Swire Properties Inc will continue its commitment to the community and sustainable development with the launch of Home Grown, a multi-dimensional platform created to showcase the developer’s present and future commitments in the community. Through Home Grown, Swire Properties will create meaningful partnerships and charitable contributions with unique activations and experiences to expand its philanthropic scope throughout South Florida.
“Swire has been a longtime patron of sustainable and conscious living, and we are always looking for new ways to make a positive impact locally,” said Kieran Bowers, president of Swire Properties Inc., the developer behind Brickell Key and Brickell City Centre. “Our vision for Home Grown is to utilize this new platform to unify and inspire our community members to help underserved neighborhoods, the homeless and youth who all need a vital support system. By creating these ongoing sustainable campaigns and efforts for residents to partake in, we are naturally creating a more responsible future for the next generation.”
With Home Grown, Swire Properties will launch programs with local partners in 2020:
Home Grown at The Village: In partnership with The Lotus House, Swire Properties hosted the Working Classroom Kitchen Culinary Program by providing kitchen training and meals with celebrity chefs for the residents of the Lotus House Village. Chef Marcello Florio from Casa Tua hosted a cooking class and dinner on Nov. 17 for the women and children in the local shelter in celebration of Thanksgiving. The next series will take place on International Women’s Day (March 8, 2021) and summer of 2021.
Holiday Tech Drive: From November 18 to December 20, Swire Properties will partner with Overtown Youth Center (OYC) to ensure that students have access to digital devices, and robust internet connectivity. Entitled, the “Gift a Connection” initiative, which supports youth and families facing significant challenges during the pandemic and beyond, ensures that students have access to robust internet connectivity. Swire Properties’ and its community members’ financial donations will support families in need with one year of fully paid internet/Wi-Fi service, which will help in closing the digital divide in the neighborhood.
Christmas Tree Recycling Lot: Swire Properties will partner with the Miami-Dade County and Solid Waste Management to collect and recycle used Christmas trees from Brickell residents at Brickell City Centre’s North Square. The goal is to encourage the Brickell community to recycle their trees and transform the materials into mulch, compost, and wood chips. Swire will look to utilize the community donated recyclable materials for a future placemaking project with local partner organizations that deliver value and use back to the Brickell Community.