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“Thank you Building Impact for the Seedling Kits celebrating Earth Day. This hands-on activity will help our kids learn about the environment, growing food and being healthy! The hard work of the volunteers has made a positive impact for the kids in the Boys and Girls Club’s afterschool program throughout Boston!

Most of the kids have never done anything like this and the seedling kits work directly with our Health 360 program. This is something that I’ve been wanting to do since last year. The bags are wonderful because it makes each one unique, a little bit special, as if each bag was made for each kid. This is just the start that puts the idea in each child’s head and will encourage healthier habits in the future.”

Marisol Ayala, BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB OF BOSTON, WWW.BGCB.ORG

 

“When we received the 60+ tickets to the Museum of Science, I emailed the 100 families on First Teacher’s list serve. Within 2 hours, all the tickets had been claimed. This amazing gift came at just the right time of the summer — when parent fatigue and impatience were at their highest, and an engaging, stimulating, FREE trip to the MOS was exactly what we all needed!”

Dinah Shepherd, FOUNDER AND EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR- WWW.FIRSTTEACHERBOSTON.ORG

 

“The partnership between Building Impact and More Than Words has been crucial in our success at corporate lobby pop-ups. More Than Words is a youth-led used bookstore and nonprofit social enterprise based in Waltham and Boston. Our youth employees are 16-21 years old and are system involved: homeless, in foster care, in the court system, or out of school. Our job training program allows young people to learn the ins and outs of running a business, while simultaneously working on personal goals, such as graduating high school or pursuing education goals or pathway employment after their time at More Than Words. We sell our books online, in our stores, to wholesale purchasers, and most recently at our pop-up bookstores throughout Massachusetts. Building Impact’s role in connecting More Than Words to corporate lobbies for these pop-ups, has allowed us to expand our network to the professional community and sell our used books. Most importantly, it gives our youth an opportunity for hands-on customer service experience. On average, More Than Words makes $300 at each corporate lobby pop up, revenue that goes directly back into our program to support our young people. More Than Words thanks Building Impact for continuing to connect us to the corporate community – it truly has made an impact for our youth. ”

Madelein McCormick, NEW BUSINESS VENTURES- WWW.MTWYOUTH.ORG

 

“On behalf of NECHV, we would like to extend our sincerest thanks to Building Impact, and to all of the organizations, individuals, and families who crafted the wonderful fleece blankets that will keep the resident Veterans of NECHV warm through the Winter.  Our thanks, as well, extends to Polar Tec for their generous donation of fleece material so that community members had the opportunity to engage their time and effort in crafting this most-needed item.  We are honored to have partners such as yourselves, and thank you for your generosity.

CJ BECK, PHILANTHROPIC OFFICERS/COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT- WWW.NECHV.ORG

 

“The Perkin Elmer group was wonderful! They did a great job cleaning up the park – North Common – where Harvest Fest was held, and made some great signage for the event. They also tamed the compost pile in the garden, chopping it and turning it for better decomposition results.

The farm groups were also very productive leveling and grading the ground under our outdoor kitchen structure, and then spreading sand. They also started laying pavers down, which we have continued to progress with. Farm volunteers helped with harvest of several types of vegetables including pumpkins, winter squash, and potatoes…Thanks again for helping coordinate this team of volunteers, we had a great time with them!”

FRANCEY SLATER, CO-DIRECTOR- WWW.MILLCITYGROWS.ORG

 

“Building Impact makes it easy for us to host volunteer opportunities right in our own offices. Instead of having to identify how we can be most effective in the community, Building Impact does the work for us.”

APRIL GUNN, ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT – WWW.AWAREMANAGER.COM

 

“BI makes volunteering accessible and easy to do even with today’s busy schedules. It’s in your building, its fast, its fun, and all for great causes!”

TINA SNYDER, DIRECTOR OF MARKETING – WWW.BULFINCH.COM

 

“At Sanborn Head we enjoy the flexibility and the variety of volunteering opportunities that Building Impact provides allowing us to give back to our community.  By bringing these opportunities directly into our office, it allows a larger number of staff to contribute, which helps build camaraderie between our diverse group of professionals.”

STAN SADKOWSKI, VICE PRESIDENT AT SANBORN HEAD – WWW.SANBORNHEAD.COM

 

“Corporate social responsibility  is at the very core of Forest City. It has shaped the nature of our business and enabled us to build value for communities as a whole and individuals alike. Through responsible, integrative real estate development and management, we cultivate not only properties, but also prosperity and a sense of place where we build. We recognize that vibrant urban centers are pivotal to the success of local communities, and that their value can inspire radial growth. With this in mind, we develop mixed-use communities – places where people live, work and shop – and create philanthropic, economic and industry partnerships that strengthen core urban areas.”

JOHN T. KIELY, JR., PROPERTY MANAGER – WWW.FCEBOSTON.COM

 

“We chose to work with building impact because not only do they help connect us with local non-profits and groups in need but the events really bring our office together!”

