150418Windermere-020On April 18th, 2015 Windermere Homes & Estates hosted a military appreciation carnival supporting a non-profit organization called STEP (Support the Enlisted Project) to reach out and support our local military families. The carnival was at Hilltop Community Park in Rancho Penasquitos with a total of 300 attendees from STEP and 130 volunteers from Windermere Homes & Estates. Windermere Homes & Estates facilitated a donation drive at their 7 offices and collected 21 crates of essential items and donated over $12,000 to STEP to help military families in need. The military families who attended the carnival were able to pick up all items and enjoy all the festivities, which included a petting zoo, carnival games, live music, BBQ, cotton candy, snow cones, popcorn, obstacle course, face painting, magic show and free kids haircuts. “We would like to thank all the vendors who graciously donated their time and supported all the efforts in making this event happen. Thank you to council member Chris Cate of District 6 for the City of San Diego, Darnisha Hunter representative from Mayor Faulconer’s office and David Vasquez representative from council member Mark Kersey’s office for attending the event and presenting our Special Commendations,” says co-owner Rich Johnson.

Every year Windermere Homes & Estates closes their office to volunteer and help make a positive difference in our community. “Since we are such a heavily military ingrained community, we feel it is important to reach out and support local families who serve our country,” says Windermere Homes & Estates co-owner, Brian Gooding. Every time a Windermere sales associate sells a home,

they donate a portion of the commission to the Windermere Foundation, a non-profit organization established in 1989. Contributions from Windermere agents combined with contributions from Windermere employees and public supporters have allowed the Windermere Foundation to distribute over $2 million dollars annually in recent years to non-profit agencies dedicated to helping the local community. Partnering with the Windermere Foundation in efforts to support this event Fidelity National Title and SD County Escrow have graciously donated and provided additional support.

STEP is a non-profit organization, based out of San Diego that provided $801k in financial aid to military and veteran families in 2014.  More info about STEP: www.stepsocal.org