Employees at the Keller Williams Legendary real estate location in Franklin Square spent the work day on May 12 traveling to food shelters and community fridges across both Nassau County and Queens on the company’s annual Renew, Energize and Donate (R.E.D.) day dedicated to community service to deliver peanut butter and jelly sandwiches they made earlier in the day to individuals in need.
“We put a lot of time and effort into what we’re going to do on R.E.D. day, every market center in the country is going to be doing this,” said Franklin Square location team leader Brian Wells of the annual day, when every market center run by the firm nationwide has closed since 2009 to devote the day to serving others.
The event was originally inspired by Mo Anderson, current vice-chair and former president and CEO of the firm, who is renowned for encouraging employees to focus on their character in both their personal and professional lives.
Leadership, top agents and even one agent whose first day at Keller Williams was on May 12 delivered sandwiches to 10 community fridges in Nassau and Queens as well as two local shelters, Terena Williams Glory House in Hempstead and The Bethany House in Baldwin.
“The mindset we try to create here is a culture of abundance, not scarcity,” Wells said of the firm’s commitment to serving others. “It’s rewarding, and I’m looking forward to driving around, dropping sandwiches off and meeting some people,” Wells said in anticipation of the event.
“On a daily basis, the culture here is to help one another, no matter who is in need,” said Justin White, an agent at the firm who participated this year in his second R.E.D. day.
“It’s nice to be focused on giving and to do something for other people,” said Laquetta Kearns, a launch coach with the firm for five years, of the company’s goal on R.E.D. day.
During past years, Keller Williams Legendary has helped construct houses for families in local communities, organize relief efforts following natural disasters and, like this year, gather and distribute food to those in need. “These are just a few of the community activities we’ve carried out in support of those who have poured into us,” the company explains in a statement on its website.
“At the heart of Keller Williams’ culture is our shared commitment to community service,” a statement on the company’s website reads.