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42 Cushman & Wakefield N.J. Volunteers Team Up with Habitat for Humanity

| August 5, 2015 | 0 Comments

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Group Assists with Finishing Work at Two Homes in Plainfield

PLAINFIELD, N.J., Aug. 4, 2015 – Forty-two Cushman & Wakefield volunteers, including members of the commercial real estate services firm’s New Jersey Future Leaders Group and other employees from its three Garden State offices, teamed up this summer with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Plainfield & Middlesex County to help create affordable housing in partnership with New Jersey low-income families.

The Cushman & Wakefield volunteers, split into groups for two separate build-days, helped with finishing work – including siding, painting and plumbing – on two homes in Plainfield. The first group worked on a residence in Habitat for Humanity’s five-home West Seventh Street Village; the second worked on a house on Third Street. Additionally, Cushman & Wakefield is working internally to raise money to support a $100,000 pledge made by the Rutgers University Habitat for Humanity chapter to fund one of the West Seventh Street homes, which, in 2013, Cushman & Wakefield helped frame.

“Cushman & Wakefield’s New Jersey Future Leaders and other team members are committed to giving back to the larger community, and the real estate connection with Habitat for Humanity makes this worthy organization a natural fit for us,” noted Christa DiLalo Petti, a Cushman & Wakefield senior research analyst based in the firm’s East Rutherford, N.J. office, who organized the effort. “We also are pleased to assist the next generation of young leaders at Rutgers achieve their financial goal. Everyone involved appreciates the concept that we have come full-circle with our support – in both time and funding – for the West Seventh Street project.”

According to Rev. Jeremy Montgomery, president of Habitat for Humanity of Greater Plainfield and Middlesex County, many of Habitat’s most prolific supporters come from the real estate industry. “We are incredibly grateful that employees at Cushman & Wakefield chose to give of their time, talent and resources to help build hope in the lives of families in need of decent and affordable housing in our local community,” he said. “Corporate groups are drawn to Habitat for Humanity because of what they build beyond even a physical house. Teamwork, compassion, community, and lasting impact – these things are also built working together for a family in need of a simple, decent and affordable home.”

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Plainfield & Middlesex County is one of 1,700 Habitat affiliates working to create affordable housing worldwide. Locally, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Plainfield & Middlesex County formed in 2015 through the merger of two local affiliates that together have built homes with 40 families since 1989. Habitat houses are sold to partner families at no profit, financed with Habitat’s affordable mortgages with 0%-interest rates. Every partner family devotes at least 200 hours per adult of sweat equity to help build their home or a neighbor’s home. Greater Plainfield Habitat supports partner families with training in budgeting, home and landscape maintenance and how to be a good neighbor.

Cushman & Wakefield Future Leaders is a national networking initiative involving the firm’s mid-level brokerage professionals. Part of its mission involves supporting local philanthropic organizations like Habitat for Humanity. In New Jersey, the group has worked with other worthy groups as well, including Eva’s Village in Paterson and America SCORES.


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Pictured with the Rutgers-funded and Cushman & Wakefield-framed West Seventh Street Village home in the background (to the right), the first recent group of Cushman & Wakefield volunteers included (standing, L-R) Carol Soukup, Jerry Shifrin, Curtis Foster, Jon Williams, Robert Donnelly, Jr., Andrew Judd, Bill Brown, Christa DiLalo Petti, Guadalupe Veloso, Gus Manz, Frank Atehortua, Manny Rodrigues, Evelyn Canelas, Heather Polhamus, Jackie Madden, Dawn Arrabito, Naomi Sims, Zaida Cintron (kneeling, L-R) Darice Mehl, Tatiana Reid


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