Volunteer service activities at Greenspring in 2016 totaled more than 145,000 hours
(Springfield, Va.) - On Thursday, February 23, 2017, Greenspring will proudly award 245 community members with the President's Volunteer Service Award for over 145,000 volunteer hours served in 2016. Since 2005, Greenspring has presented President's Volunteer Service Awards to residents and non-residents who volunteer both at Greenspring and with Greenspring-related service activities in the greater community.
The President's Volunteer Service Awards program, created by the President's Council on Service and Civic Participation in 2003, "serves as a way to thank and honor Americans who, by their demonstrated commitment and example, inspire others to engage in volunteer service," according to the program's website.
On Thursday, February 23rd, Greenspring will host the Annual President's Volunteer Awards Ceremony to individually recognize each award recipient. During the event, Greenspring community leadership and Congressman Gerry Connolly (D-VA-11) will share a few words thanking the 2016 volunteers for their commitment to service. In addition, Patrice Winter, PT, DPT, MHA, FAAOMPT, professor at George Mason University's Department of Global and Community health will address the volunteers on positive aging and volunteerism.
When: Thursday, February 23rd | 2:00 PM
Where: Greenspring's Hunters Crossing Conference Center
7430 Spring Village Drive, Springfield, VA 22150
Recognizing 2016 volunteer service, Greenspring will present 66 gold awards, 65 silver awards, and 111 bronze awards. The level of award presented is based on the number of hours an individual has served in a given year. For adults, gold awards are presented to those who have served 500 or more hours, silver awards are for 250-499 hours of service, and bronze awards are for 100-249 hours of service. Additionally, three Lifetime Achievement awards will be presented to those who have given 4000 or more hours of service over the course of their volunteer work at Greenspring. Since 2007, Greenspring has presented a total of 40 lifetime awards.
"An important part of healthy aging is staying engaged with one's passion and volunteering provides this avenue," says Katherine Knoble, Greenspring's volunteer coordinator. "Those who volunteer tend to live longer and healthier lives. By supporting healthy aging Greenspring helps residents live full, active lives."
Some of the many ways Greenspring's more than 750 volunteers dedicate their time include, providing assistance at Greenspring's Continuing Care neighborhood; tutoring employees in the English-as-a-Second-Language program; working at the Treasure Chest thrift store to raise money for the community's resident care fund; constructing care packages for the Food for Others program; knitting for area hospitals and children in need; tutoring children at Crestwood Elementary School; volunteering at local hospitals; and providing continuing education opportunities on campus.
ABOUT GREENSPRING: Greenspring, one of 19 retirement communities managed by Erickson Living, is situated on a scenic 58-acre campus in Springfield, Virginia. The community is home to nearly 2,000 residents, many of whom reside in the community's 1404 independent living apartment homes. At Greenspring, over 200 resident-run and resident-driven programs promote an engaged, fulfilling lifestyle reflected in resident satisfaction levels that exceed the industry average. Additional information about Greenspring can be found at www.ericksonliving.com.