Cushman & Wakefield’s Northern California Asset Services team proudly showed their selfless, spirited attitude and strong commitment to community in the final months of 2018 to help those in need. Several members of our NorCal team reminded us all of the true meaning of giving by helping support various non-profit and charitable organizations in cities across the region, all of which play an important and positive impacting role in their communities, for both people and animals. In total, the team devoted over 100 hours to community service through these four efforts, which included: Family Giving Tree, Project Open Hand, Alameda County Community Food Bank, and SPCA of Sacramento.
Family Giving Tree
On December 13, nine Asset Services team members brought their “go get ‘em” attitude in support of the Family Giving Tree. The team’s Vanessa Chavira, Karina Cook, Kathy Gray, Tiffany Lauchlan, Rozina Moidean, Melody Powell, Myrrh Santos, Gretchen Whipple, and Sean Yamagiwa all helped fulfill this wonderful family-oriented community effort by working a few afternoon hours at the Family Giving Tree Warehouse in Milpitas. They moved, sorted, labeled and provided other various support to help get the many donated gifts for the families in need organized and ready to go for the holiday season.
Family Giving Tree has been around for over 25 years and is committed to being of service to those most in need. During this time the Family Giving Tree has served more than 1.4 million children and individuals throughout the greater Bay Area and believe that no one should be forgotten during the holidays. For more visit https://familygivingtree.org/
SPCA of Sacramento
On November 8, Marsha Ramsey, Chetta Sinclair, Irfan Ramzan, Gretchen Becker, Lesa Stewart, Trude Hursh, Rosnish Narajan, Stephanie Rudolf, Vicki Carrillo and Jana Efstratis volunteered themselves to help the SPCA of Sacramento bake dog treats from recipes provided by the non-profit organization. The finished baked goods were then donated to the SPCA, for the dogs to eat—until their hungry bellies could not eat any more.
Since 1894, the SPCA has worked to reduce pet overpopulation through affordable spay-neuter services, promote the humane treatment of animals through education and outreach, and assist pet owners through a variety of programs and services designed to keep pets and their families together for life. Their mission is to foster a loving and compassionate community for animals and people by providing assistance, creating lifelong relationships and saving lives. For more visit https://www.sspca.org/
Project Open Hand
On three separate occasions in October, the Asset Services team helped join Project Open Hand’s mission of improving health outcomes and quality of life by helping provide nutritious meals to the sick and vulnerable. On the 11th in San Francisco, Cushman & Wakefield’s Del Fuette, Rebecca Aguilar, Susan Keokham, and Denise Yee helped the project with food preparation by chopping bell peppers and parsley; on the 25th in San Francisco, Denise Yee, Icis Newton, Susan Keokham, and Lee Miller helped to serve meals to senior citizens at the Curry Senior Center; and on the 23rd in Oakland, Susan Keokham helped to assemble and package groceries for those in need at the Oakland Grocery Center.
Founded in 1985, Project Open Hand is a nonprofit organization that provides meals with love to critically ill neighbors and seniors. Every day, we prepare 2,500 nutritious meals and provide 200 bags of healthy groceries to help sustain our clients as they battle serious illnesses, isolation, or the health challenges of aging. We serve San Francisco Oakland, engaging more than 125 volunteers daily to nourish our community. For more visit: https://www.openhand.org/
Alameda County Community Food Bank
Also in October, on the 22nd, members of the Asset Services team assisted the Alameda County Community Food Bank in Oakland. Cushman & Wakefield’s Diana Rivers, Matthew Berghs, and Jourdan Murray worked very hard to help the food bank roster of volunteers that day sort and bag 1,152 lbs of split peas, 1,199 lbs of celery, 1,794 lbs of zucchini, 2,829 lbs of sweet potatoes, 3,286 lbs of potatoes, and 18,348 lbs of apples. The collective team effort resulted in 28,608 pounds of food—the equivalent of over 23,500 meals for the community.
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. Nutritious food is essential to success and every child, adult and senior should have the opportunity to reach their full potential and live vibrant, productive lives. For more visit https://www.accfb.org/
About Cushman & Wakefield Asset Services in Northern California
Cushman & Wakefield’s Asset Services team is dedicated to providing comprehensive property management services throughout the asset life cycle. Focused on enhancing asset value, our property managers are empowered to minimize operating costs, improve efficiencies, and enhance customer service in order to protect the value of each investment. In Northern California, Cushman & Wakefield is currently managing more than 53.5 million square feet of real estate in 11 counties across the region. For more visit http://www.cushmanwakefield.com/en/services/property-asset-management
Story by Joshua Deale, Senior Communications Specialist