JACKSONVILLE, FL – June 22, 2010 – On Friday, June 18, Liberty Property Trust employees from the Jacksonville regional office traded in their suits and Blackberrys for t-shirts, shovels and paint brushes to participate in the 7th annual Bill Rouse Day of Caring. Liberty closed its 20+ offices for a full day so that teams of employees could work on community service projects in memory of the company’s founder, Willard G. Rouse III.
Bill 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 before his birthday, each year.
To honor his memory the Jacksonville team partnered with Florida Baptist Children's Home, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing quality housing, education and other services to foster care children. They donated office furniture, painted several interior offices, and helped to transform an existing building (that was used for office space) into usable space for the residents, including an area showcasing the history of the Home. Liberty even arranged for a local moving company to donate its time and labor during the event. This is the fourth year that Liberty has volunteered with Florida Baptist Children’s Home for its Day of Caring.
Florida Baptist Children's Homes is a faith-based organization that provides safe, stable, Christian homes for boys and girls who have been neglected, misdirected, abandoned, abused, or caught up in family turmoil. The organization’s mission is to provide Christ-centered services to children and families in need. For additional information, please visit www.fbchomes.org.
About Liberty Property Trust
Liberty Property Trust owns and manages nearly 2.5 million square feet of office and industrial properties in Jacksonville. The company, 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 leader in the development of high performance green buildings. For more information, please visit www.libertyproperty.com.
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