Corporate Giving For over 46 years, The Long & Foster Companies have been dedicated to giving back to the communities in which its agents and employees live and work. It’s a commitment that founder Wes Foster made long ago and that the company continues to this day. Wes built his company to do more than just help people buy and sell houses— he wanted to help them build their homes in top-notch communities where their families, friends and neighbors could thrive. His philosophy of giving back became an integral part of the culture at Long & Foster, and it’s why the company’s agents and employees alike appreciate and look forward to the various philanthropic events the company plans each year. Highlights of Long & Foster’s 2014 corporate giving program Children’s National Medical Center: Long & Foster served as the signature sponsor of the Board of Visitors for Children’s National Health System’s Care for Kids Card program in 2014. This was the second consecutive year that the company supported Children’s National and all its patients through the charity shopping card program, which is a two-fold initiative for Long & Foster. Not only does the Care for Kids Card program benefit Children’s Hospital, but also it helps local businesses in the Washington, D.C., area, where Long & Foster first planted its roots so many years ago. Community Service Day: Each year, Long & Foster agents and employees take a break from their day-to-day business to give back to the many communities in which the firm operates during its company-wide Community Service Day. This year marked the 17th annual event of giving back, and hundreds of members of the Long & Foster family got in the spirit, helping local organizations with spring clean-up efforts, food, clothing and household goods drives, military appreciation events, disaster recovery projects and more. American Heart Association and Long & Foster Cares: The culture of giving runs deep at Long & Foster, and in an effort to present its employees with another opportunity to help their communities, the company launched the Long & Foster Cares giving campaign in 2014. Through Long & Foster Cares, the company partners with select not-for-profit organizations and provide an opportunity for the Long & Foster family to more easily give back. The American Heart Association (AHA) was the first nonprofit chosen for Long & Foster Cares because its mission is consistent with Long & Foster’s commitment to wellness. The charitable partnership with AHA began with employee fundraisers in late 2014 and will expand into participation in AHA community events and more in 2015. Toys for Tots: As a veteran of the U.S. Army and a graduate of the Virginia Military Institute, Wes maintains a close connection to the U.S. military, and that’s why Long & Foster has supported the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves Toys for Tots program for the past 24 years. The company encourages each of its offices along the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast, including its headquarters in Chantilly, Va., to collect toys for the Marines, and in 2014, Long & Foster’s real estate agents, employees and clients donated thousands of toys to the cause, bringing holiday cheer to needy children across the region.