Dallas, TX – December 12, 2017 – Granite Properties, a commercial real estate investment, development and management company, is making it easy for its customers to volunteer and give back this holiday season through Silver Bells, a Together We Connect program developed to offer customers activities to connect with each other and give back to the community where they work and live.

Silver Bells benefits low-income senior care facilities in each city Granite has a presence. Granite customers from Dallas, Houston, Atlanta, Denver and Southern California are given the opportunity to pack and giftwrap personal care items and deliver them to a specific senior care facility in their community. Granite is also collecting items and gifts from customers for the activity centers in each facility.

“With Together We Connect we take corporate philanthropy one step further by actively engaging our customers in giving back to the community where they work and live,” said Greg Fuller, President and C.O.O. of Granite Properties. “Granite inspires people to flourish through the places we create and an important part of that is providing access to experiences that allow for personal fulfillment, a connection with others, being part of something bigger and making an impact,” he added.

Together We Connect doesn’t just focus on philanthropy. In October 2017, Granite collaborated with Southern Methodist University Cox Executive Education in Dallas to bring a leadership and strategic thinking class called “The Changing Workplace: Leadership for the Future” exclusively to customers at Granite Park. The program speaks to Granite’s efforts to provide an atmosphere where businesses and their employees can grow.

While Granite has organized many engaging customer events in the past, Together We Connect formally began over the summer with Strike Out Hunger, an event that gave Granite customers in all five cities the opportunity to pack 8,500 snack boxes for their local Boys & Girls Club. Based on the success of Strike Out Hunger and the positive feedback from customers, Granite is organizing Together We Connect events in each office building on a quarterly basis.

Giving back to the community is part of Granite’s DNA. The company was recognized in October 2017, with a Governor’s Volunteer Award presented by Texas Governor Greg Abbot and First Lady Cecilia Abbot for its long-term employee volunteer programs that make a demonstrable community impact. Since its establishment in 1991, Granite employees have been encouraged to volunteer. Granite gives its employees 40 paid hours per year for community service and matches charitable donations made by its employees up to a maximum of $250 per year. In 2016, Granite employees completed more than 5,000 volunteer hours, at a value of more than $3,000 per employee, for an impact of $497,000 to citizens and communities in Texas, Georgia, Colorado and California. Granite employees serve roughly five charities in each city where Granite has properties.

About Granite Properties
Granite Properties is a privately held commercial real estate investment, development and management company founded in 1991, with offices in Dallas, Houston, Atlanta, Denver and Southern California. It has completed more than $6.1 billion in real estate transactions and more than 26 million square feet of real estate development and acquisitions. Granite focuses its expertise, business approach and financial resources to help their customers, communities and their people to flourish through the places they create.

Renate Geerlings