Thanks to your donations, the Windermere Foundation has been able to disburse nearly $840,000 to non-profit organizations throughout our network, during the first half of 2014. This included 269 grants, with an average grant size of $3,121—grants that support programs like weekend meals for school kids.
Did you know that one in five children go to bed hungry each night? And weekends are even worse for those children that depend on subsidized school lunches for their meals. But thanks to you, local children received support from services like the Healthy HIP program, which provides backpacks filled with nutritious foods to school children who would otherwise go hungry on the weekends.
Children like Joseph, who received a backpack filled with food for the weekend. And do you know what happened when he took it home? He didn’t eat any of it. Instead, he just lined it up and stared at it. You see, it had been such a long time since Joseph had seen so much food; he wasn’t sure if, or when, it would happen again. He didn’t know how long he had to make it last. Only after being assured that he didn’t have to worry, and that there would be more food for him next week if he needed it, did he eat and eat until he couldn’t eat anymore.
So thank you. Your generosity is making a real difference for children like Joseph.
Through the first half of this year, the Windermere Foundation collected over $673,000 in donations. Of those funds, 62 percent raised were through individual contributions and fundraisers, and 38 percent were raised through Windermere agent sales transactions. So far, we have raised over $27 million since 1989. But we still need your help to reach our fundraising goal of $30 million by the end of 2015. Check out our Windermere Foundation Timeline for some of our giving and fundraising milestones.
If you’d like to help, go to https://store.windermere.com/content/foundation-donation to make a donation.