A local real estate company, Windermere Stellar, has pledged to support underserved youths in East Multnomah County with a $100,000 donation that will benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland's new Rockwood location and New Avenues for Youth.
The donation will be split between both organizations, with New Avenues using it to expand into a new facility in Rockwood and Boys & Girls funding an industrial kitchen. The grant will be paid out over two years.
"It's inspiring to see community organizations like (Boys & Girls Clubs) and New Avenues providing resources for vulnerable members of our community, and we are proud to support their continued efforts," said Joan Allen, Windermere Foundation co-chairwoman. "(Boys & Girls Clubs) and New Avenues produce consistent results, so the impact of our contribution will help create a safe and positive space for those who need it most."
New Avenues will use the $50,000 to open a new program site at the future Rockwood Boys & Girls Club, 16519 S.E. Stark St. The New Avenues Youth Opportunity Center facility is part of the organization's 2020 Campaign — a four-year, $1 million initiative aimed at expansion into East Multnomah County. The site in Rockwood will serve as a local hub offering drop-in services, education, job training, LGBTQ youth support, housing assistance and much more.
"Windermere Stellar has been a consistent supporter of New Avenues for many years, and their generous gift to our 2020 campaign will help us provide greater access to services and improved outcomes for youth experiencing homelessness in East County," said Sean Suib, executive director of New Avenues.
The future Rockwood Boys & Girls Club's kitchen and accompanying commons space should serve more than 75,000 hot meals each year to local children. Elementary schools in the area report that 94 percent of their students live below the federal poverty level, which qualifies them for free or reduced lunch. This makes the kitchen an important function of the new club, which will open this fall.
"Windermere Stellar has a long and generous history of supporting the work of Boys & Girls Clubs," said Erin Hubert, CEO of Boys & Girls Club of Portland. "What an honor to have their investment in our new Rockwood Club."
Windermere Stellar has offices in Portland, Vancouver, Lake Oswego and the north Oregon Coast. Its brokers donate a portion of their commission from every transaction to the Windermere Foundation, which supports low-income children and families.