Los Angeles, CA – September 8, 2014 – CBRE Group, Inc. today announced its fifth-annual “BuildMonth,” the signature event of its Shelter Program, which focuses on providing shelter to individuals in need by improving housing options in low-income communities across the United States. Since its inception, more than 5,400 employees have donated over 40,000 hours of service through the Shelter Program by participating in 130 housing rebuilding projects. This initiative is a cornerstone of CBRE Cares, the company’s corporate philanthropy program.
CBRE’s Shelter Program launched in 2010 during its first BuildMonth, a dedicated month of service encouraging all CBRE employees to participate in rebuilding projects in their local communities. The company holds BuildMonth each year, beginning in September and running through November. More than half of the annual Shelter Program projects are completed during this time.
This year, more than 900 CBRE employees in 32 offices across the United States will volunteer to help rebuild housing in communities across California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington and Washington, D.C. The company provides employees with paid time off for their participation in these projects.
“Each year, across the country, CBRE employees trade their desk jobs for a day and become painters, plumbers, carpenters and all-around handymen and handywomen to improve housing options for people in need in their communities,” said Cal Frese, CBRE’s Chief Executive Officer, Americas. “Creating real benefit through community outreach is a priority for our company and its employees, and the CBRE Shelter Program allows us to build on that passion by putting our talents and leadership skills to work for the greater good of others.”
During the company’s Shelter Program projects, employees help renovate and refurbish private homes, homeless shelters and other facilities alongside CBRE Cares Shelter Program non-profit partners Rebuilding Together and HomeAid, as well as Habitat for Humanity. 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 addition, CBRE continues to incorporate large-scale Shelter Program projects into its philanthropy program. Employees have already pitched in at a Kickoff to Rebuild Super Bowl neighborhood revitalization project in Moonachie, New Jersey, in January; and a renovation effort as part of the CBRE Women’s Networking Forum in Chicago, Illinois, in May.
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 2013 revenue). The Company has approximately 44,000 employees (excluding affiliates), and serves real estate owners, investors and occupiers through approximately 350 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.