Windermere Real Estate, the largest regional real estate company in the western U.S. with more than 300 offices in 10 states, is challenging its brokers, franchise owners, staff members to raise money for food banks heavily impacted by the coronavirus.
This community initiative, called “Neighbors in Need,” takes the place of Windermere’s annual Community Service Day, a 35-year company tradition. Every June, Windermere closes its doors and its 9,000-member team volunteers in local neighborhoods.
“There is one constant in this pandemic and it’s that people who struggle with poverty are having difficulty getting their most basic needs met,” said Christine Wood, executive director of the Windermere Foundation. “So, our mission at Windermere is to help our local food banks keep their shelves stocked and food on the table through our ‘Neighbors in Need’ fundraising campaign.”
Between now and May 5, the Windermere Foundation is matching every dollar its offices raise, up to $250,000, with the goal of donating at least $500,000 to food banks in the communities where Windermere operates. In the greater Seattle area, those dollars will go to Food Lifeline, Northwest Harvest, and Second Harvest, which then distribute food to hundreds of food banks across the state.
Launched last week, the fund has raised more than $211,000 from brokers, clients and other businesses.
“We hope this will inspire other companies to do this too,” Windermere Vice President Shelley Rossi said. “We know we will exceed our goal. This heartwarming and humbling.”
The Windermere Foundation has raised more than $41 million since 1989 for nonprofits that help low-income and homeless families.