Los Angeles, CA – September 10, 2012 –
More than 750 CBRE professionals in over 20 offices across the U.S. will “Get Out and Give Back” by volunteering to help rebuild housing in their communities in September and October as part of CBRE’s BuildMonth 2012. This annual effort is the signature event of the CBRE Shelter Program, which focuses on providing shelter and housing to individuals in need. The initiative is a cornerstone of CBRE Cares, the Company’s corporate philanthropy program.
“Giving back to our communities has always been a priority for CBRE and its professionals, and the CBRE Shelter Program provides our employees with creative and inspiring ways to assist their neighbors in need,” said Laura O’Brien, CBRE’s global director of human resources and workplace strategy. “The incredible success of the BuildMonth program since its inception in 2010 is testament to what CBRE can achieve when we combine our community-outreach initiatives with the enthusiasm of our people to support those in need. We look forward to what this year’s BuildMonth program will bring.”
CBRE professionals from offices in California, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Indiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New York, Ohio, Texas and Washington will take part in BuildMonth 2012. The Company will provide employees with paid time off for their participation in these projects.
During the BuildMonth event, CBRE volunteers will help renovate and refurbish private homes, homeless shelters and other facilities alongside CBRE Cares Shelter Program charitable partners Rebuilding Together and HomeAid, as well as Habitat for Humanity. These organizations are leaders in working to preserve and revitalize affordable homeownership and build and maintain dignified housing for the homeless. This collaborative effort is designed to improve the housing options in low-income communities across the country.
In addition to the CBRE volunteers who will participate in BuildMonth 2012, more than 275 professionals have already pitched in at other Shelter Program rebuilding projects throughout the year. These included a Kickoff to Rebuild Super Bowl neighborhood revitalization project in Indianapolis, Indiana, in February; and a renovation effort as part of the CBRE Women’s Networking Forum in Chicago, Illinois, in May.
BuildMonth is the flagship event of the CBRE Shelter Program, which focuses on providing shelter and housing to those in need by improving housing options in low-income communities across the country. CBRE Cares is governed and executed by the CBRE Foundation, an independent, non-profit, public-benefit corporation that funds CBRE’s philanthropic initiatives. To learn more about CBRE Cares and the Shelter Program, please visit www.cbre.com/cbrecares.
About CBRE Group, Inc.
CBRE Group, Inc. (NYSE:CBG), a Fortune 500 and S&P 500 company headquartered in Los Angeles, is the world’s largest commercial real estate services firm (in terms of 2011 revenue). The Company has approximately 34,000 employees (excluding affiliates), and serves real estate owners, investors and occupiers through more than 300 offices (excluding affiliates) worldwide. CBRE offers strategic advice and execution for property sales and leasing; corporate services; property, facilities and project management; mortgage banking; appraisal and valuation; development services; investment management; and research and consulting. Please visit our Web site at www.cbre.com.
About Rebuilding Together
Rebuilding Together believes that everyone deserves to live in a safe and healthy home. Our focus provides critical repairs, accessibility modifications and energy efficient upgrades to low-income homes and community centers at no cost to service recipients. Our impact extends beyond the individuals served to revitalize and stabilize vulnerable neighborhoods and communities across the country. Our 200 local affiliates complete 10,000 rebuild projects a year thanks to the efforts of nearly 200,000 volunteers from corporate partners, skilled trades professionals and everyday good citizens. Join us — visit www.RebuildingTogether.org.
HomeAid is a leading national non-profit provider of housing for homeless families and individuals. Through the generosity of builders, their trades and their suppliers, HomeAid has completed 285 housing projects nationwide at a cost of more than $179 million, of which $85 million has been donated by the building industry. HomeAid currently has 40 additional projects in development. HomeAid’s facilities offer 2,200,000 bed-nights annually through HomeAid’s network of 18 active chapters in 12 states. For more information about HomeAid, call 1.888.3HOMEAID or visit www.homeaid.org.