Lakeview Village residents have been back to school shopping… for the children of Lakeview staff members.
Residents in Lakeview’s Centerpointe Care Center like to do events and fundraisers to give back to the community. In the past, residents have knit blankets and run food drives, but they decided that they wanted to do something that would also support their staff members.
“The residents feel like they are making a difference,” Pam Hermon, the assistant director of health services at Lakeview Village said. “They were overwhelmed by how much money Lakeview employees had to spend on school supplies, and they wanted to help.”
For the past few weeks, residents have been collecting and purchasing supplies, and will present the new supplies at a back to school party on Friday, August 1.
Centerpointe residents have found creative ways to raise money and supplies for the drive. They hosted a supplies competition between staff and residents to see who could get the most school supplies and had “penny wars” between Centerpointe residents and independent living residents to raise money. Centerpointe residents also organized a spaghetti dinner and the proceeds from the meal went towards the supplies drive.
“We are the only retirement community in the area I know that is doing an event like this,” Hermon said.
Though Centerpointe residents organized the drive and event, the entire community helped. Independent living residents helped Centerpointe residents sort through the supplies and organize items into grade appropriate piles.
More than 90 children between kindergarten and eighth grade will receive supplies because of the drive.
“The entire Village came together to make this happen,” Hermon said.