Program Offers a Chance for Employees to Give Back To Their Communities
ORLANDO, FL – June 24, 2013 – On Friday, June 21, Liberty’s Orlando 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 10 member team spent the day volunteering at Feed Children Everywhere where they packaged food to feed children across the U.S.
“It is extremely rewarding for our company to be able to give back and to partner with local organizations such as Feed Children Everywhere, and to show our appreciation for all the great work that the organization has performed in our community and also around the world,” said Stephen Whitley, vice president and city manager for Liberty’s Orlando 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.”
Feeding Children Everywhere is a social charity that empowers and mobilizes people to assemble healthy meals for hungry children. The goal of Feeding Children Everywhere is to bring people together to make a tangible difference in the lives of hungry children. To date, FCE has sent millions of meals to four continents across the globe; including countries like Haiti, Kenya, Ghana and Brazil. In early 2012, Don Campbell, CEO and President, developed the Love Local program that helps send millions of meals to hungry children throughout the United States. Within the first year, over seven million meals were sent across the country.
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.
About Liberty Property Trust
Liberty Property Trust (NYSE:LRY) owns and manages more than 4.7 million square feet of office and industrial space in Orlando. The company is a leader in commercial real estate, serving customers in the United States and United Kingdom, through the development, acquisition, ownership and management of superior office and industrial properties. Liberty's 81 million square foot portfolio consists of 666 properties providing office, distribution and light manufacturing facilities to 1,800 tenants.
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