Our agents and staff have a history of being deeply involved with their local communities and giving back, supporting meaningful causes and charitable organizations. Today William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty is proud to announce that our company is extending support to the humanitarian organization AmeriCares in its efforts to help victims of Hurricane Sandy. Through the rest of December, all donations made to AmeriCares by company sales associates and employees will be matched dollar for dollar by our three partner firms, up to a maximum contribution of $50,000.
AmeriCares has introduced its Hurricane Sandy Disaster Relief Fund to assist those in need following the storm, and has already made tangible differences in the lives of many of those most afflicted by the devastation of the hurricane. The nonprofit disaster relief and aid organization, which specializes in both emergency response and long-term humanitarian assistance for people all around the world, has provided relief supplies, emergency medical services and bottled water to victims in hard-hit communicates including Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, Connecticut and New Jersey. 98% of the donations contributed by our staff and sales professionals, which can be made by visiting www.americares.org/williampitt, will go directly toward helping with these relief efforts. We are thrilled to have the opportunity to offer much needed support to those in need all around us, from friends and family to colleagues and neighbors.
Actively participating in significant philanthropic initiatives such as this one is a vital part of what we do. Just this past fall, we partnered with AmeriCares in another invaluable program, raising approximately $35,000 to help deliver medical and humanitarian aid to the more than 50% of residents of Guatemala who live in poverty. Agents who donated were eligible for a raffling drawing for the chance to actually fly to the country and visit clinics, hospitals and homes for children and the elderly, witnessing first hand how their donations make a difference. Many reported that they were deeply moved by the experience. Truly our company is comprised of individuals who care about giving generously and are passionate about supporting important organizations like AmeriCares, which have a powerful impact in areas around the world where aid is needed. We hope that the assistance we can offer will do some part toward helping in the recovery and rebuilding in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.