Long & Foster Organizes Fifteenth Annual Companywide Community Service Day

On June 6, staff at Long & Foster’s corporate offices will pack food to benefit hundreds of needy area students
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May 24, 2012 - PRLog -- CHANTILLY, Va. - Long & Foster® Real Estate Inc., the largest independent residential real estate company in the United States, today announced that more than 250 employees at its corporate headquarters in Chantilly, Va., are expected to participate in its annual Community Service Day scheduled for June 6, 2012. This year’s event will mark the fifteenth companywide annual Community Service Day the company has hosted.

Employees at Long & Foster’s corporate office will spend the afternoon bagging food items such as macaroni and cheese, oatmeal, granola bars, Ramen noodles, and other non-perishables they donated to benefit several area schools that participate in the You Feed Others (UFO) program. The UFO program, founded by local school teacher Margaret Welker, is a partnership with area schools and a local church that provides Ziploc bags of food that contain enough to feed one child for a weekend, to needy students. Since its launch in 2010, the number of schools participating in the program has expanded, as has the number of supporters.

“This is a wonderful program that truly benefits the needy in our community. Long & Foster’s corporate office support for UFO has grown from just two schools last year to about a half-dozen,” said Jeffrey S. Detwiler, president and chief operating officer of The Long & Foster Companies. “Last year our community service event collected enough food items for us to support these schools throughout the year especially during holidays and school breaks when students don’t have access to school lunches. We expect this year’s event to further increase our support for this program.”

Thousands of Long & Foster sales associates and employees from the company’s more than 170 sales offices throughout the Mid-Atlantic are also expected to roll up their sleeves and donate their time and talents to give back to the many communities they serve. The Long & Foster teams will work on-site at a variety of venues including parks, schools, shelters, homes and day care centers, to help with spring cleaning efforts and other much-needed improvements.

“This annual event, now in its fifteenth year, is a vital and important part of Long & Foster’s culture,” said P. Wesley Foster Jr., chairman and chief executive officer of The Long & Foster® Companies. “Our sales associates and employees gain a tremendous sense of personal satisfaction by contributing their time and effort in the community. Many charities and local organizations are struggling as a result of the continued pressure on the economy, and we are honored to have the opportunity to assist them with this targeted effort.”

For more information, visit http://www.LongandFoster.com.
About The Long & Foster® Companies
The Long & Foster ® Companies is the parent company of the largest independently-owned residential real estate company in the United States, Long & Foster® Real Estate, Inc., and is the Mid-Atlantic region’s leading provider of homeownership services. In addition to its real estate arm, The Long & Foster® Companies consist of Prosperity Mortgage® Company; Long & Foster® Insurance, Inc.; Long & Foster’s Home Service Connections; and Long & Foster® Settlement Services. Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc. represents more than 12,000 agents in seven Mid-Atlantic states, plus the District of Columbia. The company sold more than $22 billion worth of homes and helped more than 69,000 people buy and sell homes in 2011.  The combined sales and equivalents for the Long & Foster Companies in 2011 were in excess of $42 billion. For more information, visit http://www.LongandFoster.com, or follow us on Facebook or Twitter.
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