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Windermere Stellar volunteerism and donations help it stand out from the pack



PHOTO BY VERN UYETAKE - Dennis Kelly spruces up the  during Windermere Stellar's day of volunteerism at West Linn Adult Community Center June 5.

West Linn residents probably know that the 10 real estate agents at the local Windermere Stellar can help them buy and sell residential property — but community service is also integral to the company and its employees.

Locally owned and managed for 40 years, Windermere Stellar has offices in West Linn, Lake Oswego, Portland, Vancouver and the north Oregon coast. Brokers donate a portion of their commission from every transaction to the Windermere Foundation, which supports low-income children and families. Since 1989, the Foundation has raised over $28 million to help nonprofit groups support people in need in 10 states, with more than $2 million going to over 100 Portland metro area organizations.

“Their clients certainly appreciate that we put so much back in the community,” said Dennis Kelly, principal broker of West Linn and Lake Oswego Windermere Stellar offices.

As a company, Windermere Stellar recently gave $250,000 to Friends of the Children, which provides mentors to at-risk children. Windermere was voted seventh-most philanthropic medium-sized company last fall in a survey for the Portland Business Journal’s Corporate Philanthropy Awards.

PHOTO BY VERN UYETAKE - Linda Baysinger does some pruning during Windermere Stellar's day of volunteerism at West Linn Adult Community Center June 5.

The WL office is a part of that spirit of giving, and, the team has done qite a bit recently, Kelly said.

He helped out during Windermere’s Community Service Day June 5 with real estate agents and staff from his WL office handling clean-up and landscaping improvements at the West Linn Adult Community Center. Kelly also drove to another part of town to assist the employees from his LO office. They were at Tualatin School House Pantry putting together emergency food and supply boxes for people in need.

Kelly and his employees also maintain a stretch of Highway 43 from the West Linn High School parking lot to Wilderness Park. Just a few weeks ago, they could be spotted hard at work, keeping things tidy. He and his employees work with Bridge Meadows, a transitional homes for foster children, and these erstwhile local Windermere employees have supported single parents whose spouses recently died.

Kelly’s crew also made a difference for the family of 11-year-old Lake Oswego Boy Scout Thomas Graham, who died in December 2014 when a tree fell on the passenger side of a car his mom was driving.

Windermere helped rebuild a bridge at Tyron Creek State Natural Area in honor of the youngster.

When they’re not out in the field helping others, Kelly’s real estate agents — 67 between the LO and WL offices — of course can help you relocate or find investment property. Kelly says there’s a low inventory of homes right now, which can be frustrating for buyers, but interest rates are fairly low.

“It’s a great time to be selling your home and certainly not a bad time to be buying a home,” he said.

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Windermere Stellar

Location: 21900 Willamette Drive, West Linn

Hours: 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday-Friday

Contact: 503-636-5000 or windermere.com

PHOTO BY VERN UYETAKE - Mike DeBoni trims shrubs during Windermere Stellar's day of volunteerism at West Linn Adult Community Center June 5.

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