Ashby Ponds Residents Contribute $350,000 to Thank Hourly Staff

December 9, 2021

Residents of Ashby Ponds, an Erickson Senior Living community located in Ashburn, Virginia, made the holiday season a bit merrier for eligible staff by contributing $350,000 to the 2021 Staff Appreciation Fund.

The annual Staff Appreciation Fund campaign is an opportunity for Ashby Ponds residents to thank the hourly employees who consistently go above and beyond to provide a variety of services that enhance their daily lives. 

This year marked a historic high for the amount of money raised and percentage of residents who contributed to the fund, thanks in part to the strong advocacy of the resident philanthropy committee, noted Elisabeth Longworth, Philanthropy Manager.

At a festive holiday event on December 7, residents had the opportunity to express their appreciation directly to the 482 staff members receiving a distribution from the Staff Appreciation Fund.

“I want to thank our residents for their generosity and recognition of the dedicated employees of Ashby Ponds,” stated Will Nance, Executive Director. “The Staff Appreciation Fund is a wonderful opportunity for residents to give a gift to the employees who mean so much to them. Our employees do so much to make residents’ lives more enjoyable through their hard work, creativity, and caring spirit.”

Throughout the year, Ashby Ponds residents make gifts to the Staff Appreciation Fund campaign. Each holiday season, the funds are then distributed among eligible employees, which include dining associates, security officers, maintenance workers, housekeepers, and medical and nursing assistants—just to name a handful.

“I enjoy interacting with so many great people—both the residents and my coworkers,” said Victoria Hirneisen, General Services Coordinator. “Being recognized and celebrated by residents in this way really reinforces the positive and engaging spirit of Ashby Ponds.”

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