Social Accountability

SOCIAL ACCOUNTABILITY AND CHARITABLE GIVING, 2021

Social accountability for a non-profit organization is the impact that organization has on its wider community. It is a measure of an organization’s commitment to its mission, stakeholders and the greater community. Each of the LifeSpire communities along with the Virginia Baptist Homes Foundation are significantly impacting the communities in which they are located.

As part of our vision of vibrant living where faith, wellness and community flourish, that community extends around each residence. While some efforts were curbed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, in 2021 residents, members and team members at The Chesapeake, The Culpeper, The Glebe, Lakewood, Lakewood at Home, The Summit, the Virginia Baptist Homes Foundation and the home office team provided more than $1.4 million in monetary donations, goods and services to public charities and organizations. Across all of LifeSpire, team members gave 143 hours and residents and members gave over 5,000 hours of time to volunteer service.

2021 GIVING HIGHLIGHTS

Greater Community Engagement & Support

  • The VBH Foundation donated $34,000 to the Cristo Rey Work Study Program, supporting 4 interns at Lakewood.
  • The VBH Foundation donated $2,000 to the Virginia Baptist Foundation for a medical or nursing student scholarship.
  • $500 was donated to the Culpeper Volunteer Fire Department.
  • $250 was donated by The Culpeper to Aging Together, a partnership-driven agency that helps our region prepare for an unprecedented growth in the older population, assuring local residents will have the services and supports they need as they age.
  • $350 was donated by The Culpeper to Boy Scout Troop 196.
  • $200 was donated by The Culpeper to Angel Flight, an organization that provides free air transportation to help passengers receive medical treatment far from home with the help of volunteer pilots.
  • Multiple communities donated over $4,000 to the Alzheimer’s Association, including event sponsorships, cash donations, and a team for the Walk to End Alzheimer’s.
  • The Culpeper donated $200 to the Boys Home of Virginia.
  • The Culpeper team gave over $500 worth of donations to Full Circle Thrift Store.

Resident Contributions to the Greater Community

  • Lakewood residents donated $3,619 to Special Olympics through their community-wide Summer Senior Olympics event.
  • Residents of all 5 communities donated over 1000 hours to local charities, including the Powhatan Food Pantry, Youth Challenge, the Shepherd Center, and the River City Faith Network.
  • Residents at The Summit volunteered 312 hours to make stuffed animals and neck braces for Centra Lynchburg General Hospital.
  • The Spinning Threads group at The Glebe contributed 96 volunteer hours and donated 40 pillowcases to Ryan’s Case for Smiles, and 48 hours for Quilts of Valor.
  • Residents in the PLARN Group at Lakewood volunteered 227 hours to make blankets for local hospitals, and 80 hours making quilt tops for Quilts of Valor.
  • The From the Heart Stitchers Groups at The Culpeper and at Lakewood gave $250 and volunteered 527 hours making items for local hospitals.

Charitable Giving & Volunteer Service Within LifeSpire Communities

  • The VBH Foundation provided $1,141,620 in Benevolent Assistance to 52 residents at The Chesapeake, The Culpeper, The Glebe, Lakewood and The Summit.
  • The Chesapeake donated $12,000 worth of in kind rent and 60 team member hours to the Fresh Start Program, providing emergency temporary housing assistance for team members.
  • The VBH Foundation provided $13,000 in Employee Education Scholarships.
  • Residents at The Chesapeake contributed $1,371 to the Back-to-School Backpacks program benefiting team members’ children.
  • A resident at The Summit donated 100 hours to prepare tax returns for his fellow residents.
  • Residents across all 5 communities volunteered 76 hours to community events, and over 2600 hours in service to their communities.

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