Set the Stage for a Fantastic Fourth of July Party!

#WinderPup staying cool in the shade

#WinderPup staying cool in the shade

 

 

Grab the sparklers, clean up the grill, and don your red, white and blue! A fourth of July theme barbecue is the perfect way to ring in summer and celebrate. Here are some fun tips for a fun and safe holiday shindig:

 

Get the décor right: We love a good theme party, and nothing screams Independence Day more than red, white and blue; you can find decorative plates just about anywhere these days. Make your own fancy decorations. Go above and beyond with holiday lights and a decorative place setting. Just make sure your flag flies right.

 

 

 

Make the menu: Keep the theme with your food with a festive fruit salad and decorated cupcakes.  While everything cannot fit within the color theme, mixing traditional BBQ goodies with some fancy appetizers will add interest. And don’t forget the libations; whip up some fun red and blue adult beverages. *

 

 

 

 

 

Fire up the grill: Get your grill ready with a good scrub down and set up a grill station with all your tools; grill brush, utensils, seasonings, and plates so you don’t have to run to and from the kitchen and risk charring the burgers. Make sure to keep the grill safe with this easy guide.

 

Fun for the kids: Everyone loves a good game of horseshoes. Set up a game area with some fun lawn sports, including lawn twister, Jenga, and bean bag toss. We have more ideas where those came from, find them on our “outdoor entertaining“ Pinterest board.

 

Plan for the pets: Pet’s don’t typically enjoy Fourth of July as much as their humans with the loud noises and intense heat. Keep your furry friends safe by creating a comfortable and cool place for them to lounge indoors, that way they can retreat from the heat and the crowds.  Make sure they get plenty of water in the intense summer heat.

 

We hope you have a fun and safe holiday weekend. You can find more fun Fourth of July tips on our PInterest board

 

*Photo courtesy of Windermere Camano Island

Hunger Doesn’t Take a Summer Vacation

 

 

Summertime couldn’t come soon enough for most children. But for many, the end of the school year marks a time of uncertainty for those who don’t have access to regular meals at home. According to the Food Research and Action Center, over 21 million students receive free or reduced lunches during the school year, and that need doesn’t go away when the school year is over.

 

There are thousands of summer meals program sites across the country, but many low-income families have difficulty accessing these programs. Many families often aren’t aware that these programs even exist or they have trouble getting to the program locations with no school buses available for transportation. To make matters worse, many qualifying children live in communities that aren’t even eligible for meal sites. And for those wanting to help, much of the paperwork and requirements for setting up these programs are time-consuming and cost-prohibitive. As a result, only about 15 percent of children who qualify for free or reduced meals during the school year are served by these programs during the summer months.

 

Through the Windermere Foundation, Windermere Real Estate offices across our network have been able to support local organizations that provide summer meal programs to children in need through grants and other donations. These organizations include local Boys & Girls Clubs, YMCAs, school districts, and local area food banks. You can help children this summer by making a donation to the Windermere Foundation or donating directly to your local area food banks.

 

If you know of any families that are in need of summer meals, but don’t know where to look for assistance, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service operates the Summer Food Service Program that is administered by state agencies to serve hungry children. Visit the Summer Food Service Program website and search for program locations to find free summer meals for children in your community. Let’s all do our part to help make this summer hunger-free for all children.

June Premier Networking Breakfast: Windermere Agents Come Together to Learn About Being Culturally Savvy

 

Every month, Windermere brings together its top luxury agents for the Premier Networking Breakfast. This month’s breakfast saw more than 100 Puget Sound area agents come together to discuss the latest luxury housing market trends and activity. Agents from as far away as the San Juan Islands joined local agents at Broadmoor Golf Club to present their newest $1 million-plus listings and hear speakers talk about the nuances of working with international and multicultural clients.

 

Agents discussed the ups and downs of the local luxury housing market, where sales are strong, but buyers continue to struggle to find homes amidst some of the lowest inventory levels in recorded history. As one agent put it, “As long as rates are low and jobs are up, I don’t expect much to change”.

 

Real estate attorney, Daniel Shin, from the law firm Inslee, Best, Doezie & Ryder, PS, presented some very interesting information on Chinese homebuyers. He stated that China recently replaced Canada as the largest population of international home buyers in the U.S. And Seattle is increasingly becoming one of their favorite destinations – but not necessarily for its investment potential. Rather, Mr. Shin said that the Chinese are drawn to the area for the clean air, top schools, and quality of life.

