SEASIDE — Windermere Stellar, a residential real estate firm in the area, supported 45 charitable organizations throughout Oregon and southwest Washington in 2014. Through the local chapter of the Windermere Foundation, the firm donated $370,000 to organizations supporting low-income children and families in our local communities, with a portion of that going to nonprofit organizations based in the north Oregon coast communities, such as the Astoria Rescue Mission, North Coast Family Fellowship in Seaside, Camp Kiwanilong in Warrenton and South County Community Food Bank in Seaside.

Windermere Stellar nearly doubled its donation amount from the previous year, with $100,000 given to Providence Portland Medical Foundation’s new guest housing facility in 2014, completing an original $200,000 commitment for this project.

The donations were distributed year round throughout the Portland metro area, the north Oregon coast, Lake Oswego, West Linn and Vancouver, Wash. Additional beneficiaries included Friends of the Children, New Avenues for Youth, Bridge Meadows, Children’s Justice Center in Vancouver and more.

“Windermere Stellar’s culture of getting involved to help strengthen our communities is infectious,” said Joan Allen, Windermere co-owner and Windermere Foundation co-chairwoman. “We are fortunate that each year we have 100 percent participation from our brokers, staff and owners who join together to initiate creative fundraisers for worthy causes.”

Ideas are already being generated for 2015 fundraising in order to continue Windermere Stellar’s tradition of helping build and sustain strong local communities.