Most recently, during the past few months and holiday season, many members from our local offices have worked hard and selflessly to give back in many impactful ways. We sincerely hope our efforts may inspire others to also give to their communities and charitable organizations as may be able:
ALAMEDA COUNTY FOOD BANK
On January 17, members of our Asset Services and Global Occupier Services joined with other volunteers in the community to collectively sort 13,000 pounds of food, the equivalent of over 10,500 meals for neighbors in the community. Our volunteers included Katy Lawson, Matthew Berghs, Nicole Price, Ramandeep Kaur, Sasha Makarova, Cliff Soo Hoo, Susan Keokham, and LaTisha Robinson.
For over 30 years, Alameda County Community Food Bank have stood by their unwavering belief that food is a basic human right. The Alameda County Community Food Bank distributes millions of healthy meals every year and are on the forefront of new approaches to ending hunger and poverty. For more visit https://www.accfb.org/
MARINE TOYS FOR TOTS
On December 4th, NorCal Asset Services team members celebrated the holidays with a special lunch held at each of our local offices in Sacramento, San Francisco, Oakland, and San Jose. And in the holiday spirit of giving and helping deliver joy to children, each employee brought an unwrapped gift to donate to the Marine Toys for Tots program. All together this regional community effort collected and donated over 130 new toys for Toys for Tots.
Furthermore, in San Francisco during December, Cushman & Wakefield employee resource groups including our LGBT network UNITY, Women’s Integrated Network (WIN), Cushman & Wakefield Future Leaders (CWFL), and Asian and Pacific Islanders in Real Estate (ASPIRE) also partnered together in a separate effort that raised over $3,100 in monetary donations and another more than 30 brand new toys for Marine Toys for Tots.
The US Marine Corp oversees the Toys for Tots program and it was a great honor and pleasure to have several uniformed Marines who took time to attend these various holiday lunches and events and gave heart-warming presentations about the program and how our toy donations would go to children in need who might not otherwise receive a holiday present.
The basic mission of the Marine Toys for Tots Program is to collect new unwrapped toys and distribute those toys to less fortunate children at Christmas. The primary goal of Marine Toys for Tots is, through the gift of a new toy, help bring the joy of Christmas and send a message of hope to America's less fortunate children. For more info or to support Marine Toys for Tots visit https://www.toysfortots.org/
PROJECT OPEN HAND
On December 9, members from our Asset Services and San Francisco office once again came together to support Project Open Hand. Putting forth great energy and enthusiasm over the course of a few hours, the group helped chop 75 pounds of zucchini, 75 pounds of broccoli and 100 pounds of sweet potatoes; Racking 1000 pieces of fish; Dicing 125 pounds of eggplants; Packaging 1028 meals on the meal line; Labelling 58 containers; Organizing supplies for the Hand-to-Hand fundraiser; and Serving 70 meals to adults with disabilities. Our hard-working volunteers included Gene He, Jason Kreske, Melinda Ta, Mark Anderson, Sean McCallum, Tyler Paratte, Del Fuette, Carie Yox, Amy Juang and Somia Shaikh, Cathryn Trieu and Susan Keokham, and Mark McGranahan.
Founded in 1985, Project Open Hand every day prepares 2,500 nutritious meals and 200 bags of healthy groceries to help the sick and vulnerable. They serve San Francisco Oakland, engaging more than 125 volunteers daily to nourish our community. To learn more or volunteer, visit https://www.openhand.org/
SACRED HEART COMMUNITY SERVICE
On December 3, our Asset Services got together to work in a warehouse in San Jose where they helped to pack enough food to serve 560 families with 3-day food packs along with clothing. Our turnout of volunteers included Jillian Monteleone, Sean Yamagiwa, Alison Lee, Jennifer Williams, Michele Larson, Vanessa Chavira, Scott McMaster, Michelle Piazza, Robert Worthington, Brenda Ponce, Lori Eckman, and Dan Schmidt.
Louise Benson founded Sacred Heart Community Service in 1964 to feed hungry families in her neighborhood. In 2008, Sacred Heart was selected by the State of California to be the Community Action Agency for Santa Clara County formalizing its role as a regional leader in developing solutions to poverty. The organization has also evolved into a respected and innovative provider of programs that assists families with achieving lifelong economic self-sufficiency. To learn more, donate or volunteer visit https://sacredheartcs.org/
CONTRA COSTA & SOLANO COUNTY FOOD BANK
On November 14, members from our Asset Services and others across our local NorCal offices helped sort and bag food for the Food Bank that serves 1 in 8 people living in Contra Costa and Solano Counties. Our group of volunteers worked as part of an assembly line by preparing boxes—opening boxes and then re-sorting those contents into new organized bins—thereby helping the next group to pull the goods faster and prepare final food boxes for delivery. Our volunteers included Susan Keokham, Adilene Sanchez, Grace Martinez, Renee McHargue, and Sharon Finch, Frank Lucas, Ricky Platt, Marlena Harp, Amber Levine, Michael Copeland, and Ramandeep Kaur (and Ramandeep’s mother). Support from corporate volunteers, such as Cushman & Wakefield, has been critical to the Food Bank’s mission to lead the fight to end hunger and support our neighbors in need.
With over 40 years of service, The Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano continues to serve 178,000 people each month who need food assistance. The Food Bank distributes food directly to low-income people at community sites and make food available for other nonprofit organizations serving the ill, needy and infants. For more information and to help support, please visit https://www.foodbankccs.org
ALAMEDA POINT COLLABORATIVE
Cushman & Wakefield Asset Services members Britt Kortan, Susan Keokham, Kristin Lee, Jennifer Merrill, Christian Monar, and Denise Yee participated in the Alameda Point Collaborative event. Our green-thumbed volunteers worked in their Farm2Market, a community fruit and vegetable garden, doing weeding of the vegetable beds and turning up the soil and adding mulch to get a bed ready for planting. The fruits and vegetables are then boxed up and sold to Alameda residents who join their membership program. Farm2Market also employs residents for its On-the-Job Training program so they can learn transferrable skills and hosts community workdays and seasonal celebrations, such as the recent Harvest Festival.
Alameda Point Collaborative Started in 1999, their main mission is to end homelessness by providing 200 units of housing (former naval housing at the former Alameda Naval Air Station) and services to homeless families and individuals. They also provide employment services and children and youth services. For more info or to help support visit https://apcollaborative.org/
SACRAMENTO BLUE STAR MOMS
On November 9, we took part in the CARE Package Packing Party at the Roseville Veterans Memorial Hall. Filled with many essential items, CARE Packages are mailed to deployed US Service Members. Open to the public, the Blue Star Moms special CARE Package Packing Party events are typically held three-to-four times each year, with shipping in November, February/March and June. Cushman & Wakefield Sacramento Asset Services members Carolyn Spradley, Gretchen Becker and Trude Hursh, along with myself assisted the effort by packing boxes as well as hand-writing letters to our services members. To learn more or help support visit https://www.sacramentobluestarmoms.org/