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Posted: Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Award recognizes Ingleside at King Farm’s community service

Volunteering is a way of life at Ingleside at King Farm, and the good work our residents do is recognized throughout the community.

In early December, residents Alan and Nancy accepted the Charlotte Zuckman Humanitarian Award on behalf of the community. The award is presented annually by the King Farm Citizens Assembly to an individual or group for outstanding and dedicated service to the greater King Farm community.

Residents of Ingleside at King Farm, a continuing care retirement community, contribute thousands of volunteer hours each year to projects that benefit organizations throughout the area. Over the course of this year, volunteers have prepared and delivered sweet treats to the firefighters and EMTs at the two firehouses that serve the community; collected and delivered food to Manna Food Center; helped Habitat for Humanity organize mailings; knit scarves and made sandwiches for homeless shelters; and made layettes for Interfaith Works to give to low-income, pregnant moms. Residents also have made cloth carry bags, bibs and receiving blankets for new mothers.

Volunteers also help out at libraries, hospitals and many other Montgomery County organizations; do pro bono legal and medical work; serve as ushers at Strathmore Hall and docents at several museums.

During the holiday season, volunteers have participated in a coat drive, Toys for Tots and Project Turkey, which provides meals for families at Thanksgiving.

“There is basically almost no one here who isn’t volunteering,” says Ingleside at King Farm Volunteer Coordinator Debbie Loube.

The community also donates meeting space for the King Farm Conservancy and the Corridor Cities Transitway.

Alan and Nancy exemplify the spirit of giving back at Ingleside at King Farm. Alan, a retired physician, is president of the Resident Council, but that’s just one of his volunteer jobs. Alan serves on the Commission for Health, an advisory group to the Montgomery County Council and the county executive on health matters. He’s also a member of the Rockville Traffic and Transportation Committee.

Besides, “my wife keeps me running on her projects,” Alan says. Nancy, a former preschool teacher, is on the county Commission for Children and Youth, helps to get gifts for foster parents to thank them for caring for kids, sews for one of the area shelters, and delivers bagels every week to shelters and other locations. She also does sewing projects for people at Ingleside at King Farm, such as taking up pants hems.

Like other King Farm residents, when Alan and Nancy see a need, they find a way to fulfill it. Nancy developed Project Turkey, and she and Alan were both involved in a very special project to provide pillows for children with cancer.

“I teach at the military medical school, and one of my colleagues heads the children’s cancer ward,” Alan says. “We got to talking one day. Nancy brought a bunch of pillows for them to hold onto and snuggle with during treatments.”

Nancy made the pillows out of a stretch book cover. “I got them from the company that makes them,” she says. Nancy went to craft stores and persuaded them to donate filling for the pillows.

“Retirement is busier than working, because working is easier,” Alan says. “You get up every morning at the same time and go to work. Saturday is errand day, and Sunday you go to church and watch football. But in retirement, every day is different.”

Alan and Nancy have lived at Ingleside at King Farm almost since it opened; they moved in in June 2009. “We watch this community get built,” Alan says. “We came here because we thought someday we would have to do this, and we decided to do it before there was a waiting list. Also, we had lots of friends here.”

 

Like many of their friends, Alan and Nancy keep busy volunteering and have found the perfect ways to do it. Loube helps match volunteers with work that draws upon their talents and backgrounds and which they also enjoy and find fulfilling.

“We are happy to be involved in such a wonderful community of home owners and businesses, and are looking forward to many years of partnering with our King Farm Community,” Loube says.

 

 

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