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Our Building Strong Communities community investment and engagement program focuses on issues relevant to our business: disaster relief and community preparedness, affordable housing and support for underserved communities.

American Red Cross Partnership

The American Red Cross has supported AvalonBay and our residents in times of need throughout the years. That’s why, since 2015, we have been an American Red Cross Disaster Responder Partner, donating over $2 million to-date to support the important work they do. Our national partnership also includes blood donations, volunteering, CPR training, our annual Community Preparedness Week and more.

National Urban League Partnership

In 2021, we launched a national partnership with the National Urban League (NUL), led by our associate resource group, the Black Associate Coalition. Through this partnership, we make a $150,000 annual financial commitment, which supports NUL’s work in economic empowerment and equality, and engages our associates in volunteering, mentoring, networking events and memberships with the NUL Young Professionals.

Regional Philanthrophy Engagement

Building Strong Communities focuses funding and partnerships on building relationships with the most impactful local nonprofits aligned to our focus areas of affordable housing and support for underserved communities. Across the country, we currently partner with more than 60 charitable organizations.

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Spirit of Caring Season

An important part of our Building Strong Communities program, this two month-long company-wide program creates opportunities for our associates and residents to engage with our nonprofit partners and support their missions through volunteer events and donation drives across the country. We celebrated “A Decade of Dedication” in 2021 with the 10th anniversary of Spirit of Caring Season.

Associate Relief Fund

Building Strong Communities includes support for our own associates and we’re committed to helping meet their needs after a natural disaster or personal hardship. Through our Associate Relief Fund associates can make a donation and apply for a grant from the fund. Since we launched the fund in 2019, more than 100 associates have received over $280,000 in grants.

Vacation Donation Program

We recognize that in some cases our associates who are experiencing a hardship may need support in the form of time off from work. So, as an extension of the Associate Relief Fund, we launched the Vacation Donation Program, which allows eligible associates to donate vacation time to help fellow associates who are experiencing hardship related to a medical emergency.


Our communities reflect the diversity of our customers and the locations where we operate. So, too, should our associates. As we continue to grow and innovate, it’s important that we recruit, develop and promote associates with a wide range of backgrounds, experiences and perspectives; and create an environment that encourages all voices to be heard, understood and appreciated.

Inclusion & Diversity Mission

Every day, we aim to foster an environment where all associates feel welcome, are supported with opportunities to thrive and are represented by our leadership team.

Creating Personal Awareness

The journey towards a more inclusive and diverse AvalonBay starts with the individual. In order to support our associates in this process, we’ve compiled many resources on our internal intranet site and offer training programs that address unconscious bias, allyship, inclusive leadership and more.

Fostering a Culture of Inclusion

Through our Associate Resource Groups (ARGs), celebration months and associate forums, we aim to foster an environment where associates feel both safe and welcome at work. To learn more about each of our seven ARGs, click here.

Holding Ourselves Accountable

To support our vision and ensure we remain focused on this commitment, there are several ways we’re taking action. We’re building a more diverse leadership pipeline, establishing new leadership goals and each department has created an I&D action plan specific to their business unit.


Our Associate Resource Groups provide support, networking, mentoring, development and outreach opportunities for associates.

Asian Pacific Associate Connection

Asian Pacific Associate Connection

APAX promotes and creates a diverse and inclusive environment through education and advocacy on topics that affect associates of Asian backgrounds at AvalonBay, within our markets and in the global community.

Associate Rainbow Coalition

Associate Rainbow Coalition

ARC was founded to promote awareness, foster a welcoming community where everyone can live their truth out loud and provide professional development for LGBTQ+ associates and allies.

Black Associate Coalition

Black Associate Coalition

BAC facilitates communication and activities to provide all associates opportunities to celebrate Black culture and history, and support AvalonBay’s efforts to attract develop, and retain the best Black talent.

Latinx Employees of AvalonBay for Diversity

Latinx Employees of AvalonBay for Diversity

LEAD is focused on fostering intellectual and social growth for all Latinx associates. It facilitates activities to provide all associates ways to celebrate Latinx culture and history, as well as address issues that are specific to the Latinx community.

Parents and Caregivers of AvalonBay

Parents and Caregivers of AvalonBay

PAC helps caregivers of all types to unite through discussions and shared experiences. It advocates for policies and resources that are supportive and encouraging of caregivers and their families, so that the company can retain and attract top talent.

Veteran Support Outreach Committee

Veteran Support Outreach Committee

VSOC provides a platform for veteran associates, their family members and anyone interested in supporting veteran initiatives and causes. It helps them share their experiences and resources in the interest of fostering growth and advancement.

Women’s Leadership Network

Women’s Leadership Network

WLN brings together a diverse mix of associates who educate, inspire, network, mentor and participate in activities geared towards helping our female associates develop their careers at AvalonBay.

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Across every aspect of our business, we’re always looking to challenge ourselves and be better than yesterday. Take a look at our history of ESG and Green Bond reports, CDP responses, assurance statements and policies.

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