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Minor Tweak to Capitalism Wins - Heard of CSR?

May 12th, 2015
Excerpt from FREE ENTERPRISE- U.S. Chamber of Commerce News and Information-
It’s a common misperception that only large corporations with deep pockets can tackle big social problems. But investing in communities and improving society—also known as corporate social responsibility or CSR—have become increasingly more attractive to small and medium-size companies. These companies are discovering that being socially responsible is more than just a nice thing to do—it’s also good for their bottom lines.

According to recent surveys, 88% of consumers say that they would switch from one brand to another (all else being equal) if the brand was associated with a good cause. Further, companies that engage in CSR activities are more attractive to prospective employees. Seventy-nine percent of people say that they would prefer to work for a socially responsible company.

Featured Affiliate

May 5th, 2015

Please join us in welcoming Ray and Carole Fitzgibbon, the Owners of Synergy Homecare Seattle. They are eager to support your cause and very happy to be involved. Here is an introduction …

Hello and welcome. We are Ray and Carole Fitzgibbon; owners of Synergy Home Care in Seattle. From our location, just south of downtown Seattle in the SODO district, we are able to serve you and your family in Seattle, West Seattle, Vashon Island, and Burien, Washington.

“The path to deep happiness is through helping folks in need.”
— Ray Fitzgibbon
Owner, Synergy HomeCare in Seattle

Our Community

The Seattle metropolitan community is one that we have been part of for many years. Our family is highly involved in local politics and community activities, which not only affect the direct environment, but also implement changes to ease your daily lifestyle. We work closely with the South King County and Vashon Island Chambers of Commerce to represent your desires and to promote better living in our area.

A Company Committed to the Highest Standards of Home Care

We at Synergy Home Care understand the struggle to recognize the necessity of additional care for your parent, grandparent, uncle, aunt, or other loved one. Many people find it difficult to accept that those they love and admire might be diminishing in health, mobility, or mental acuity. We understand and empathize with your concerns and are here to help you.

Your loved ones with increasing needs require optimum care. When their limited abilities exceed the amount of care you are able to give, you should be able to place your full confidence in a home care company committed to their well being. Synergy Home Care adheres to the high standards you advocate when choosing the prime method of care for your relatives in need.

High-Caliber Customer Service

Our managing staff has background experience in operations and quality assurance and has given us valuable experience in high-caliber customer care. Our entire professional career has been dedicated to those who seek aid. Synergy Home Care provides the best tools and methods for delivering superior support to you and your family. No service is complete without a commitment to excellence and continuous improvement. We strive to alleviate the fear and anxiety attached to all stages of life, and specialize in soothing the stressors of the aging process on your whole family.

Synergy Home Care selects only the best to join our team. Caregivers and office staff alike are ready to help you. We screen our employees through national criminal background checks.

Life is an active experience. Our caregivers are specially trained to maximize your freedoms while still being attentive to the requirements of you and your family. Caregivers encourage any opportunity for you to contribute to the pursuits you value. We are constantly expanding our services to suit your particular needs. Vashon Island will soon have resident caregiver support. If you live on the island, this option is beneficial to you. We understand that, despite your love and concern, you cannot reach your loved ones at all times. We will also assist you in coordinating private, quality hospice care.

Solutions to Your Needs

The path to deep happiness is through helping folks in need. We encourage you to contact us with any questions or concerns you may have about your own needs, or the needs of a loved one. We promise to give you honest, educated, and personalized answers. We hope you find Synergy Home Care the ideal home care solution for your family’s growing needs.

You can contact us at 206-420-4934 or email us at

Peace and Blessings,

Ray and Carole Fitzgibbon
Synergy Home Care

April-Prevention of Animal Cruelty Month

April 8th, 2015

The following article was adapted from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA). For more information on this topic and more, go to Kicking the dog is a phrase that has become common use in the English language. However, we shouldn’t be so flippant when using a euphemism that describes an act of animal cruelty. Animal cruelty is defined as acts of violence or neglect perpetrated against animals.Examples of animal cruelty include overt abuse, dog fighting and cock fighting, and companion animals being neglected or denied necessities of care, such as food, water or shelter. Animal welfare organizations across the country work daily to educate people about how to care for their companion animals and how they can prevent animal cruelty.April is Prevention of Animal Cruelty Month. In honor of this month, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) is offering these 10 tips on how to identify animal cruelty.

