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May 15, 2018 |
Carina Sauder, wife of Gavin Sauder, Garden Spot Communities web designer, photographer and videographer, traveled with purpose with Garden Spot Village to Tarboro, North Carolina, April 28-May 5. The intergenerational team included participants in their 20s and their 80s! Carina, who is in her 20s, shares her perspective on the trip...
May 30, 2017 |
Garden Spot Village holds service as a core value and the theme of service flows through every facet of the community as residents volunteer in a variety of ways to keep Garden Spot Village running smoothly.
Approximately 500 residents volunteer regularly on campus. In total, these volunteers served 59,674 hours in 2016. Since 1996...
December 7, 2016 |
EJ Rittersbach is someone who symbolizes the sense of volunteerism throughout Garden Spot Village. She is involved in multiple areas of the community, each offering something different to the overall environment of GSV. Some are for fun, others are more business minded – all are important to making Garden Spot...
February 19, 2016 |
R: Resident, E: Employee. From left to right back row: Gavin Sauder (E. since Nov. 2015), Kristy Deibert (E. since 2007), Marvin Harnish (E. since 2009), Marian Harnish E. since 2009), Amy Gallagher (E. since 2011). Left to right front row: Vivian Hertzler (R. since 1998), Ginger Miles (E. since 2008), Velma Hershey (R. since July 2015), Kelly...
December 10, 2015 |
A 12 Hour Day with Impact
GARDEN SPOT VILLAGE – On December 3, 2015, Lynn Prugh was patiently reading a book waiting for the rest of the team to show up. “I know I’m a little early, but I was excited about getting started so I thought I’d...
May 26, 2015 |
Memorial Day afternoon I was watching a mother robin with two of her chicks foraging for worms. The chicks followed her around, chirping like crazy. Occasionally she would pick something up and feed it to them. I was curious if they could fly so after watching them for an extended...
September 10, 2014 |
If “service” sounds synonymous with “drudgery,” you haven’t lived at Garden Spot Village, where giving back and having fun are often one in the same. Many of the Village’s more than 40 “official” interest groups and many informal ones give back...
August 15, 2014 |
From a cup of coffee at the café to a Saturday evening concert, from Sunday church services to an indoor swimming pool, you can find virtually any amenity or convenience you could want without ever setting foot beyond the boundaries of Garden Spot Village’s impeccably manicured 104-acre...
July 1, 2014 |
Sometimes, what seem like small things—things we might take for granted—make the biggest impact. A smile… A game of chess… A shared meal… Someone to listen… Through their selfless service, the people of Garden Spot Village help Cross Connection Ministries, ELANCO Social...
May 12, 2014 |
Garden Spot Village has a clearly focused mission: To enrich the lives of older adults as an expression of Christ’s love. One of the many ways the community carries out that mission is by creating an environment in which Villagers can live with purpose. Many residents and team...
March 26, 2014 |
Volunteerism by the book
Martin Tupper, a 19th-century British author, wrote, “A good book is the best of friends….” Several Garden Spot Village residents are sharing the joy of books with others—introducing them to youngsters and making them accessible to those who have difficulty reading.
March 3, 2014 |
We—all of us—live in community. From the other members of our household to the neighbors of our municipality to our fellow citizens of the world, we interact with and impact others. Steve Lindsey, chief executive officer at Garden Spot Village, examines the concept of social accountability...
February 19, 2014 |
Volunteerism on Patrol
New Holland’s police chief is enjoying his time in eastern Lancaster County – and Garden Spot Village is helping make his job easier.
“I have almost 1000 people in the community we serve who cause me no problems,” says Chief Don Bowers. “Garden...
February 5, 2014 |
This article was originally published in the Fall 2011 Destinations Magazine.
Make a Splash in the Chesapeake Bay
If it weren’t for the Chesapeake Bay, many of us would be up a creek, so to speak. A group of volunteers from Garden Spot Village regularly gathers water quality data...
January 14, 2014 |
In “Mending Wall,” poet Robert Frost questions whether “good fences make good neighbors.” Committed from its founding to being a good neighbor, Garden Spot Village connects with the surrounding community at every opportunity and warmly welcomes its neighbors to the campus. Over the last few years,...
December 20, 2013 |
Residents, Staff, Community and Mennonite Disaster Service Collaborate on Construction Project
The folks at Garden Spot Village know how to raise the roof—for shelter, that is. Last year Villagers and staff collaborated with local churches and other community volunteers to build a four-bedroom house through the Partnership Home...
December 18, 2013 |
Helping Hands Builds a Strong Sense of Community
Life’s heaviest burdens seem lighter when they’re shared. At Garden Spot Village, the Caring Connections program helps ensure that when a resident reaches out, someone is there to listen.
Caring Connections began in 2004 as a way to provide...
August 2, 2013 |
On Tuesday July 23rd a group of residents, future residents, staff and friends of Garden Spot Village took off for Camp Converge in the mountains just outside Tegucigalpa, Honduras. Their mission was to begin construction of a missionary and guest house at the camp. Here are comments and a review...
June 26, 2013 |
Tuesday June 18th, 2013 at 4:00 a.m. a seven passenger club van left Garden Spot Village for a 3 ½ hour trip to Far Rockaway, New York (watch the video below).
Far Rockaway was hit hard during hurricane Sandy in the fall of 2012. Garden Spot Village has been sending teams of 7 to...
June 3, 2013 |
Minimum wage is $7.50 per hour. The average American salary is $50,000 per year. The value of volunteering? Priceless.
As Director of Volunteer Services at Garden Spot Village, Deborah Fast knows better than anyone else just how valuable volunteers really are. “Volunteering plays a central role in the life of Garden...
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