CBRE Group, Inc., through its corporate philanthropy program, CBRE Cares, will partner with national housing nonprofit Rebuilding Together to provide renovations to the General Robert E. Wood Boys & Girls Club in Chicago during its annual Women’s Networking Forum.
On Monday, April 20, 2015, 250 CBRE Women’s Network members and Chicago-area CBRE employees will work alongside the local Rebuilding Together affiliate, Rebuilding Together Metro Chicago, to provide much-needed upgrades to the neighborhood youth recreation and education facility.
The General Wood Club is located in the South Lawndale community, where it is attended by 400 to 500 neighborhood children daily. It offers a wide array of educational, social and sports programming. The Club also serves the acclaimed Community Links High School, which has an 87 percent graduation rate and a better than 75 percent success rate of college placement for its graduates.
The volunteer projects at the facility will include patching and painting walls inside and outside the building, refinishing wood benches in the boys’ and girls’ locker rooms, renovating the fitness area, updating the audio-visual system and replacing furniture in the computer lab and teen center, and creating new, well-organized storage areas throughout the Club. The group will also be making significant improvements to the playground area, including constructing wood benches and planters, landscaping, and installing a climbing wall.
“CBRE Shelter Program projects are an important part of the programing at our annual Women’s Networking Forum,” said Lisa Konieczka, Women’s Network Chairperson and Executive Vice President in CBRE’s Chicago office. “This is our sixth project in Chicago, and each year our members look forward to working alongside Rebuilding Together, and using their professional and leadership skills to make a difference in the community and deliver meaningful contributions that benefit individuals in need.”
”Rebuilding Together is excited to partner with CBRE and its Women’s Network again this year,” said Sandra Henriquez, Interim President and CEO, “It is partnerships like this that give volunteers the opportunity to transform communities and provide much needed critical repairs to community spaces.”
To find out more about CBRE’s Shelter Program and partnership with Rebuilding Together, visit www.cbre.com/shelterprogram.
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 Rebuilding Together
Rebuilding Together strengthens the lives of people in our most vulnerable communities by providing low-income homeowners with critical home repairs, accessibility modifications and energy-efficient upgrades. Rebuilding Together’s local affiliates and nearly 100,000 volunteers complete about 10,000 rebuild projects each year. As we rebuild homes, community spaces and nonprofit facilities, our lasting impact helps to stabilize and revitalize neighborhoods across the country. We believe that everyone deserves to live in a safe and healthy home. Learn more and get involved at www.RebuildingTogether.org.
About Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago
Serving Chicago families since 1902, Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago (BGCC) uses a comprehensive blend of mentoring and programming to provide youth ages 6 to 18 the tools they need to become well-rounded and successful adults. Filling the after-school hours, which can be the most dangerous for young people, BGCC offers academic, social, and leadership activities for students in some of Chicago’s most challenged neighborhoods. We match youth with professional adult mentors, giving kids a safe place to learn, grow, and succeed. Learn more at: www.bgcc.org. Follow Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago on Twitter: @BGCCorg. Connect with Boys & Girls Club on Facebook: Facebook.com/BGCChicago.