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Celebrating the Hasson Company 19 Days of Giving Back | Organizations Our Brokers Support

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Here at the Hasson Company, we believe it’s not enough to be a part of the communities we serve; we must take an active role in them. And we believe in events and programs that help build stronger communities. That’s why we are hosting the very first Hasson Company Annual Give Back Day on July 19!

Hasson brokers and employees will come together as a united group to give back to the communities we live and work in. We are hoping for 100 percent participation with our Give Back Day, which will benefit Habitat for Humanity, Embrace Oregon and the Oregon Food Bank.

Leading up to this day, we are celebrating 19 Days of Giving Back, highlighting the many organizations our brokers and employees support throughout the year, through either monetary contributions, volunteering their time, or both.

Get to know the many incredible organizations that make our communities better — from homeless shelters to youth programs, and just about every cause in between. And more importantly, consider standing beside our brokers as they support these wonderful organizations and causes!

SKIP AHEAD TO:

Medical Causes | Homelessness + Needy | Animal Shelters | Domestic Violence + Trafficking | Children + Youth | Community Improvement | Misc. Involvement

 

MEDICAL CAUSES The Hasson Company Give Back Day

Michelle’s Love

Supported By Megan Banta

Michelle’s Love assists single parents undergoing cancer treatment by offering financial relief, house cleaning, nutritious meals and more.

Hasson broker Megan Banta helps volunteer and fundraise for Michelle’s Love. Specifically, Megan enjoys helping with their house cleaning program, which allows the recovering parent to enjoy quality time with their kids while their house is deep-cleaned. The parent and their kids are sent out of the house with a gift card to go out to eat, see a movie, or enjoy an activity together. Everyone can support Michelle’s Love by linking your Fred Meyer card to donate to this non-profit!

 

JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation)

Supported By Michelle Spanu

Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation is leading the fight against type 1 diabetes (T1D) by funding research, advocating for policies that accelerate access to new therapies, and providing a support network for millions of people around the world impacted by T1D.

Hasson broker Michelle Spanu helps support JDRF through both monetary donations and volunteer work. Her son and good friend are both diabetic, which has fueled her passion for supporting this foundation.

 

Reverse Rett Syndrome

Supported By Leigh Calvert

Hasson broker Leigh Calvert is passionate about reversing Rett Syndrome, a unique postnatal neurological disorder that his daughter has. He supports research for reversing the genetic mutation that occurs predominantly to girls (and a handful of boys), leading them to have disabilities combining the likes of autism, Parkinson’s, epilepsy, cerebral palsy and anxiety disorder, all in one. Leigh donates money to support this important research. He also heads up the Portland Strollathon, a fundraiser for Rett Syndrome awareness that takes place each September.

 

Providence St. Vincent Guild Medical Center

Supported By Jacque Bryant

Providence St. Vincent Medical Center is an acute care teaching hospital in west Portland near Beaverton. It is part of Providence Health & Services in Oregon, a non-profit network of hospitals, health plans, physicians, clinics and affiliated health services.

Hasson broker Jacque Bryant has been in need of urgent care twice in her life, which inspired a desire to give back to Providence St. Vincent. She volunteers her time with the Providence St. Vincent Guild, where volunteers work to create a welcoming experience for patients and guests, and help with things such as guest concierge, patient information, gift shop assistance, courier and transport services, and nursing and office support.

 

Columbia River Mental Health Foundation

Supported By Deborah Blom

The Columbia River Mental Health Foundation helps widen the accessibility of behavioral health treatment, remove negative stigma, and assist those struggling with addiction and mental illness.

Hasson broker Deborah Blom is the vice president of the board for the Columbia River Mental Health Foundation. She has supported the foundation through both monetary contributions and volunteering.

 

HOMELESSNESS + NEEDY

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JOIN

Supported By Allison Buchman, Kathryne Psihogios + Chris Bonner

JOIN supports the efforts of individuals and families experiencing homelessness to transition into permanent housing. Their efforts are directed at individuals sleeping outside or in their car in the Portland Metro area.

Allison Buchman (with the Drew Coleman Team), Kathryne Psihogios and Broker Chris Bonner, all support this amazing organization through monetary donations and volunteer work.

 

The Giving Closet

Supported By Marin Sinclair

The Giving Closet offers clothing, shoes, household goods, bedding, linens, toys, books, bread, and non-perishable food items to those in need. They also provide “household start-over kits” for women leaving abusive relationships.

Broker Marin Sinclair supports The Giving Closet through both monetary donations and volunteer work.

 

Family Kitchen

Family Kitchen in Bend has a simple mission: to serve anyone who needs a nutritious meal in a safe and caring environment. They treat diners with dignity and respect, and serve eight meals each week, totalling about 5,000 meals per month.

