Parkville, Maryland—Oak Crest volunteers are always eager to "Spring Into Action!" Their dedication and spirit were celebrated at the Volunteer Appreciation Brunch on April 26 in Erickson Hall.
More than 300 resident volunteers attended the event, enjoying a delicious meal prepared by the Oak Crest Catering Department. They were entertained by the Helping Up Mission's Men Choir who provided a lively musical interlude.
Mr. Tom Bond, Director of Programs for the Helping Up Mission, served as the guest speaker, sharing a heartfelt account of his life's journey. Each year as one of the community's largest outreach projects, Oak Crest resident volunteers make thousands of peanut butter & jelly sandwiches that are donated to the Helping Up Mission.
"We are here today to celebrate all of you and all that you do at Oak Crest and beyond," stated Catherine Cohen, Director of Resident Life. "You make a positive difference in the lives of those you know and don't know. We want to thank each of you for offering the precious gift of time, and in turn, inspiring all of us to fulfill our mission: 'we share our gifts to create communities that celebrate life.'"
Mrs. Cohen noted that more than 800 residents are registered in the Oak Crest Volunteer Program. Their generous reach extends on campus with programs like Tax Aide, election helpers and library managers to beyond with support of local hospitals, schools and charitable organizations.
During the event, Oak Crest announced its 2017 Volunteers of the Year:
Resident: Ms. Richel Aquino
Non-Resident: Ms. Sally Everhart
Students: Andrew and Angela Boeren (brother & sister)
Nadine Wellington (Community Resources Manager) served as the event's emcee; Jim Truitt (Pastoral Ministries Manager) provided the blessing, and Mark Roussey (Executive Director) delivered a closing reflection.
About Oak Crest: Oak Crest is one of nineteen continuing care retirement communities managed by Erickson Living. Located in Parkville, Maryland the scenic 87-acre campus is home to more than 2,100 residents. Oak Crest is the ideal greater Baltimore retirement destination offering a true sense of community, convenience beyond compare and a sensible financial structure.