Baltimore Being Revitalized with Help from KBE Building Corp.

Philanthropic firm volunteers with Habitat Chesapeake

BALTIMORE, Md., Nov. 11, 2014 – Baltimore City families will soon enjoy a revitalized neighborhood and a “hand up” to home ownership thanks to Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake and KBE Building Corp.

On Nov. 7, volunteers from the commercial construction management firm’s Mid-Atlantic regional office helped rebuild houses along a four-block stretch of McCabe Avenue, where 37 of 123 homes are vacant.

“Helping Habitat for Humanity is the perfect volunteer opportunity for a construction management company like us,” said Eric Brown, KBE Principal and SVP of Procurement. “What could be more meaningful than using our team’s talents to help support local families?”

Building More than Just Houses

Habitat Chesapeake does more than just build houses. It also helps build communities by providing volunteer and educational opportunities focused on responsible home ownership.

Eligible families are those living on 25-60% of the area’s median income. To participate, they must contribute 150 hours of volunteer time to Habitat Chesapeake, complete the organization’s Homebuyer Academy, and make payments on a no-interest, 30-year mortgage set at 30% of their income.

It’s All Because of 50 Ways

KBE’s volunteer service with Habitat Chesapeake is part of the $300 million firm’s corporate philanthropic program, 50 Ways to Make a Difference.

Established in 2009 to celebrate KBE’s new ownership, name change, and 50 years in business, 50 Ways has helped KBE associates donate more than $1.2 million and 5,000 volunteer hours to charitable causes benefiting children, seniors, and military veterans in Connecticut and Maryland.

Earlier this year, personnel at KBE’s Maryland office participated in CanStruction, a local competition in which participants built structures from canned foods that were later donated to the Capital Area Food Bank. KBE will also continue its tradition of providing Thanksgiving meals to needy families through its Gift of Gobble program later this month.

Photographs of the event are available below. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake and KBE Building Corporation.

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Caption: KBE Building Corp.’s contributions to McCabe Avenue are part of a multi-year initiative to revitalize the area and provide opportunities for responsible home ownership.  

About KBE Building Corporation

Regionally located in Farmington, Conn., and Columbia, Md., KBE Building Corporation is a full-service, single-source commercial construction company strategically positioned to serve the Eastern and Mid-Atlantic U.S. Founded in 1959 and incorporated in 1966, the firm is celebrating its 55th year providing preconstruction, construction management, design-build, and general contracting services to clients in the educational, senior living, federal, corporate, hospitality, health care, institutional, and retail markets. KBE has managed more than $2.5 billion in construction volume over the last decade and is ranked among Engineering News-Record magazine’s top 400 construction companies nationally. For more information, visit www.kbebuilding.com.

Media Contact: Jonelle Lawhorn | KBE Director of Marketing

t: 860.284.7431| c: 860.836.7517 | f: 860.284.7831 | e: jlawhorn@kbebuilding.com

About Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake

Habitat Chesapeake offers home ownership and financial education opportunities to families living on 25-60% of the median income in various Central Maryland areas, including Baltimore City and Anne Arundel, Howard, and Baltimore Counties. Habitat also operates retail outlets known as “ReStores” that make available new and gently used home furnishings and building/home improvement materials at a fraction of normal retail prices. For more information about Habitat Chesapeake and how you can help, visit www.habitatchesapeake.org.

Media Contact: Jaclyn Tekiela | Americorps Volunteer Services Coordinator

t: (410) 366-1250 | e: jtekiela@habitatchesapeake.org

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