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February 2, 2024

MLK Day Inspires Acts of Service at Vitalia North Olmsted

Category: Culture & Traditions

Author: Jacqueline Hendershot, Resident Services Director

Martin Luther King Jr. Day is a federal holiday in the United States, observed on the third Monday of January to honor the civil rights leader. This American civil rights activist played a key role in advocating for racial equality and justice through nonviolent means. Therefore, people remember Dr. King’s contributions on this day and frequently engage in community service to honor his legacy.

Studies have demonstrated that volunteerism offers numerous benefits, such as:

  • boosting self-confidence
  • offering a sense of purpose
  • promoting physical activity

Moreover, it has a proven track record of reducing stress, alleviating anxiety, combating isolation, and alleviating depression.

Contributing to the Local Area

At Vitalia North Olmsted, many of our residents have volunteered or served others. To help older adults continue to participate in all that is important to them and to do our part in continuing Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy, our community participates in Arrow Senior Living’s Acts of Service initiatives throughout the year. In January, we plan to focus on one specific community service project every month. Our aging adults take pride in these efforts because the work is meaningful and creates lasting relationships with those in their long-term communities. 

We did a back-to-school event at North Olmsted High School. On their first-year orientation day, we handed out cookies while holding a sign saying, “You’re one smart cookie,” and gave out Smarties and Starbursts candy. The kids also loved our “You Matter” cards, and the residents were excited to participate. We were even featured in The Plain Dealer newspaper! We also do a drive for donations of school supplies, toiletries, and snacks to supply to their Eagle Closet for kids in need. The school is very grateful for our thoughtfulness.

In past years, we’ve partnered with local food banks, animal shelters, hospitals, and more. As we head into the new year, we’re excited for the opportunity to continue partnering with our local community to serve others purposefully.

We have developed a strong relationship with Chestnut Elementary. The first graders brought over a craft project and completed it with our residents. They also did a Halloween costume parade through all the communities. We also connected with a local Girl Scout troop, who helped with our St. Nicholas event.

Follow along on our journey by visiting our social media page at this link. If you’re interested in working with Vitalia North Olmsted on our Acts of Service Projects, contact our Resident Services Director to learn more!

Source: Volunteering and its Surprising Benefits – HelpGuide.org

VITALIA® North Olmsted in North Olmsted, OH offers independent senior apartments, assisted living, and memory care with a variety of services and a range of floor plan options. Amenities include restaurant dining, 24-hour bistro, concierge service, housekeeping, events and entertainment, personal care, transportation services, and more. Centrally located near St. John West Shore with convenient access to major shopping centers and attractions, including Crusher’s Stadium, Crocker Park, North Olmsted Senior Center, North Olmsted Library, Bradley Woods Park (Cleveland Metro Parks), and Cleveland Zoo.

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