Community involvement is one of our core values, so we thought we would share how our Windermere Kingston office has supported and invested in our wonderful community this year. By sharing this information, we hope it spreads awareness about these great events and nonprofits.
In the spring, we helped with Community Kitchen, a free dinner provided by the Suquamish United Church of Christ. Since 2009, Suquamish UCC has been providing free meals to anyone in the community. They are now serving dinner almost every Wednesday of the year. On average, they serve more than 100 people at each meal. Different groups help prepare and serve meals and it was a pleasure to participate.
Every year, we love participating in Windermere’s Community Service Day. It’s a day when all Windermere offices across 10 states close in order for agents and staff to help local organizations in different ways. Collectively, we’ve logged over 1,000,000 community service hours so far.
This year, we volunteered to help Kingston’s Boy Scout Hall. For years, fundraising efforts have been underway, and this year we donated $4,800 to this restoration project. This past June, it was finally time to start renovating the Boy Scout Hall. Kingston North Kitsap Rotary Club stepped in to restore it. On Community Service Day, we cleaned up the area around the Hall in Kola Kole Park. We also bought materials and built a woodshed. You can watch our video below to see a bit of what we were able to accomplish, as well as the work of our colleagues at our other local Windermere offices.
Another great event was our annual Shred Fest. It’s a free day where you can safely and securely shred old documents and recycle old electronics. It’s always fun to help people declutter and catch up with old clients and friends.
There are a variety of important organizations to support, and this year we focused our efforts on a handful of local nonprofits. We donated $1,500 to The Coffee Oasis. A nonprofit, faith-based organization, The Coffee Oasis empowers youth escaping violence, homelessness, and poverty. They provide mental health services, job training, and short and long-term housing options, which help hundreds of teenagers in Kitsap County, including right here in Kingston.
Another great program for youth is Kids in Concert. It’s a free, not-for-profit music education program for North Kitsap students ages 6 – 18. This after-school program provides instruments, music instruction, tutoring, snacks, and concert attire. They’re “creating compassionate citizens of the world through the healing and developmental power of music.” We were happy to donate $500 to Kids in Concert. In addition to monetary donations, you can support this important program by donating gently used instruments or offering to teach kids if you’re a musician who loves to do so.
There are many in need in our community, and a food drive is another way to give back. In Kitsap County, approximately one-third of adults are food insecure and over a third of local children are in need of free and reduced lunch. We donated $2,000 to ShareNet Food Bank, which provides North Kitsap with emergency food provision, rental assistance, and weekend food backpacks for students in need.
Speaking of food for local youth, we also donated $2,500 to Kingston Cares‘s Food4Kids program. Another important nonprofit, Kingston Cares works hard to address poverty issues in North Kitsap. In addition to their Food4Kids program, they provide our local severe weather shelter program, medical equipment lending, and community meals.
There are many different ways to support and invest in our community. We’re proud of what we’ve done so far through our office’s community involvement and our Windermere Foundation. A portion of every Windermere agent’s commission is donated to the Windermere Foundation, and we’re also part of the broader Windermere Foundation, which impacts communities across 10 states. Collectively we’ve raised over $41 million to provide shelter, food, children’s programs.
If you want to get more involved in our community, we hope this has given you some ideas. We should note that our Windermere Kingston agents also support different nonprofits on their own. So, this only reflects our office-wide community involvement.