Program Offers a Chance for Employees to Give Back To Their Communities
JACKSONVILLE, FL – June 24, 2013 – On Friday, June 21, Liberty’s Jacksonville office rolled up their sleeves to participate in the 10th annual Bill Rouse Day of Caring, a national service program in memory of the company’s founder, Willard G. Rouse III. The 13 member team spent the day working an various jobs including providing administrative support (mailings, data entry, phone solicitations) and working in the Thrift Shop warehouse (sorting donated items in preparation for the organizations Back to School Drive).
“It is extremely rewarding for our company to be able to give back and to partner with local organizations such as Daniel Kids Foundation, and to show that we appreciate the continued dedication and support for local children and their families in our community,” said Mike Heise, vice president and city manager for Liberty’s Jacksonville operation. “We look forward to this day every year, and this ten year mark is especially meaningful as we reflect on the numerous organizations that have been a part of Bill’s legacy.”
Daniel Kids Foundation serves more than 1,000 children and their families every day through a variety of innovative and nationally-recognized programs. In cases where children have severe emotional problems, often caused by abuse or neglect, its on-campus counseling and support services provide round-the-clock treatment. The organization works regularly with foster children, connecting kids in crisis with specially-trained temporary families. Daniel Kids Foundation also facilitates adoptions, responding to some 14,000 adoption related inquiries every year. Daniel even aids other child-services agencies across the country with educational products and conferences based on its successful programs. For more information please visit: www.danielkids.org
Liberty’s 10th Anniversary of Bill Rouse Day of Caring Program
For the last decade, more than 400 Liberty Property Trust employees from across the country and in the United Kingdom have traded in their suits and iPhones for t-shirts, screwdrivers, shovels and paintbrushes to participate in the annual program. Rouse was as committed to community service and involvement as he was to real estate development. When he passed away in 2003, Liberty employees sought a way to honor his memory and launched the annual Bill Rouse Day of Caring. It is traditionally held each year on the Friday closest to his birthday (June 19.)
To date, the company has dedicated more than 20,000 people-hours to projects as diverse as repairing homes for the elderly to collecting food for local food banks to wetland restoration to serving meals for the homeless– and hundreds more.
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