Greenspring to Present Over 250 President’s Volunteer Service Awards

Volunteer service activities at Greenspring in 2015 totaled more than 107,000 hours

(Springfield, Virginia) - Since 2005, Greenspring retirement community in Springfield, Virginia 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.  That year, Greenspring was proud to present 32 service awards.  This week, Greenspring will present 250 service awards for service completed in 2015, marking the highest number of annual awards presented to date.

“We now have 833 active volunteers who serve throughout our community,” said Ben Cornthwaite, Greenspring’s Executive Director.  “The manner in which our volunteers give of themselves is a true inspiration to others.”

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. 

On Thursday, February 18th, Greenspring will host the Annual President’s Volunteer Awards Ceremony to individually recognize each award recipient.  During the event, Greenspring community leadership and Congressman Gerry Connolly (D-VA-11) will share a few words thanking the 2015 volunteers for their commitment to service.  Several federal, state, and local elected officials representing Greenspring have also shared written letters of support and appreciation to the volunteers for the event program.

When:  Thursday, February 18th | 2:00 PM
Where: Greenspring’s Hunters Crossing Conference Center
7430 Spring Village Drive, Springfield, VA 22150

Recognizing 2015 volunteer service, Greenspring will present 56 gold awards, 69 silver awards, and 119 bronze awards.  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.  Additionally, seven Lifetime Achievement awards will be presented to those who have given 4000 or more hours of service over the course of their volunteer work at Greenspring.  Since 2007, Greenspring has presented a total of 33 lifetime awards.

“Our volunteers provide insight into what makes the Greenspring community so unique,” said Katherine Knoble, Greenspring’s Volunteer Program Coordinator.  “It’s truly is a perfect example of living life to the fullest.”

During 2015, 107,102 hours of service were recorded by Greenspring volunteers.  The following examples cite a few of the ways Greenspring volunteers give of their time:  providing assistance at Greenspring’s Continuing Care neighborhood, tutoring employees in the English-as-a-Second-Language program, working at the Treasure Chest thrift store (which raises money for the community’s resident care fund), constructing care packages for the Food for Others program, knitting for area hospitals and children in need, tutoring children at Crestwood Elementary School, volunteering in local hospitals, and providing continuing education opportunities on campus.

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.