Smiles of staff members at Ashby Ponds, an Erickson Senior Living community in Ashburn, Va., are shining brighter than tinsel this holiday season, thanks to residents’ generous donations to the 2022 Staff Appreciation Fund (SAF).
Each year, Ashby Ponds residents contribute to the SAF as a way of recognizing the community’s hourly employees, who work diligently to provide them an industry-leading level of service.
The funds are then dispersed among Ashby Ponds’ eligible employees, which include dining associates, security officers, maintenance workers, housekeepers, and medical and nursing assistants—all of whom are more than merry year-round.
In 2022 alone, Ashby Ponds residents contributed $415,000 to the SAF—a historic high—and staff members are eager to share their gratitude.
At a festive holiday party in Farmwell Hall at Ashby Ponds on December 5, 2022, residents had the opportunity to express their appreciation in person.
The spirit of the tight-knit community, bolstered by this teamwork and residents’ desire to give back, doesn’t go unrecognized by Ashby Ponds’ leaders.
“At Ashby Ponds, we genuinely care for one another, and I think our residents’ generosity is a reflection of that,” says Philanthropy Manager, Elisabeth Longworth. “Our employees work hard to provide a true maintenance-free lifestyle, and residents realize how much better their lives are because of it.”