Making A Difference
Across our industry individuals and corporations have stepped up to donate and volunteer to help alleviate the impacts from the COVID-19 shut-down and job losses. Here are a few examples from our NAIOP SoCal members who are making a difference. We’ve included links to many of these non-profit groups as well if you are looking for more information.
Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County & Goodman Group
Due to the impact of COVID-19, an increased number of families in Orange County struggled to put food on the table so The Goodman Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Goodman Group, increased its support of Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County.
The donation of funds and staff volunteers helps provide food directly to county residents through distribution services located at the Honda Center in Anaheim. Through these efforts, Second Harvest and the Goodman Foundation can feed hundreds of thousands of individuals impacted by COVID-19 in the Southern California community, an area that recently saw more than 200,000 job losses.
Harald Herrmann, CEO of Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County said, “Goodman has taken a stance against hunger here in Orange County, and globally, and we are grateful for our ongoing partnership.”
#FeedtheFrontLine & Hudson Pacific
Hudson Pacific Properties in recent years has prioritized addressing homelessness and affordable housing issues. As an extension of its ongoing commitment to this issue, Hudson Pacific contributed $100,000 to organizations across its core markets working at the intersection of COVID-19 and homelessness, which included the United Way of Greater Los Angeles. As part of its new Better Blueprint corporate responsibility platform, the company pledged to donate at least 1% of its net earnings annually to charitable causes, again with a focus on homelessness and affordable housing.
Hudson Pacific joined the #FeedtheFrontLine movement by purchasing hundreds of meals from local restaurants and delivering them to healthcare, homeless shelters and other frontline workers in each of its markets.
We CaRE & Passco
Passco started a program called We CaRE that celebrates frontline workers and supports local companies. Given the economic impacts from stay-at-home orders, Passco sought to do something proactive for those who work at hospitals, or in fire or police stations to show appreciation. At the same time, Passco recognized it could positively impact local businesses if they bought goods from businesses experiencing economic challenges, too.
The We CaRE program provides goodies or meals to local hospitals and service providers where Passco employees live and the company operates. Passco’s Stacy Stemen says, “it’s the least we can do to show our appreciation for all of their hard work in keeping us safe.”
Food Banks & Bixby Land Company
Bixby Land Company donated $50,000 across eleven food banks throughout the U.S. to assist communities where Bixby acquires, redevelops and operates.
Bixby Chief Executive Officer and President Aaron Hill said, “Food banks make an immediate impact and a lasting positive difference in the health and welfare of the community.”
Bixby donated the funds evenly to food banks in eleven different markets where they currently invest including: Sumner, Washington (Sumner Community Foodbank); Portland, Oregon (Oregon Food Bank); Santa Clara, California (River of Life Foundation); San Jose, California (Second Harvest of Silicon Valley); Las Vegas, Nevada (Three Square); Inland Empire, California (Feeding America Riverside | San Bernardino); Orange County, California (Second Harvest Food Bank Orange County); San Diego, California (The Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank); Phoenix, Arizona, (St. Mary’s Food Bank); Dallas, Texas (North Texas Food Bank); Atlanta, Georgia (Atlanta Community Food Bank).
“LA5” Rotary Club of Los Angeles & Sheppard Mullin
Sheppard Mullin teamed with the “LA5” Rotary Club (@rotaryla5) of Los Angeles, a group of volunteer healthcare professionals, and several large for-profit donors to launch a volunteer service project to repurpose SoCal Litigation Support Services’ 187 3D printers to produce 30,000 face shields and assemble and distribute them to frontline healthcare service providers and emergency first responders in the LA area.
“Rotary represents a community coming together to share in the responsibility of serving one another for the greater good,” said Rick Gibson, President of the Rotary Club of Los Angeles and Vice President of Pepperdine University. “I am confident that this project will help those who are taking the greatest risk to serve our neighbors who are suffering during this cruel pandemic.”
Community Outreach & YPG
YPG has long supported community organizations as part of its program. Many of these groups need your donations, especially now. Click and learn how you can help: Working Wardrobes (https://workingwardrobes.org/) Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County (https://www.ocbigs.org/) and Project Destined (https://projectdestined.com/). A national program, the mission of Project Destined is to transform minority youth into owners and stakeholders in the communities in which they live, work and play.