(Springfield, Virginia) - The spirit of giving is alive and well year-round at Greenspring as residents, staff, families, and business partners together raised $2,050,000 in 2015 to support three special community programs: the Greenspring Resident Benevolent Care Fund, the Greenspring Scholars' Fund, and the Greenspring Hospice Fund.
The Benevolent Care Fund provides support to residents who, despite careful planning, outlive their financial resources. The money donated to the fund allows for residents experiencing financial adversity to continue living at Greenspring, in their home, among their friends, receiving the care that they need. The Scholars' Fund at Greenspring provides $10,000 scholarships to local high school students who have worked in various dining services capacities at the community. Since the establishment of the Scholars' Fund at Greenspring, the community has distributed over 200 student scholarships. Finally, the Greenspring Hospice Fund supports hospice related services, which are focused on providing physical, spiritual, and emotional comfort for individuals and their families.
At the heart of each of these funds is the Greenspring Resident Philanthropy Committee. Throughout the year, this committee of dedicated resident volunteers plans annual campaigns, donor concerts, educational programs, a fraud prevention expo, the Benevolent Care Fund Gala, award recognition events, as well as provides customer service in the philanthropy office and writes notes of appreciation to donors. The community recently hosted an end of the year holiday appreciation event for the committee.
"I have been on the Philanthropy Committee for ten years, and it is the most rewarding committee," said past committee chair and resident, Thelma Klopp. "I'm especially proud of the student scholars every year."
This year, the Treasure Chest at Greenspring donated over $70,000 to the aforementioned funds at Greenspring. Managed by over 150 dedicated volunteers, the Treasure Chest is an on-site thrift shop that accepts donations from residents and organizes the resale of items. Proceeds from the sales go toward developing events and philanthropic funds at the community, as well as providing donations to the greater Springfield community.
"The Philanthropy Committee is thankful for the Treasure Chest volunteers; they are so supportive of the needs of the community," said Col. Sally Pritchett, resident and Philanthropy Committee Chair.
About Greenspring: Greenspring, one of 18 continuing care 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 www.ericksonliving.com.