 

Lance Grob, who is the Business Development Leader for Multicultural Markets at Chicago Title, added to this by talking about how to be a culturally savvy real estate agent. He gave helpful insights into engaging with multicultural clients, whose customs and culture often differ from our own, as well as the importance of understanding other culture’s communication styles.

 

Given the growing number of international and multicultural home buyers and sellers in the greater Seattle area, our agents found both presentations particularly helpful and relevant to today’s rapidly evolving real estate market. The group’s next breakfast will be held in July at Overlake Golf and Country Club in Medina.    

 

Announcing the Winner of the 2015 Community Service Day Photo Contest!

On June 5, Windermere offices across the states of Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Hawaii, Alaska, Utah, California, Colorado, Nevada, and Arizona, all took a day off from selling homes to help make a difference in their local communities. 

 

We challenged our offices to share their community service day photos on the Windermere Facebook page, in order to participate in our third-annual voter-driven photo contest. Almost 70 offices shared photos, and in turn, they each received a $200 donation to the Windermere Foundation charity of their choice.

 

To add some competition to this challenge, we offered an additional $2,000 charitable contribution to the office with the most votes on their photo. So, who won?

 

With a total of 320 votes, the winner of the CSD photo contest is Windermere Salem! The team plans to donate their winnings to their local YMCA chapter.

 

Honorable mentions go to our Windermere offices in Salt Lake City, Utah and Everett, Washington for coming in a close second and third place.

 

Thank you to all of our Windermere offices and agents who spent the day giving back to local organizations, community centers, and public spaces throughout the Western U.S.

 

 

Join Us for the Western Washington Waterfront Open House Tour

 

We’ve found the perfect way for you to kick off summer this year. On June 27 and 28, Windermere is sponsoring the first ever Western Washington Waterfront Open House Tour. More than 125 homes from Bellingham to Westport are available for visitors to tour by boat, bike, or car. Homes are priced from $299,000 to $32 million. Yes, you read right, $32 million. But not all the homes are uber expensive; there are properties that fit a wide variety of needs, styles, and budgets.

 

If you’re wondering about the investment potential of a waterfront home, you should note that sales for these properties have been booming throughout Western Washington. In the Puget Sound region, the average sales price is up nearly 19 percent* compared to a year ago. With the amount of water we have throughout the area, it’s no surprise that waterfront homes are a popular choice, but our strong local economy is doing its part to drive up sales activity and prices.    

 

A map of the homes and their open house hours can be found here; most will be held open from 10am-4pm on June 27 and 28. Just look for the open house signs with the blue balloons to identify which homes are a part of the tour.

 

Follow the fun on the Windermere Real Estate Facebook page, and share your own photos while you tour these beautiful homes by tagging your pictures on Instagram and Twitter with #WaterFrontLife.

 

Happy hunting!

 

For more information, go to the Western Washington Waterfront Open House Tour website.

 

*Source: Northwest Multiple Listing Services 

He Shed She Shed

 

The general consensus is that the She Shed is the answer to the Man Cave; a new movement that’s meant to knock man caves down to second place. Well, we respectfully disagree with this silly crusade. Everyone needs a little “me” space and we believe they both can be rocked by boys and girls alike. Get some peace and quiet amongst all the hectic and crazy that life can be with these personal shed ideas.

 

 

She Sheds

Craft - Whether its scrapbooking, knitting, sewing, or working on that long list of DIY projects you’ve saved on Pinterest, this is the place to make it happen. No more cluttered space in the home.

Reading Room - The ideal place to hide out and read without getting interrupted. Go for a Boho vibe, clean and chic style, a feminine Victorian look, or whatever tickles your fancy.

Spa - Always wanted a bigger tub to soak your worries away in, but don’t have the space in your house? Turn a shed into a spa dream getaway with bubble bars, bath bombs, candles, and of course, a bottle of bubbly.

 

He Sheds

Arcade – This throwback shed space is for the lover of old-school video games. It’s just crying out for Pinball, Space Invaders, and our personal fave, Pac-Man.

Sports Den - Packed floor-to-ceiling with his favorite sports memorabilia, a flat screen TV, and a man-sized couch. Now you’ll have a no judgment zone where you can eat chicken wings and watch sports to your hearts content. Touchdown.

 

For Both:

Wine Room – Do you and your partner need a place to escape together? Make this shed a theme you can both enjoy, like wine. Whether you need a break from the kids, your pets, or each other, think of it like an adult time out, but with wine.

