NAI Global is a leading commercial real estate company with local expertise and global reach. NAI Global offices serve not only their clients, but also their local communities. Below are some examples of how NAI Offices paid it forward in their communities in 2018. We look forward to continuing our support of NAI Offices and local communities in 2019!
Among NAI Bergman’s charitable efforts is a concert they underwrite the funds raised from which go to support the students in Cincinnati public schools. The School of Creative and Performing Arts (SCPA) is a public program that is internationally renowned and 47% of the students’ families live below the poverty level. Without NAI Bergman’s effort to raise funds, many of the students would not be able to participate in many of the programs that are a large part of their educational experience. Read more about last year’s concert here. This year will mark their fourth year hosting the event to benefit SCPA!
This holiday season, the NAI Capital family came together to support TrinityKids Care with a holiday toy drive. TrinityKids Care is one of the only dedicated pediatric hospice programs in California for infants, children and adolescents with life-limiting illnesses. Our offices were proud to support TrinityKids Care and within a few weeks our boxes were overflowing with toys, games, stuffed animals and other gifts for children of all ages.
The toys were dropped off by J.C. Casillas, Vice President, Research & Marketing, and his son, Charlie. Myle Schwab, Volunteer Services Coordinator with Providence TrinityCare Hospice, accepted the toys and expressed their gratitude to the NAI Capital family.
Rachel Howitt, President & CFO of NAI Capital said, “We are thrilled to support such a worthy cause during the holiday season. The generosity of [the] brokers, staff, friends and family of NAI Capital has been overwhelming and is a testament to the wonderful people we work with.”
The team at NAI Charleston traded in commercial real estate for residential real estate for a day and helped build a house for a local resident through Habitat for Humanity. With all hands on deck, it was amazing to see the significant progress they made in just a few hours!
For the third consecutive year, NAI CIR collected toys and donations for Volunteers of America. They collected gifts and cash donations to benefit children in the Central Pennsylvania area. The families helped by Volunteers of America are either in need and/or homeless.
2018 marked NAI Cressy’s 70th Anniversary, and to mark the occasion they took on a challenge to do 70 days of giving back to their community to say thank you. Among their giving back events, they hosted a blood drive, served food, worked at a food bank, volunteered for the annual Habitat for Humanity Jimmy Carter Work Project in Mishawaka, IN and rappelled 108 feet to raise money for our local homeless youth. Read more about their experience here and view all 70 days’ activities here.
At NAI FMA Realty, they put their mission into practice every day, not only by serving their customers, but also through their dedication to making a meaningful impact on the community where they live and work. Their associates devote their time to many company-sponsored and supported volunteer activities: delivering meals, sock drives, Adopt A Highway cleanup, serving meals to the homeless, holiday "giving tree”, Salvation Army bell ringing, Junior Achievement and the Capital Humane Society, among many others.
Jim Eaton has been a Co-Chair for the Hubert J.P. Schoemaker Classic for the last 10 years. The recipient of their fund raising efforts is Melmark an organization that provides residential, educational, vocational and therapeutic services for children & adults with autism, intellectual disabilities, acquired brain injuries and other neurological & genetic disorders.
NAI Geis has helpd raised over $5 Million Dollars to support Melmark’s programs & capital projects. The Schoemaker Classic is a one day charity golf event, auction & dinner, and is considered one of the most successful Golf Charity events on the East Coast based on the money raised – anywhere between $400 - $550,000 for the single day. Most events like this are typically raise anywhere between $30 - $60,000. Other NAI offices also contributed to their fundraising efforts including NAI Bergman, NAI Capstone, NAI Excel, and NAI Earle Furman.
For the 2018 holiday season NAI Mid-Michigan/TMN Commercial replaced their annual Secret Santa gift exchange with the opportunity to host a family through EVE: End Violent Encounters - a local organization providing shelter and empowering survivors of domestic violence. Armed with a detailed list of wishes from each family member, the plan was initiated, and employees signed up to shop, wrap and give. On Tuesday, December 18th they delivered more than 50 presents including bikes for each child, kitchenware for mom, games to enjoy together, Christmas stockings filled with goodies, toys, gift cards, and many other gifts.
Jeff Shapiro, Principal and Managing Member said, “Supporting children and families during times of adversity is something that should extend beyond the holiday season. There are needs throughout the year and we are looking forward to continuing to join together and expand ways in which we can support our local Lansing area community.”
The NAI Northern California team stays involved in the communities they serve and is committed to giving back through volunteer work with local organizations. This year, they were able to give back through hosting a blood donation drive with Vitalant Bay Area and by collecting donations for the San Francisco Firefighters Toy Program. They are proud to say that they were able to donate 5+ pints of blood to Vitalant and over 100+ toys to the Toy Program! We're truly inspired from this year alone and are excited to plan ahead for 2019!
Some of the professionals at NAI Ohio Equities, including Dan Sheeran Jr., give back to their community by volunteering at the Columbus Public Library as after school homework tutors and coaching local youth sports teams including Columbus Parks and Recreation Youth Basketball. During the month of December they also hosted a food drive for the Mid-Ohio Food Bank.
