CBRE employees tackle home improvement challenges for charity


CBRE staffers on National Rebuilding Day. (CBRE/CBRE)

Employees at CBRE, the global real estate services firm with a large presence in the Washington area, are known more for brokering deals or providing real estate guidance than for getting their hands dirty.

That changes on National Rebuilding Day.

At the April event, organized by the nonprofit organization Rebuilding Together, CBRE staff from the company’s asset services group joined more than 700 local volunteers in adapting homes of low-income residents in Alexandria and taking on home improvement, repair and cleaning projects. Similar events took place in other cities across the country.

“Helping these homeowners remain in their homes is important to strengthening our community and preserving affordable housing,” said Katharine Dixon, executive director of Rebuilding Together Alexandria, in a statement.

On a second day of service, in October, more than 20 CBRE staffers in the Washington area adopted a second home, for a retiree living on fixed income and suffering from chronic health conditions who had lived in the same home for 50 years. The repairs made by Rebuilding Together and CBRE volunteers restored the home to safe, sturdy and healthy conditions, in part using donated materials from one of CBRE’s vendors.

Everything need not be real estate-related at CBRE when it comes to helping out. This year, CBRE staff donated more than 230 suits, dresses, shirts, blouses and other workplace attire to benefit the nonprofit group Dress for Success, which provides business attire to low-income residents in job readiness programs.

Jonathan O'Connell has covered land use and development in the Washington area for more than five years.
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