  1. Be aware. Without phone calls from concerned citizens who report cruelty in their neighborhoods, humane organizations wouldn’t know about most instances of animal abuse. Get to know and look out for the animals in your neighborhood. By being aware, people are more likely to notice, for example, that the dog next door who was once hefty has lost weight rapidly–a possible indicator of abuse.
  2. Learn to recognize animal cruelty. The following are some signs:
    • Wounds on the body; patches of missing hair; extremely thin, starving animals; limping, etc.
    • An owner striking or otherwise physically abusing an animal.
    • Dogs who are repeatedly left alone without food and water, often chained up in a yard.
    • Dogs who have been hit by cars—or are showing any of the signs listed above—and have not been taken to a veterinarian.
    • Dogs who are kept outside without shelter in extreme weather conditions.
    • Animals who cower in fear or act aggressively when approached by their owners.
  3. Know who to call to report animal cruelty. Every state and every town is different. In some areas, people may rely on the police department to investigate animal cruelty; in others, people have to contact their local animal control or another municipal agency. The ASPCA® has a section of its web site devoted to helping people find local services for investigating animal cruelty, please visit the ASPCA for more information.
  4. Provide as much information as possible when reporting animal cruelty. It helps to write down the type of cruelty that you witnessed, who was involved, the date of the incident and where it took place.
  5. Call or write your local law enforcement department and let them know that investigating animal cruelty should be a priority. Animal cruelty is a CRIME–and the police MUST investigate these crimes.
  6. Know your state’s animal cruelty laws. They vary from state to state, and even from city to city. You can visit the ASPCA web site at to find information about the laws in your state.
  7. You can fight for the passage of strong anti-cruelty laws on federal, state and local levels by joining the ASPCA Advocacy Brigade to lobby your legislators and help get the laws passed.
  8. Set a good example for others. If you have pets, be sure to always show them the love and good care that they deserve. It’s more than just food, water, and adequate shelter. If you think your animal is sick, bring him to the veterinarian. Be responsible and have your animals spayed or neutered.
  9. Talk to your kids about how to treat animals with kindness and respect. One of the most powerful tools for preventing cruelty to animals is education. It is important to plant the seeds of kindness in children early, and to nurture their development as the child grows. Children not only need to learn what they shouldn’t do, but also what they can and should do. When children see that their pets are happy and loving, it will make the child feel good, too. This in turn will help the children care for their pets’ feelings.
  10. Support your local animal rescue organization or shelter with donations of money, food or supplies. Volunteering your time or fostering a shelter animal is a good way to make a difference.

The Home Detective - Excellent Home Inspection in King County!

March 9th, 2015

Reid Guthrie, Owner of The Home Detective, has been exceeding client expectations around the Puget Sound for over 15 years…and has committed to giving back to support those in need unlike anything before! The Home Detective has over 4217 satisfied clients because they focus on educating their clients, not scaring them. Their motto is “We Enlighten, not Frighten”. They also stand behind their work with their “200% Money Back Guarantee”.  With The Home Detective, home buyers get a thorough education about what’s going on in the home, so they have the info they need to make the fully informed decision that’s best for them. Reid makes sure that every inspection performed by The Home Detective is done as if his Mother was the buyer. Roofs to roots, and everything in between, is going to get a good look.

When you choose The Home Detective, you’re not hiring an inspector, you’re getting your own Personal Building Consultant For Life. What does that mean? Well, if you ever have any questions about your home – how to maintain it, improvements you’re considering, anything – just give them a call. If they can’t help, they will help you find someone who can…who is also committed to supporting your cause! Contact Reid directly at 206-786-8649 or visit to discuss his intentions to support those in need from proceeds of new transactions. Way to go Reid!!

Leaf It To Me…Landscaping shapes the world

February 8th, 2015

Leaf It To Me owner Brent Jones says Giving Corps strikes right to the “core” of what’s important to him. You see, 5% of Leaf It To Me’s landscaping proceeds go to building parks and playgrounds around the world. Brent says, “I like to think of it as every landscape dollar adds laughter to the world.” So far the Leaf It To Me team has built three parks – the last one in Las Animas, Mexico has outdoor kitchens, edible landscaping and toys for the kids.

Leaf It To Me wants to tackle any need you have in your yard…and be giving back in every transaction. They truly specialize in giving people what they want – now! And then some…offering pruning and clean up, hedging and tree work, cliff maintenance and landscaping. Brent and the Leaf It To Me team can create useable space in your yard with rock tables, grass, flowers and pots.