Home Office – Not the most fun option, but quite possibly the most practical. Whether you work from home or just need a space to pay the bills, this shed provides a quiet place to get stuff done. 

 

Check out more great Shed inspiration on our Pinterest board.  

No Housing Bubble in Sight – For Now

Exactly 10-years ago this month, Alan Greenspan was asked if he had any concerns regarding the housing market. At that time, he emphasized that he saw no sign of a nationwide housing bubble, but he did have concerns over "froth" in the market and pointed to a big increase in the purchase of investment properties -- particularly in second homes. As a result, he said, there are "a lot of local bubbles" around the country, but not at a national level.

As we are all very much aware, he, along with many other esteemed economists, was incorrect in his prediction that there was no national housing bubble in sight.

So here we are, a decade later, and some are starting to suggest that we are on the verge of another “bubble” bursting due to an overheated housing market. I’m often asked if there is any truth to this, and my response is no, I don’t believe there is a national bubble on the horizon. And here are the reasons why:

 

1. The flippers have left the building – in as much as it causes me untold angst to see the resurgence of reality TV programs espousing the wonders of house flipping, the country has seen a marked slowdown in this type of business. Why? Well one reason is that the number of foreclosed homes continues to drop. Foreclosures are the preferred property type for flippers, as margins can be significantly higher.

Given that there is less distressed inventory, it’s not surprising that homes purchased with the intent to “flip” have declined nationwide. Data supplied by RealtyTrac suggests that the percentage of homes that were bought with the intent to “flip” has dropped from a peak of 6.7 percent at the beginning of 2014 to 4 percent today, and I believe that this share will continue to decline, signifying a more normalized market.

 

2. Lending standards remain very stringent – Banks actually did learn a lesson from the collapse of the housing market and remain wary, and because of this, qualifying for a mortgage remains difficult. For example, in April of this year, the average FICO score required for an approved conventional home loan was 756 with a 19 percent down payment. The average FICO score for someone who was denied a loan (with an average down payment of 17 percent) was very high at 699.

Even low down payment programs (i.e. FHA loans) that have less stringent FICO requirements (686 for FHA loans approved in April) are still high enough as to not cause me concern when I think about these borrrowers ability to handle their mortgage obligations..

To further support this view, there are several components of the Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act that provide substantial safeguards when it comes to irresponsible lending practices, such as requiring lenders– through the qualified mortgage rule – to ensure a borrower’s ability to repay.

 

3. Home prices are up, but not to pre-bubble levels – here I looked at data provided by S&P Case Shiller index which is a useful resource because it calculates the increase/decrease in value of the same house over time, rather than just the make-up of sales during a specific time period. At the national level, the bursting of the housing bubble led to a 27 percent drop in the index.  The index has risen back up but is still 9 percent below the prior peak.

 

4. Interest rates are going to (eventually) start to rise – and this will take some of the heat out of the market. Now, there are some who will say that any increase in mortgage rates will negatively impact the housing market, but I don’t agree. Although it is true that an increase in rates does decrease buying power, the naysayers are ignoring the fact that we are in a growing economy. The growth in employment, and the subsequent drop in the unemployment rate, will lead to wage growth, and increasing incomes will take some of the sting out of any rate increase.

 

Given all of these points, I do not see the risk of a national “housing bubble” anywhere in the foreseeable future; however, I do think we are seeing localized “froth” in some markets. Watch for my next blog post where I will discuss this further.

 

 

Matthew Gardner is the Chief Economist for Windermere Real Estate, specializing in residential market analysis, commercial/industrial market analysis, financial analysis, and land use and regional economics. He is the former Principal of Gardner Economics, and has over 25 years of professional experience both in the U.S. and U.K. 

 

 

June Maintenance Guide

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This article originally appeared on Porch.com

Written by Anne Reagan

 

June is the month with the longest daylight hours in the Northern Hemisphere, so it’s the time of year when we feel we have more time to be outside and enjoy the weather. In some states, June brings summer storms and flooding, so it’s a good idea to invest time in preparing your home for this potential danger. June can be a great month to start entertaining outdoors and spending time in the yard. Below we’ve gathered some great projects to complete this month.