SARAH MERRIGAN, DIRECTOR OF PROPERTY MANAGEMENT – WWW.MVERNON.COM

 

“TDC has a long history of community involvement, both civically and philanthropically. We recognize that strong communities build brighter futures, and that exceptional companies are built on values as well as talent.

Our people are encouraged to get involved too, not only in industry associations and activities, but also in the communities in which we live and work. Often this involves financial commitment.. Equally rewarding, though, is the gift of time. Providing guidance and leadership at the Board level, volunteering for activities like spring cleaning at a youth center, coordinating fundraising campaigns, providing summer employment for inner city youth and organizing food drives at our properties are just some of the examples of how TDC employees take action.”

THE DAVIS COMPANIES

 

“I am part of an organization that truly loves to serve and help so many different organizations.  Whether it is children, cats, dogs, senior citizens, veterans, blood drives or the homeless.  The list goes on and on.  I am very proud to work with Building Impact to help spread the word on how to make a difference and to make the world a better place.Being a part of the program has made a significant impact on our community and workplace because it has allowed so many people to give back in ways they never thought possible.  Everyone wants to give back in one way or another and Building Impact has given us the opportunity to do so even while we are at work.”
MICHELLE MACKENZIE. PROPERTY MANAGER AT UNIVERSITY PARK (C/O FOREST CITY) – WWW.FORESTCITY.NET

 

“It’s a pleasure leading a group of co-workers to give back to the community and make a difference in another person’s life! Great communication has led to the increase in employee involvement in the program. At GEI, we have a great network for communicating volunteer opportunities and promote the events and staff involvement via our event invites, office television, and company-wide intranet. Our involvement in the program has brought the GEI Team together by promoting team building in a non-working environment. We find the programs to be fun and our staff take a lot of pride in giving back to the community!”

ROSEMARY RIKEMAN, AMBASSADOR AT GEI CONSULTANTS (C/O NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT) – WWW.GEICONSULTANTS.COM

 

“I love being able to bring volunteer projects into my office, that support such wonderful organizations. The projects take just an hour of our time, but make a world of difference to the people (and animals!) that we are helping. Working as a team is very important to me, but being able to give back to our community together is priceless. The projects have afforded me and my colleagues to give back to our community without having to leave our office. I have found that so many people want to volunteer, but their busy schedules make it difficult to do so. Simply put, we feel an enormous sense of fulfillment after we volunteer. The BI projects have now become a part of our normal routine – every month we know that amidst the busy atmosphere in our office, we will get to slow it down, come together and make a difference.”

KRISTINA COVINO, AMBASSADOR AT FIRESTONE FINANCIAL (C/O THE BULFINCH COMPANIES), 117 KENDRICK STREET –  WWW.FIRESTONEFINANCIAL.COM

 

“I think the positive impact that the program created is a work place community.  Being such a large building, it allows the tenants to come together as one unit and contribute to something much larger.  They develop a sense of giving and caring through donations drives, blood drives and events that BI helps us with.  There are quite the array of tenants from age, job level and companies that all come together as one building to help donate to a cause, and to me that sense of community means everything to a building this size.”

HANNAH SEARLE, TENANT COORDINATOR AT JLL BOSTON, ONE FINANCIAL CENTER – WWW.ONEFINANCIALCENTER.COM

 

“These activities are great team-building opportunities, which is wonderful. Boston Heart’s participation in this program has definitely had a positive impact in our workplace, simply because it’s really rewarding to help nonprofits in need of support. We’re in a place to make a difference, and it feels great to be a part of something bigger than ourselves.”

CARLA NERY LOPES, REIMBURSEMENT PROJECT SPECIALIST II, BOSTON HEART DIAGNOSTICS, 175 CROSSING BOULEVARD, FRAMINGHAM – WWW.BOSTONHEARTDIAGNOSTICS.COM

 

“My favorite part of being an ambassador for BI is seeing how much our tenants here at Unicorn Park get involved with the various events we host with BI which benefits the various charities immensely.  (i.e. Bloods Drive, the Business Clothing Drive which was a HUGE success last year it was phenomenal, and the many other charities as well.)  To think of the smiles on those recipients makes my heart smile and knowing our tenants take the time and are very generous just shows that small acts of kindness do make a big impact. With the fliers provided by BI and by multiple reminder email blasts I send out to our tenants we find we get a great response.  We have caring and generous tenants here at Unicorn Park and we are very proud of that. Like I said before I know that hosting events that benefit numerous charities is something our tenants enjoy participating in knowing they are making a difference in other peoples lives.   They look forward to the events and at times will even call me to see what else they can do and I love that!   One small act of kindness and 30 minutes out of your day a few times a year can lead to major life changes for so many others and what is not to love about that?”

KAREN BOUCHARD, PROPERTY ADMINISTRATOR, NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT, UNICORN PARK -WWW.UNICORNPARK.COM