This year at the annual Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International conference, TWIO teamed up with Volunteers of America, Utah and some of the biggest names in commercial real estate to address a worthy cause: homelessness. Homelessness is something that directly impacts the commercial real estate industry, which is why these organizations—known as the BOMA Cornerstone Partners*—decided to donate items for hygiene kits that were distributed to homeless members of our local community.
BOMA conference attendees had the opportunity to lend a hand when they stopped by the Cornerstone Partner Pavilion in the Salt Palace Convention Center Expo Hall during show hours to assemble a kit with the items provided. TWIO team members helped facilitate the hygiene kit assembling with the help of Cornerstone Partner volunteers.
Conference attendees were more than excited to stop by the philanthropic effort to lend a helping hand. Many of them said it was their favorite feature of the convention. Others noted that they wanted to continue efforts to assemble kits for homeless members of their own local communities. “It was awesome to see people from BOMA local associations from all across the country come together to make this happen,” Anna Neste—the TWIO project coordinator who organized the event—remarked.
Thanks to the enthusiasm of conference attendees and the collaboration between the TWIO team and the Cornerstone Partners, we were able to exceed our goal of assembling 2,500 kits well before the end of show hours. To cap off the experience, the Cornerstone Partners and Cathleen Sparrow—Volunteers of America, Utah’s Chief Development Officer—assembled the final toiletry kits and reflected on a successful two days of teamwork.
Volunteers of America, Utah will use these kits at the Geraldine E. King Women's Center, which just opened in Salt Lake City. The center provides a safe, nurturing space for displaced women. The kits assembled at the Cornerstone Partner Pavilion were tailored specifically to the needs of the female clients of the resource center and will have a tangible impact in the immediate future.
We are so excited about TWIO’s collaboration with Volunteers of America, Utah and we look forward to future efforts with this amazing organization that betters our Salt Lake City community.