Jun 10th, 2010 by Andy O'Shea
Pickett Street Properties Team joined Keller Williams associates across America on May 13th – and took the day off! But it was hardly a day of rest. Over 25,000 associates across the US and Canada spent their day giving back, as part of the company’s community service initiative called RED Day. Short for “Renew, Energize, and Donate,” RED Day was created to unite Keller Williams Realty office and associates in an international day of service.
Andy and our team coordinated the activities for our Keller Williams Realty Bothell – and it was an incredible and very rewarding experience. We ended up with 60+ associates and several vendor/partners volunteering, serving in several projects throughout the greater Bothell area:
Home Renovation: We scoured our community for a home that needed some work, and approached several owners to see if they’d be interested in our help. It took a while to find someone who would accept our “no strings attached” offer. Once we started working – they were thrilled. The family home we served had not been touched in over 30 years. Our team of volunteers gave it an entire “exterior makeover”, including:
- complete house scraping, sanding, cleaning, and painting (with colors chosen by the owner!);
- extensive roof & gutter cleaning;
- tree and branch removal;
- yard weeding, clearing, and leveling of the front of the property;
- laying two pallets of sod across the entire front, making a lovely front yard;
- landscaping – including two truckloads of bark
Food Bank – soliciting donations & goods: we had a team of volunteers sit at a grocery store for the entire day – promoting HopeLink (a local food bank). Our fantastic team collected over 1300 pounds of food donations, plus $300 in cash!
Senior Center Visitation – at Vintage Park, a local senior center in our area was thrilled to have a caring, fun-loving and guitar-toting group of volunteers share several hours of conversation and friendship with their residents. Our team made new friends and touched many lives.
Park Cleanup Project – Centennial Park: We worked with the City of Bothell to find two parks that needed help. Centennial Park had extensive cleaning, clearing, trimming, branch cutting, and weeding done by a great team of volunteers.
Park Painting Project – Blyth Park: The City of Bothell was also thrilled to have one of our volunteer teams paint a bathroom building in Blyth Park. Park regulars couldn’t help but come up and thank our team for enhancing their favorite park.
It was an incredible RED Day 2010! We look forward to partnering with ALL of the Keller Williams offices in our region next year – to raise the bar even higher, and see how many projects we each can do all over the Puget Sound region. Stay tuned for more information about other upcoming service opportunities. And make sure to join us next year!