Windermere Helps Eastside Baby Corner

logo_EBCPRODOn Friday, everyone from Windermere Issaquah will be out volunteering their time and energy to Eastside Baby Corner for Community Service Day 2015. For 50 weeks each year, volunteers and staff at Eastside Baby Corner collect community donations, purchase and distribute children’s and maternity items to families in collaboration with virtually every organization helping families in our area. Case managers from partner agencies assess the needs of the family, request the items from Eastside Baby Corner, pick up and deliver them to the family. Serving a broad area across King County that extends to the Cascade foothills and from south of Renton into south Snohomish County, Eastside Baby Corner serves as a diaper bank, a clothing bank, and a food source for more than 500 kids each week.

IssaquahWindermere Issaquah will be working hard to give back to the Eastside Baby Corner for all they do. They’ll be vacuuming shelves, cleaning and relabeling bins, and creating shelves for organizing and sorting. They’ll also be organizing all of the summer clothing into appropriate bins. They also get to create infant sock bags, infant toy bags, and bedding bundles to stock in inventory.

Want to find out more about Eastside Baby Corner? Check out their website and see where you can find them online!


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Windermere Helps Attain Housing in Bellevue

Attain-Housing-Logo-KITHWindermere Kirkland has teamed up with Attain Housing for Community Service Day 2015. Their mission is to bring the community together and partner with homeless families by providing affordable housing and empowering them with practical case management and hope. Attain Housing helps homeless and at-risk families with children in King County to become stable and self-sufficient. First, they stabilizes families in 32 Attain Housing apartments and in units owned by others. Then, the organization assists the families with services, including case management, which helps them make lasting life changes, leading to permanent housing.

KirklandOn Friday, Windermere Kirkland will be helping out at Attain Housing’s Kensington Square location in Bellevue to help clean-up and organize the space. They’ll be doing a lot of work outside such as weeding the yard, power washing, and helping with mulch in the gardens.

Want to learn more about Attain Housing? Visit their website and follow their new Facebook page!


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Windermere Helps Mamma’s Hands

mammashandsWindermere Bellevue South is excited to team up with local non-profit Mamma’s Hands on Friday for Windermere’s annual Community Service Day. Mamma’s Hands was founded to provide hope and support to those in crisis. Their mission is to help those in crisis regain their self-respect, and to provide them the support and direction they need to become productive members of society. Their vision is “Hope in Every Individual.” To accomplish this mission, Mamma’s Hands has created two programs: The Phone Home program and the House of Hope program. This year marks their 25th year anniversary of helping those in the Puget Sound area!

BellevueSouthWindermere Bellevue South brokers and staff have a lot of work ahead of them. Mamma’s Hands has three homes for women and children in crisis on 15 beautiful acres in North Bend, and that’s where they’ll be for Community Service Day. They’ll be helping Mamma’s Hands by installing security cameras, staining eves, installing base trim, and installing cabinets and shelving. They’ll be building deck railings, roofing the shed, and doing plenty of yard clean-up by weeding, mowing and preparing the flower beds for summer. It should be a great day to accomplish a lot!

Want to learn more about Mamma’s Hands? Visit their website or follow them on Facebook.


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Windermere Helps Save a Forgotten Equine

WoodinvilleSAFEThis Friday, the brokers and staff and Windermere Woodinville will be partnering with Save a Forgotten Equine (SAFE) for Community Service Day 2015. Their mission is to rescue, rehabilitate, and retrain horses facing neglect or abuse and provide them with the best opportunity for a permanent home and a lifetime of safety. Since 2005, SAFE has been rescuing and rehabilitating horses that have been starved, neglected, abused or are unwanted. They have formal agreements in place with Animal Control agencies in King, Pierce, and Snohomish counties to support their fight to protect horses in this region. SAFE also provides assistance to horse owners struggling to care for their animals in the current economy.

woodinvilleEveryone at Windermere Woodinville is excited to volunteer their day to helping the horses and staff at SAFE. They’ll be doing a lot of work pressure washing the barn and arena and then repairing, scraping and painting the wood fences. They are also hoping to get started on their upcoming Pasture Paradise system which will promote mental enrichment among the horses by encouraging moving about more often and interacting with obstacles.

Want to learn more about SAFE? Check out their website or follow them on Facebook!


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Windermere Helps YWCA Family Village

ywca_logo_2014Next Friday, the brokers and staff and Windermere Redmond will be partnering up with YWCA Family Village in Redmond for Community Service Day 2015. YWCA Family Village Redmond is a safe and beautiful building located in downtown Redmond with 20 units of transitional housing for families who have experienced homelessness. They offer an early learning center and head start program as an affordable, high-quality child care for the greater Redmond community and Family Village residents. Other invaluable services at this location include providing low-income or homeless women with work-appropriate clothing for interviews or a new job, transitional housing, and job search, training and placement services for eligible food stamp recipients.

DSCN6169Next Friday, Windermere Redmond will be working hard to clean-up the facility at Family Village. They’ll be power washing play structures outside, painting raised vegetable gardens, and washing, dusting, and cleaning up the lobby and main floor. They’ll also be organization their donations to be more accessible for the staff and residents. Outside, they’ll be trimming, cutting, and weeding the gardens. They’ve got a big day ahead of them, and they can’t wait to lend a helping hand to YWCA Family Village!

Want to learn more about YWCA Family Village in Redmond? Check out their website!


