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Taking Aim at Poverty

Taking Aim at Poverty
United Way Community Builders
Notice some lights on in the empty 41st floor of One P.O. Square last Thursday night? About 150 CRE pros, including Cassidy Turley FHO’s Bill DeLaney (with clipboard), were up there as ardent bean bag toss players trying to hit the mark for the United Way Community Builders. They’re among 500 industry folks who volunteer to raise money and use their specialized CRE skills to work with United Way’s non-profit partners on their projects. Sponsors of the recent event include Office Works, Commercial Construction Consultants, Margulies Perruzzi Architects, Edwards Wildman, Stewart Title, and WB Engineering.
RBJ's United Way Community Builders
This group, which includes folks from from RBJ, are guest bean baggers. United Way Community Builder volunteers are doing projects like analyzing the feasibility of converting a garage into office space for the Codman Square Neighborhood Development Corp. They started that last spring and expect to complete it this fall, says HFF’s Ben Sayles. As befits a recovering economy, United Way Community Builders volunteer ranks grew by 40% over the past 12 months, and Ben says that the group expects to nearly double its '11 fundraising effort by collecting $15k to $20k this year.