 

Gardening checklist

  • Keep your raised beds and container gardens moist

  • Deadhead spring blooms

  • Weed garden beds

  • Plant sun-loving herb seeds like basil, chives, thyme, and sage

  • Plant edibles like pumpkins, melons, beets, carrots, beans and summer/winter squashes

  • Can’t get to these projects yourself? Look for a landscaper or gardener on Porch.

 

Weekend projects

  • Check smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors

  • Service air conditioning unit (schedule an HVAC professional)

  • Swap out seasonal clothes and bedding

  • Turn over mattresses

  • Organize garage for summer activities

  • Pressure wash the patio and clean off outdoor furniture (hire a professional power washing company)

 

Tip of the Month

  • Create a summer car emergency kit! Fill a container or box with bug spray, bug bite relief, sunblock, hats, and an umbrella.

  • Keep an extra gallon of water to make sure everyone stays hydrated while on the road. Read our tips here to help get you started.

 

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June Perspectives

Many years ago we realized that we have a responsibility that goes way beyond helping people buy and sell homes. We too are home owners. We too have kids. We too want safe, vibrant and livable neighborhoods. Because of that we have committed to helping create and maintain communities that are thriving and interesting places to be. One way we do this is through our annual Community Service Day.

For the past 31 years, Windermere offices have closed their doors for one day to give back to the communities that have given so much to us. The types of projects our offices take on vary from cleaning up parks and community centers to feeding the hungry. For example, one of our Bellevue area offices spends every Community Service Day at Little Bit Therapeutic Riding Center, an organization that provides equine therapy to children and adults with disabilities. Like many non-profits, Little Bit is short staffed and heavily reliant upon volunteers to help care for their 18 acre property. So last Friday, our team was there washing fences, weeding, and clearing out paddocks to help keep Little Bit’s facility in prime condition for its patients.

On that same day, you could find a team of Windermere volunteers at Mary’s Place, an organization that provides food, shelter, and resources to homeless families. For the second year in a row, this group spent the day prepping meals, sorting through donations, and deep cleaning the shelter. Mary’s Place tells us that having the Windermere team there makes the families who use this facility feel loved and valued.

If you live in the area, you’ve probably heard of Camp Korey. It’s an amazing organization that provides recreational programs for children with serious medical conditions. For several years, a team of Windermere volunteers have spent Community Service Day cleaning the grounds, painting, gardening, and prepping for incoming campers. The group loves knowing that they’re making a positive impact on the brave children who visit Camp Korey.

We’re so proud of our team and the selfless role they play in their communities. We might be the leadership of this company, but it’s our agents who are the true leaders, proving time and time again that service to others is not something you do, it is who you are.

 

Community Service Day 2015

Today you may notice your local Windermere office is closed, or it may take a little bit longer for your Windermere agent to get back to you. But we promise it’s for a very good reason: today is Windermere Community Service Day. Since 1984, our agents have taken one day a year off to dig into hands-on community service projects throughout the Western U.S. On this day, you’ll find our teams doing a variety of projects, such as cleaning, landscaping, and painting at local senior citizens centers, facilities for homeless children and adults, public parks and schools, low income housing, and emergency shelters, among others.

Follow what our offices are doing on Community Service Day on Facebook! You can also vote for your favorite Community Service Day photos in our #CommunityServiceDay2015  photo contest. The photo with the most votes will receive a $2,000 donation for the Windermere Foundation charity of their choice. Go here to vote: http://bit.ly/19ZHj8h. We encourage you to “like” our Facebook page, follow the Community Service Day projects, and vote your favorite Community Service Day photos!

A big thank you to all of our Windermere Real Estate offices for the amazing work they do. Community Service Day is an important part of what makes Windermere the place it is, and we appreciate everything they do to make our communities a little better.

Community Service Day Projects:

Office Name

State

Organization

Project

Prescott

AZ

Coalition of Compassion & Justice

Baby drive: collect and deliver diapers and wipes for local families.

Prescott Valley

AZ

Coalition of Compassion & Justice

Baby drive: collect and deliver diapers and wipes for local families.

Scottsdale

AZ

Coalition of Compassion & Justice

Baby drive: collect and deliver diapers and wipes for local families.

