Volunteers Strengthen Community at San Francisco Towers
At San Francisco Towers (SFT), new residents often get involved in activities and efforts that improve the community. It is an important step in acclimating to their new home. For Carol, who moved to SFT in 2018, getting involved with various committees was a way to meet people while also having an impact in areas of community life that mattered to her.
“Volunteering makes me feel like I’m doing my part to care for my community at SFT and make a difference in useful and practical ways,” Carol said. Patricia W., current president of the SFT resident council, agrees: “After retiring, I didn’t feel that I had any purpose or was making a contribution to the world. Getting involved in my community changed that. Also, I quickly discovered that volunteering allowed me to meet people who I might not otherwise get to know.”
Pete, a resident for three years, serves on 11 SFT committees and clubs and serves as a newly elected board member of Leading Age CA, the association that represents nonprofit senior living organizations. “Engaging with my community through volunteerism is rewarding as it keeps me healthy,” Pete said. “I want to be able to serve now in ways that I may not be able to later in life.”
Pat L. has been an active volunteer with the SFT community and the Foundation since joining the community over 10 years ago with her husband, Mike, bringing with them a generosity of spirit and love of community. The couple chose to live at San Francisco Towers because it was a home where they could age in place and get to know “intelligent and gracious new people.” Their new community also provided Pat an opportunity to volunteer her time in service to her chosen community. Pat chairs the House Committee and serves as a member of the Health Committee and Flower Committee. She also served on the Foundation board of directors for four years. “Being involved in my community through these committees is a wonderful way to give back,” Pat said.
In addition to being generous with time, Pat and Mike are also supporters of the Front Porch Communities Foundation. When selling their San Francisco home, they created a Charitable Remainder Trust with the Foundation that will eventually support the Circle of Friends resident assistance fund at San Francisco Towers. Pat adds, “This was a great way to join the Circle of Friends and support our community. We had a strong desire to donate to charity and we benefit as well from the annual income the trust provides for us.”
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