Building Today for a Stronger Tomorrow: CBRE Cares Year in Review

CBRE Cares-NE Logo_342CBRE Cares New England continues its mission “to build a foundation for our community by facilitating a variety of volunteer and giving opportunities that have a significant effect on the lives of families in need—building today for a stronger tomorrow.” Designed to harness the aggregate potential of CBRE/New England’s over 28 MSF property management portfolio, events are coordinated to engage both CBRE/NE tenants and employees. Over the past year, CBRE Cares New England organized the following charitable activities:

Food Drive: Over 2,600 Pounds of Food Collected

2017_Food Drive_CaptivateIn March, CBRE Cares New England facilitated its eighth annual Food Drive to collect and distribute non-perishable goods to families in need across New England, partnering with The Greater Boston Food Bank, Loaves & Fishes, Rhode Island Community Food Bank and New Hampshire Food Bank. Over the course of just two weeks, CBRE Cares New England collected a total of over 2,600 pounds of food donations, amounting to 10,400 meals created!

A capping off event took place on April 12th, atfood-drive-3.jpg the Greater Boston Food Bank (GBFB) in Boston, Massachusetts where CBRE/NE volunteers joined a host of directors and volunteers to help achieve GBFB’s mission of ending hunger in eastern Massachusetts. Over the course of the day, CBRE/NE volunteers helped sort 19,450 pounds of food making it possible for the GBFB to supply over 14,000 meals to those in need.

An additional capping off event took place on March 9th at the Foodshare Bloomfield, Connecticut food bank. Foodshare receives food donations from the food industry and sorts and distributes the donations to 300 food pantries, community kitchens, homeless shelters and other partner programs. The CBRE/NE volunteer group sorted 8,100 pounds of food that was donated by Stop & Shop. This food would have otherwise been thrown away.

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Footwear Drive: Over 1,000 Pairs Collected

CBRE Cares Shoe drive_captivatePartnering with the Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island Goodwill Chapters as well as Children’s Friend in Rhode Island, CBRE Cares New England facilitated its first Footwear Drive. Over 1,000 pairs of socks and new or gently used shoes were primarily distributed to local Goodwill chapters across New England. The network of 162 independent, local Goodwills in the United States and Canada offers customized training and services for individuals who want to find a job, pursue a credential or degree, and strengthen their finances. Donations were also given to Children’s Friend of Rhode Island, Rhode Island’s oldest child welfare organization and a leading provider of child welfare, family support, mental health and child development services.

Iphoto4n combination with this drive, on May 25th, CBRE/NE employees volunteered their time at the Cradles to Crayons Giving Factory. Volunteers enjoyed a day of fun and service as they created “KidPacks” to help Cradles to Crayons work towards their mission of providing basic necessities for children in need. In addition to putting together these packages of clothing, toiletries, bedding, diapers, books and more for individual children, volunteers spent the second half of the day sorting children’s clothing donations. At the end of the day, 270 children in need were helped by our team!

Hartford Area Habitat for Humanity: Construction Started on Six Houses

On June 29th, CBRE/NE employees volunteered at the Hartford Area Habitat for Humanity. CBRE/NE volunteers were tasked with framing and doing preliminary stage construction tasks. This project, part of a 22-unit development on South Marshall Street, has been completed, and in December six new homeowners received keys to their new homes. Unknown-1

Back-to-School Supplies Drive: Over 3,500 Items Collected

By providing kids with the tools so many take for granted, our Back-to-School Drive allows kids to focus on what’s really important—their schoolwork. CBRE Cares New England partnered with a host of Boys & Girls Clubs around New England to collect and diCBRECares_BackToSchoolDrive_InternalScreen(landscape)stribute 1,780 supplies for less fortunate children. The mission of Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston is to help young people, especially those who need us most, build strong character and realize their full potential as responsible citizens and leaders. In addition, over 1,800 items were collected and used to fill more than 30 backpacks with back-to-school supplies in partnership with the Capital Region Education Council, who working with and for its member districts, has developed a wide array of cost-effective and high-quality programs and services to meet the educational needs of children and adults in Greater Hartford. CBRE/NE employees and tenants pulled off our fourth Back-to-School Drive without a hitch and just in time for the first day of school!

