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Posted: Sunday, July 12, 2015

Retirement community residents thank EMTs with sweet treats

The emergency personnel who serve Ingleside at King Farm are getting a delicious surprise this week—baked goods and other sweet treats prepared by the retirement community’s residents.

“We are going to two firehouses that serve our community,” says Debbie Loube, IKF’s Volunteer Coordinator. “The residents bake cookies and buy candy and nuts, and put them together on platters wrapped up with ribbons.” Another group of volunteers delivers the goodies to the firehouses. In the past, Loube says, the EMTs and fire personnel, who pull long shifts at the firehouses, have really enjoyed their treats.

Residents at the retirement community are passionate about improving both IKF itself and the surrounding community. The sweet surprise is just one way IKF residents use their time and talents to get involved.

Recent projects have included collecting canned food and delivering it to Manna Food Center, which distributes food to families, soup kitchens, homeless shelters and other organizations. Volunteers from Assisted Living make sandwiches for Stepping Stones, a homeless shelter for families. Other residents spent a full day helping Habitat for Humanity organize mailings.

Residents who knit make scarves for the homeless. Others compile layettes for Interfaith Works, which aims to give low-income, pregnant moms a good start. They fill bags with diapers for newborns, formula, samples of shampoo and other items, and take them to the organization’s Rockville site.

Residents love participating in these group projects but also do a lot of volunteering on their own.

“We have people who work for the Literacy Council, tutoring students here at Ingleside,” Loube says. “We have a retired attorney who does pro bono arbitration work.” Other residents serve as ushers at Strathmore Hall and docents at several museums; help to sell recycled materials at Habitat’s ReStore; serve on the Friends of Rockville Library group; and teach church classes.

“We have a woman who works to record textbooks for the visually impaired, and someone who volunteers for the World Health Organization and International Rotary,” Loube says. “We have volunteers at the Potomac Library, Suburban Hospital and Montgomery County Coalition for Housing.”

“Our residents, even people who could do less, do everything” she says. “There is basically almost no one here who isn’t volunteering, unless they absolutely can’t.”

Volunteers find that working to improve the lives of others enriches their own lives. These residents exemplify the spirit of Ingleside at King Farm that we call Engaged Living.

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