Los Angeles, CA – September 5, 2013 – More than 500 CBRE professionals in 19 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 2013 program. 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.
“Improving the communities in which our employees live and work has always been a priority for CBRE and its professionals, and the CBRE Shelter Program provides our people with the necessary time, talent and resources to assist their neighbors in need,” said Laura O’Brien, CBRE’s global director of human resources and workplace strategy. “Since its inception in 2010, the BuildMonth program has achieved immense success by combining our community-outreach initiatives with the enthusiasm and passion of CBRE professionals across the United States, and we look forward to what this year’s BuildMonth will bring.”
CBRE professionals from offices in California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Indiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nevada, New Jersey, North Carolina, Texas, Washington and Washington, D.C., will take part in BuildMonth 2013. 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 2013, more than 250 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 New Orleans, Louisiana, in February; and a renovation effort as part of the CBRE Women’s Networking Forum in Chicago, Illinois, in March.
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. To find out more about the program, visit www.cbre.com/cbrecares.
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 and investment firm (in terms of 2012 revenue). The Company has approximately 37,000 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 website at www.cbre.com.
About Rebuilding Together
Rebuilding Together is the nation's leading nonprofit organization working to preserve affordable homeownership and revitalize neighborhoods by providing extensive rehabilitation and modification services to those in need at no cost to those served. With the help of everyday citizen volunteers, skilled trades people, the support of local business and major corporate partners, Rebuilding Together affiliates in America’s largest cities and smallest towns make life considerably better for thousands of low-income homeowners and the communities in which they live by completing 10,000 projects per year. Rebuilding Together has programs dedicated to, energy efficiency, veteran’s housing, aging in place and gulf coast reconstruction. For more information, 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 200 housing projects nationwide at a cost of more than $171 million, of which $80 million has been donated by the building industry. HomeAid currently has 30 additional projects in development. HomeAid’s facilities offer 1,800,000 bed-nights annually through HomeAid’s network of 19 active chapters in 13 states. For more information about HomeAid, call 1.888.3HOMEAID or visit www.homeaid.org.