Brentwood

CA

Food bank of Contra Costa County

Food drive

Clayton

CA

Food bank of Contra Costa County

Food drive

Del Mar

CA

Support the Enlisted Program (STEP)

Raised money, providing resources and donations to Military families

El Sobrante

CA

Boys & Girls Club El Sobrante

Painting, cleaning, general maintenance

Fallbrook

CA

Support the Enlisted Program (STEP)

Raised money, providing resources and donations to Military families

La Jolla

CA

Support the Enlisted Program (STEP)

Raised money, providing resources and donations to Military families

Rancho Bernardo

CA

Support the Enlisted Program (STEP)

Raised money, providing resources and donations to Military families

Santaluz

CA

Support the Enlisted Program (STEP)

Raised money, providing resources and donations to Military families

South Carlsbad- Aviara

CA

Support the Enlisted Program (STEP)

Raised money, providing resources and donations to Military families

Fort Collins

CO

Homeless Gear

Collect and distribute outdoor gear for homeless families

Greenwood Village

CO

Colorado Coalition for  the Homeless

Support website launch and resource sign up with on-site shelter support

Kona-Big Island

HI

Coalition for Tabaco Free Hawaii/ Surf riders

Spencer Beach (Kauai High) clean up.

Waimea-Big Island

HI

Coalition for Tabaco Free Hawaii/ Surf riders

Spencer Beach (Kauai High) clean up.

Boise- Access Realty

ID

Idaho Diaper Bank

Sorting and bundling diapers for local families.

Caldwell

ID

Caldwell Public Library

Interior and exterior maintenance projects.

Coeur d'Alene

ID

The Coeur d'Alene Children's Village

House cleaning, painting, landscaping and other maintenance projects. 

Hayden Lake

ID

The Coeur d'Alene Children's Village

House cleaning, painting, landscaping and other maintenance projects. 

Lewiston

ID

Christmas in Action

Maintenance on adopted home for a local elderly couple.

Moscow

ID

Palouse Skate Park/Boost Collaborative

Park maintenance

Post Falls

ID

The Coeur d'Alene Children's Village

House cleaning, painting, landscaping and other maintenance projects

Sun Valley - Hailey

ID

Adopt a Highway: Highway 75

Road cleanup

Sun Valley - Ketchum

ID

Adopt a Highway: Highway 76

Road cleanup

Hamilton

MT

Ronald McDonald House

Painting, weeding, carpet cleaning, and general maintenance

Missoula

MT

Ronald McDonald House

Painting, weeding, carpet cleaning, and general maintenance

Henderson- Anthem Hills

NV

Veteran's Village

Facility improvement and maintenance projects, preparing and serving lunch, and hosting a bottled water and socks/underwear drive for residence.

Las Vegas- Summerlin

NV

Veteran's Village

Facility improvement and maintenance projects, preparing and serving lunch, and hosting a bottled water and socks/underwear drive for residence.

Coalville

UT

The Inn Between Transitional Housing

Building a memorial garden, landscaping and general outside maintenance.

Park City

UT

The Inn Between Transitional Housing

Building a memorial garden, landscaping and general outside maintenance.

Park City- Kimball Junction

UT

The Inn Between Transitional Housing

Building a memorial garden, landscaping and general outside maintenance.

Salt Lake City- Sugar House

UT

The Inn Between Transitional Housing

Building a memorial garden, landscaping and general outside maintenance.

Salt Lake City- Union Park

UT

The Inn Between Transitional Housing

Building a memorial garden, landscaping and general outside maintenance.

Branch Support- Stellar

OR

First Emmanuel Lutheran Church

General maintenance projects

Commercial- Lane County

OR

Lane County Grass Roots Garden

General maintenance projects

Commercial- Redmond

OR

Brightside Animal Center Thrift Store

Sorting and selling

Corvallis- Willamette Valley

OR

Corvallis Elks Lodge #1413

Landscaping and outdoor improvement

Eugene

OR

Lane County Grass Roots Garden

Gardening and general maintenance

Eugene North

OR

Lane County Grass Roots Garden

Gardening and general maintenance

Gearhart

OR

Seaside

 

