Company Hosts Second-annual “Get Out and Give Back” BuildMonth
Los Angeles, CA – September 7, 2011 – (RealEstateRama) — Nearly 1,000 CB Richard Ellis (CBRE) professionals at nearly 20 offices across the U.S. will “Get Out and Give Back” by helping to rebuild housing in their communities in September and October as part of CBRE’s BuildMonth 2011. This annual effort is the signature event of the CBRE Shelter Program, which focuses on providing shelter and housing to individuals in need. The initiative is a cornerstone of the Company’s corporate philanthropy program, CBRE Cares.
“For CBRE and its employees, giving back to our communities has always been a priority, and our CBRE Cares Shelter Program continues to provide our people with new and exciting avenues to provide assistance to their neighbors in need,” said Chris Kirk, Global Director of Human Resources, CB Richard Ellis. “The overwhelming success of the inaugural BuildMonth last year spoke volumes about the power of combining an effective community-outreach program with the enthusiasm of passionate people to drive real results, and we look forward to what this year’s effort will bring.”
CBRE professionals from offices in California, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Tennessee, Texas and Washington will take part in BuildMonth 2011. The Company will provide employees with paid time off for their participation in these projects.
During the BuildMonth event, CBRE volunteers will help renovate and refurbish private homes, homeless shelters and other facilities alongside CBRE Cares Shelter Program charitable partners Rebuilding Together and HomeAid, as well as Habitat for Humanity. These organizations are leaders in working to preserve and revitalize affordable homeownership and build and maintain dignified housing for the homeless. This collaborative effort is designed to improve the housing options for low-income communities across the country.
In addition to the CBRE volunteers who will participate in BuildMonth 2011, more than 500 professionals have already pitched in at other Shelter Program rebuilding projects throughout the year. These included a pre-Super Bowl project in Dallas, Texas, in February; a refurbishment effort as part of the CBRE Women’s Networking Forum in Chicago, Illinois, in May; and the two-day “Building a Healthy Neighborhood” event in Denver, Colorado, in June.
In September 2010, more than 1,000 CBRE professionals across the U.S. joined Rebuilding Together, HomeAid and Habitat for Humanity to help rebuild housing in their communities as part of CBRE’s first-annual BuildMonth. The nationwide effort marked the official launch of CBRE’s Shelter Program. To find out more about the program, visit www.cbre.com/cbrecares.
CBRE Cares is governed and executed by the CB Richard Ellis Foundation, an independent, non-profit, public-benefit corporation that funds CB Richard Ellis’ philanthropic initiatives. To learn more about CBRE Cares and the Shelter Program, please visit www.cbre.com/cbrecares.
About CB Richard Ellis CB Richard Ellis 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 firm (in terms of 2010 revenue). The Company has approximately 31,000 employees (excluding affiliates), and serves real estate owners, investors and occupiers through more than 300 offices (excluding affiliates) worldwide. CB Richard Ellis 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 Web site at www.cbre.com.
About Rebuilding Together Rebuilding Together is the nation’s leading nonprofit organization working to preserve affordable homeownership and revitalize neighborhoods by providing extensive rehabilitation and modification services to those in need at no cost to those served. With the help of everyday citizen volunteers, skilled trades people, the support of local business and major corporate partners, Rebuilding Together affiliates in America’s largest cities and smallest towns make life considerably better for thousands of low-income homeowners and the communities in which they live by completing 10,000 projects per year. Rebuilding Together has programs dedicated to, energy efficiency, veteran’s housing, aging in place and gulf coast reconstruction. For more information, visit www.RebuildingTogether.org.
HomeAid is a leading national non-profit provider of housing for homeless families and individuals. Through the generosity of builders, their trades and their suppliers, HomeAid has completed 200 housing projects nationwide at a cost of more than $171 million, of which $80 million has been donated by the building industry. HomeAid currently has 30 additional projects in development. HomeAid’s facilities offer 1,800,000 bed-nights annually through HomeAid’s network of 19 active chapters in 13 states. For more information about HomeAid, call 1.888.3HOMEAID or visit www.homeaid.org.