Giving Back: Community Service Day 2024

If a little bit goes a long way, then a lot can be exponential. That’s the thought behind Windermere’s annual Community Service Day. Understanding that every act of generosity matters, Windermere offices across Seattle and the Eastside channel their commitment to community on this day, closing their doors so that they can spend time giving back to their local areas. Whether sorting groceries for a food bank, beautifying parks for all to enjoy, or playing games with elementary school kids, they’re all serving our neighbors in an impactful way.

Here are just a few of the restorative projects our local Windermere offices helped with this year (listed alphabetically by office):

Windermere Bellevue office: From rakes to rollers, the Bellevue office pulled out all the tools necessary for a day of meaningful tasks with Jubilee Reach. They beautified landscapes, tidied grounds, painted interiors and exteriors, mowed lawns, washed windows, pressured washed, conducted repairs and meticulously weeded.

Windermere Bellevue South office: This team learned that “if you build it, they will fill it” while helping at KidVantage. Brokers and staff helped assemble storage shelves to store donations, sorted and sized children’s clothes and shoes, sorted Legos into usable sets, separated and wrapped baby wipes for order, and helped unbox and sort car seats, as well as a few other miscellaneous tasks around the KidVantage warehouse.

Windermere Bellevue West office: Providing more help for Jubilee Reach, the Bellevue West team divided and conquered. They helped organize the different shopping departments and rolled out newly donated clothing onto the shopping racks at the organization’s thrift store, while the other half worked at the Jubilee Reach Community Center putting together supplies packages for families in need.

Windermere Capitol Hill office: Balloons and bubbles were just a small part of what the Capitol Hill agents were able to provide the students of Lowell Elementary as they helped facilitate the school’s beloved Field Day. Agents had a blast running their own stations, each featuring a unique and fun game for the kids to enjoy. They also tackled some much-needed landscaping and cleanup projects and gardened in front of the school to make it picture-perfect for fifth-grade promotion.

Windermere Eastlake & Madison Park office: The teens who come to “shop” in Teen Feed’s multiple closets will now find the contents well-organized, have access to 250 first-aid kits and enjoy two deeply cleaned kitchens, thanks to the Eastlake and Madison Park office teams. Also joining this hard working group were partners from Moreland Insurance.

Windermere Greenwood office: The Greenwood office helped at both the Phinney Neighborhood Association and Greenwood Senior Center, gardening and painting at both facilities. They also took trucks to the homes of 30 senior citizens in the community to haul away unwanted items for donation, such as furniture, vacuum cleaners and other household items.

Windermere Issaquah office: Proving that small can be mighty, the Issaquah team spent the day outside at YMCA Camp Terry, helping prepare for their summer day camps. The small group made a big impact by mulching under the low rope course, painting the inside and outside of the camp bathroom, cleaning the camp office, building large racks that will store canoes and kayaks, and scraping and staining decks.

Windermere Kirkland office: Summer means park time and the Kirkland team was there to make one of their community’s great green spaces beautiful for the warm weather. They assisted at Green Kirkland Partnership to weed, mulch and move debris at O.O. Denny Park.

Windermere Magnolia office: The teachers, staff and students at Catherine Blaine K-8 can now learn and play in a freshly painted, spruced up building and grounds, thanks to the Magnolia team that helped clean up and paint the school.

Windermere Midtown offices: The combined volunteer power of the Belltown, Greenlake, Lakeview, Pike/Pine, Queen Anne and South Lake Union teams cleared the front and side garden spaces and grounds at the Phinney Neighborhood Association, super cleaned the parking lot in time for the first Farmers Market of the season, un-decorated walls, moved “really awkward” furniture out of the building, scrubbed down the Hot Meal Program kitchen, postered PhinneyWood businesses, and cleaned off the A-boards.

Windermere Mount Baker: This year the Mount Baker team split into two groups – one group joined hands with Wellspring Family Services and assisted in organizing their baby boutique and preparing for their upcoming resource fair. The second group teamed up with Seattle Public Utilities and worked together to clean up the streets in Columbia City.

Windermere Northgate office: The numbers tell the story of the Northgate office’s hefty contribution to Food Lifeline. They sorted and packed 5,151 pounds of baked goods to be distributed, totaling 300 boxes of food for 134,000 meals. Food Lifeline provides food donations to a network of 350 food banks, shelters and meal programs to provide food for those in need.

Windermere Redmond office: Channeling the real estate ethos of “location, location, location,” the Redmond volunteers painted a map of the United States in the school courtyard at Redmond Elementary School.

Windermere Wedgwood office: The Wedgwood team spruced up the neighborhood at 35th Avenue NE in conjunction with the Wedgwood Community Council.

Windermere West Metro office: Buoyed by the sunny day, the West Metro office painted, picked up trash, pulled weeds, swept and cleaned at Alaska Junction.

Windermere Yarrow Bay office: This was the Yarrow Bay real estate office’s 40th year of Community Service Day volunteering with Friends of Youth. The team helped repaint the exterior of the building, washed windows, constructed new gym and playground equipment, laid new dirt and bark, and sorted donated clothing.

Windermere Creative office: The team at W Creative helped clean up and landscape Camp Hope, a vibrant tiny home community in South Seattle. Camp Hope is managed by the Low Income Housing Institute and its residents were very welcoming and engaging.  

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