Realtors and other employees at West USA Realty aren’t just about dealing in buildings and land.
Their office at 4505 E. Chandler Blvd. in Ahwatukee also has become a central point in the company’s outreach programs for the needy.
For four years and running, West USA Realty’s office there has been a dropoff center for various charity drive donations and a beehive of activity for employees who volunteer for them.
“We also support individual agents’ charities,” said Realtor Donna Leeds. “We also have a charity arm of West USA Realty – West USA Cares, which is company-wide, and we hold an annual gala that raises money to help Realtors in need and a charity of choice. Our next gala is Sept. 20 at the Duce in Phoenix and the theme is casino night.”
The latest efforts have included a bottled water drive for the Phoenix Rescue Mission, a school supplies drive and a drive for baby items for the Ahwatukee Kiwanis Club’s September shower for pregnant teens and young moms who are trying to finish high school, including those in foster care.
The Chandler Boulevard West USA Realty office has designated Treasures 4 Teachers as the beneficiary for its school supply drive.
“Each office of West USA Realty is running this campaign in their community and each office has designated who they want the school supplies to go to,” Leeds explained, referring to a charity started by Ahwatukee former teacher Barbara Blaylock to help teachers get supplies for their classrooms – items they often pay for out of their own pocket.
As for the Phoenix Rescue Mission, she explained, “Sandi Alatoree, our front office assistant, heard of the need with the Phoenix Rescue mission and rallied Realtors, vendors and the community to help. To date we collected 87 cases.”
Led by Andi Pettyjohn, the Kiwanis project tries to give parenting teen females a “baby shower experience.”
New and gently used items that are sought include baby clothing in sizes newborn to 5T, socks, booties, sippy cups, strollers, diapers, blankets, gift cards, toys, shoes and just about anything else a little tot and his or her mom could use. Money also is welcome, and donations can be made through the Kiwanis Club website.
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