4In conjunction with this drive, on September 18th volunteers partnered with Boston Cares leaders once again, but this time to build twin bed frames that were distributed through agency partners to families transitioning out of homelessness in Greater Boston. In total nine beds were constructed from start to finish by our team of volunteers. Then on October 6th volunteers set out once again to give back, this time for a maintenance and beautification project at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston Charlestown location. Volunteers were put to work around the Boys & Girls Club doing various projects such as painting, gardening and cleaning, all in support of the organization’s commitment to helping the young people in the community succeed academically, live healthy lifestyles and practice good citizenship.

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Toys for Tots/Gift Giving Drive: Over 1,600 Toys Collected

During the 2017 holiday season, CBRE Cares New England organized a Toys For Tots/Gift Giving Drive to allow local disadvantaged children and families to experience a happy holiday and provide them with a message of hope. Donation stations were established in all participating buildings where employees and tenants dropped off new gifts to benefit local kids in need. Over 1,600 gifts were collected on behalf of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Foundation and other local charities.

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Building Today for a Stronger Tomorrow: CBRE Cares New England Year in Review

cbre-cares-ne-logoAs New England’s largest commercial real estate services company, CBRE/New England (CBRE/NE)—led by its dedicated professionals—has a significant impact on the industry and the communities in which its employees live and work. Each professional represents CBRE/NE in their neighborhoods, and the company fully appreciates the importance of that responsibility. The motto, “Building on Compassion,” is a regional and national call-to-action that will challenge our employees to expand their leadership positions in their communities by supporting charities and rebuilding lives.

CBRE/NE manages approximately 36 million square feet of properties across New England and the CBRE Cares New England program is designed to harness the aggregate potential of CBRE/NE tenants and employees. In 2016, participants contributed towards several causes that included days of service paired with similarly themed collection drives.

Food Drive: Over 2,500+ Pounds of Food Collected

In conjunction with a variety of local food pantries affiliated with Feeding America, CBRE Cares facilitated its seventh annual Food Drive in March to collect and distribute non-perishable goods to families in need across New England. Over the course of just two weeks, CBRE Cares collected a total of over 2,500 pounds of food donations. Our Connecticut team also bagged two tons of apples for Foodshare, a local initiative founded on the mission of ending hunger in the state.March 2016 312.JPG
A capping-off event took place on March 3 at the Greater Boston Food Bank (GBFB) where CBRE/NE volunteers united with directors to help achieve GBFB’s mission of ending hunger in eastern Massachusetts. Over the course of the day, we had 60 volunteers who contributed to sorting 13,754 pounds of food, making it possible for the GBFB to supply 10,798 meals to those in need.

Put Your Clothes to Work Drive: Over 3,000 + lbs Collected
cbreIn June, CBRE Cares partnered with the Goodwill Clothing Collaborative and participated in its “Put Your Clothes to Work Drive.” Gently used and clean professional and business attire were collected at buildings across our portfolio. CBRE/NE collected and distributed over 3,000 pounds of clothing for aspiring professionals. Over 500 individuals who are enrolled in job training programs now have access to these donations, free of charge, to help establish their interview and professional wardrobe.

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On June 9, CBRE/NE teamed up with Cradles to Crayons for a day of service at their Brighton Giving Factory. Volunteers enjoyed a day of fun as they created “KidPacks” to help Cradles to Crayons work towards their mission of providing basic necessities for children in need. At a separate event in August, several employees helped 188 people pick out wonderful new outfits to give them the confidence to make a great impression and ace any upcoming job interviews.

Book Drive: Over 2,700 Books Collected

BookDriveRecap_2016.jpgBy providing kids with the tools so many take for granted, our August book drive allowed kids to focus on what’s really important—enjoying a good book and expanding their imagination.
CBRE Cares partnered with the United Way to collect and distribute over 2,700 books to children across the region.

Bed Build: 30 Beds Built

On October 21, CBRE/NE volunteers worked together to build furniture for toddlers to fulfill a basic need that most of us take for granted—a bed. Beds were distributed through agency partners to families with children transitioning out of homelessness and foster care. Our partner, Boston Cares, has worked with skilled furniture makers to develop a simple bed design and assembly process that allows volunteers with minimal training or experience to produce beds that are attractive, sturdy and easy to assemble.img_3589

Toys For Tots/Gift Giving Drive

During the holiday season, CBRE Cares organized a Toys for Tots Drive to allow local underprivileged children and families to experience a happy holiday. The drive recently wrapped up, but donations are still being made to the properties throughout our portfolio. ‘tis the season of giving after all!

Our employees and tenants always find time to give back to our local organizations throughout the year and some individuals make the extra effort to volunteer on their own time. Read more about their efforts here.