NAI Puget Sound started a community involvement committee for 2018 and participated in three major initiatives for the year. This summer they partnered with The Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust to repair a trail and maintain the picturesque Pratt Bar day-use area in Washington State. We volunteered to clear the tread, move gravel, remove invasive weeds, and shape the trail surface to build a gravel path to access Pratt Bar.
For the month of November they participated in Movember. 2018 was a record-breaking year for their NAI PSP mustache challenge. Together, their team raised $2,900 to help tackle some of the biggest health issues faced by men including prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health, and suicide prevention.
This holiday season they partnered with Eastside Baby Corner (EBC) to help local kids be “Dressed for Success”. They collected new and gently used clothing and items for school-aged children up to 12 years old in all three NAI Puget Sound Properties office locations. They also collected monetary donations to help EBC better manage their inventory of the most essential items for kids’ health and development. In addition to the clothing drive, they did a volunteer event dropping off all of the donations received in our offices and helping with inventory organization at EBC’s warehouse.
NAI Sullivan Group with the help of Feed the Children we were able to help 459 families in the Oklahoma City metro. NAI Sullivan Group shut down their office for the afternoon to dedicate their time giving back to the community. Feed the Children exists to end childhood hunger with help from donations such as canned goods, non-perishable items, books and gifts for the children. The event was held at Webster Middle School on Tuesday, December 11th, 2018.
NAI TALCOR, headquartered in Tallahassee, Florida, with offices in Dothan, AL and Panama City Beach, FL has participated in numerous community events this year. Below is a highlight of a few of their initiatives during the holiday season in Tallahassee and in Panama City Beach post-hurricane Michael.
In Tallahassee, they ‘adopted’ 3 young ladies who attend PACE Center for Girls, and also collected funds to purchase items for those in need due to the hurricane devastation in October of this year. Overall, they raised $2,000, and their administrators went on a shopping mission for those in need. Items were then donated to Calhoun County area. They also did a small collection at one of their local shopping centers directly following Hurricane Michael (Capital Plaza).
Their West Florida Division partnered with RR Restoration and Strategic Claims Consultants to giveaway $10,000 worth of turkeys at a center they manage in Callaway. Their tenant, Grocery Outlet, hosted the giveaway and a local credit union also joined the team and gave $30 vouchers to each family as well. For Christmas, their West Florida Team did another drive to collect for teens in need. They sent gift cards and teen appropriate clothing/ items collected to Rachal’s Relief Recovery based in Panama City. Rachal partnered with “Mike Salvage Santa Jones” to get items to the families affected by Hurricane Michael.
NAI Vegas took a different approach to the gift giving theme this holiday season. In lieu of a traditional gift exchange between co-workers, the commercial real estate professionals banded together to present a local charity with extra funds during the holiday season.
Street Teens is a local organization who is dedicated to helping homeless and at risk-teens throughout the valley. NAI Vegas felt drawn to the organization during the holidays, knowing that this time of year can be difficult for those in need and often times our teenage generation is overlooked.
Mike Kenny commented, “It is easy to get caught up in the fast pace of the real estate market. It is nice to slow down and give back to the community. Based off of the participation and impact of the contribution, it is anticipated that this is the first year of a long tradition for NAI Vegas.
ImagineU Children’s Museum is a place where children and adults learn about themselves and the world they live in through exploration, interaction, roleplay, and direct experience. The whole child is considered with exhibits and programs that foster growth in physical, intellectual, social, emotional, and interpersonal skills. Bill Whitlatch has been a Board member of ImagineU Children’s Museum since 2002. His responsibility was to oversee the construction of the Museum and maintain relationships with State of California Parks and Recreation and the City of Visalia. Recently, the museum was the recipient of 5 million dollars from the State of California. Bill’s position as licensed General Engineer, Real Estate Broker and Tulare County Planning Commissioner greatly benefited the Museum.
NAI Wisinski of West Michigan primarily supported two local organizations this holiday season.
The first organization they supported was Wedgwood Christian Services which is one of Michigan’s most highly regarded experts in helping at-risk youth and families since 1960. Wedgwood is dedicated to aggressively taking on the toughest problems facing young people today. NAI Wisinski put together an arts & crafts basket for the kids that reside on Wedgwood’s campus. This basket will serve as their Christmas gift that they can use throughout the year.
NAI Wisinski also participated in the CAR Cares campaign which is organized by our local commercial real estate board. They raised money to purchase horses for The Equest Center for Therapeutic Riding. This local organization’s mission is to improve the lives of individuals with special needs through the power of the horse. Equine Therapy for the disabled is recognized as one of the more progressive forms of therapy. Horseback riding transports individuals with special needs into a new unexplored world, providing a sense of independence and freedom that defies disabilities. When riding, individuals escape their braces, crutches, wheel chairs and disabilities, replacing them with the gentle gait of a well-trained horse.