BOMA Community Service

BOMA International supports our communities in a variety of ways, both by promoting the efforts of BOMA local associations in the communities where we live and work and setting an example of the philanthropy and leadership that continues to strengthen BOMA! The purpose of this page is to highlight the great work being done within the BOMA network and serve as a source of inspiration for those looking to lead a new community service initiative through their BOMA local association. To share the great work your local association is doing, please contact your local BAE or lvallejo@boma.org to learn how you can submit your information. Read on to see how BOMA local associations and members are giving back to their communities in their own words below.

Each year, as part of our annual conference, BOMA International hosts a community service initiative in our host city to give back to the community. This year, BOMA International’s Community Service Committee and BOMA/Nashville partnered with The Branch, an organization that provides food, toiletries and other services to underprivileged individuals and families in the Nashville area, to give back to our annual conference host city. The results are in: BOMA members raised more than $15,000 for the charity and, during the conference, attendees assembled 897 bags of essential goods! Take a look at our members in action in our recap video from BOMA 2022—and a special thanks to Cornerstone Partner Kings III, who sponsored a $250 gift card raffle for two lucky attendees who donated to this great cause!

Featured BOMA Local Association: BOMA/Metropolitan Washington

The AOBA Community Service Committee hosted its annual food drive to benefit Covenant House DC and The Capital Area Food Bank. Twenty-two member companies participated and many more donated through the food link on AOBA's website. Over 60 bags and boxes of food were collected and $1,600 in cash donations. This food will help people in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia.

May 5, 2022

On May 5, 2022, BOMA/Baltimore held a "mixtape bingo" fundraiser to benefit City of Refuge Baltimore, an organization that helps individuals and families transition out of crisis. For 20 years, they have been committed to developing programs centered on intentional assistance and meaningful relationships that are accessible to all people in the Baltimore area, no matter the stage of life or their background. BOMA/Baltimore supports various charities through fun and rewarding quarterly community service events.

February 10, 2022

On February 10, 2022, approximately 45 BOMA Baltimore members gathered to “Share the Love” at a Valentine’s Day themed event benefitting Moveable Feast, an organization that serves Marylanders experiencing food insecurity and chronic illness. Due to COVID restrictions, our normal food preparation event was not possible. BOMA Baltimore members instead contributed much needed toiletry products, decorated, and assembled over 175 reusable toiletry bags for the needy.

March 25, 2020

BOMA/Boston holds an annual Benefit evening for a local non-profit, this year to support Bridge Over Troubled Waters. Bridge provides career, education, and mental health counseling; temporary residences; medical care; and so much more to homeless and at-risk teens and young adults in Boston. Our fundraiser event was set to be on March 25, but was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite the cancellation of the party, we invited our sponsors to donate their funds directly to Bridge. We asked individuals to make small donations, and we sold raffle tickets online, all before the March 25 deadline. We encouraged people to "raise a toast" on social media and support the cause. Our BOMA Boston community came together, metaphorically, to raise a total of $45,000. We will be virtually presenting this check to Bridge's leadership on June 18. Thank you to our wonderful BOMA community for your generosity and thank you to Bridge for the crucial work you do for the youth of our city.

February 6, 2021

Through the WinterWalk Event - hosted by Boston Medical Center, BOMA Boston organized a group of 22 Virtual Walkers and raised over $6500 for the Winter Walk - raising money to end homelessness! The walk started with a quick zoom call!

March 25, 2020

BOMA/Boston holds an annual Benefit evening for a local non-profit, this year to support Bridge Over Troubled Waters. Bridge provides career, education, and mental health counseling; temporary residences; medical care; and so much more to homeless and at-risk teens and young adults in Boston. Our fundraiser event was set to be on March 25, but was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite the cancellation of the party, we invited our sponsors to donate their funds directly to Bridge. We asked individuals to make small donations, and we sold raffle tickets online, all before the March 25 deadline. We encouraged people to "raise a toast" on social media and support the cause. Our BOMA Boston community came together, metaphorically, to raise a total of $45,000. We will be virtually presenting this check to Bridge's leadership on June 18. Thank you to our wonderful BOMA community for your generosity and thank you to Bridge for the crucial work you do for the youth of our city.

