Fairfield County, CT - Employees from Avison Young joined colleagues from the commercial real estate firm’s 84 offices in participating in the company’s fifth annual Global Day of Giving. Workers from the agency’s Norwalk office visited the Aspetuck Land Trust’s Trout Brook Valley in Easton and planted blueberry bushes at the 1,009 acre orchard.
“Supporting our community is important to all of us at Avison Young,’’ said Sean Cahill, Principal and Managing Director for Fairfield County. “Our team looks forward to this day every year, and we were glad this year to support the Aspetuck Land Trust and its important work to preserve Fairfield County’s precious open space.”
Mark E. Rose, Chair and CEO of Avison Young, said employees from Avison Young office in the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Europe assisted community organizations to lend a helping hand to people dealing with some of life’s most difficult challenges. “This is our small way of trying to make a big difference in the lives of others who need assistance, often due to no fault of their own,’’ Rose said. “As we help initiate change at the grassroots level, we are also promoting the principles of sustainability through action and partnership.”
The 84 offices participating represent a 40 percent increase from 2014, when the firm held its first Day of Giving and employees in 60 offices took part. The Day of Giving is held in all of the firm’s markets every October. The Global Day of Giving’s philanthropic effort expands annually as Avison Young opens new offices. The company is the world’s fastest-growing commercial real estate services firm.
“Given today’s significant and growing imbalances within society, it is important that we recognize how fortunate we are in our own lives and working environments,” said Avison Young Principal Miles Marten, who is based in the firm’s London West End office. “The Day of Giving provides a coordinated opportunity to make a real difference to those who may be less fortunate than ourselves. The opportunity to put something back into our local communities is incumbent on us all. I really hope our actions can make a real difference to those individuals and organizations that we are supporting and inspire us all to make an even greater difference in the future.”
Local staff activities included packing food at food banks, painting, cleaning and landscaping at animal and youth shelters, and making crafts with senior citizens. The Fairfield County office has previously assisted SoundWaters and Norwalk Grassroots Tennis before this year’s volunteer effort with the Aspetuck Land Trust.
“We’re thrilled that approximately 2,600 employees will contribute their time and effort to our global Day of Giving this year,’’ Rose said. “More importantly, this year’s increase in participants means that we continue to give back to an increasing number of communities that support our company and our causes throughout the year.”