BOMA Community Service

BOMA International supports our communities in a variety of ways; by promoting the efforts made by 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 hopefully 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 is doing, please contact your local BAE to learn how you can submit your information.

Read how BOMA local associations and members are giving back to their communities in their own words below.

BOMA/Boston

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.

BOMA/Hawaii

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.

BOMA/Indianapolis

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

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.

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.

BOMA/Metropolitan Washington

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.

BOMA/Philadelphia

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.

BOMA/Pittsburgh

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.

BOMA/San Diego

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.

BOMA/San Antonio

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!

Get Involved at the Local Level

Contact your local BOMA association to find out more about how you can get involved in your area.

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