"If you give first, good things come later."
That's how Judy Adler sums up the attitude of employees at Windermere Realty Group and their participation in the company's national day of service in communities across the country.
Adler's entire office took the day off on Friday to complete a service project at the Lake Oswego Adult Community Center, where they spread bark dust, completed landscaping tasks and helped to spruce up one of the City's most-used facilities. They were joined by Todd Gydesen and a few employees from Guild Mortgage, which has accompanied Windermere for the past few years in giving back to the community.
"Everything we do is about having people housed or being cared for in our own community, so for us to be doing this here in Lake Oswego is really important," Adler said. "Our office is just off Kruse and Carman, so we try to stay local as much as we can because we list and sell a lot of properties here. We don't want it to be just about what we get — we want to give back.
"We're all realtors, we're all professionals, we all have to list and sell houses to make it work," she added, "but at the end of the day, we're a boutique Windermere office, and we're all really big on being involved in the community."
Gydesen shares that notion, so in an effort to play as big a role as possible, Guild Mortgage paid for the nearly seven cubic feet of bark dust the team spread across the ACC grounds.
"The opportunity to work with Windermere, who does this every year, is great," Gydesen said. "The ACC has been very receptive to us. They ended up getting us lunch, and that was really nice. The City of Lake Oswego showed up to give some direction and give us tools, so it's been a really positive experience and a nice way to get involved."
According to Roy Hovey, the Windermere Foundation branch representative for Adler's office, the national organization has given away nearly $29 million through their years of service to the communities in which the real estate and trust conglomerate operates.
"Throughout the years, we've done lots of projects, including helping women's shelters, abused children, the veterans hospital and pulling ivy in Forest Park," Hovey said. "We're very lucky to participate in things like this."