Hillsboro

OR

Reedville Creek Park

Lawn maintenance

Hood River

OR

Food drive

Companywide food collection and delivery

Lake Oswego

OR

Rolling Hills Community Church

Tualatin School House Pantry

Pacific City

OR

Reedville Creek Park

Lawn maintenance

Portland- Lloyd Tower NE

OR

St. Andrew Nativity School

Landscaping, lawn and other maintenance at

Portland- Moreland

OR

Meyer Boys & Girls Club

Landscaping and general maintenance

Portland NE - 39th

OR

Oregon Humane Society

Support with taking and sorting donations

Portland- NW Johnson

OR

First Emmanuel Lutheran Church

General maintenance projects

Portland- Raleigh Hills

OR

 Legacy Hopewell House

Landscape cleanup and gardening

Portland- Sunset Corridor

OR

Reedville Creek Park

Lawn maintenance at

Redmond, OR

OR

Brightside Animal Center Thrift Store

Sorting donations and selling

Salem

OR

YMCA of Marion and Polk Counties

Painting projects

Sandy

OR

Adopt a Highway

Clean up along Highway 26 in Sandy

Scappoose

OR

Public hiking trail clean up

Clearing foliage at trail entry

St. Helens

OR

St. Helens Food bank & dollar store

Loading supplies on a food bank truck & $500 donation to the local Dollar Store

West Linn

OR

West Linn Senior Center

Grounds maintenance

Alderwood

WA

Red Barn Community Farm

Hoeing, planting and building trellises at

Auburn- Lakeland Hills

WA

Child Haven

Landscaping, cleaning and general maintenance projects

Bellevue

WA

Jubilee Reach

General maintenance

Bellevue Commons

WA

Little Bit Therapeutic Riding Center

Sprucing up the grounds

Bellevue South

WA

Mamma's Hands/ or House of Hope

General maintenance

Bellevue West

WA

Boys & Girls Clubs of Bellevue

General maintenance

Bellingham- Bakerview

WA

Boys & Girls Clubs of Bellingham

General maintenance

Bellingham- Fairhaven

WA

Boys & Girls Clubs of Bellingham

General maintenance

Birch Bay- Blaine

WA

Boys & Girls Clubs of Bellingham

General maintenance

Burien

WA

Burien Parks Dept.

Parks cleanup & general maintenance

Camano Island

WA

Community Event

Soap Box Derby on June 20th

Cathlamet

WA

Lower Columbia CAP

Beautification and cleanup projects

Centralia

WA

Back pack project for local school children

Shopping for school supplies and filling backpacks

Edmonds

WA

Edmonds City Beach

Beach cleanup projects

Entiat

WA

Habitat for Humanity

Building and maintenance projects

Federal Way

WA

Bethel Christian Center

Yard work, road maintenance and building repairs

Federal Way West Campus

WA

Bethel Christian Center

Yard work, road maintenance and building repairs

Gig Harbor- Builder's Choice

WA

Paint Tacoma-Pierce Beautiful

Working on low-income homes

Issaquah

WA

Eastside Baby Corner

Collecting and sorting donations

Kelso/Longview

WA

Lower Columbia CAP/ City of Kelso

Beautification and cleanup projects

Kent

WA

Kent Food Bank

Food and clothing drive

Kirkland-Northeast

WA

Kirkland Hopelink Food Bank

Collecting and sorting donations

Kirkland-Yarrow Bay

WA

Attain Housing in Juanita

Clean and prepare homes for summer residents, storage organization, outdoor and landscaping maintenance including garden donations

Lake Chelan

WA

Helping out at a local Habitat for Humanity site

Building and maintenance projects

Lynnwood

WA

Casino Road Ministries

Landscaping, painting and general maintenance projects

Maple Valley

WA

Maple Valley Community Center

Cleaning, fixing and general maintenance projects

Marysville

WA

Marysville Main Street beautification project

Planting flowers along an 8-block stretch of Main St, and around a monument

Mercer Island

WA

Mercerdale Park

Park restoration, beauty bard,  and clean up

Mill Creek

WA

Habitat for Humanity

Staffing the grand opening at the H4H store

Mill Creek Town Center

WA

Habitat for Humanity

Staffing the grand opening at the H4H store

Moses Lake

WA

Community event

Providing paper shredding services and garbage pick-up

Mukilteo

WA

Mukilteo Food Bank

Gathering and delivering donations

Packwood

WA

Local senior center

Hosting game day and activities for seniors

Port Angeles

WA

Captain Joseph House

General maintenance

Property Management- Bellevue

WA

Camp Korey

Preparing the camp for incoming youth, including: grounds clean up, planting the edible garden, painting, setting up TPs, craft room set up, etc.

Property Management- Edmonds

WA

Camp Korey

Preparing the camp for incoming youth, including: grounds clean up, planting the edible garden, painting, setting up TPs, craft room set up, etc.

Property Management- Seattle

WA

Boys and Girls Club Seattle

General maintenance

Property Management- Seattle North

WA

Camp Korey

Preparing the camp for incoming youth, including: grounds clean up, planting the edible garden, painting, setting up TPs, craft room set up, etc.

