Special Olympics Santa Barbara, School on Wheels Ventura & Growing Grounds Farms Santa Maria each awarded $2,500
The Towbes Group is pleased to announce the recipients of The Towbes Annual Employee Grants, bestowed upon three extraordinary local charities: Special Olympics Santa Barbara; School on Wheels Ventura; and Growing Grounds Farms Santa Maria, awarding each charity $2,500. Every year, The Towbes Group employees vote on a ballot of local nonprofits that they want to support every spring. On Tuesday, June 9th, The Towbes Group hosted their semi-annual meeting at the Goleta Valley Community Center and presented the Employee Grant recipients with their check and gave each recipient an opportunity to share what they do and how the grant will impact their mission.
“Philanthropy is a big part of our corporate culture at The Towbes Group; it’s a common thread in how we operate as a company, and a testament to the strength of our reputation in the communities and Mike Towbes’ influence on our values.” said Craig Zimmerman, President of The Towbes Group. “We are committed to providing high-quality results with unmatched customer service, and celebrate an environment of mutual respect for our work and our community.”
The Towbes’ Employee Grants program supports community organizations to make an impact in four key areas: community and environmental stewardship, children’s health and well-being, education and enrichment, and adult health and well-being. A dedicated volunteer Grant Committee comprised of Towbes team members from all facets of the company is responsible for overseeing the process, and charities are welcome to submit applications year round. The Grant Committee also goes beyond monetary support for local causes by organizing volunteer opportunities that employees can participate in.
The Towbes Group philanthropic mission continues with “Give Where You Live,” a private/public fundraising program focused on environmental sustainability and community support. “Give Where You Live” donates $25 to a local organization for every residential move-in at a Towbes community. Additionally, new residents receive a recycled, reusable grocery bag eliminating the use of 1,000 plastic bags over its lifetime. Designed and implemented by Towbes’ residential leasing staff, the “Give Where You Live” program encompasses all 14 of the multi-housing complexes (representing more than 2,300 rental units) the company owns and operates in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties. This program has benefitted local organizations including The Good Samaritan Shelter of Santa Maria, Project Understanding in Ventura, and Transition House in Santa Barbara.
The Towbes Group, Inc. has proven successful track records in the commercial real estate arena. Headquartered in Santa Barbara, The Towbes Group has extensive expertise in development, construction, investment, and asset management. Widely recognized for delivering excellence across all its products and services, the award-winning fully integrated real estate firm has distinguished itself as not only a trustworthy, innovative organization but also as a vital community member. Under leadership of Michael Towbes, the company has developed 6,000 residential units and 1.8 million square feet of commercial properties primarily in Santa Barbara, Ventura and San Luis Obispo counties. They currently manage more than 2 million square feet of commercial space, including offices, light industrial and retail uses, and approximately 2,100 residential units. In addition, they are currently developing new homes and apartments in Santa Maria. More up to date information can be found at www.towbes.com. The Towbes Group Inc. is located at 21 East Victoria Street, Suite 200, Santa Barbara, CA 93101.