July 20, 2022

Yesterday we had a #fundraiser #happyhour to collect #healthy snacks for children in need in Fort Worth ISD. We partnered with Texas Health Resources Foundation, Bluezones Project Fort Worth, and Aramark to connect with the schools in our #local #community that are most in need. We were thrilled with the turnout and the #snack donations as well as monetary #donations. We are thankful to all of you who came out and we notice and appreciate those who continue to support the #mission to serve the Fort Worth community.

December 1, 2021

The BOMA FW Community Service Committee (CSC) with the assistance of the BOMA FW membership, donates a new backpack filled with a new coat, new pair of shoes, a blanket, and a new toy to the over 150 children at Center for Transforming Lives (CFTL). Our goal is to bring a little warmth and a smile to the children of Center for Transforming Lives. We ask members to donate a new coat (Newborn to 5T) starting in October through November. If members are unable to purchase a coat, we collect cash and credit card payments at our monthly luncheons and on our website. Other member companies donate the shoes, backpacks, blankets, and toys. The CSC then wraps all the toys and stuffs the backpacks with the items collected. We schedule a time with each of the three locations we serve (Rosie K. Mauk, Polytechnic, Lancaster) and have Santa Claus deliver the items to each child. CFTL provides high-quality, year-round early childhood education at four childcare centers and four partner centers throughout Tarrant County.

July 30, 2020

BOMA Greater Charlotte volunteers annually for Second Harvest Food Bank sorting donated items in the SHFB warehouse. We usually have almost 30 volunteers but due to COVID, volunteer groups were limited to groups of 10 or less.

March 4, 2020, 2020

Classroom Central equips students in need to effectively learn by collecting and distributing free school supplies to their teachers. For our event, (Pre-COVID) we helped pack supply boxes that would be delivered to teachers in need.

November 12, 2020

As we all know this year has been unprecedented with the Coronavirus, but BOMA/Greater Cincinnati was fortunate enough to continue with our 8th annual community service event, BOMA Gives Back Day in conjunction with People Working Cooperatively, Prepare Affair. Even with social distancing, we were able to have 20 members joined at the Cincinnati Public Library on Thursday, November 12, 2020 at 9:45 a.m. before departing for the 6 houses we were asked to “Prepare” for the winter months by raking leaves and cleaning gutters. If you were not able to participate this year, we hope you will consider participating next year.

May 10, 2022

BOMA GLR packed over 10,300 meals to be distributed free to community members experiencing food insecurity. The impact on the community is wonderful, and as a side benefit members of our group get to know each other better and form deeper connections.

December 07, 2021

Haven provides residential care for girls who cannot be served by their families or foster care. BOMA GLR began a partnership with Haven in 2021 to help provide for girls who have faced extreme trauma in their lives. Haven is their last step before hospitalization. BOMA GLR has raised funds that have provided Christmas gifts for the girls, bikes for exercise and enjoyment, and an assurance that someone cares about and will help them.

September 10, 2020

It is that time of year again for the BOMA Greater Tampa Bay Sustainability Committee along with Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful to host a Coastal Clean-up Day. The event will be located on the Courtney Campbell Causeway. 50 bags of trash were collected by our members.

July 23, 2020

BOMA/Hawaii coordinated the donation and delivery of lunches to dozens of front line commercial property engineers, building maintenance workers, plumbers, electricians, and security at commercial properties such as office buildings, shopping centers and strip malls across Oahu between July 23 and August 10. “Despite many offices being closed,” said BOMA Hawaii President Holly Morikami, “commercial building workers continued to ensure extra disinfection and sanitation of high traffic areas, safe elevator operations, property maintenance and addressed routine repairs like damaged plumbing. Without their daily work during the state’s quarantine and stay-at-home orders, there’s no doubt that Honolulu would be less safe,” she said. Workers who received the lunches expressed surprise and gratitude for the unexpected show of appreciation. “We got to work because we truly enjoy what we do. Giving the customer care and making sure the building is functioning, safe and looking great. With face coverings during COVID-19, we do miss the smiles – not only giving but seeing our customers’ faces when you make them happy. It can be difficult to see but if you look in the eyes you can see the smile,” said Luther Murphy Assistant Chief Engineer at Pacific Guardian Center.

