— In Houston, our team partnered with Weichert Realtors Wayne Murray Properties and Weichert Corporate Housing to participate in the 2014 Candlelighters Fun Walk. This walk benefits Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Family Alliance, which provides emotional and educational support to families of children with cancer and is the charity of choice for our Houston office. Weichert companies had one of the largest groups of supporters participating in this year’s walk, and the team exceeded its $12k fundraising goal.
— In Boston, colleagues partnered with Boston Scientific to participate in and support the American Heart Association’s Heart Walk, which is the organization’s premiere event for raising funds to save lives from heart disease and stroke. Collectively, the team helped raise over $5k for this cause.
— Also in Boston, colleagues rallied to participate in a Red Cross blood drive. From our drive, the Red Cross was able to collect 14 units of blood, which will be used to save up to 42 lives.
We work with many clients, suppliers, relocating employees and families in that region every day, and we continue to connect with them to assess any damage and address their immediate needs.
The American Red Cross has been an invaluable resource to residents directly impacted by this disaster, and Weichert Relocation has made a donation to their Relief Fund to augment ongoing efforts to provide food, shelter and emotional support.
This week’s Strategy Summit in Florida was widely regarded as one of our best by attendees, who praised the networking, educational programming and eclectic atmosphere. The event kicked off with a team-building exercise that saw participants building mini-golf courses from common household products and canned goods.
All of the products that we purchased for use in this event were manufactured by our clients, including bottles of Nestle water, cans of Campbell’s Soup, boxes of Uncle Ben’s rice, packages of Lysol disinfectant and L’Oreal personal care products, to name but a few. After the courses were complete and winners were named, everything was packaged up and donated to Boca Helping Hands. All in all, we donated over 2,500 pounds of food and goods.
Accepting the materials on behalf of Boca Helping Hands, Resource Center Manager Nate Cousineau offered heartfelt thanks and sobering insight to the problem of poverty and hunger, and its impact on local families.
As our program came to a close a few days later, participants unanimously agreed that this opportunity to help others in need was the highlight of our 2013 Summit.
We never cease to be amazed and humbled by our colleagues’ commitment to positively impacting the lives of others, be it employees being relocated around the globe or families in need in their respective communities. This time of year in particular, even as the headlines seem impossibly bleak, they always seem to find time to make the season just a little bit brighter for those who need it most. The following are just a few examples of this:
These simple gestures, representative of efforts of our colleagues worldwide, were undertaken as part of WRRI’s CommunityCares program, through which we encourage employee volunteerism and corporate giving that supports helping families and improving communities. May they serve to remind us all of what’s truly important as we head into the holidays.
The impact of Hurricane Sandy was widespread and unprecedented, affecting WRRI offices, colleagues, clients, service partners and mobile employees across the east cost and mid-Atlantic states. In our headquarters state of New Jersey and nearby New York, some colleagues and neighbors still face the challenge of reconstructing their lives and communities.
As thoughts turn to recovery and restoration, WRRI has made a donation to the American Red Cross on behalf of our company and colleagues in support of their hurricane relief efforts. We are a company that prides itself on positively impacting the lives of others, and we sincerely hope that our contribution helps to bring comfort to those people and families who suffered property damage and losses as a result of the storm.
One of the many things we take pride in is our colleagues’ laser-sharp commitment to improving the lives of others. Not just employees and families being relocated, but people in need within their communities.
A recent example comes from our Chicago office, where colleagues rallied to assist the residents of the Midwest Homeless Veterans Shelter, a non-profit organization that serves as a transitional home for veterans. Over the span of two weeks, colleagues gathered and donated a wide range of useful items–including hats, gloves, gift cards, cleaners, condiments, paper goods and stamps to enable veterans to mail resumes.
The Chicago team found it a rewarding experience, and one that was definitely appreciated by the shelter residents. Congrats to our Chicago colleagues for this effort.
At WRRI, one of the things we pride ourselves on is the commtiment our colleagues exhibit in making a difference in the lives of others. Doesn’t matter if it’s a family relocating across the country, or people in need within our local communities–our colleagues rise to the challenge every time.
This commitment was on display again in October, when the entire Weichert campus in New Jersey held a month long fund-raising event for Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Weichert Relocation organized a bake sale, with colleagues volunteering to run everything, from baking a wide range of delectables (they had us at cupcakes, frankly) to advertising to working the tables and rustling up customers during the sale.
Thanks to their efforts, $1,100 was collected and added to the campuswide total of close to $8,000 for this most worthy cause. Congrats to our colleagues!