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Senior Services of Southeastern Virginia appreciates our community partners
Senior Services is grateful for its many community partners who support the work we do by offering many hours of volunteer time and talent. The results of their efforts are immeasurable and leave a deep impression on both the volunteer and the recipients of their largesse.
In 2013, our community partner volunteers gave back by facilitating and hosting a variety of projects and activities that enhanced the lives of hundreds of often neglected and underserved seniors in the Hampton Roads and Western Tidewater communities. A few examples of how our community partners joined up with Senior Services and our clients are listed below:
Target Warehouse employees once again, packaged over 7,000 shelf stable meals to ensure seniors were fed in times of inclement weather. Target Warehouse employees’ outreach also included registering seniors for Farm Market Fresh Seniors Check program and organizing holiday parties for seniors who attend Franklin's Martin Luther King Senior Center!
In 2013, volunteer employees at Senior Services’ corporate partner, Amerigroup (now Amerigroup/Wellpoint) registered hundreds of seniors for Farmers’ Market coupons that allow them to buy fresh produce from certified Virginia farmers. They also hosted the first ever Senior Fitness Day, held at Virginia Wesleyan College where volunteers engaged with seniors in various fitness activities. Other volunteer activities include National Fall Prevention Day and a holiday celebration, complete with party food and surprising the thrilled seniors in attendance with generous holiday gifts and door prizes. The generous group also saw to it that any family members in attendance did not leave the party without a gift in hand.
Senior Services once again partnered with Atlantic Bay Mortgage and Catholic Charities of Southeastern Virginia in December 2013, to provide holiday gifts to underserved clients. Each year, Atlantic Bay Mortgage organizes an angel tree and encourages their customers and employees to celebrate the season by purchasing a gift for a senior in need. Atlantic Bay’s 2013 project organizer, Heather Plourde shared that, “this is the highlight of our year, being able to give back to the community.” She noted what a pleasure it is for their staff to work with Senior Services! This year over 223 gifts were donated by friends and clients of Atlantic Bay Mortgage! Thank you for your generosity and spirit!
More than a dozen members of The Rotary Club of Princess Anne at Town Center spent a recent Saturday sprucing up the home and yard of Omia Robbins, an elderly client of Senior Services of Southeastern Virginia, as part of Rotary’s Paint Your Heart Out community service program. The volunteer effort, which came together on June 29, 2013 included painting, cleaning and general repairs.
Robbins, 82, has been a homeowner in the Seatack neighborhood of Virginia Beach for more than 50 years but has had difficulty keeping up with some normal challenges that come with maintaining an older home. "This is such a blessing! My back porch was getting on my nerves!" Robbins said in gratitude for the work performed by the Rotary Club volunteers. To help supplement her limited income, Robbins holds a part-time job as a biscuit prep cook at an area Hardees restaurant, reporting for work as early as 4 a.m. In her spare time, she is an avid gardener with a yard lush in tomato plants, green beans, peppers, broccoli and colorful flowers.
Rotary member Bob Gering, a retired builder, organized the effort at Robbins’ home and has been involved in similar Paint Your Heart Out initiatives with other clubs. Fellow Rotarian Dave Moore reached out to the not-for-profit Senior Services of Southeastern Virginia for help in identifying a homeowner who needed assistance. "Mrs. Robbins is the perfect candidate for what we do," Moore said.
Senior Services is so proud to be associated with all of these wonderful organizations and volunteers. We look forward to welcoming additional community partners into our family. If your company, military team, or civic organization is interested in becoming a community partner, please contact Sue Stanley at firstname.lastname@example.org or 757-461-9481.