Company-sponsored Shelter Program Encourages Employee Volunteerism to Improve Low-Income Housing Across the U.S.
CBRE Group, Inc. today announced its sixth-annual “BuildMonth” will kick off on September 1, 2015. BuildMonth is the signature event of the company’s Shelter Program, which improves housing options in low-income communities across the United States through CBRE employees who volunteer time and skills to projects in their communities. The initiative is a cornerstone of CBRE Cares, the company’s corporate philanthropy program.
CBRE’s BuildMonth accounts for more than half of the company’s Shelter Program participation each year. Since its inception in 2010, more than 5,500 employees have donated over 40,000 hours of service through the Shelter Program.
As part of the initiative, employees help renovate and refurbish private homes, homeless shelters and other facilities alongside CBRE Cares Shelter Program non-profit partners Rebuilding Together and HomeAid. Habitat for Humanity also has a key role in select markets. These organizations are leaders in working to provide critical home repairs for low-income homeowners, preserve and revitalize affordable homeownership and build and maintain dignified housing for the homeless.
In 2015, more than 700 CBRE employees in 25 offices across the United States will volunteer to help rebuild housing in communities across Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Oregon, Texas, Virginia, Washington and Washington, D.C. The company provides employees with paid time off for their participation in these projects.
“Giving back to communities in need is a priority to CBRE employees across the country. Every year, our employees volunteer their time to community members in need to improve their living conditions,” said Cal Frese, CBRE’s Chief Executive Officer, Americas. “The opportunity to reach out and give back, to rebuild a home and to put a roof over the heads of those who are less fortunate is an invaluable experience that BuildMonth provides each year.”
In addition, CBRE continues to incorporate large-scale Shelter Program projects into its philanthropy program. This year CBRE employees pitched in at a Kickoff to Rebuild Super Bowl neighborhood revitalization project in Phoenix, Arizona and a renovation effort as part of the CBRE Women’s Networking Forum in Chicago, Illinois.
To find out more about the CBRE Shelter Program, visit www.cbre.com/shelterprogram.
To learn more about CBRE Cares, please 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.
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 2014 revenue). The Company has more than 52,000 employees (excluding affiliates), and serves real estate owners, investors and occupiers through more than 370 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 HomeAid America
HomeAid is a leading national non-profit provider of housing for homeless families and individuals with 15 chapters in 10 states across the country. Through the generosity of builders, their trades and their suppliers, HomeAid has completed 360 housing projects nationwide at a value of more than $200 million, of which nearly 50 percent has been donated by the building industry. HomeAid currently has 25 additional projects in development across the country as it enters its 25th Anniversary year in 2014. HomeAid’s facilities offer 2.7 million bed-nights annually and have helped over 190,000 previously homeless people over the years. For more information about HomeAid, call 1-888-3HOMEAID or visit www.homeaid.org.
About Rebuilding Together
Rebuilding Together is a Safe and Healthy Housing organization that believes Community Starts at 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 187 local affiliates complete more than 10,000 rebuild projects a year thanks to the efforts of 100,000 volunteers from corporate partners, skilled trades professionals and everyday good citizens. Join us – visit www.RebuildingTogether.org.
About Habitat for Humanity International
Habitat for Humanity International’s vision is a world where everyone has a decent place to live. Anchored by the conviction that housing provides a critical foundation for breaking the cycle of poverty, Habitat has helped more than 5 million people construct, rehabilitate or preserve homes since 1976. Habitat also advocates to improve access to decent and affordable shelter and supports a variety of funding models that enable families with limited resources to make needed improvements on their homes as their time and resources allow. As a nonprofit Christian housing organization, Habitat works in more than 70 countries and welcomes people of all races, religions and nationalities to partner in its mission. To learn more, donate or volunteer visit www.habitat.org.