It took a little bit of effort, but our effort finally paid off. We just received notification from the IRS that KW Outreach is officially recognized as a Public Charity Organization with 501(c)(3) exempt status. Congratulations to all who helped make this happen.
One of the very unique qualities of Keller Williams Realty is our culture. As a company and throughout the year we volunteer at God’s Kitchen and raise money to donate food and money to local charities in need; we also contribute financially to KWCares.org and to our local charity KW Outreach.
This year at our Annual Christmas party the agents brought in food to donate to God’s Kitchen.
Many of the Realtors with Keller Williams Realty in Grand Rapids have not only donated time and money as a group within our office, but also taken time out of their busy schedules to donate on an individual basis.
Here is what a few of our agents are doing in our community this Holiday season. This is by no means a complete list — there are dozens of Keller Williams agents working publicly and anonymously, ensuring that everyone has the best holiday they can:
Jane Nelson is hard at work knitting hats and mittens. “My church always has a mitten and hat tree, in the Narthex. Every Sunday it is a reminder how grateful we are for our blessings and we are able to share those blessings with others.”
“The American Cancer Society is very near and dear to my heart as well as my husband’s. Christmas Eve, a year ago, was my husband’s last chemo treatment. He is now cancer free! So, last year I decided to become the auction chair for their “Cattle Baron’s Ball”, where we raised over $100,000! I am again chairing the auction and have started collecting donations. This year’s theme: Dallas!”
Jerry Wilterink has been a volunteer at the Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital for over 15 years. She reports: “We had our Christmas party again this year for P.O.R.T. Pediatric Oncology Resource Team. We work with families of children who are battling cancer. My daughter Holly also spends time with the children playing games and sitting with the children so Mom & Dad can get away for just a while to spend time alone or with the rest of the family”.
Sandra Bodley is a member of the Steketee Guild and she volunteers in Blodgett Hospital’s Gift Shop for a half-day a month. The money goes to help support different areas of need.
Mary Ellen Weber planned a dinner at Thousand Oaks, for the residents of the Gables of Thousand Oaks, with 39 people in attendance, either as a couple or singles. Each group brought a toy that will be distributed to D.A. Blodgett.
Dennis Kellermeier and his wife volunteered at the GRSO Holiday Pops concert last night. They sold raffle tickets and cookbooks for the Grand Rapids Symphony Chorus.
And it’s a good thing that the Americorps team from the Red Cross of Greater Grand Rapids is full of holiday cheer. The Red Cross volunteers, together with those from Griffin Properties of Keller Williams, brought extra Christmas joy to the residents at Heather Hills Retirement Care Center. On Tuesday, November 30 the care center got an extra boost of Christmas cheer and energy from the Red Cross and Griffin Properties volunteers. With over thirty trees to decorate, there was much work to be done. Staff and residents alike joined in on the fun by assisting the volunteers throughout the day. Be assured, throughout the building, there was shouts of good tidings and Christmas merriment.
But that’s not all Griffin Properties of Keller Williams has done. They also took part in an apple pie bake for charities. When the van, loaded down with baked goods was ready to roll, the pies were delivered around Grand Rapids to local food panties. Then the clean-up process begins back at the kitchen. Ingredients were packed away, counters were cleaned, and utensils were washed in preparation for another day.
There are many other Keller Williams agents who’re giving their time to the community and choose to keep their contributions private. We are proud of all of our agents, for not only for their full time dedication to the the Real Estate industry but giving back to a community that has given so much to us.
We want to thank you Grand Rapids for letting us be part of your lives and the community. We wish all you the very best this Holiday season and thank you for a great 2010 and we are looking forward to seeing you in 2011.
Keller Williams Realty promotes tithing and giving back to our community. Therefore when GRAR asked for volunteers to help them with the Strategic Relations many in our office stood up. Volunteering is not a 9-5 job, it usually means you take time out of your busy schedule – nights and weekends to achieve your goal.
We are proud to be part of an association – www.grar.com – that is reaching out to our community in this way.
The purpose of the strategic relations program is to work as a community to promote West Michigan as a great place to live and do business, and to help West Michigan emerge from the current economic climate with strong leadership and a clear vision.
The volunteers from Keller Williams Realty – Grand Rapids Michigan are: Debbie Schuhman, Leslie Amaya, Denny Moore, Matt Riggs, Regis Goetz, Michael Kooistra, Michele T Brown, Michelle Gordon, Suzie Reinbold, Ingrid Nelson, Katie Karczewski, and Dan Devol.
We all have passions. Whether it is a weekend out on the boat, running that next marathon or trying to create something of beauty. Long time Keller Williams family member Jeremy Mullens has recently moved his passion into something more. Jeremy’s daughter was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis at birth. Currently “CF” is an incurable genetic disease that effects the lungs and digestive system. Jeremy and his family are always looking for ways to help bring attention to disease to help fund research through the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Jeremy, a graduate of Kendal College of Art and Design, decided to use his passion and turn it into an opportunity to raise money for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. On a recent trip to Alaska, Jeremy came back with some amazing photographs of the Alaska Highway, starting in Alberta Canada all the way through to the Kenai Peninsula. What better way to display photographs than a calendar that changes every month?
Jeremy is using the self publishing site lulu.com as a way to produce his calendar and help raise money for his child’s diagnosis. 50% of all profits will be going to the