It’s another fall season and the fourth year of Windermere’s #TackleHomelessness campaign with the Seattle Seahawks. As a part of this campaign, Windermere hosts an annual “We’ve Got You Covered” winter drive. This year, 33 Windermere offices in in the greater Seattle area* participated in the drive, collecting new hats, scarves, gloves/mittens, socks, and other warm winter items for Mary’s Place.
Mary’s Place is a non-profit that provides safe, inclusive shelter and services to support women, children and families on their journey out of homelessness. Since 1999, Mary’s Place has helped hundreds of women and families move out of homelessness into more stable situations. But shelter capacity is limited and there are still hundreds of families sleeping outside in cars and tents each night, so Windermere collected items to help them stay warm this winter.
During the four-week drive, our offices collected donations from agents, staff, and the community, which included over 630 hats, 680 pairs of gloves, over 200 scarves, over 2,000 pairs of socks, and an assortment of coats, jackets, sweaters, blankets, toiletries and other items, bringing our grand total to nearly 6,000 items collected for Mary’s Place.
One office made the drive extra special by partnering with a local knitting group. The Windermere Mercer Island office partnered once again with the Mercer Island Tuesday Knitters, to make cozy hats and scarves. This year the knitting group contributed 67 hand-knitted hats and scarves to the winter drive.
The staff at the Mary’s Place donation center in South Seattle were grateful to receive the bins full of donated items that were delivered by Gentle Giant Moving Company. “We are so incredibly grateful to our Windermere family for all that they do for our families!” said Marty Hartman, Mary’s Place Executive Director. “These gifts of warm winter gear will keep our kids and families warm and loved this winter!”
Windermere is also grateful to partner with Gentle Giant Moving Company on our winter drive. For the past four years, they have generously given their time, muscle, and trucks to pick up and deliver all of the donations.
And this drive would not be possible each year without the support of the Seattle Seahawks, our offices, and all those who donated. From all of us at Windermere, thank you for making our fourth annual winter drive a success and for supporting families experiencing homelessness in the greater Seattle area!
*Participating Windermere offices:
Bellevue, Bellevue Commons, Bellevue West, Federal Way, Federal Way-West Campus, Kent, Kirkland, Kirkland Yarrow Bay, Lynnwood, Mercer Island, Mill Creek, Property Management – Bellevue, Property Management – Edmonds, Property Management-Everett, Property Management – Seattle North, Property Management – South, Redmond, Seattle-Eastlake, Seattle-Green Lake, Seattle-Greenwood, Seattle-Lakeview, Seattle-Madison Park, Seattle-Mount Baker, Seattle-Northgate, Seattle-Northwest, Seattle-Pike/Pine, Seattle-Queen Anne, Seattle-Sand Point, Seattle-Wall Street, Seattle-West Seattle, Services Company, Shoreline, Snohomish
This post originally appeared on the Windermere.com Blog
Windermere is in its fourth season of helping #TackleHomelessness with the Seattle Seahawks!
Each year, as part of that campaign, Windermere hosts a “We’ve Got You Covered” winter drive for a local non-profit. This year, we are collecting warm winter gear for our new non-profit partner, Mary’s Place, an organization that provides safe, inclusive shelter and services to women, children and families on their journey out of homelessness.
We are asking for donations of NEW hats, scarves, gloves/mittens, and warm socks for all genders and sizes.
From October 14 through November 8, you can drop off donations at our participating Windermere Real Estate and Property Management offices in King and Snohomish Counties**. Once the drive is over, our friends at Gentle Giant Moving Company — our winter drive partner for the past three years — will once again generously donate their time and trucks to pick up the donations collected by our offices, to deliver to Mary’s Place.
Since 1999, Mary’s Place has helped hundreds of women and families move out of homelessness into more stable situations. Across eight emergency family shelters in King County, they keep struggling families together, inside, and safe when they have no place else to go. But shelter capacity is limited and there are still hundreds of families sleeping outside in cars and tents each night. Please help them stay warm during the cold winter months by dropping off your donations to our participating offices.
Feel free to contact me or local office for more information, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
**Windermere Winter Drive Drop-Off Locations
Seattle-Pike/Pine (1324 East Pike Street, Seattle, WA 98122)
This post originally appeared on the Windermere.com Blog
For International Day of Charity, I would like to highlight my favorite charity in the Bellevue Area – Bellevue Lifespring. This organization is near and dear to my heart for how hard they work to provide for needs of all children and their families in the city. Checkout some of their upcoming fundraising events!
What is Bellevue LifeSpring?
Our mission is to foster stability and self-sufficiency for Bellevue’s children and their families through programs that provide food, clothing, education and emergency assistance.
By addressing a child’s basic needs, Bellevue LifeSpring helps students focus on their education and break the cycle of poverty. Our wraparound approach includes the following programs and services:
Breaktime-Mealtime™ ends hunger by distributing Safeway food during school breaks to children enrolled in the federal free and reduced-price lunch program.
Last Year’s Impact: 1,800+ students fed
Clothes-4-Kids™ provides children with vouchers for new back-to-school clothes so they can begin their school year confident and ready to learn.
Last Year’s Impact: 500+ kids served
Thrift Culture supplies quality new and used clothing, shoes and household goods at affordable prices. Vouchers are given to families who cannot afford to pay.
Last Year’s Impact: 100+ families served
Grads-On-Track™ gives summer school scholarships to high school students, helping them stay on track and graduate with their peers.
Last Year’s Impact: 310 classes funded
Educational Grants awards four-year scholarships for higher education so students can achieve stability and independence wherever their futures take them.
Last Year’s Impact: 26 scholarships awarded
Emergency Assistance keeps kids stable and in their homes by providing food and basic needs, eviction prevention and move-in assistance for families in crisis.
Last Year’s Impact: 49 evictions prevented, five families moved into new apartments and 100+ provided with food and basic needs
Holiday Adopt-A-Family™ matches families in need with sponsors who provide food and gifts for Christmas.
Last Year’s Impact: 715 children served
How Can I Help?
How To Donate
- Make a secure online donation.
- Mail your donation to: Bellevue LifeSpring, 302 Bellevue Square, Bellevue, WA 98004
- Call 425-451-1175 to make your donation via phone
- Designate Bellevue LifeSpring for your charitable payroll deduction (Tax ID #91-0658331)
- Make a bequest or planned gift – contact Jennifer@BellevueLifeSpring.org
- Stock transfer – contact Lauren@BellevueLifeSpring.org
- Become a Legacy Donor – contact Jennifer@BellevueLifeSpring.org
Other ways to support Bellevue LifeSpring:
- Sponsor and/or attend our fundraising events: Step Up to the Plate Benefit Luncheon and Uncork the Night
- Become a Circle Member
- Volunteer – with Bellevue LifeSpring or Thrift Culture
- Conduct a clothing, food or basic needs drive
- Donate your new or gently used clothing and household décor to Thrift Culture
- Designate Bellevue LifeSpring when shopping with Amazon Smile or Fred Meyer Shoppers Rewards
- Discover your best health and what’s happening inside your gut with a science based at home microbiome test from Viome. Get a personalized dietary action plan to fix it . Viome will also donate $50 to Bellevue LifeSpring automatically for your first kit purchased
Information and pictures in this post originally appeared on BellevueLifespring.org