Decatur, GA - After an extremely successful event its first year, Forest City Enterprises, a real estate development company headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, is again giving its employees the opportunity to spend a work day volunteering with local service organizations.
Employees The Mall at Stonecrest will spend their time during the company's
Community Day - Friday, September 16, 2005 - painting, doing carpentry
and repair work, cleaning, organizing, decorating and remodeling at the Decatur
Cooperative Ministry, 115 Church Street, Decatur, Ga. The organization is a
nonprofit which operates through cooperative ministry and partnership with schools,
government agencies, civic groups, churches and local businesses to serve those
in need. The faith-based cooperative provides a continuum of services to homeless
and at-risk families.
"Decatur Cooperative Ministry serves our neighbors who are in need," said Community Day Project Manager Patricia Elmore Edge. "We recognized their commitment to helping families and felt that it is the perfect opportunity for our group to reach out for a positive cause and make a difference in the lives of others."
Nearly 1,000 Forest City associates will come together, in 30 cities across the country, for the opportunity to lend a hand in the communities they serve, and work with local non-profit groups and agencies, to demonstrate the company's commitment to community involvement.
"Our first Community Day event was such a success that we knew right away it would become an annual event," said Charles A. Ratner, president and chief executive officer of Forest City Enterprises. "The number of lives and organizations that our associates are affecting, just by the work they are doing on this one day, is a significant accomplishment and we are looking forward to building relationships with our neighbors."
Forest City created Community Day last year as an initiative that allows employees to volunteer their time and skills to local community organizations and to exhibit the company's strong belief in its other core values, such as teamwork and performance ethic. The company displays these core values in it's daily work, whether building mixed-use communities such as the 4,000-acre, award-winning Stapleton development in Denver, Colo.; renovating and building U.S. Navy military housing in Honolulu, Hawaii and Great Lakes, Ill.; creating a downtown environment in the city of Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.; or managing one of its many lifestyle centers or residential properties across the country.
The 30 cities across the country and 37 non-profit organizations that the company will be working with on Community Day, September 16th, include:
||Marana Health Center
||Salvation Army Teenager Drop-in Center
||Domestic Violence Shelter
||R.C. Community Center Senior Nutrition Program
||Clementina Child Dev. Center
||Habitat for Humanity
||Boys and Girls Club
||North East Denver Housing Project
||New Covenant House of Hospitality
||Van Ness Elementary School and Positive Nature
||Decatur Cooperative Ministry
||Big Brothers, Big Sisters & Aliamanu Elementary School
||We Grow Dreams, Forrestal Elementary School & Parents Allied
with Children and Teachers for Tomorrow (PACTT)
||New Directions Housing Corp
||United Helping Hands Thrift Store
||Boston Food Bank
||Gleaners Food Bank
||Memory Walk for Alzheimer's
||Mecklenburg County Animal Center
||Boys & Girls Club of S. Nevada
||Habitat for Humanity
||Interfaith Nutrition Network
||Spanish American Committee, Boys and Girls Club, Camp Cheerful
and Fairhill Center
||City of Parma Recreation
||Smith Memorial Playground
||Rebuilding Together Pittsburgh
||Interfaith Housing Corporation
||Salvation Army/Boys & Girls Club
Forest City Enterprises, Inc. is a $7.4 billion NYSE-listed real estate company headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio. The company is principally engaged in the ownership, development, acquisition and management of commercial and residential real estate throughout the United States. The company's portfolio includes interests in retail centers, apartment communities, office buildings and hotels in 20 states and the District of Columbia.
(Editor's note: Photo and video opportunities will be available from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Decatur Cooperative Ministry.)
Patricia Elmore Edge
The Mall at Stonecrest
Forest City Enterprises