The KW Cares Board of Directors, in consultation with KW Mexico leaders, voted to donate $100,000 to two organizations assisting with the recovery from Hurricane Odile. The storm has left hundreds of families without homes in Cabo San Lucas and greatly damaged the local tourism industry.
KW Cares, a charitable 501(c)(3) organization funded by Keller Williams agents, is donating $50,000 to the Mexican Red Cross. More than 100 paramedics are providing basic medical care and delivering food. Other volunteers include specialists in collapsed structures, damage evaluations and logistics support. The Mexican Red Cross is working closely with federal authorities to deliver aid.
KW Cares is donating an additional $50,000 to Operation Blessing International, an organization KW Cares has worked with previously. Operation Blessing is distributing clean water and supplies, repairing damaged homes and setting up kitchens to feed families affected by the storm.
KW Cares is also awarding direct grants to KW family members affected by the storm.
"Thanks to your continued support of KW Cares, we are pleased to be able to support our expanding worldwide family during this time of need while ensuring that all of our KW family's needs are met," Executive Director Kathy Neu said in a message to KW associates.
In the past year, KW Cares has awarded 180 grants totaling more than $2.8 million to Keller Williams associates and their family members in need. Last year, the KW Cares Board of Directors donated $150,000 to assist with the recovery from Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.
"We thank KW Cares for their generosity in assisting in the relief efforts for the families in need in Baja California," said Teresa Anderson of KW Mexico. "As these families reconstruct their lives, KW Mexico will walk with them through our colleagues in the area to assist in every way possible."
Photos courtesy of Keller Williams associate Judy Atherton of the Mississippi Gulf Coast-Biloxi market center, who was vacationing with her husband when Hurricane Odile struck.