We are proud to live and work in Kitsap County, and community involvement is a key component of the way we do business. So, we thought we would take a moment to share the many ways in which our Windermere Poulsbo office has supported and invested in Kitsap this year. By doing so, we hope it spreads awareness about these great events and non-profits.
We love the Poulsbo Farmers Market and we are the primary sponsor. The market operates from April to December on Saturdays from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM. It takes place, rain or shine, in the parking lot of the Gateway Fellowship Church. Our wonderful local vendors offer delicious, fresh produce and beautiful goods. It’s a fun way to connect with our community while supporting local farmers and artisans and keeping your dollars in Kitsap County.
North Kitsap Soroptimist helps local women and girls through educational grants, scholarships, empowerment programs, and career support. Our owners, Carter and Tori Dotson, have been generous donors and sponsors of several events over the years including Fashion and Philanthropy and the Poulsbopoly fundraiser.
Another great nonprofit that we’re proud to support is The Coffee Oasis. We were one of their first corporate buyers. They provide mentorship, job training, shelter, and crisis intervention for local youth. We purchase their coffee for our office and support them with lunch purchases for Agent Advisory meetings. Additionally, we have sponsored kids there during the holidays, and we’ve done a Community Service Day project there in the past. Rebecca Gore-Clark has also mentored a student going through their program.
Every year, we participate in Pacific Northwest Title’s annual food drive. This year marked their 17th year. There are many in need in our community, and a food drive is an easy way to give back. In fact, 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. Local food banks serve about 48,000 residents per year.
One of our great local food banks is Fishline Food Bank, which is one of the oldest food banks in the United States. Fishline has been serving North Kitsap for 54 years. Some of our agents volunteer at Fishline, and we donate to them as an office each year. In addition to The Healthy Foods Market, Fishline offers comprehensive services including mental health services, dental care, resources for veterans, housing assistance and more.
Our Community Events
Every year, all Windermere offices close for Community Service Day. This year, we worked with the Poulsbo Historical Society, which manages three museums: the Maritime Museum on Front Street, the Heritage Museum at City Hall, and Martinson Cabin on Viking Way. So, some of us helped organize and clean at the Archives, others painted, pruned, and planted at the Heritage Museum, and a third group cleaned up the area surrounding the Martinson Cabin. Everyone enjoyed helping out and learning more about these fascinating places that enrich our community.
Another fun event we look forward to each year is Shred Fest. It’s a free event where you can safely and securely shred old documents and recycle old electronics. We love to host this event because it helps many get organized while recycling, and we get to see friends, clients, and neighbors.
North Kitsap High School’s Season of Giving Program provides gifts to about 90 North Kitsap High School students in need during the holiday season. Our office donated $1,750 to support their efforts. If you would like to find out how to get involved or to donate to Season of Giving please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
This year we are supporting a Giving Tree in conjunction with North Kitsap Soroptimist to support in-need kids that are part of the GEMS program, which empowers young girls. We will be receiving gift tags shortly and will purchase and wrap gifts.
While we recognize that there are many different ways to give back, we’re proud of what we’ve done so far. We hope this will spark some ideas for how you can get involved if you aren’t already. We should note that our agents also support various charities of their choice, individually. So this only reflects our office-wide community involvement.