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Gibson Gives Back: The Whitaker Group

The Whitaker Group has long supported the Homeless Prevention Council and will once again serve as co-chairs for the 6th annual Walk for Home—helping deliver life-changing assistance to those who need it most on Cape Cod. Jen Whitaker and Amanda Marie DeOliveira play a crucial role in rallying community support and find that it's the people that keep them invested year after year.

What is the Homeless Prevention Council and how did you both get involved? 

The Homeless Prevention Council (HPC) empowers people by providing the tools, resources, and guidance to promote stability through personalized solutions. Case Managers work with clients to find practical solutions. Their goal is to help motivate clients to take step-by-step actions and take advantage of HPC programs to help them succeed and ultimately stabilize their lives. 

What is the Walk for Home, event and what are your roles?

We are the co-chairs for the Walk for Home in Provincetown on June 8th. We are responsible for getting the word out to the community by contacting our past team captains and corporate sponsors and providing local businesses with posters and flyers. We also organized the day's logistics by recruiting the volunteers that made the big event happen. Simultaneously there will be a walk taking place on Main Street in Chatham. Both walks benefit the HPC and are two miles round trip.

When is the Walk for Home and how can people help? 

The walk starts at 10 am at both locations on the 8th of June. The public can sign up to walk via the link here. It is $30 to walk. Participants can walk individually or form a team to raise additional money through donations. All donations are welcome!

You've championed the Gibson Sotheby's International Walking Team every year. What about it keeps you returning?

Volunteering for a cause we care about is a fulfilling experience, especially as it allows us to connect with others who share the same passion. 

Do you have any stand-out memories from this event or successes from years past?

Our stand-out memories always include the kids from Provincetown. They make posters, raise money, and love to pose for pictures. At a young age, they are very aware of housing insecurity on the Cape.

As busy real estate professionals, how do you stay engaged in philanthropy? Why is giving back a priority?

As busy real estate professionals, staying engaged in philanthropy is not only important to us, it's also personal. Housing insecurity is a significant problem on the Cape for year-round families and is something we have seen firsthand in our line of work. Supporting organizations that work to prevent homelessness and provide housing assistance is one way we make a difference in the lives of those struggling. Giving back is a way to show that we care and are invested in our community. 

Do you have any recommendations for those considering a deeper dive into philanthropy? 

Start with something small, and offer to help at an event. Talk to other people who volunteer and ask if you can tag along. The friendships you make along the way will keep you going back!

 

Jen Whitaker is a real estate professional with Gibson Sotheby's International Realty at 6 Route 6A, Orleans, MA 02653 | 508.237.8038 | Jen.Whitaker@GibsonSIR.com

Amanda DeOliveira is a real estate professional with Gibson Sotheby's International Realty at 6 Route 6A,
Orleans, MA 02653
| 508.237.3931 | Amanda.Marie@GibsonSIR.com

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