SLV Residents Raleigh and Patricia Committed to a Legacy of Service
When Spring Lake Village residents Raleigh and Patricia joined the community 11 years ago, they wasted no time in getting involved in their new home. “I remember Raleigh announcing that he didn’t come here to retire; he came to be active,” Patricia said. “Some people definitely rolled their eyes at that, but he has been true to his goal.”
Between the two of them, Raleigh and Patricia have been instrumental in many aspects of community life at Spring Lake Village. Raleigh led the Facilities and Gardening committees and served on the Spring Lake Village Resident Council.
He regularly sets up for all the wellness classes. Patricia represented Spring Lake Village residents for four years on the organization’s board of directors. She manages the SLV Village Store and participates on the Outreach Committee. Together, they have served as editors of the community newsletter for more than 10 years.
As time goes by, Raleigh and Patricia have been thinking about their legacy and, for them, it comes down to stepping up to serve when called. “I want to be remembered for taking action with a purpose, even as some of those purposes rise to meet you in the face,” Raleigh said. “Like my volunteering to set up the wellness classes, the more we all pitch in, the more time there is for doing things that make a difference.”
Raleigh and Patricia have been supporters of the Foundation from early in their time at Spring Lake Village. They were founding members of the Circle of Friends committee in 2016, when the Foundation first started the annual event to build awareness of the Circle of Friends resident assistance fund that supports residents who oulive their resources.
“Raleigh and Patricia are the spark that ignites other people’s passions,” said Katharine Miller, executive director of the Front Porch Communities Foundation. “They embody the culture of caring that is a hallmark of our communities and that makes possible the Foundation’s support of critical programs such as the Circle of Friends resident assistance fund.”
“We got involved with the Circle of Friends because we wanted to support our community of friends as we all age together,” Raleigh said. “What affects one of us could affect any of us, and we want to do what we can to help.”
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