Residents and staff participate in MLK Day of Service
Springfield, Va. – February 3, 2020 – On Friday, January 24, 2020, 21 residents and staff from Greenspring, a senior living community developed and managed by Erickson Living, participated in a Day of Service to celebrate the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.
This year marked the 25th anniversary of the holiday, which is observed each year on the third Monday in January as "a day on, not a day off" to honor the Civil Rights leader's life and legacy. MLK Day is the only federal holiday designated as a national day of service to encourage all Americans to volunteer to improve their communities.
Greenspring's Diversity & Inclusion Committee took the opportunity to organize a volunteer program for both residents and staff at the Capital Area Food Bank in Washington, D.C. A Greenspring shuttle provided transportation to and from the Food Bank's facility, where volunteers participated in sorting canned foods for local low-income communities.
The Capital Area Food Bank leads the Washington, D.C. region's efforts to provide good, healthy food to people struggling with hunger and food insecurity. Each year, the Food Bank sources and distributes food for more than 30 million meals.
Greenspring's Diversity & Inclusion committee seeks to provide programs and resources that enhance knowledge, encourage understanding and foster a culture of mutual respect among community members. The group is one of many active clubs and committees on campus, providing residents with plenty of opportunities to engage and connect with neighbors who share their interests.
"The Martin Luther King Day Holiday serves to remind us of the social issues that Dr. King fought for and helps us work towards strengthening communities," said Nahid Nasseh, a Greenspring employee who helped to organize the event. "It is a special day for reflection and appreciation for Dr. King's life of service and goals of bringing people together."
Greenspring is a not-for-profit organization, developed and operated by Erickson Living®. The community is governed by its own board of directors affiliated with National Senior Campuses, who provide independent financial and operational oversight of the community.
About Greenspring: Greenspring, one of 20 continuing care retirement communities developed and managed by Erickson Living®, is situated on a scenic 58-acre campus in Springfield, Virginia. The not-for-profit community of more than 2,000 residents and 1,000 employees is governed by its own board of directors, affiliated with National Senior Campuses, who provide independent financial and operational oversight of the community. Additional information can be found at GreenspringCommunity.com.
Photo Caption: Residents and staff from Greenspring, a senior living community developed and managed by Erickson Living, honored Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s legacy of service by volunteering at the Capital Area Food Bank.
Photo Credit: Courtesy Nahid Nasseh, Greenspring