 

Street Roots

Supported By Barbara McFarlane + Chris Bonner

Street Roots creates income opportunities for people experiencing homelessness and poverty by producing a newspaper and other media that are catalysts for individual and social change.

Hasson brokers Barbara McFarlane & Chris Bonner are passionate about supporting Street Roots, and believe human beings rely on the humanity of their neighborhoods to support them and lift them up — and we completely agree! Barbara buys at least one paper each week then gives a larger donation during the holidays.

 

Rose Haven

Supported By Darrin Amico

Rose Haven is a day shelter and community center serving women, children and gender non-conforming individuals experiencing trauma, poverty, and physical and mental health challenges. This organization has worked to restore stability and dignity for 3,500 guests annually.

Hasson broker Darrin Amico works with Rose Haven because he believes women are often marginalized and children need a safe place. He has supported the organization through both monetary donations and volunteer work.

 

Oregon Food Bank

Supported By Jennifer Underhill

The Oregon Food Bank does things a bit differently by collecting food from farmers, manufacturers, wholesalers, retailers, individuals and governmental sources. They distribute that food through a statewide network of 21 regional food banks and approximately 1,200 food assistance sites serving all of Oregon and Clark County, Washington.

Jennifer Underhill supports the Oregon Food Bank through both monetary donations and volunteer work. Also, leading up to the Hasson Company Give Back Day on July 19, we are collecting donations of non-perishable food products at each Hasson office from July 15–19 to be donated to Oregon Food Bank.

 

Community Warehouse

Supported By Robin Weinstein

Much like a food bank for furniture, Community Warehouse collects household goods and furnishings to give to neighbors in need, creating stronger home foundations and brighter futures in our community.

Hasson broker Robin Weinstein contributes a monetary donation to Community Warehouse. She loves that recipients are able to get all the items they need for their home at once.

 

Move for Hunger

Supported By Kathryne Psihogios

Move for Hunger is a non-profit organization that works with relocation companies to collect unopened, non-perishable food items from people when they move and deliver it to food banks across the country.

Kathryne Psihogios is passionate about supporting Move for Hunger through her work in our relocation department.

 

Mother & Child

Supported By Kathryne Psihogios

Mother & Child works to connect, educate and support parents during their pregnancy and children’s early infancy years.

Senior Relocation Consultant Kathryne Psihogios loves supporting this organization that supports young mothers in need, as being a new mother is a life-changing experience that can be difficult if you are not able to manage financially. She contributes to Mother & Child through both monetary donations and volunteer work.

 

Tualatin School House Pantry

Supported By Elizabeth Davidson

The Tualatin School House Pantry provides food for families in need living in Lake Oswego, West Linn, Tualatin, Wilsonville and Durham. They are a partner of the Oregon Food Bank.

Hasson broker Elizabeth Davidson supports this organization by hosting a food drive at her home. She lives in Tualatin with her family and loves giving back to their local community while teaching her kids about giving back.

 

ANIMAL SHELTERS

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Family Dogs New Life

Supported By Irina Owens

Family Dogs New Life is a no-kill dog shelter devoted to rescuing needy dogs of all breeds, ages and backgrounds.

Hasson broker Irina Owens supports Family Dogs New Life through both monetary donations and volunteering.

 

Oregon Humane Society

Supported By Andrea Dufresne

The Oregon Humane Society is an animal shelter that rescues, heals and adopts more than 11,000 pets each year. The organization relies on donations to support their adoption, education and animal rescue programs.

Hasson broker Andrea Dufresne has a passion for animals and donates money to OHS each year.

 

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE + TRAFFICKING

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SAFE of Columbia County

Supported By Sara Jones Graham

Standing for Support, Advocacy, Freedom and Empowerment, SAFE of Columbia County provides a Certified Advocate with special knowledge for victims of domestic violence, sexual violence and stalking.

Sara Jones Graham, assistant to Kim Borcherding, supports SAFE through both monetary donations and volunteering. She helped to donate car loads full of career clothes for women, children bedroom furniture, dining room sets, bedroom sets, kitchen supplies and more.

 

Helping Hands Against Violence

Supported By the Jen Dillard Real Estate Team

Helping Hands is a women’s shelter in Hood River that provides shelter and services to women (and their children) who are victims of domestic violence.

The Jen Dillard Real Estate Team supports this organization because they feel it is important for victims to have a safe haven to run to when they are in need. The team supports Helping Hands through both monetary donations and volunteer work.

 

In Our Backyard

Supported By Edie DeLay

In Our Backyard is a Redmond-based non-profit working to fight against human trafficking through education, partnership and mobilization. For more than 10 years, IOB has collaborated with top law enforcement, survivors, government officials, social service providers and faith communities to create comprehensive, lasting change for this issue.

