Greenspring to Present 150 President's Volunteer Service Awards

Overall volunteer service activities at Greenspring in 2013 totaled nearly 103,000 hours Tuesday, February 18 | 6:30 pm

WHAT: Since 2005, Greenspring retirement community 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.  On February 18, Greenspring will present 150 awards for 2013 service, for a total of 1,076 President's Volunteer Service Awards distributed in the community's history. 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.  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.  At Greenspring, 28 gold awards, 48 silver awards, and 69 bronze awards will be presented for volunteer service during 2013. Additionally, five lifetime awards, also called the President's Call to Service Award, will be presented to residents who have given 4000 or more hours of service during their time at Greenspring.  Including these five awards, Greenspring has presented a total of fourteen lifetime awards since 2007, when they became the first Erickson Living community to present such an award. Of the 150 awards presented for service in 2013, ten will be presented to non-residents of Greenspring who have volunteered at the community, including Joey Wheeler, who also works for the community's dining services department.  He will be presented with a gold award for his volunteer service assisting residents at Greenspring's continuing care neighborhood.  At age 23, he is the youngest recipient ever to receive a gold award for Greenspring volunteer activities. WHEN:  Tuesday, February 18 | 6:30pm WHERE:  Greenspring Hunters Crossing Conference Center 7410 Spring Village Drive Springfield, VA 22150 CONTACT: If you'd like to cover this event, please contact Jessica McKay at jessica.mckay@erickson.com, 703-923-4690, or @JMcKay_Erickson.  This is a private event not open to the public; however, media are encouraged to attend. ABOUT GREENSPRING: Greenspring is situated on a scenic 108-acre campus in Springfield, Virginia.  The community is home to nearly 2000 residents, many of which reside in the over 1400 independent living apartment homes.  At Greenspring, over 200 resident-run and resident-driven programs promote an engaged, fulfilling lifestyle that is reflected in resident satisfaction levels that exceed the industry average.  Additional information about Greenspring can be found at www.ericksonliving.com