Annual Campaign Gains High Yields to Ensure that Residents Have Quality Lifetime Care
TINTON FALLS, NJ - With the economy trending downward this year, at Seabrook more and more people are finding it within themselves to help one another in the event someone needs help.
The Seabrook Benevolent Care Fund, which provides future financial support for residents who may find that they have exhausted their financial resources due to unforeseen circumstances such as long-term illness, was formed in 1999. As of August 31, 2011, $111,743 has been raised to assist residents in need, and there are still four months to go in the 2011 campaign.
This year, there was a 28% increase in the number of donors. Last year 299 residents donated to the fund, compared with this year's number of 414.
The total donation amount for 2010 was $137,645, and in 2009, $95,793 was donated to the fund, clearly illustrating an upward trend.
"The Benevolent Care Fund provides ease of mind," said Seabrook resident Jeanne McArthur, who also serves as the community's resident advisory council president. "No one thinks they need it, but it's nice to know that it is there for them should they. The fund is an important part of our community. It is residents helping other residents and that's what a community does."
Seabrook Executive Director Art Sparks said, "Every year our residents make charitable contributions, which help make certain that the residents who live here have quality lifetime care, particularly when a resident is experiencing financial hardship. The Benevolent Care Fund is only one example of the compassion that defines Seabrook and the ongoing drive is a wonderful program that pays important dividends."
"Considering the economy, and the severe dip the stock market took in early August, it is outstanding that we have had such incredible resident participation," said Ann Marie Matthews, Seabrook volunteer program coordinator. "We really put an emphasis on growing the participation rate each year and are pleased with the success rate that we have received in 2011."
In 2010, 42% of the Seabrook residents donated to the Benevolent Care Fund, which currently assists four residents. That equates to less than one-percent of the community that utilizes the fund. As of August 31, 40% of the number of residents have donated with four months left in the calendar year.
In addition to the Benevolent Care Fund, residents donate their time, talents and monetary contributions to a host of charities, organizations and agencies, including:
• The Seabrook Scholars' Fund, which provides scholarship money for student employees who work at the community.
• The FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties
• The Mahala F. Atchison School
• Jersey Shore Medical Center
• The Jersey Shore Chapter of the American Red Cross
• Clean Ocean Action
• Bridges at the Shore
• Project Paul
• The Center of Asbury Park
More than 1,400 people live at Seabrook, an Erickson Living full-service retirement community that promotes a vibrant lifestyle. Erickson Living develops and manages 16 full-service retirement communities that provide worry-free living for America's seniors - the country's fastest-growing population segment. Erickson Living's refundable entrance deposit and predictable monthly service fees provide residents across the country financial peace of mind. Comprehensive health and wellness services, integrated into every community, lead to demonstrated resident benefits. For more information, visit www.ericksonliving.com.