Hasson broker Edie DeLay has contributed a portion of her commission to charity since she has been in the real estate industry. This includes In Our Backyard, which she has supported both financially and through volunteer work.

 

CHILDREN + YOUTH

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CASA

Supported By Andrea Dufresne + Larry Blackmar

Standing for Court Appointed Special Advocates, CASA advocates work to support children in the foster care system. CASA advocates work tirelessly to guide and assist children who have been abused or neglected throughout the foster care system process.

Both Andrea Dufresne and Larry Blackmar are passionate about supporting the efforts of CASA. Andrea volunteers her time as an advocate and Larry and his wife emcee the annual CASA auction, dinner and fundraiser, which was sponsored by the Hasson Company last year.

 

Rocksolid Community Teen Center

Supported By the Studley Homes Group

Rocksolid Community Teen Center is an after-school program for 5th through 12th graders in the Battle Ground and Hockinson School Districts. They offer caring mentors, free healthy snacks, homework help, crafts, games, life skill teaching programs and community service projects. 

The Studley Homes Group supports this organization because they believe the teen center has a significant impact on the kids in their community. The group donates a portion of each closed transaction to Rocksolid.

 

Angel Tree Christmas at Lake Grove Presbyterian Church

Supported By Cynthia Gerwe

Each holiday season, Lake Grove Presbyterian Church and other churches throughout the country participate in Angel Tree Christmas. This program provides gifts, food, Bibles and devotional materials for children of prisoners and their caregivers.

Hasson broker Cynthia Gerwe has served as the head of ministry at Lake Grove Presbyterian the last eight years. Each Christmas, the church serves approximately 60 local families and 100 children through the Angel Tree Christmas program.

 

Young Life

Supported By Debbie Farah

Young Life is a global organization focused on youth, offering fun, adventure, friendship and a sense of significance. This Christian program is designed to introduce youth to Jesus Christ.

Debbie Farah in our relocation department has supported Young Life for many years through volunteer work.

 

Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA)

Supported By Debbie Farah

Fellowship of Christian Athletes is a Christian sports ministry focused on impacting the world for Jesus Christ through the influence of coaches and athletes. The win of their ministry is disciples making disciples, through engaging relationally, equipping spiritually and empowering others to lead.

Debbie Farah supports the efforts of FCA through monetary donations.

 

Lake Oswego Schools Foundation

Supported By Chris Grubb

The Lake Oswego Schools Foundation supports teachers in the Lake Oswego School District to give students the best education possible. More supported teachers often leads to more individualized instruction, more inspiring electives, and a more diverse curriculum for each and every student in the district.

Hasson broker Chris Grubb sits on the board of the Lake Oswego Schools Foundation and contributes to the foundation financially. He is extremely passionate about supporting the school district through the foundation, as many families are moving to the area for the public schools, which includes six elementary schools, two junior high schools and two high schools. With the community’s help, the district can overcome reductions in state funding and help keep Lake Oswego schools the pride of the community — and the very best in the state.

 

Mt. Hood Kiwanis Camp

Supported By Grace Wadell

Mt. Hood Kiwanis Camp provides individuals with disabilities an outstanding overnight recreational opportunity in the Mt. Hood National Forest. One of the largest programs of its kind in the U.S., MHKC offers eight week-long sessions of residential summer camp in addition to year-round programs at their fully accessible 22-acre campsite.

Grace Wadell is passionate about supporting Mt. Hood Kiwanis Camp through both monetary donations and volunteering. Her son, George, has Down syndrome and attends MHKC with his friends. It provides a wonderful opportunity for kids with disabilities — plus their parents, who otherwise care for their child 24/7.

 

Northwest Children’s Outreach

Supported By Courtney LeBoeuf

Northwest Children’s Outreach is a faith-based non-profit helping families in the Portland area by fulfilling basic needs. They provide clothing, infant care products, diapers, formula and many other necessities parents need for their children.

Hasson broker Courtney LeBoeuf supports Northwest Children’s Outreach by volunteering her time.

 

Urban Tour Group

Supported By Carolyn Weinstein

Urban Tour Group offers free walking tours for children in third grade and older. These interactive tours introduce young people in the metro region to the history, architecture and art of Portland.

Hasson broker Carolyn Weinstein supports Urban Tour Group through both monetary donations and volunteering as a tour guide.

 

With Love, Oregon

Supported By Gillian Dressel

With Love is a non-profit organization honored to support foster families by providing safe, clean and quality clothing and supplies for children ages 0-6. Many times, foster parents find out they are receiving a child mere hours before bringing them home. For that reason, they are often unprepared and overwhelmed. With Love strives to provide families with everything they may need, from clothes to car seats and toys to diapers, so they can focus on loving their little one. The organization runs on the generosity of volunteers and donors.

