Charlestown's Rose Sands Honored at Volunteer Celebration

CATONSVILLE, MD---Charlestown retirement community celebrated a year of giving at its Annual Volunteer Party on Thursday evening, November 15th. Amidst carnival-style decorations in the Erickson Conference Center, resident volunteers enjoyed refreshments, dancing and games, along with accolades from community leaders. During the festivities, State Delegate Steven DeBoy honored Rose Sands, the Volunteer Program Coordinator for Charlestown, with a citation from the Maryland General Assembly. Under her leadership, the Volunteer Program logged more than 230,000 hours of service at its Catonsville campus and in the surrounding community in 2011. A thirteen-year employee at Charlestown, Ms. Sands has served in her current role for five years,  managing over 800 volunteers.  Locally, she has created partnerships with the Baltimore County Department of Aging, UMBC, Lansdowne Elementary, Our Daily Bread, Catonsville Rotary and Catonsville High School. "Rose has grown our volunteer program by leaps and bounds," stated Mary Evans, the senior community resources manager at Charlestown.  "But it's way beyond the numbers with Rose.  She is passionate about what she does, puts other first and her positive attitude inspires others to serve." PHOTO CAPTION: Charlestown, the Erickson Living retirement community in Catonsville, honored its resident volunteers at a celebration on November 15th.  Rose Sands, the Volunteer Program Coordinator, earned special recognition from the Maryland legislature by Delegate Steve DeBoy.  Pictured from left to right is Sherry Parrish (Resident Life Director), Ms. Sands, Mary Evans (Senior Community Resources Manager) and Delegate DeBoy. About Charlestown: Charlestown, 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.

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