am to 4pm

See you there!

Giving Back: Summer Camp Grants

If you’ve been to camp, you’re not surprised to hear about the benefits of summer camp. Experiencing life at camp yourself as a child, you know the profound positive effects that still matter to you as an adult. Unfortunately going to summer camps can be expensive – especially for families that are struggling to make ends meet.

The Windermere offices of Sand Point, Wedgwood and Northgate together with The Windermere Foundation were able to send many children to summer camps through grants totaling $15,000.

Pacific Marine Research received a $2,500 grant to teach to love and appreciate Puget Sound and how their daily actions can help protect this magnificent, but delicate ecosystem that we all share. This 5 1/2 hour hands-on scientific expedition camp takes place in a aboard their floating classroom – Marine Science Afloat.

Associated Recreation Council received a $5,000 grant. The Associated Recreation Council (ARC), in partnership with Seattle Parks and Recreation, serves Seattle by offering a variety of recreational and lifelong learning programs, classes and activities for children ages 3 – 18.

Salmon Bay K-8 School has been approved for a $3,225 grant for their Elementary Camp and Enrichment Program. The mission at Salmon Bay is to provide all students with a physically and emotionally safe space to engage in challenging, integrated and experiential learning that will prepare them to become resourceful and responsible citizens in an ever-changing, diverse world.

Olympic View Community has received a $2,000 grant for 3rd and 4th graders who want to attend Camp Koinonia. Camp Koinonia provides a place of quiet beauty set apart for fellowship and service that is a living example of responsibility for the stewardship of the earth.

And The Community Service Day Photo Contest Winner Is . . .

On Friday, June 3, Windermere offices across the states of Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Hawaii, Alaska, Utah, California, Colorado, Nevada, and Arizona, all took a day off from selling homes to help make a difference in their local communities.

We challenged our offices to share their Community Services Day photos on Windermere’s CSD contest Facebook page, in order to participate in our fourth-annual voter-driven photo contest. More than 40 offices shared photos, and in turn, they each received a $100 donation to the Windermere Foundation charity of their choice.

To add some competition to this challenge, we offered an additional $1,000 charitable contribution to the office with the most votes on their photo. So, who won?

With a total of 578 votes, the winner of the CSD photo contest is Windermere Renton! The team plans to donate their winnings to the Emergency Feeding Program of King County, Washington.

An honorable mention goes to our Windermere Oak Harbor for coming in a close second place whose photo received 566 votes.

Thank you to all of our Windermere offices and agents who spent the day giving back to local organizations, community centers, and public spaces throughout the Western U.S.

Support Your Local Food Banks During the Summer

Posted in Windermere Foundation by Marilou Ubungen

Did you know that June is fresh fruits and vegetables month? That’s great if you can afford them. However, they are a luxury for people who struggle to provide even just the basic necessities for their families. Many families rely on their local food banks as a regular supplemental food source. And of those families, 84 percent of households with children report purchasing the cheapest food available, knowing it wasn’t the healthiest option, in order to provide enough food for their family.


And summertime is probably when food banks need your help the most. That’s because children are on break from school and their families have to provide the meals that they normally would get through school meal programs. Six out of seven low-income kids who eat a free or reduced-price school lunch do not get free meals during the summer because they don’t participate in summer meal programs.

So what can you do to help? Does this mean you should go out and buy a bunch of fruits and vegetables to donate to your local food bank? Or maybe donate some extra produce from your home garden? No. The best way that you can help families in need is to donate money to your local food banks. Food banks have agreements or partnerships with distributors/suppliers so that they are able to stretch your donation dollars to purchase more items, usually in bulk. For example, a one-dollar donation—to a food bank hub like Feeding America—can provide 11 meals to families in need. And 68 percent of the foods distributed are healthy foods that align with the USDA Dietary Guidelines.

At Windermere Real Estate, our offices support local food banks through grants from the Windermere Foundation. Here are just a few of the food banks that we have supported over the past year: Idaho Foodbank, Columbia Pacific Food Bank, St. Vincent de Paul Food Bank, Marysville Community Food Bank, The People’s Pantry, Republic, and Maple Valley Food Bank & Emergency Services.

If you’d like to help, consider making a donation to the Windermere Foundation or donating directly to your local food bank or food pantry.


To learn more about the Windermere Foundation, visit


Windermere Foundation April Update

Windermere Real Estate has always valued giving back to the community above all else. That’s why every time a Windermere agent helps someone buy or sell a home, a portion of their commission is donated to the Windermere Foundation. The Seattle-based Windermere Real Estate Company group of offices  funds enhanced programs for children from low-income families in elementary, middle, and high schools.