Customer’s love them – scoring a coveted Premium rank via Angie’s List™. They have been in business for 15 years and work from West Seattle to Redondo and everywhere in between. They also offer easy financing terms for large projects.

So, if you need your gutter cleaned, your lawn restored, your weeding done or you want a whole new look for your yard – give Leaf It To Me a call at 206-786-2375. And remember, “Every landscape dollar spent with Leaf It To Me adds laughter to the world.” J

Nation’s Top Broker Audrey Ross Supports Canine Assistants

January 15th, 2015

Audrey H. Ross of Esslinger Wooten Maxwell serving Greater Miami, Coral Gables, Key Biscayne, Fisher Island & Miami Beach, Florida loves Canine Assistants!

Audrey H. Ross PhDCanine Assistants, founded in 1991, trains and provides service dogs for children and adults with physical disabilities or other special needs. In addition to physically assisting those with disabilities, Canine Assistants service dogs are instrumental in removing many of the barriers faced by the disabled in today’s society. Most Canine Assistants service dogs are born, raised, and trained at our facility in Alpharetta, Georgia, while some are occasionally adopted from local organizations or breeders. The majority of our service dogs are retrievers, including both goldens and labradors.

You can support Canine Assistants, or any other charity near and dear to you, when you have any real estate needs in Dade County Florida by clicking here!

One Great Seattle Painter AND DJ Always Giving Back

January 3rd, 2015

Darryl Whalen, humble owner of Healthy Painting and DJ Event service - DJ Buddy Love, shares he’s seen the painting industry change for the good since he entered the trade back in 1978. “I’ve always been one to share industry insight with my clients and they really appreciate it.” “Conversation often goes to what matters most to my clients and myself.…which is often the care of one who is sick, or a family without a financial safety net.” Darryl has made a point of supporting those in need from the early days of his career to today and although he shares his top 15 non-profits with us he’s always looking to be introduced to others. Here are his top 15:Freehold Theatre, Boys & Girls Club-Kirkland, A-HOPE Foundation, Bright Water School, Pike Place Market Foundation, Outdoors for All Foundation, The Samarya Center, Washington Lawyers for the Arts, Young Life, Rotary Club of West Seattle Fundraising, Three Tree Montessori School, Highline Medical Center Foundation, Glendale Lutheran School, Puget Sound Community School, Seattle Christian School.

We encourage you to learn more about Darryl and hire him to support your cause! Here are his Giving Corps Business Profiles: Healthy Painting, DJ Buddy Love Entertainment

Pencil Me In For Kids!

December 26th, 2014

Pencil Me In For Kids is an ALL VOLUNTEER organization that began at West Seattle based Illusions Hair Design in 1995 with a simple mission: Raise money to purchase basic back-to-school supplies for local grade school kids who couldn’t afford them. Since then, they have been able to raise enough funds to supply over $80,000 worth of supplies due to generous donations from local businesses!

They accept new supply donations, as well as provide different fundraising opportunities throughout the year. They host benefit dinners at The West Seattle Eagles & hold both a Car Wash and a funding event by selling “Paper Pencils” at the Illusions location (along with other West Seattle Businesses) during the month of July.

They currently work with up to 11 grade schools (West Seattle to South Park). They get lists from Family Support Workers of the supplies needed for the kids who qualify for this program. They have receive donated supplies, and purchase a majority at discounted bulk cost through local businesses, including “Staples” at Westwood TowneCenter.

100% of all monies raised from donations go to support the program. By teaming up with Rotary Club of West Seattle & other local businesses, they are able to make our mission possible.

They accept cash & new school supply donations. Checks can be made payable to “Rotary Club of West Seattle” (a 501C non-profit), please note “Pencil me in for Kids” in the memo line.

Please visit and to learn more about how to support this great cause.

GOLD Collection Magazine

March 29th, 2014

This publication provides a wonderful insight into some of the most beautiful areas in British Columbia.  With a breakdown of Whistler, Pemberton, Squamish, Vancouver and the North Shore, White Rock and South Surrey, The Gulf Islands, Victoria and Vancouver Island and The Okanagan Valley. The copy and the beautiful pictures will give you a very good feel for what it is like to live in this beautiful part of the world.

Once you have decided on which location to fall in love with, SSPP has an experienced realtor at the ready to hone down your search to find a property best suited to your needs and pocket book.

