KBE Building Corporation (KBE) (www.kbebuilding.com <http://www.kbebuilding.com) today made an $850 donation to the Greater Waterbury Interfaith Ministries (GWIM) to help support the organizations mission. The funds are a portion of more than $3,800 raised by KBE associates that will also benefit other charities in Connecticut.

   The new initiative involves associates contributing their ‘loose change’ to cash collection jars around the offices.  Collectively, the firm’s Maryland and Connecticut offices contributed more than $3,850 since the beginning of the year. Their efforts prompted KBE Senior Vice President, and one of its three principals, Simon Etzel to issue a dollar-for-dollar matching challenge.

   “ I am proud of what our people have accomplished to help others so I added this matching challenge to the program a few weeks ago to offer further encouragement,” said Etzel. “Knowing the competitive nature of our people, I knew the contributions would ramp up. The generosity of our associates has been truly amazing and the results speak for themselves. This money will help agencies in our communities serve their clients who are really in need.”

   Etzel matched the associates with a $3,850 donation of his own bringing the total to $7,700. The funds will be donated to local charities in Maryland and Connecticut.

   Greater Waterbury Interfaith Ministries is a non-denominational, faith based, non-profit organization that serves the disadvantaged people living in our community. GWIM’s mission is to feed the hungry in a respectful and dignified manner; to empower the homeless and underprivileged to become self-sufficient; to provide hope and opportunity to those in need.

   ‘Change Makes a Difference’ is part of KBE Building Corporation’s 50 Ways to Make a Difference initiative, a yearlong charitable support program. Through 50 Ways, KBE works with local community organizations to help make a difference in their communities. This year, KBE is focused on helping to fight hunger and supporting programs that benefit seniors.