Members of kwELITE Columbus and the ancillary businesses at Parkway Plaza on Thursday, May 12th, stopped by the Center for Survivors bearing plenty of gifts.
By the time they were finished, there was a big pile of diapers, snacks, paper towels, toilet paper, laundry detergent, other groceries, gift cards and more that would go toward helping others in the community.
Center for Survivors is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, which provides free and confidential services to victims of domestic/dating abuse, sexual abuse, stalking and human trafficking. The Center serves and has satellite locations in six counties in Nebraska (Boone, Butler, Colfax, Nance, Platte and Polk). Its mission is to advocate for non-violence through intervention, education, and prevention in order to create a safe environment for all individuals, families and communities
The donation drop-off was all part of RED (Renew, Energize and Donate) Day, Keller Williams’ dedicated annual global day of service to the community.
“These services would not be possible without (these) generous donations,” Center Volunteer Coordinator Denise Kollath said, after everything had been delivered. “Many times our clients are forced to flee their home for their own safety and the safety of their children. Providing them with basic essentials delivers immediate assistance so they can focus on creating a safety plan for themselves and their children.”
Realtors Shae Spitz, Erin Nahorny and Lisa Saenz were among the many who made the delivery to the Center.
“Red Day is a pretty inspiring day because it’s not just through our local office, but it’s a nationwide day for all of Keller Williams to give back to a local charity,” Spitz said. “Center for Survivors in Columbus fit the criteria perfectly. We were given the opportunity to donate goods to help those in our community, especially moms with young children who need the support not only from friends and family, but also the community.”
Nahorny echoed that sentiment.
“My favorite thing about kwELITE is how community-oriented our organization is – everyone is involved and gives back through community programs, nonprofits, churches, etc. Not only do they participate in these things, but people truly care about these causes,” Nahorny said. “To be able to help victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, who may have very few resources when they are leaving a dangerous situation, makes me so proud.
The Center for Survivors is in constant need of these items and being able to help in this way feels really good.”
Although participating in RED Day is rewarding for the kwELITE team, everyone takes pride in being active in the community all the time. Earlier in the week, on Tuesday, May 10th, many women from Parkway Plaza (kwELITE, Aksarben Mortgage and Charter Title and Escrow) participated in a Women’s Build Day for Habitat for Humanity of Columbus for the nonprofit’s 13th house – it was part of a blitz build and followed in the footsteps of a build day fellow Parkway Plaza tenants Applied Connective Technologies did.
Women from around the community participated in the Build Day, and those from kwELITE were happy to be among the many rolling up their sleeves and helping get the construction done.
“It was a great turnout and Habitat is very grateful for all the support. I personally am so grateful for all the support from everyone at Parkway Plaza,” said kwELITE Realtor Lisa Saenz, who is also on Habitat’s Board of Directors.
Renee Mueller, kwELITE broker/owner, said she was happy to have a team of people who are committed to going above and beyond for the community every day.
As for the Center for Survivors, its staff said the nonprofit is always in need of support and appreciates the community’s kindness.
“Donations of monetary value are always accepted; however, if you are interested in donating items such as clothing, personal care items, and household items, please call the Center for Survivors during regular business hours ahead of time,” Kollath said. “Because we want to value your donation, if we cannot immediately utilize your item, we may direct you to one of our partner agencies.”
Center for Survivors can be reached at 402-564-2155.