On track to complete more than 200 rebuilding projects since 2010
CBRE today announced its eighth-annual “BuildMonth” will commence on September 1, 2017. 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. More than 200 rebuilding projects have been completed since 2010.
In 2017, roughly 1000 CBRE employees in 25 offices across the United States will volunteer to renovate and refurbish housing in communities across California, Colorado, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Oregon, Washington Wisconsin, 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.
“BuildMonth is an opportunity for our employees to support their local communities by lending a hand to their neighbors and working from the ground up,” said Jack Durburg, chief executive officer, Americas, CBRE. “All across the country our employees have participated in more than 200 rebuilding projects to give back to families who are in need of a safe place to call home.”
CBRE Shelter Program non-profit partners Rebuilding Together, HomeAid and Habitat for Humanity participate in BuildMonth alongside CBRE employees. 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. In November 2016, employees attending the CBRE Women’s Networking Forum in Chicago, Illinois, made repairs at the Sylvia Center, a local homeless family shelter. Employees also pitched in earlier this year at Kickoff to Rebuild Super Bowl 51 in Houston, Texas, and will once again take part in Building a Healthy Neighborhood, later this year in Baltimore, Maryland.
CBRE Cares, the company's corporate philanthropy program, aids the Shelter Program through financial support from the CBRE Foundation. Since the start of the Shelter Program in 2010, more than 6,940 CBRE employees have donated over 50,900 hours of service. BuildMonth accounts for more than half of the company’s Shelter Program participation each year.
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 HomeAid America
Founded in 1989, HomeAid is a leading national nonprofit provider of housing for homeless families and individuals with 17 chapters in 12 states across the country. Through the generosity of builders, their trades and their suppliers, HomeAid has completed more than 470 housing projects nationwide at a value of more than $215 million, of which nearly 50% has been donated by the building industry. HomeAid currently has 70 additional projects in development across the country. HomeAid’s facilities have housed more than 270,000 previously homeless people over the years, as well as provided a location for services that help these people get back on their feet. For more information about HomeAid, visit www.homeaid.org.
About Rebuilding Together
Rebuilding Together is a leading national nonprofit in safe and healthy housing with more than 40 years of experience. Together, with our corporate and community partners, we transform the lives of low-income homeowners by improving the safety and health of their homes and revitalizing their communities. Rebuilding Together’s local affiliates and nearly 100,000 volunteers complete about 10,000 rebuild projects nationwide each year. Learn more and get involved at www.rebuildingtogether.org.
About Habitat for Humanity
Habitat for Humanity began in 1976 as a grassroots effort on a community farm in southern Georgia. The Christian housing organization has since grown to become a leading global nonprofit working in nearly 1,400 communities throughout the U.S. and in more than 70 countries. Families and individuals in need of a hand-up, partner with Habitat for Humanity to build or improve a place they can call home. Habitat homeowners help build their own homes alongside volunteers and pay an affordable mortgage. To learn more, visit www.habitat.org.
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 2016 revenue). The company has more than 75,000 employees (excluding affiliates), and serves real estate investors and occupiers through approximately 450 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.