December 31, 2021

Houston BOMA's Leadership Lyceum students assisted 54 office buildings in hosting toy drives by providing marketing materials, signage and donation pickup. Thanks to the generosity of participating buildings, their tenants and BOMA members, the group collected an estimated 1,000+ toys for donation to HFD's Operation Stocking Stuffer. This campaign was our largest charity drive ever, far exceeding the group’s goal of collecting 350 gifts. We are so proud of these outstanding members for helping to bring joy to families in need during these difficult times.

Ocobter 14, 2021

Volunteers fill bags with high-quality, fortified macaroni and cheese meals. Each filled bag provides six meals. Food pantries are seeing an increase of 400% and 3 out 5 of those families are new to the food assistance program. Our volunteers packed nearly 7,000 meals during our portion of the event. We were part of this two-day event eventually packing 1 Million Meals.

November 5, 2020

BOMA/Indianapolis members gathered to pack over 7,000 meals through Million Meal Movement. This event was needed even more especially during the pandemic when food insecurity is so high. The group of 25 packed fortified macaroni and cheese meals for a local food bank in Indianapolis. BOMA Indianapolis volunteers wear shirts sponsored by Allied Members for all of our volunteer events throughout the year. Follow our charity work @BOMAIndy and #BOMAIndyGives.

Aug 13, 2020

BOMA/Indianapolis members came together clean up an area which is one of 212 parks in the city of Indianapolis. This particular park, named for abolitionist Frederick Douglass, is celebrating 100 years this year. Members donated mulch, paint and time to clean up the playgrounds, painting park benches and even paint stripes on the parking lot. The lot had been waiting on stripes for over a year. The gorgeous day was the perfect setting for members to network while keeping social distanced. Members enjoyed boxed lunches under the many shade trees at the end of the event. Indy Parks is one of several causes BOMA Indianapolis supports. Watch for #BOMAIndyGives for more events in 2020.

July 30, 2020

BOMA/Indianapolis members gathered on a rainy Thursday to spread 40 yards of playground mulch, weed and do general clean-up for a local preschool's grounds. An annual event, our members enjoy networking and giving the children a nice and safe playground to enjoy the outdoors. We couldn't think of a better way to give back while keeping our member's safety in mind. St. Mary's Child Center is one of several groups BOMA Indianapolis supports as part of our Philanthropic Committee. Follow our charity work @BOMAIndy and #BOMAIndyGives.

May 21, 2020

Our BOMA/Indianapolis' Philanthropic Committee gathered to pack 100 hygiene bags for Outreach Indiana. Outreach serves homeless teens in Indiana by equipping and empowering them to achieve stability and life transformation. Since we couldn't get a large group together due to the pandemic guidelines at the time, the philanthropic committee donated all the items themselves. This included everything from soap to nail clippers. We look forward to having a larger group serving food at Outreach as soon as it's safe to do so again. Follow us @BOMAIndy or #BOMAIndyGives

April 28, 2022

Annually, BOMA KC members spend the afternoon cleaning up a local park.

August 26, 2022

The AOBA Community Service Committee hosted its annual food drive to benefit Covenant House DC and The Capital Area Food Bank. Twenty-two member companies participated and many more donated through the food link on AOBA's website. Over 60 bags and boxes of food were collected and $1,600 in cash donations. This food will help people in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia.

June 3, 2022

For the second year in a row, AOBA participated in the Alice Ferguson Watershed Cleanup. Over 100 members joined AOBA's Community Service Committee and picked up over 500 pounds of trash in two parks in Northern Virginia and Maryland.

