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LIBERTY PROPERTY TRUST’S ORLANDO REGION TO WORK FOR
THE COALITION OF THE HOMELESS ON BILL ROUSE DAY OF CARING, JUNE 19
Day of Service includes 20 Offices and 400 Employees in the US and UK
MALVERN, PA – June 17, 2009 - On Friday, June 19, more than 400 Liberty Property Trust employees from across the country and in the United Kingdom will trade in their suits and Blackberrys for t-shirts, screwdrivers and paintbrushes to participate in the 6th annual Bill Rouse Day of Caring. Liberty will close its 20 offices for a full day so that teams of employees can work on community service projects in memory of the company’s founder, Willard G. Rouse III.
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 on the Friday closest to his birthday, June 19, each year. This year it will be celebrated on his actual birthday.
To date, the company has dedicated more than 14,000 people hours to projects as diverse as repairing homes for the elderly to collecting food for local food banks to hosting a fair for foster children (to encourage adoption) to upgrading a recreation center – and dozens more.
Liberty’s Orlando Office to Work for the Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida
Currently, The Coalition for the Homeless is the largest provider of homeless services in Central Florida. Its mission is to address the needs of the homeless throughout the community and to serve as a catalyst for community collaboration to end homelessness. The Coalition is able to help nearly 650 people each day, including men, women and children. As one of the few emergency shelters that accept intact families in Central Florida, the Coalition helps a large number of families in need of shelter and support. On any given night, the Coalition provides services to nearly 200 children, with an average age of seven years old. Last year, the Coalition served nearly 270,000 meals. For more information please visit: www.centralfloridahomeless.org.
This year, Liberty Property Trust’s Orlando office will join together to work for the Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida. The 11 member Liberty team will be painting walls for the organization’s campus.
“We are very pleased to be able to donate our time and ‘give back’ to such an incredible organization that provides help and hope to those in need throughout Central Florida,” said Stephen Whitley, vice president and city manager, Liberty Property Trust. “Each year this day reminds us of all the great work that goes on in our community and offers us a way to contribute and honor Bill’s memory.”
Rouse’s commitment to giving can be traced back to early in his career when he relied on the aid and advice from a friend and colleague named Jim Cohen.
One day Bill asked him, “Jim – you just give, and give, and give. How do you do it?”
“Bill,” Mr. Cohen said, “The more I give, the harder it is to catch up with what has been given to me.”
When Bill told this story at employee gatherings, one could hear a pin drop. The Bill Rouse Day of Caring is proof that his message was well received.
Bill Rouse Day of Caring – a round-up of other events
Across the US and in the UK, Liberty offices are making a difference in their communities. Here are some of the projects underway on June 19.*
Lehigh Valley: Working at New Bethany Ministries, a faith-based agency that provides care and services to poor, homeless, hungry and mentally ill people in the Lehigh Valley. A Liberty team will prepare and serve lunch at the soup kitchen, build a garden and pave a walkway around the play area for one of the family properties and help re-paint and stain areas around another housing unit.
Boca Raton: Working for the organization 4KIDS of South Florida, a non-profit organization seeking to end the foster care crisis in Broward and Palm Beach County by providing hope and a family for children in need, whether temporary or permanent. The South Florida Liberty team will be providing an extreme yard makeover at one of the organization’s campus as well as helping with building maintenance.
Hampton Roads: Working for the organization Chesapeake Free Care Clinic which provides health care services to employed individuals or individuals with inadequate income who cannot afford health care and who do not qualify for other assistance programs or have health insurance. The HR Liberty team will be landscaping and doing some outdoor cleanup for the organization.
Richmond: Working for the organization Daily Planet benefiting Richmond’s homeless and underprivileged population. The Richmond Liberty team will be installing new lights, replacing exterior doors, replacing locks, refinishing walls, painting, fixing tile and making other aesthetic improvements.
About Liberty Property Trust
Liberty Property Trust (NYSE:LRY), headquartered in Malvern, PA, is dedicated to enhancing people’s lives through extraordinary work environments. The real estate investment trust (REIT) serves customers in the United States and United Kingdom through the development, acquisition, ownership and management of superior office and industrial properties. Liberty's 77 million square foot portfolio offers exceptional locations and flexible design to more than 2,100 tenants at 700 office, distribution and light manufacturing facilities. The company is a national leader in the development of high performance green buildings with more than seven million square feet of new sustainable development either completed or under construction worldwide. For more information visit www.libertyproperty.com.
*For more information on other Day of Caring events, please call Karen Thorp at Liberty Property Trust, 610-648-1723 or a.s.a.p.r. at 410/883-2000.