Property Management- South

WA

Bethel Christian Center

Yard work, road maintenance and building repairs

Property Management- Tacoma

WA

Paint Tacoma-Pierce Beautiful

Working on low-income homes

Pullman

WA

Palouse Skate Park/Boost Collaborative

General maintenance

Puyallup

WA

Northwest Trek

Maintenance project

Realty Group-Vancouver

WA

Rolling Hills Community Church

Tualatin School House Pantry

Redmond

WA

YWCA Family Village

General maintenance

Republic

WA

Assisted Living Facility

Cleaning and landscaping

Seattle-Ballard

WA

St. Luke's Episcopal Church

Grounds maintenance

Seattle-Capitol Hill

WA

Lambert House

Yard work, painting, etc., at

Seattle-Eastlake

WA

Rebuilding Together Seattle

Working on interior and exterior of a home

Seattle-Green Lake

WA

City Fruit apple orchard

Various volunteer duties

Seattle-Greenwood

WA

Viewland Elementary School

Painting the pre-school playground

Seattle-Lakeview

WA

Wallingford Senior Center

General maintenance & senior engagement

Seattle-Madison Park

WA

Washington Park Arboretum

General maintenance

Seattle-Magnolia

WA

Clean up, clean out event

Paper shredding, electronics recycling and Goodwill collection

Seattle-Mount Baker

WA

Wellspring baby boutique

Sorting donations

Seattle-Northgate

WA

YouthCare

Preparing and serving lunch for homeless youth

Seattle-Northlake

WA

Northshore Senior Center in Bothell

Various volunteer duties

Seattle-Northwest

WA

Greenwood Food Bank

Sorting and collecting donations

Seattle-Queen Anne

WA

Queen Anne Food Bank at Sacred Heart

Collect 800 bags of food

Seattle-Sand Point

WA

Northeast Seattle

Local home maintenance

Seattle- Services, Marketing & Technology

WA

Ryther

Outdoor maintenance including building a retaining wall, leveling ground for new play area, building flower beds and planting, rebuilding vegetable garden beds, replacing planking on picnic benches and weeding

Seattle-Wall Street

WA

Mary's Place- Seattle/Belltown women’s facility

Cleaning the kitchen, prepping meals, sorting toys, strip & wax the floors, planting flowers and presenting $2,000 donation for professional painting services

Seattle-Wedgewood

WA

NEST (North East Seattle Together)

Yard work, window washing and outdoor maintenance for 8 senior homes in North East Seattle.

Seattle-West Seattle

WA

Solid Ground

Painting and refurbishing a West Seattle home

Sequim- East

WA

Boys & Girls Club Sequim

General maintenance

Shoreline

WA

Food Lifeline

Various volunteer duties

Silverdale

WA

Local church

Assisting Pastor Eric Roberts with weeding, fence painting, etc.

Spokane-City Group

WA

YFC West Central

Interior and exterior maintenance projects

Spokane-Cornerstone

WA

YFC West Central

Interior and exterior maintenance projects

Spokane-Liberty Lake

WA

YFC West Central

Interior and exterior maintenance projects

Spokane-Manito

WA

YFC West Central

Interior and exterior maintenance projects

Spokane-North

WA

YFC West Central

Interior and exterior maintenance projects

Spokane-Valley

WA

YFC West Central

Interior and exterior maintenance projects

Tacoma-North

WA

Paint Tacoma-Pierce Beautiful

Working on low-income homes

Tacoma-Professional Partners

WA

Paint Tacoma-Pierce Beautiful

Working on low-income homes

Tacoma-University Place

WA

Paint Tacoma-Pierce Beautiful

Working on low-income homes

Vancouver- Mill Plain

WA

Fruit Valley Food Bank

Food drive

Vancouver- Officers Row

WA

Fruit Valley Food Bank

Food drive

Vashon Island

WA

Granny's Attic Thrift Store

Various volunteer duties

Walla Walla

WA

YWCA Family Shelter & Downtown Walla Walla park

Various volunteer and maintenance duties

Wenatchee

WA

Habitat for Humanity

Installing sub floor on  Habitat for Humanity home

Whidbey Island- Freeland

WA

Good Cheer Food Bank, Garden & Collection Center

Various volunteer duties

Whidbey Island- Langley

WA

Good Cheer Food Bank, Garden & Collection Center

Various volunteer duties