By: Leonard MacKinnon, Coldwell Banker Burnet Foundation

Coldwell Banker Burnet’s Eden Prairie office collected the most pillows in the company’s annual pillow drive to benefit Bridging.

Coldwell Banker Burnet’s Eden Prairie office collected the most pillows in the company’s annual pillow drive to benefit Bridging.

Coldwell Banker Burnet has been helping people buy and sell homes in the Twin Cities, Rochester, St. Cloud, MN and Western Wisconsin for more than 40 years. During that time we have come to understand the importance of giving back to the community. From our independent sales associates to individual employees to executive team members, we have made giving back a tradition. Whether organizing meaningful charitable events, volunteering at local nonprofits, or executing donation drives, the commitment and devotion to making a difference in the community is phenomenal and something we are proud of doing.

In addition to individual giving by our sales associates and employees, the Coldwell Banker Burnet Foundation was created as the official company-wide vehicle for charitable outreach. Our mission is to support the housing-related needs of people at all stages of life in the communities we serve. As local real estate experts, we feel it makes sense to give back and support those who help others with housing-related matters.

Coldwell Banker Burnet offices regularly volunteer their time for the Ronald McDonald Houses’ Cooks for Kids program. (L-R) Joan Brandes, Mike La Velle, Jeff Vandercook, Scott Seeley, Dave Rech

Coldwell Banker Burnet offices regularly volunteer their time for the Ronald McDonald Houses’ Cooks for Kids program. (L-R) Joan Brandes, Mike La Velle, Jeff Vandercook, Scott Seeley, Dave Rech

As you can imagine, our independent sales associates and employees live and work in many communities. Each of our offices identifies a local nonprofit of their choice where they direct their charitable support. These organizations include: Al Loehr Veterans Apartments, Bridging, Uncommon Bond, Erik’s Ranch & Retreats, Grace Place, Hammer Residences, Interfaith Outreach & Community Partners, The Link/Lincoln Place, Mary’s Wish, Restart, Inc., Ronald McDonald House Charities-Upper Midwest, Ronald McDonald House Rochester, Sojourner, Spare Key, and Valley Outreach. Whether it is helping with basic housing necessities, or providing a supportive home for families of seriously-ill children, the Foundation is committed to help those in need.

Given Coldwell Banker Burnet’s charitable focus, it is no wonder why we have chosen to partner with Hammer Residences. We believe it is a perfect alignment of missions in a community we know very well. And, our CEO Joe Reis is a longtime Hammer Board member and personal volunteer. Hammer provides adults and children with disabilities the opportunity to live life to its fullest, and, whenever needed, the Coldwell Banker Burnet Foundation is there to help them accomplish this in places these deserving individuals can call home.

The Blue Streak Team from Coldwell Banker Burnet's Apple Valley office participated in the annual "Bedrace for Bridging" event.

The Blue Streak Team from Coldwell Banker Burnet’s Apple Valley office participated in the annual “Bedrace for Bridging” event.

Coldwell Banker Burnet, is a leading residential real estate brokerage serving Minnesota and Western Wisconsin. The company, headquartered in Edina, MN and founded in 1973, operates 24 offices and is affiliated with 1,700 independent sales associates throughout the market. For more information, please visit www.CBBurnet.com or call 952-820-HOME (4663). Coldwell Banker Burnet is part of NRT LLC, the nation’s largest residential real estate brokerage company. Real estate agents affiliated with Coldwell Banker Burnet are independent contractor sales associates, not employees of Coldwell Banker Burnet.