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Greenspring Presents Over 240 President’s Volunteer Service Awards, the Highest Number of Annual Awards in Community History

January 26, 2015

Volunteer service activities at Greenspring in 2014 totaled over 96,000 hours

(Springfield, Va.) - Since 2005, Greenspring retirement community in Springfield, Va. 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.  This year marks the 10th anniversary of the first ceremony honoring President's Volunteer Service Award recipients at the community.  On February 13, Greenspring presented 242 awards for volunteer service in 2014, the highest number of annual awards presented to date."We have more than 670 active volunteers at our community who share their gifts with residents, staff, and others both inside and outside the gates of Greenspring," said Ben Cornthwaite, Greenspring's Executive Director.  "The very essence of volunteerism in the community is the epitome of Greenspring's mission; simply, our volunteers help people to live better lives."The President's Volunteer Service Awards were created by the President's Council on Service and Civic Participation in 2003 "as a way to thank and honor Americans who, by their demonstrated commitment and example, inspire others to engage in volunteer service," according to their website. "At Greenspring, we are proud to participate in this premier national recognition program," said Elke Martin, Greenspring's Volunteer Program Coordinator.  "The example set by our volunteers can deliver a powerful message and encourage others to take action."For 2014 volunteer service, Greenspring presented 36 gold awards, 64 silver awards, and 131 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, 11 Lifetime Achievement awards were 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 26 lifetime awards.During 2014, 96,523 hours of service were recorded by Greenspring volunteers.  According to the latest available data from the Corporation for National and Community Service, the average monetary value of a volunteer hour in Virginia is set at $24.49, translating to $2,363,848 for Greenspring volunteer service hours last year alone.

ABOUT GREENSPRING:Greenspring, one of 18 retirement communities managed by Erickson Living, is situated on a scenic 58-acre campus in Springfield, Virginia.  The community is home to nearly 2000 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

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Photo: The Lifetime Achievement awardees were recognized on February 11 and joined by members of Greenspring's staff:  (L to R) Greenspring Director of Finance Berwick Drews, Dorothy Brown, Elaine Sorensen, Jack Burke, Greenspring Executive Director Ben Cornthwaite, Greenspring Volunteer Programs Coordinator Elke Martin, Adelaide Muldoon, Jim Coulter, Richard Schmidt, Ellen Gale, Ann Jaekle, Greenspring Associate Executive Director Pamela Haman, John Schultz, and Greenspring Director of Philanthropy Kimberly Nelson.