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Our recent grant recipients:

$2,500 to Pacific Marine Research – PMR supports 14 school districts, 70 schools, and 4,500 youth and adults annually. They accomplish their mission to educate kids through the Marine Science Afloat Program which is a unique, experiential science based education experience aboard a ship on Puget Sound. They no longer have access to the boat they used to use, so the price per child has gone up. This money is for the schools with the highest percentage of homeless kids, and kids on free or reduced lunch.

$5,000 to Associated Recreation Council – Will be used solely in support of the Rock the Park Summer Day Camps to benefit formerly homeless children, aged 5-17, living in low-income and transitional housing in Magnuson Park. The no-fee camps run four days a week, for eight weeks, and offers life lessons and benefits that are changing lives and strengthening the community.

$3,225 to Friends of Salmon Bay – This is a parent-teacher organization for Salmon Bay School, a K-8 public school in Ballard. Ten percent of the school qualifies for free or reduced lunch. There is a larger population that doesn’t qualify but still find the expense of the Elementary Enrichment & Camp Program unmanageable. This will help over 15 kids get scholarships for the Enrichment Camp fees.

These kids all go to school in the neighborhoods of the offices that funded the requests. $10,725 can go a long way, touching many kids throughout our city. We couldn’t do this without our generous agents and community members that are always eager to lend a helping hand.

Want to donate to the Windermere Foundation? Click here.

Celebrating the Windermere Foundation with a Week of Gratitude!

We’re pretty excited at Windermere. Why, you ask? Because our agents recently helped us reach a major milestone. Thanks to their generosity we’ve raised more than $30 million for the Windermere Foundation which supports low-income and homeless families. These donations fund critical services and basic needs, such as foodbanks, homeless shelters, and youth programs.

This is all possible because every time one of our agents helps a client buy or sell a home, a portion of their commission goes to the Windermere Foundation. Starting today, we are celebrating their generosity with the “Windermere Week of Gratitude”. Over the next five days we will share stories about the Windermere Foundation and the types of services we support. You can follow these stories on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram. Kicking it all off is this video which highlights how the Windermere Foundation is helping to make a positive difference in the lives of our neighbors in need.

If you’ve ever worked with a Windermere agent, then you too are a part of the Windermere Foundation, and you too helped us reach this milestone. So on behalf of everyone at Windermere, thank you!

Windermere Foundation 2015 Infographic

If you’ve bought or sold a home through Windermere Real Estate, you’re a part of the Windermere Foundation, and you’ve helped make a positive difference in the lives of your neighbors in need. The following infographic shows the types of services funded by the Windermere Foundation, and illustrates how even a small amount can make a big difference for low-income and homeless children and their families.

The Windermere Foundation had a goal to reach $30 million in total donations by the end of 2015. Thanks to the generosity of Windermere owners, agents, staff, and our community partners, we reached that goal three months early! Because of this we were able to fulfill 636 grants and help 409 organizations that provide goods and services to those in need in our communities.

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

To learn more about the Windermere Foundation, visit


This blog was originally posted on the Windermere Blog.

Windermere Foundation February Update

Windermere Real Estate has always valued giving back to the community above all else. That’s why every time a Windermere agent helps someone buy or sell a home, a portion of their commission is donated to the Windermere Foundation. The Seattle-based Windermere Real Estate Company group of offices  funds enhanced programs for children from low-income families in elementary, middle, and high schools.

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Our recent grant recipient:

$4,608 to Viewlands Elementary School — These funds will be used primarily for the Islandwood Camp for 24 kids.

$2,700 to Low Income Housing Institute — These funds will be used for Capoeira classes for the kids living at Meadowbrook View. Capoeira is a Brazilian martial art that combines elements of dance, acrobatics, and music. Last year we funded hip hop classes, fun!

$12,025 to University Family YMCA — This money will fund sixty-five children living in public housing at Jackson Park and Lake City Court to attend a full week of summer camp at Magnuson Park this summer.

$4,480 to John Rogers Elementary School — For horse and swim classes.

$3,000 to Olympic View Elementary School — For 3rd and 5th graders math and science camp.

These kids all go to school in the neighborhoods of the offices that funded the requests: Sand Point, Wedgwood, and Northgate. $26,800 can go a long way, touching many kids throughout our city. We couldn’t do this without our generous agents and community members that are always eager to lend a helping hand.

Want to donate to the Windermere Foundation? Click here.