Foulger-Pratt Companies’ Citron Apartments community, located in downtown Silver Spring, MD, has raised nearly $3,000 in the past week to help the survivors of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.
“Because of the urgent need for aid in the Philippines, we decided to launch a one-week campaign to raise as much money as possible for the Red Cross,” says Foulger-Pratt Property Manager Cristal Phipps. “We quickly created an online donation site, posted links on our social media pages, and began contacting our residents to spread the word.”
As donations began pouring in, Phipps says she also received feedback from Citron residents who have families directly impacted by Typhoon Haiyan. She notes, “One resident sent an email stating, ‘Thank you for doing this. I have family greatly affected by this natural disaster. It means a lot.’”
In addition to Citron residents, some Foulger-Pratt co-workers and vendors made donations and the company promised to match all money raised by the Citron residents. The campaign culminated last Thursday at a Thanksgiving party for Citron residents.
“Words cannot express how much we appreciate our residents for helping us to build a strong community and using that strength to provide aid for those in need,” says Phipps. “All share the mindset of giving to your neighbors, both near and far, and enjoy sharing Citron, their home, with one another.”
Dick Knapp, Senior Vice President, Multifamily Development at Foulger-Pratt, adds, “I noticed that the Citron community is very tight knit and socially conscious and rallied in a very short time to raise a meaningful amount of money. This is very impressive.”
Citron has become one of the area’s hottest properties since opening in mid-April, outpacing leasing in competing apartment complexes in large part due to its design and location.
“Residents have been very attracted to the low-rise design of the Citron, and have called it an ‘oasis’ in the heart of Silver Spring,” notes Phipps. “Our renters, many of whom are employed nearby, appreciate Citron’s location near their work and the easy access it offers to retail, dining, and entertainment options, as well as mass-transit, all of which are within walking distance.”
Citron is the final residential piece to be completed in the highly successful Downtown Silver Spring Revitalization initiative.
Citron’s social conscience dates back to its opening when Foulger-Pratt made donations to three area charities – CASA de Maryland, Impact Silver Spring, and the Montgomery Housing Partnership.
For more information about Citron and its effort to help the survivors of Typhoon Haiyan, call 855-242-7178.