CBRE Group, Inc. Kicks Off Seventh-Annual BuildMonth
CBRE Group, Inc. Kicks Off Seventh-Annual BuildMonth
August 30, 2016
Employee Volunteers Improve Low-Income Housing across the Country through Annual Shelter Program
Los Angeles – August 30, 2016 – CBRE Group, Inc. today announced its seventh-annual “BuildMonth” will begin on September 1, 2016. BuildMonth, part of the company’s Shelter Program, provides CBRE employees with the opportunity to volunteer for projects in their communities that improve housing options in low-income neighborhoods. The initiative is part of CBRE Cares, the company’s corporate philanthropy program and is the Shelter Program’s signature event each year.
In 2016, more than 800 CBRE employees in 20 offices across the United States will volunteer to renovate and refurbish housing in communities across California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Mexico, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Oregon, Washington, Utah, Nevada, Texas and Ohio. These employees dedicate their time to this initiative, and, in return, the company provides them with paid time off for their participation in these projects.
“Basic necessities such as a roof over your head and a safe environment for your children are things most of us take for granted,” said Jack Durburg, CBRE’s Chief Executive Officer, Americas. “BuildMonth provides CBRE employees across the country with a valuable opportunity to give back to the members of their community. Our employees not only build safer and healthier homes, but they also build a brighter future for the families living in them.”
CBRE Shelter Program non-profit partners Rebuilding Together and HomeAid participate in BuildMonth alongside CBRE employees. Habitat for Humanity also contributes to rebuilding efforts in select markets. These organizations lead the effort to provide critical repairs to low-income homeowners, while stressing the importance of affordable homeownership and providing the homeless with a respectable place to live.
In addition to BuildMonth, CBRE continues incorporating large-scale Shelter Program projects into its philanthropy program. This year CBRE employees pitched in at two neighborhood revitalization projects: Kickoff to Rebuild Super Bowl 50 in San Francisco, California, and Building a Healthy Neighborhood in St. Louis, Missouri. In November 2016, another big rebuilding project involving up to 200 employees is planned at the CBRE Women’s Networking Forum in Chicago, Illinois.
Since the start of the Shelter Program in 2010, more than 6,200 CBRE employees have participated in over 45,000 hours of service, completing 152 rebuilding projects throughout the world. BuildMonth accounts for more than half of the company’s Shelter Program participation each year.
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 (based on 2015 revenue). The Company has more than 70,000 employees (excluding affiliates), and serves real estate investors and occupiers through more than 400 offices (excluding affiliates) worldwide. CBRE offers a broad range of integrated services, including facilities, transaction and project management; property management; investment management; appraisal and valuation; property leasing; strategic consulting; property sales; mortgage services and development services. 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.