As you know, we are huge believers in giving back here at Team Callahan. In 2016 we launched a new initiative allowing our clients to choose one of five local organizations and we’d make a donation in their honor after closing. It’s lead to some great conversations and more awareness for these organizations. We call that a win-win! In honor of the idea of creating more awareness, we wanted to highlight these five organizations. Maybe you know someone who wants to get involved or make a donation? Either way, help us spread the word and share the love.
Deep Center is a 501(c)3 nonprofit that provides free, fun, and rigorous writing workshops for public school students in Savannah, Georgia. We connect kids with a thriving community of writing mentors—local authors, poets, and journalists—to help them share their stories. Deep Center takes an in-depth approach to literacy by challenging young people to engage with language and their stories through writing, reading, and performance. We help them write and express themselves with skill, confidence, and courage, and we showcase their best work through publication and in live venues. We are excited to add Deep to our Giving Back campaign in 2018 and look forward to working together throughout the year!
Ossabaw Island Foundation
The Ossabaw Island Foundation, through a public-private partnership with the State of Georgia, inspires, promotes, and manages exceptional educational, cultural, and scientific programs that are designed to maximize the experience of Ossabaw Island, while minimizing the impact on its resources. The Ossabaw Island Annual Fall Pig Roast and Art Auction is the only annual fundraiser hosted by the Ossabaw Island Foundation (TOIF). Funds raised go to support TOIF. We’ve always loved Ossabaw and are proud to support the Annual Fall Pig Roast. See you in October!
Chatham-Savannah Citizen Advocacy
Citizen Advocacy is built on one-to-one, freely given personal relationships between two people. One is a person with a developmental disability who has often been excluded from typical community life, and the other is a person who is living a good, ordinary life here in our community. We love supporting this great grass-roots organization and look forward to the annual covered dish supper each Spring. It’s always a great mix of people from all walks of life and definitely an event not to be missed!
Coastal Pet Rescue
Coastal Pet Rescue is a 501(c)(3) non-profit animal rescue organization dedicated to saving the lives of homeless, abused and neglected dogs and cats in Savannah and surrounding areas. Founded in February 2003, Coastal Pet Rescue changes the lives of homeless pets in Chatham, Bryan and Effingham Counties through its foster home program and small capacity shelter, Camp Pawsawhile Retreat. We love what this organization does through it’s grassroots efforts and are proud to support them any way we can.
Farm Truck 912 – Forsyth Farmers Market
The Forsyth Farmers Market was conceived and planned to provide all members of Savannah’s community a welcoming, inclusive place to purchase local food and address food access issues. Despite some logistical challenges, Forsyth Park was chosen because it is a beautiful, public place in Savannah where everyone feels welcome. The market is open on Saturdays at the South end of Forsyth. Be sure to stop in and check it out! Being a sponsor is a great way to show Savannah that we support healthy eating, local economies, and food education.
KW Red Day
Red Day (Renew, Energize and Donate) is an initiative dedicated to celebrating Keller Williams Realty’s year-round commitment to giving back and improving our local communities. Each year, on the second Thursday in May, tens of thousands of associates from across the United States and Canada participate in a wide range of projects, devoting their time to renewing and energizing aspects of the neighborhoods in which they serve. Some of our Savannah projects have included the Fresh Air Home on Tybee and the West Broad YMCA.
Established in 2003, KW Cares is a 501(c)(3) public charity that raises money through Keller Williams offices across North America, in order to provide emergency financial assistance to any member of the KW family in need and other charities aligned with the mission and values of Keller Williams Realty and KW Cares. Part of the KW culture is giving where you live. Making a contribution to KW Cares with each transaction is a simple way we can help our KW family.
Neighborhood Food Drive
Each year we coordinate a Neighborhood Food Drive to benefit the I Am Food Pantry at St. Michael’s church (right next door to our office). And each year, this food drive has grown larger and larger. What began in 2015 with 1,800 homes has since grown to over 3,000. Our team and a handful of volunteers supply the man power to assemble, deliver and pick up the bags. We hand deliver each bag to the door of each house in the neighborhoods surrounding our office and then return a couple weeks later to pick up the filled bags.
As the true Hostess City of the South, Savannah has shown and reinvented herself many times over. With such an eclectic setting of individuals and places, Savannah is one of the most intriguing and beautiful backdrops for any organization. With that, The Savannah Pride Organization is proud to call this historic city home. With over ten years of celebration, awareness, and unity, SPs mission of unity through diversity, and social awareness has helped promote the well-being of the LGBT community in the South. Don has been giving back and a supporter of Pride since Day ONE!
Surfers For Autism
Each September we participate in the Surfers for Autism event on Tybee. SFA began in 2007 when a simple idea was presented to a small group of South Florida surfers by a member whose life and family have been touched by autism. “At a SFA event, our surfers are provided a safe environment where two to four highly skilled and trained surf instructors carefully guide them into waves. Our surfers and their families are treated like rock stars and enjoy a day filled with a range of activities including stand up paddle boarding, kayaking, live music, face-painting, games, bounce houses, fire engine tours and much more.” We are honored to be part of the Tybee event as a sponsor and as volunteers. It is a simple way we can give back to our community and support such a worthy cause.