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Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage Maplewood Planting Community Garden As Part Of Companywide “Cares Days” Event

The Alternative Press Staff

Tuesday, April 22, 2014 • 6:20am

MAPLEWOOD, NJ -  The Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage Maplewood office will be helping to plant vegetables in a community garden that benefits local food pantries as part of “Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage Cares Days,” in which each of the real estate company’s 56 offices in New Jersey and Rockland County, N.Y. will be giving back to local communities through charitable efforts April 24-26. The second annual Cares Days event is organized through the Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage Cares Foundation, the company’s philanthropic arm.

On Saturday, April 26 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m., sales associates affiliated with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Maplewood will be planting vegetables in the raised beds of the community garden located at The Elks Club on 220 Prospect Street in South Orange, across the street from Our Lady of Sorrows. The produce grown at the garden is donated to the food banks run by Our Lady of Sorrows in South Orange and St. Joseph's Church in Maplewood. Between the two sites, approximately 200 bags of groceries are handed out each week.

“We are happy to take part in the fight against hunger that exists in our community,” said Lorraine Labonne-Storch, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage Cares ambassador at the company’s Maplewood office. “The recipients of the food donated by the food banks will be getting fresh vegetables to supplement their diet, which typically consists of canned and processed foods.”

“I take great pride in all the Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage sales associates who give back to their communities consistently throughout the year. Cares Days gives us an opportunity to work together as an entire company and make a large, positive impact across the entire region,” said Hal Maxwell, president of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in New Jersey and Rockland County, N.Y.

Since its inception in 2005, the Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage Cares Foundation in New Jersey and Rockland County, N.Y. has given more than $626,000 to charities supporting local communities, along with countless volunteer hours donated by the company’s sales associates.

During the first annual Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage Cares Days event in 2013, approximately 800 Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage sales associates volunteered a combined 5,000 hours to support 62 different organizations and causes. During the three-day event, the Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage Cares Foundation raised $13,000 for charitable causes, as well as collecting 5,000 pounds of food valued at $13,900 and $750 in dog and cat supplies.

“As a real estate company, we work every day to help our customers realize the essential dream of homeownership. Through the Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage Cares Foundation, we help members of our communities with other basic needs – food, shelter, health and a sense of compassion and belonging,” said Andy Emery, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage Cares Foundation chairman.

For more information about Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage Cares Days, visit the company’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/CBRBNewJersey or contact Andy Emery at (201) 825-7700. Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage Maplewood office can be reached at (973) 378-8300 or visited online at www.cbmoves.com/Maplewood.

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