Oak Crest Receives 2012 Nonprofit of the Year Award from Baltimore County Volunteers

Residents, partners contributed over 70,000 hours of service to local, national and worldwide causes in 2011

PARKVILLE, MD---Oak Crest, the Erickson Living retirement community, received the 2012 Nonprofit of the Year Award from Baltimore County Volunteers.  The presentation occurred at the annual Baltimore County Volunteer Recognition Luncheon at Martin's West on May 24th. The award was presented by Joanne E. Williams, Director of the Baltimore County Department of Aging to Elaine Wagenfuehr, Community Resources Manager at Oak Crest, and Alison Krull, Volunteer Coordinator at Oak Crest. "The mission statement of Oak Crest is 'we share our gifts to create communities that celebrate life,'" described Colleen LoPresto, Executive Director.  "That spirit is lived vibrantly through the acts of generosity and sharing of talents by our residents, employees and community partners.  In 2011, they teamed to contribute over 70,000 hours of service at our campus, in the greater community and even worldwide." The Volunteer Program at Oak Crest is comprised of 804 volunteers, consisting of residents along with partners from the surrounding community: high school and college students, working men and women and retirees. These community partners are screened and then appropriately matched to an activity that serves a campus program.  There were over 250 formal volunteer activities in 2011. Additionally, Oak Crest has 57 residents registered with the Retired Senior Volunteer Program of Baltimore County. In April, 202 of these dedicated volunteers were honored with the Presidential Service Award for contributing more than 100 hours of service each in 2011. Three aspects of the Volunteer Program at Oak Crest were noted as innovative and unique. "The first is the genuine leadership of our residents," stated Ms. Krull.  "They work in partnership to create a series of projects that not only match their interests but also serve the greater community.  They lead by example, whether it's taking the time to promote a new event, collect financial donations or give of their time." "The second aspect is the willingness of our volunteers to act locally and globally.  The economy has challenged some area families, and they are quick to offer support to charities like the Parkville Pantry and the Helping Up Mission," noted Ms. Krull.  "However, there has been a worldwide impact, too, and supporting international projects such as Stop Hunger Now and Sewing for Refugees demonstrates that we can make a difference to those half a world away." "Finally, the Volunteer Program of Oak Crest places a premium on the intergenerational sharing of values," noted Ms. Wagenfuehr.  "Our residents truly enjoy the interaction with students, whether it's in a teaching or learning capacity.  But their greatest legacy is extending the experience and selfless splendor of volunteering to future generations." About Oak Crest: Oak Crest, managed and developed by Erickson Living, is a retirement community that provides worry-free living for America's seniors-the country's fastest growing population segment.  Erickson Living's financial value and predictable monthly service fees provide residents across the country financial peace of mind.  Comprehensive health and wellness services, integrated into our continuum of care, lead to demonstrated resident benefits.  A robust complement of resident programs and facilities promote an engaged, fulfilling lifestyle that is reflected in resident satisfaction levels that exceed the industry average.  For more information, please visit www.ericksonliving.com.