Keller Williams to Give $1.8M to W.V. Flood Victims

July 1, 2016

A week after historic flooding left 26 people dead across West Virginia, Keller Williams Realty offices around the country are set to donate a collective $1.8 million to support relief efforts in the ravaged state.

Keller Williams President John Davis says that over a conference call with the brokerage's regional leaders in the U.S. on Thursday, 28 regions pledged $50,000 each for a total of $1.4 million to be funneled to offices in West Virginia, which will handle donating the funds to local and statewide relief organizations. In addition, Keller Williams co-founder and chairman Gary Keller, as well as KW Cares, the company's charitable organization, donated $375,000.

"With abundance, profit, and growth, we have responsibilities," Davis said in a statement. "We have an opportunity to help the fourth-most-impoverished part of the country, where [people have been] forgotten. We have the opportunity to truly make a difference. CNN and Fox News aren't covering this [disaster] anymore. [The victims] need our help more than ever."

Last week's flooding was the third-worst in the state's history, leaving more than 1,200 homes completely destroyed, according to reports. In Greenbrier County, one of the hardest-hit areas of West Virginia, the rainfall was said to be a once-in-a-thousand-year event, the reports said.

Keller Williams says 100 percent of all the company's donated funds will go directly to relief efforts and victims. The company also donated relief supplies, such as generators, pumps, and bottled water.

—REALTOR® Magazine