January 20, 2022

AOBA's Community Service Committee hosted its first "Share the Warmth Drive" to benefit Covenant House DC, a nonprofit organization that provides youth experiencing homelessness with a safe haven, care and the supportive services needed to achieve housing, job, and economic stability. AOBA members set up collection bins in their office building or apartment lobbies and purchased items through a link on AOBA's website. Members donated over 200 new blankets, winter coats, socks, hats and gloves.

February 27, 2020

We had a bag stuffing happy hour with our Community Outreach Committee, Emerging Leaders and Associates Coalition Team. Covenant House had acquired new living space and needed sheets and pillows, cleaning supplies for 79 residents. We stuffed 79 bags and as we had raised over $5,000 we we able to stuff 250 each his and her toiletry bags. The staff at Covenant House were blown away and so thankful. It made a huge impact for them. It was amazing for us. When things return to normal we will definitely do it again.

July 20, 2022

Over 75 BOMA OEB members cleaned up the East Bay shoreline where three creeks join. Hundreds of pounds of plastic, clothing, car seats, and other items were collected.

June 15, 2021

BOMA/Oakland-East Bay Packed over 27,000 pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables, a total of 23,000 meals for the Alameda County Community Food Bank.

April 8, 2021

Through the month of March, many BOMAOC members placed large donation bins on their properties and began collecting business and business casual articles of clothing. The result was over 20,000 donated items, filling gargantuan cardboard boxes. All that was left to do was to have someone go through each item and put them on hangars.

On April 8, various volunteers from BOMAOC’s Philanthropy committee gathered at Working Wardrobes. Donning masks, blue gloves, and a can-do attitude, they spent an entire afternoon hanging up clothes piece by piece. Countless shirts, blazers, dresses, shoes, and more were sorted, inspected, and hung up as planes landed at a nearby airport, occasionally drowning conversation. Indoors, an impressive amount of sorted business clothes stretched to the back of the building, along with several smartly dressed mannequins greeting front door visitors.

BOMAOC’s Working Wardrobes drives occur periodically and always sees tremendous turnout. Many thanks to everyone who donated and special thanks to the Philanthropy Committee for your hard work and dedication!

May 13, 2021

One Heart for Women and Children provides the necessary resources for families as they transition through and overcome varying hardships of daily living in the Central Florida region and abroad.

March 29, 2021

BOMA Orlando dropped off ice cream for over 200 healthcare workers on the COVID ward to enjoy during their shifts. The staff was so appreciative and couldn't wait to dive in!

November 16, 2020

Dress for Success Drive for men in order to have the right clothing to interview with so many out of work. BOMA Orlando worked with the Christian Service Center.

September 28, 2019

BOMA Orlando members raised enough food for the pantry at the center and also donated $424 dollars to the center to be used for items they needed to cook meals for those in need. They were so excited the day we delivered the food and the word of the day was "Love". Also, we received a list of some minor repairs to the buildings and have sent to our members to see if any could give them a helping hand.

October 23, 2021

Since Our Brother's Place wasn't allowing indoor volunteers due to Covid, BOMA Phila had to think outside of the box as we wanted to be able to continue to support the homeless men with a hot meal. BOMA Phila partnered with a local food truck and brought their own kitchen to be able to prepare and serve over 100 meals.

December 15, 2020

As a result of the pandemic we were not able to have our annual holiday event which includes a toy drive for the Marine's Toys for Tots. However, in the tradition of the BOMA Phila spirit of generosity and kindness, the Community Involvement & Associate Member Committees joined forces and developed a safe, creative and effective way for all of us to give back…the 2020 BOMA PHILADELPHIA VIRTUAL GIVING TREE! Our members were able to support & assist the families of employees of BOMA Member companies who have faced hardships in 2020, as well as families in need from Helen’s Angels and The Unforgotten Haven. Toys and gifts were given to over 60 children.

