WARRENTON — As summer ushers in an increasingly hot real estate market, realtors and staff with Windermere Cronin & Caplan Realty Group took a break from showing property to roll up their sleeves and paint the science building and rehabilitate the outpost shelter at Camp Kiwanilong.

To top off a day of hard work, they presented Camp Kiwanilong with a $1,365 donation from the Windermere Foundation.

“Everyone who lives on the coast is committed to this camp,” said Tina Chapman, a real estate agent with Windermere’s Gearhart office. “Their children have gone to Camp Kiwanilong and they go on to be counselors, so it is a good project for us.”

Camp Kiwanilong, located between Seaside and Astoria, is known primarily for its summer youth residential programs. Youths spend five to seven days in the wilderness learning about Oregon’s ecology, hiking nearby trails, swimming in Lake Long and roasting marshmallows around the camp fire.

The donation will be used to provide financial aid to children from low-income families who wouldn’t otherwise be able to attend the camp. Within a week of receiving the donation, Melissa “Malasses” Reid, the director of Camp Kiwanilong’s Summer Youth Program, received an inquiry about financial aid opportunities for campers from Clatsop Community Action’s Transitional Housing program.

“I was very pleased to be able to say that we have plenty of financial aid because Windermere had just presented us with a check for $1,365,” Reid said. “To let those families know that we would love to offer them financial aid and make sure that their children are able to have a week to camp, it felt wonderful to be able to say that.”

Windermere Cronin & Caplan Realty Group has a long-standing tradition of assisting low-income families and giving to the community.

In addition to helping Camp Kiwanilong, Windermere associates also participate in the Windermere Foundation – a nonprofit organization that has donated more than $2 million to programs that support low-income and homeless families in the Portland metro and on the North Oregon Coast.


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