In addition to helping with your commuity of choice, the publication demonstrates the diversity of the Sea to Sky Corridor and within a day’s drive from Whistler you can be on Vancouver Island, the Gulf Islands or by turning right onto Highway 99 you can be in the Okanagan.  This demonstrates the attractiveness of owning a property in Whistler as a base for other experiences throughout BC….it is why I love living here.

The Gold Collection also features interesting stories about the 2010 Olympics and of course some of our local athletes!  All in all, it adds up to a terrific magazine to have as a collector’s item.

This SSPP magazine coupled with the RE/MAX Buyer’s guide to townhomes and condos in Whistler, gives you pretty much everything you will need to make an informed decision as to why you wish to purchase in Whistler.

If you would like the links to online versions of these magazines, contact or call at (604) 938-3885.

Who is Giving Corps?

March 21st, 2014

Giving Corps is a network of caring Real Estate Professionals and other local small business owners who have a stake in thier communities as well as our Board of Directors. Our board consists of the following individuals:

Scott Rudolph: Mr. Rudolph is a 15 year real estate industry veteran, including an exciting eight year tenure building an award winning global network of real estate professionals and what became under Scott’s tenure “the most viewed luxury real estate website in the world.” Scott says, “There are an estimated 1.1 billion around the world who live on $1 US dollar a day, 800 million are starving and over 1 billion lack clean water. This is an absolute travesty that I felt could be tackled collaboratively. So I chose to marry social connections with this technology in order to assist those who so desperately need help.”

Further, “Never before has a powerful global network of experts aligned at the local level to transform everyday consumer decisions by supporting charity with proceeds from transactions. For the sake of all in need, you must make a heartfelt choice to work with the professionals you’ll find on Each has committed to help others and will work hand in hand to assist causes most important to you.”

Scott is a resident of West Seattle, Washington where he enjoys a busy schedule with his wife and four young children.

Jennifer Beresford: Ms Beresford is a business strategist with over 20 years of financial and business development experience, government lobbying, and development related mediation. Ms. Beresford holds a CGA (Certified General Accountant) and MBA and has managed $600 million in complex operations budgets and successfully overhauled a $350 million investment portfolio to dramatically increase returns. In addition to operating an international property and business development consulting practice, Ms Beresford is currently a member of the Board of Directors and Chief Financial Officer of Quest Water Solutions, a water technology company that delivers alternative water solutions around the globe.

Ms Beresford is also the founder and President of My Painted House Foundation, a charitable society providing housing, education and entrepreneurial skills for orphaned children in Africa. Additionally, she sits on the Board of Advisors for HUM news, a mobile news agency that validates, analyzes and distributes news, information and expertise collected from the 116 nations underrepresented by international media sources, missing from the international information supply.

Ms Beresford is both a Canadian and British national, as well as a Rotarian.

Ann Chiasson: Ann is President of Sea to Sky Real Estate, Ltd in Whistler British Columbia. She owns Real Estate offices in Whistler, Pemberton, Squamish and West Vancouver. She is a vital member of the Whistler community and has been recognized as Business-person of the Year by the Whistler Chamber of Commerce and most recently was recognized by the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver for her continued support for community initiatives.

In addition to supporting various charities and community efforts, Ann sits on the Board of Directors for the Whistler Blackcomb Foundation, the mandate of which is to expand fundraising efforts to support sustainable community projects within the Sea to Sky Corridor, as well as to build strong relationships with residents of the community. The Foundation has raised over $4.2 million for registered local non-profit programs, making it the largest fundraiser for the area.

Stefanie Hostetter: As Business Director for a small company in Montreal, Ms Hostetter helped to create the marketing program and put many of the account management systems in place. She managed all of the English, French, American, and Canadian accounts and helped to double the company’s revenue in less than 3 years, with almost 30% growth in the past year.

A graduate of McGill University, Ms Hostetter holds an Honours Degree in Anthropology and Psychology, and has always had an interest in humanity, social justice and philanthropy. Her honours thesis focused on the socio-economic, political and cultural influences on the HIV/AIDS pandemic in South Africa, with a specific look at where donated funds tend to be allocated and where they should be allocated in order to increase efficacy in addressing this global crisis. Always one to use her talents for the common good, Ms Hostetter spent many years singing with the Empire State Youth Choral to fundraise for Albany Medical Center’s Child Cancer Program in Albany, NY, her home town. Currently, Stefanie is training to run her second marathon with Team in Training to support the efforts of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Canada.