Level Group, an innovative, full-service commercial and residential real estate brokerage company that introduced the 100% commission model to New York City, today announced that its annual, invitation-only December 8th holiday party will benefit the historic Bowery Mission, the 137 year old, award-winning non-profit that provides food, shelter, clothing, medical services, employment assistance and residential recovery programs to New York City’s working poor and homeless citizens. “We are asking guests to bring new and unused cold weather clothing, such as gloves, hats and scarves, and we’ll donate the items to The Bowery Mission,” says Michael Barbolla, COO, Level Group. The brokerage will have two large boxes at the event – to be held at the firm’s headquarters at 370 Lexington Avenue – to collect the clothing. “We don’t want to fill the boxes – we want them to be stuffed with cold-weather items,” says Barbolla.
According to the Coalition for the Homeless, the city is experiencing the highest level of homelessness since the Great Depression. In September 2016 alone, there were nearly 61,000 New Yorkers without a home, including approximately 15,600 homeless families and about 24,000 homeless children.
“This should not be,” says Michael Greenberg, CEO and General Counsel, Level Group. “New York City is one of the wealthiest cities in the world, and to have this problem is unacceptable. Working with The Bowery Mission is Level’s opportunity to give back in a manner that makes a difference.”
Level Group’s relationship with The Bowery Mission is ongoing, and has included real estate agents volunteering with the organization; providing pro bono legal services; and donating its $70,000 commission when the firm’s commercial division secured The Bowery Mission’s new office space. Recognizing their efforts, The Bowery Mission honored Link and Greenberg at its 2016 Valentine Gala.
“The Level Group has been a steadfast partner,” says David Jones, President and CEO, The Bowery Mission. “We appreciate their dedication and ongoing support for our work.”
Notes Larry Link, Level’s President, “It’s very important to us to assist The Bowery Mission in its work of feeding, sheltering and serving the disadvantaged, at risk and homeless New Yorkers and their families. We know that our colleagues in the New York real estate community will be glad to do their part.”
About The Bowery Mission
The Bowery Mission has served homeless and hungry New Yorkers since 1879. This year, The Bowery Mission provided more than 505,000 meals to men, women and children, 97,300 nights of shelter and 56,200 articles of clothing, as well as showers, haircuts, and expert medical and optometric care. Each meal and every night of shelter is an invitation to residential recovery programs, where men and women get a second chance and lives are transformed from hopelessness to hope. Last year, the Mission’s residential programs served nearly 300 men and women who are regaining sobriety, reconnecting with family and faith, pursuing educational goals, and preparing for work and independent living. To ensure that at-risk children have a positive first chance at life, The Bowery Mission’s city camp and summer camp serves nearly 1,200 at-risk children from poor city neighborhoods. www.bowery.org
About Level Group
Founded in 2004, Level Group was the first firm in New York City to offer the 100% commission model. It handles the full spectrum of real estate brokerage work, including residential and commercial leasing and sales. Known for its open door policy to senior management, the firm has attracted more than 230 brokers, many from the city’s larger brokerage firms. Level Group recently launched “Level Group Spotlight Series,” a bi-annual symposium dedicated to educational topics of interest to the commercial and residential real estate community. The program complements its in-depth, ongoing education and training program for its agents.
Level Group has been featured in such media as Bloomberg Radio, MarketWatch Radio Network, TheStreet.com, The Real Deal, GlobeSt.com, Real Estate Weekly, Mansion Global, USA Today, BrickUnderground, DNAInfo and WPIX TV.
To learn more about joining Level Group, contact Michael Barbolla at either 212.994.9965 or [email protected]