Keller Williams San Francisco Sends Associates to Aid in Harvey Recovery

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The company’s annual real estate conference turns into a week-long disaster relief campaign

Keller Williams San Francisco agents volunteer at Mega Relief

Keller Williams San Francisco agents, Michael Minson and Cathinka Johnson, help clean a flood damaged home in Houston, TX. Photo credit: Mo DeLong

It made me realize that all we have in this world is intangible: our relationships with each other, our own values and beliefs, and our memories from experiences past. Every material thing we own can be taken away in a blink of an eye.

Over the week of Sept. 11, 25 associates from the San Francisco branch of Keller Williams Realty International traveled to Texas to participate in Mega Relief, a week long, company-wide, disaster relief campaign coordinated by Keller Williams leadership in conjunction with the real estate company’s nonprofit arm, KW Cares.

The week in Austin, TX was originally planned for the annual Keller Williams real estate conference, Mega Camp, with many conference events scheduled to take place at the Austin Convention Center. However, after Tropical Storm Harvey swept through East Texas and Louisiana, leaving unprecedented damage in its wake, officials at Keller Williams quickly decided to change plans.

Keller Williams leadership coordinated to instead open the Austin Convention Center to several charitable organizations as a staging ground for relief efforts. Additionally, company officials organized the transport of supplies and volunteers to areas affected by the disaster.

Over the week, more than 4,000 Keller Williams associates and their family members travelled to Austin for Mega Relief, where they were bussed to affected areas to assist at shelters, organize supplies, demuck homes, and clean up streets.

Michael Minson, Senior Listing Specialist of Level Up Group SF, sent his entire team to Mega Relief. “The work we did in Texas was both rewarding and eye opening,” said Minson. “It made me realize that all we have in this world is intangible: our relationships with each other, our own values and beliefs, and our memories from experiences past. Every material thing we own can be taken away in a blink of an eye. I have a renewed commitment to cherish the now, celebrate my relationships, and continue to give, love, and serve.”

“I’ve been with Keller Williams for 8 years and I’ve seen our company culture in action, but never to this extent,” said Keller Williams San Francisco Team Leader and CEO, Wendy Davis. “I think we all have mixed emotions about our experience in Texas. Everyone who participated in Mega Relief was there on their own dollar, so I’m extremely proud to be in business with agents like that--this is what KW culture is all about. While it was rewarding, we also left with emotions of concern. The trip raised our awareness about disaster preparedness. Are we prepared personally and as a community for a disaster of this magnitude?”

Jennifer Rosdail, a top associate at Keller Williams San Francisco, was able offer additional post-disaster insurance preparedness to affected communities by providing a Harvey-focused Roadmap to Recovery from San Francisco nonprofit, United Policyholders.

In addition to the efforts put forth for Mega Relief, Keller Williams Realty International has started a fundraising campaign with the goal of raising $20 million for disaster recovery. The company is also organizing further efforts to aid in relief after Hurricanes Irma and Maria.

To donate to KW Cares’ disaster relief fund, please visit http://www.kwrelief.org.

For more information on the Roadmap to Recovery program, visit http://www.UPHelp.org.

About Keller Williams San Francisco

Keller Williams is a growing force in San Francisco’s unique housing market. Known for its international presence and frequency of successful business transactions, the company’s mission is to employ the highest quality real estate agents to provide clients with the best real estate experience. On a national level, Keller Williams holds the coveted “triple crown”--number one in agent count, transactions, and sales volume.

After 1.5 years in city, Keller Williams San Francisco has seen extraordinary growth. Since the start of 2017 the brokerage has increased its closed sales volume by 65%, its number of listings sold by 111%, and the total number of producing agents by 123%.

Over the past 12 months Keller Williams Realty International has sold $295 billion worth of real estate worldwide. It has served the community’s needs in residential, luxury, commercial, and new construction investments. For more information about Keller Williams San Francisco, visit http://www.kwsf.com/.

About KW Cares

KW Cares is a 501(c)(3) public charity created to support Keller Williams associates and their families with hardship as a result of a sudden emergency. Hardship is defined as a difficult circumstance that a person or family cannot handle without outside help. The charity is the heart of Keller Williams culture in action – finding and serving the higher purpose of business through charitable giving in the market centers and communities where Keller Williams associates live and work.

Since opening in 2016, Keller Williams San Francisco has raised significant funds for KW Cares in in order help associates in times of need.

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