Cradles to Crayons Brings Together the Community & Facility Professionals

On March 30th this year, NAIOP Massachusetts put on its annual Community Connect Day – Service with Boston’s CRE Industry. This year the event was held at Cradles to Crayons over in Brighton. For those of you that might not know, Cradles to Crayons is charity organization that provides essential items for life for kids up the age of 12. It was founded back in 2002, and has been supplying items for home, school, and play free of charge for those that are homeless or are in low-income situations. It has grown over the years to include 300 Social Service Partners and makes it easy to participate, either via donations or volunteering one’s time at the warehouse organizing the donated items.

- Photo Credit: Annie McEvoy, New England Real Estate Journal

– Photo Credit: Annie McEvoy, New England Real Estate Journal

The Community Connect Day was a collaboration of several industry organizations, including: NAIOP, AAREP NE, BSA, CoreNet Global NE, CREW Boston, SMPS, SWEP, and ULI. This vast spread of partners provided a well-balance group of facility and construction professionals who were able to come together for a volunteer cause outside of their industry. I’m happy to say that next year, IFMA will be on the list of partners and we encourage every member to participate in this event next year!

- Photo Credit: Annie McEvoy, New England Real Estate Journal

– Photo Credit: Annie McEvoy, New England Real Estate Journal

Several of our IFMA Boston Chapter members went together this past month and it was a great turnout. We were able to both network with facility professionals from other organizations while also contributing to a good cause in our local community. The day started out with group activities, where volunteers got to meet everyone while writing motivational cards for the kids being outreached. Volunteers were then split up into groups with an activity leader, thus allowing for a more intimate setting to get to know others during the event. Various activities included: sizing clothes, checking the quality of items, and packing items to be sent out. After all of the groups finished their activities, the volunteers met up as a whole and were recapped the impact of their work by the encouraging staff at Cradles to Crayons. Finally, to put the cherry on top of the day, volunteers then met up together at a nearby Tavern for food, drinks, and networking.

- Photo Credit: Elisif Brandon, Archtectural Photographer

– Photo Credit: Elisif Brandon, Archtectural Photographer

Overall the day was a great success and a definite repeat for those of us that went. I encourage all of you to mark your calendars for Spring-time next year to come out to this very well-run and charitable event. It is a win-win for us as facility professionals, allowing us to give back to our community while growing our network at the same time. Hope to see you there next year!

  • Andrew Verderame, Community Projects Committee: IFMA Boston