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Windermere Helps Boys and Girls Club of Bellevue

Boys  Girls Club_Stock PhotoWindermere Bellevue West has teamed up with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Bellevue for Community Service Day 2015. The Boys and Girls Club of Bellevue runs after school, sports and recreational programs for kids and teens. Club sites throughout Bellevue provide a positive, safe place where over 11,000 youth each year have fun, make friends and learn. Their goal is to inspire and enable young people, especially those who need it most, to realize their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.

BellevueWestNext Friday, brokers and staff from Windermere Bellevue West will be helping with a general clean up of the landscaping for all three buildings at the Boys and Girls Clubs of Bellevue. They’ll even be adding new bark to the playground and new sand for the sandboxes! Cleaning windows and cleaning up the storage units will also be a priority that day. The entire office is excited to chip in and help give back to such a great organization!

Want to learn more about the Boys and Girls Clubs of Bellevue? Check out their website and see where else you can find them online!


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Community Service Day 2015

content_15026_CSD2015_2C_colorEvery year Windermere closes its offices for one day to help make a positive difference in our local communities. It all started in 1984 when a handful of Windermere owners and agents came together to make repairs at a local elementary school. Thirty years and more than one million hours of community service later, we’ve continued this tradition through neighborhood-enhancing projects in the areas where our Windermere teams live, work, and play.

This year is no exception as all Eastside offices have partnered with a local community organization to work together and give back. From transitional housing to food banks, and even horse rehabilitation, there are many organizations with which our agents have teamed up to help.

Over the next week, we’ll be sharing blog posts to highlight each of these organizations and the offices working with them individually. That means, (sorry email subscribers!) we’ll be posting two or three articles per day so each organization gets the recognition it deserves!

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Windermere Shredding & Recycling Events

IMG_0570At their shredding event on April 25th, the Windermere office in Chelan collected donations for their local volunteer firefighters. While this was the Chelan office’s first shredding event, they were able to raise over $700 for the volunteer fire department. They’re excited for this event to grow into an annual fundraiser for an excellent cause!

Windermere offices across the Eastside host shredding and recycling events throughout the year. These are timely events spread out on the calendar so you don’t have to hold on to too many sensitive documents at any time, especially if you have too many for your smaller home office machine. Most offices will also be collecting donations at these events for local non-profit organizations, so it’s always worth taking advantage of our large professional shredders!

Here are some of the upcoming shredding events at local Windermere offices:

June 6 @ Mercer Island

September 19 @ Bellevue

October 17 @ Bellevue West

Here’s the upcoming list of electronics recycling events:

June 6 @ Mercer Island

June 20 @ Bellevue West

September 12 @ Woodinville

September 26 @ Issaquah

October 10 @ Bellevue

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The Windermere Cup is Tomorrow!

windermerecupThis Saturday, May 2 marks the 29th anniversary of an event that is a touchstone for our company, our family of offices and agents, and the University of Washington. The Windermere Cup, held annually on the first day of boating season, is both an international sporting event and an opening day party, followed by the world’s largest boat parade. But more than that, it’s a celebration of camaraderie, teamwork, and a commitment to excellence.

The camaraderie is everywhere you look: on the banks of the Montlake Cut, where Seattle residents welcome visitors from around the world to the beautiful University of Washington campus; on the water, where great athletes join together to do what none of them could do individually. Thousands of people coming together for a common cause. That, in and of itself, is powerful stuff.

But what we find most remarkable about this sport, and what sets the Windermere Cup apart from most other major sporting events, is the teamwork. Though it may look easy from the sidelines, rowing is a physically demanding full-body sport. Rowers practice long hours, starting before dawn and ending after sunset, both on the water and in the gym. A crew boat can only race if all eight members plus the coxswain show up, and they can only perform as well as the weakest among them. There are no superstars in crew. It’s one for all, and all for one. So they leave their personal issues at home and push themselves to the limit, every time, for the love of the team.

It’s that commitment to excellence, seen on the face of every rower in every shell at the Windermere Cup, that makes us proud to sponsor this community event each year. It reminds us of our own guiding principles at Windermere: strong relationships built on trust, goodwill, and mutual respect; a spirit of teamwork that makes us more successful as a whole than we are individually; and a ceaseless commitment to excellence and unparalleled service. It’s truly a great tradition to be a part of.

This year, we invite you to join us as the Husky men’s varsity eights race down the Montlake Cut against Columbia University and current world champs, New Zealand Rowing Team, while the UW women will face off against the University of Virginia. In addition to the competition, the Windermere Cup is a family-friendly community event that will include food vendors, booths to purchase Washington apparel and Windermere Cup commemorative gear, as well as a bouncy house.

To learn more about the Windermere Cup, visiting teams, and event schedule, go to and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

This post was originally featured on the Windermere Blog.

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Don’t Miss Windermere Cup 2015!

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Ladies and gentlemen, the moment we’ve all been waiting for is almost here: OPENING DAY OF BOATING SEASON! And what would Opening Day be without its headliner event, the Windermere Cup? On May 2 head on down to the Montlake Cut for the 29th annual Windermere Cup Regatta and watch the University of Washington men take on New Zealand (current world champions) and Columbia University. The UW women will test their stuff against the University of Virginia. After we watch our Huskies win, stick around for the Seattle Yacht Club’s Opening Day Boat Parade. This year’s regatta will include 21 races featuring athletes ages 14-70. More than 800 rowers earn a spot to compete in this prestigious event, which culminates with the women’s and men’s Windermere Cup races. Basically, the only reason not to come is if you’re allergic to fun.

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