March 2, 2020

The BOMA/Philadelphia Community Involvement and Suburban Committees joined forces to collect nearly 2,000 new and gently used books for Cradles to Crayons, an organization with a mission to end childhood poverty and provide kids with everyday essentials. Several member properties and associate member partners participated throughout the city and surrounding counties, with committee members working together to pick up and drop off the books. Since the onset of COVID-19, donations to Cradles to Crayons have dropped significantly, and even needed to be halted at one point. BOMA's generous donation came when the charity needed it most!

February 28, 2020

For more than fifteen years, BOMA/Philadelphia members have gathered on the last Saturday of every month to serve the needs of Center City Philadelphia’s homeless population in a big way. The BOMA Community Involvement Committee regularly purchases, prepares and serves breakfast and lunch at Our Brother’s Place, an emergency shelter providing a safe environment and supportive services for homeless men. From the grocery shopping, to menu planning, to slicing, dicing, grilling & mixing – BOMA Philly does it all! In fact, the BOMA volunteer days have become well-known among Our Brothers Place residents & attendees. It’s no wonder, with legendary menu items like French toast sticks, fluffy scrambled eggs, freshly-made hoagies, meatball subs, warm chocolate chip cookies and more!

While this is a wonderful way to share with those less fortunate, it also serves as a bonding networking experience for members. Furthermore, it impacts our member properties in the Center City corridor, as BOMA is significantly contributing to important services designed to remove sidewalk behavior and homeless activity from the areas around commercial buildings.

April 20, 2019

Thank you to everyone that came out this past Saturday to help put the “Volunteer Day” touches on our 6th PAL Center renovation. Lots of work (and tons of fun) was accomplished in a short period of time.

 

March 1, 2022

Each week, Pittsburgh's inner-city homeless and working poor enjoy a warm meal and fellowship at the First Presbyterian Church of Pittsburgh. Volunteers staff 30 positions to prepare and serve a hot meal to over 100 guests.

February 21, 2022

"Helped pack 1500 boxes of dry food for the food bank to distribute.

Have an open fundraising campaign to raise $10,000 that underwrites one drive up distribution."

January 25, 2022

Each week, Pittsburgh's inner-city homeless and working poor enjoy a warm meal and fellowship at the First Presbyterian Church of Pittsburgh. Volunteers staff 30 positions to prepare and serve a hot meal to over 100 guests.

January 25, 2021

We volunteered at a drive up food distribution that helped serve over 600 families. Each drive up distribution costs the Food Bank $10,000 so we have also committed to fundraising that amount in 2021 as part of our Giving Campaign.

January 11, 2021

The need for blood is critical so BOMA Pittsburgh hosted a Virtual Blood Drive in partnership with Vitalant. With it being virtual- it allowed participants to donate blood at their convenience.

July 15, 2020

BOMA/Pittsburgh packed over 1600 boxes for our community's Seniors! Watch the video of our volunteer day:

July 5, 2020

Volunteers with the PDP's Clean and Outreach Team help to clean up litter and debris, remove graffiti, clean sidewalks and alleyways to keep the downtown neighborhood clean and safe.

Apr 30, 2020

As BOMA/San Diego strongly and steadily moved through the pandemic, we recognized a growing need in our community. Many families in San Diego were going to bed hungry. We wanted to do our part to help and host a virtual food drive in partnership with the San Diego Food Bank. Our starting goal was $1,000—but we surpassed this and reached $3,400! Through the support of our members, we helped put food on people’s plates. Pets are part of families too, and members were given the chance to submit a donation specifically for pets.

August 18, 2020

The SABOMA Community Service Committee held a back to school supplies drive to benefit St. PJ's Children's Home. They received over 62 backpacks filled with school supplies and miscellaneous snacks and much needed undergarments for the kids. The children benefitting from this project are in crisis as they arrive on site most of the time with only the clothes they are wearing and are a product of abuse or neglect. The supplies enable the kids to have what they need help with a sense of normalcy in an otherwise scary time for them. The CSC loves our partnership with St. PJ's Children's Home!

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