Hasson broker Gillian Dressel supports With Love with a monetary contribution.

 

Special Olympics Oregon

Supported By Bill Marquard

Special Olympics Oregon enriches the lives of thousands of children and adults with intellectual disabilities through sports, education and athlete health. The organization serves more than 14,000 participants each year, the largest disability population in the state.

Bill Marquard supports Special Olympics Oregon through both monetary donations and volunteer work. Through his involvement over the years, Bill has found he has received much more joy in return than he could ever contribute.

 

SMART Reading Program

Supported By Bill Marquard

SMART is an award-winning non-profit organization that helps prepare thousands of Oregon children to become motivated, successful readers.

Bill Marquard is passionate about supporting SMART as he believes their impact is positive and worthwhile. He supports SMART through both monetary donations and volunteering.

 

COMMUNITY IMPROVEMENT

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YMCA

Supported By Debi Laue

The Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) is a worldwide organization that aims to put Christian principles into practice by developing a healthy “body, mind and spirit.” They achieve this through a variety of services and programs for all ages.

Hasson broker Debi Laue helps the YMCA by volunteering and raising money to go towards scholarships for those who cannot afford the Y’s programs and services, especially children’s programs.

 

DC Latourette Park Revitalization Project

Supported By Annalisa Pena

The DC Latourette Park Revitalization Project is working to improve parks in the Oregon City area, creating safer parks and community spaces to advance relationships, decrease crime and improve property values.

Hasson broker Annalisa Pena volunteers her time with this particular project and improving Oregon City parks as a whole.

 

Lake Oswego Adult Community Center (Meals on Wheels)

Supported By Ginny Gillett + Lynn Brokaw

The Lake Oswego Adult Community Center provides a variety of resources for those 50 and over, including support groups, lunch services and other events. The community center serves over 18,000 meals each year to elderly and homebound individuals in the community.

Hasson broker Ginny Gillett volunteers her time with Lake Oswego Meals On Wheels. Lynn Brokaw also delivers meals on wheels and contributes financially to the organization.

 

MISC. INVOLVEMENT

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Local Youth Sports Teams

Supported By Tim Morgan

Hasson broker Tim Morgan sponsors athletic teams in his local community, primarily youth baseball and softball. He was sponsored by a broker when he played in Little League as a child. In fact, his team was called the Realtors! This left an impression on him, and he is determined to return the favor now that he is a broker himself.

 

Deschutes Mat Club

Supported By Tara Farstvedt

The Deschutes Mat Club is a competitive wrestling club based in Bend offering high-quality coaching and technique instruction for all ages and abilities. The goal of the club is to provide every member an opportunity to improve wrestling skills and achieve success at his or her level of ability, from novice to national competitor.

Hasson broker Tara Farstvedt supports the Deschutes Mat Club through both monetary contribution and volunteering time. She believes wrestling builds character, and that it teaches kids how to overcome obstacles, how to handle their emotions, the importance of being a good teammate, and that success has to be earned through hard work and determination.

 

Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral

Greek Dance Instructor + Philoptochos

Supported By Kathryne Psihogios

Kathryne Psihogios loves to give back to her church community, specifically through Greek dance instruction and Philoptochos. She attends Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral, which she supports with both monetary donations and volunteering her time.

 

Jewish Community Organizations

Supported By Carolyn Weinstein

Carolyn Weinstein spends much of her time, energy and money within the Jewish community. Specifically, she supports the Jewish Federation and the Nevah Shalom Synagogue, in addition to other organizations, like the food bank, cancer society and more.

 

Housing Organizations + Local Radio

Supported By Chris Bonner

Hasson broker Chris Bonner supports a variety of nonprofits, from community radio programs to housing organizations. She believes housing is a human right and is passionate about helping those in need to find a housing solution. The organizations Chris supports with both monetary donations and volunteering her time include JOIN, KBOO, Street Roots, KMHD, Girls Build, and the Fair Housing Council.

 

P.E.O.

Supported By Debi Laue

Debi Laue is involved in P.E.O., an organization that celebrates the advancement of women — specifically by educating women through scholarships, grants, awards, loans and more. Debi also helps out at the Rotary and other Wilsonville-based community service groups.

 

JOIN US

There are so many ways to help support these incredible organizations, whether you would like to participate in the Hasson Company Annual Give Back Day on July 19 — or you simply want to volunteer or donate to any of the above-mentioned causes. Together, we can give back to the communities we live in!

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Melissa Peterson, Director of Agent Services and Technology

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