Greenspring Celebrates National Volunteer Week

Community volunteers participated in a service project benefiting a Springfield area children’s book drive

(Springfield, Va.) - Greenspring retirement community had many reasons to celebrate National Volunteer Week this year.  In February, the community presented over 240 President’s Volunteer Service Awards to active volunteers at the community.  This proved to be the highest number of awards presented since the program’s initiation at Greenspring in 2005.  The community has more than 600 active volunteers who serve in a variety of capacities; 400 of whom are residents of the community.  Greenspring volunteers make a significant impact both on campus and beyond in the greater community; they mentor young students at local schools, visit residents in Continuing Care, lead groups and clubs on campus, and volunteer with local organizations like ECHO (Ecumenical Community Helping Others).  In 2014 alone, Greenspring volunteers logged over 96,000 hours of service.

This year, a Presidential Proclamation declared the week of April 12-18 as National Volunteer Week, which was first established in 1974.  The proclamation states, “During National Volunteer Week, we recognize those who embrace a life of active, energetic, and engaged citizenship, and we reaffirm our belief that all people have something to contribute to the American story.”  This year’s National Volunteer Week motto at Greenspring was “Volunteers Leave Their Mark,” and activities focused on showing appreciation for the many individuals who cultivate the community’s culture of volunteerism.

“Throughout the month of April, Greenspring honors those who accomplish extraordinary things and impact the lives of others through volunteer service,” said Elke Martin, Volunteer Programs Coordinator at Greenspring.  “This is a special time for us to extend our thanks to the many volunteers who share their gifts throughout the year.” 

Each year during National Volunteer Week, the community plans a service project to benefit a local partner or organization.  This year, rounding out National Volunteer Week on April 17th, volunteers at Greenspring came together to create bookmarks for the Springfield area children’s book drive.  The children’s book drive, largely supported by the Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce and Friends of Richard Byrd Library, runs through May 1 and aims to provide new and gently-used books to young readers and elementary school teachers in the area. 

ABOUT GREENSPRING
Greenspring, one of 18 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.