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February 2, 2024

Honoring MLK’s Legacy: The Wellington’s Acts of Service Initiatives

Category: Culture & Traditions

Author: Joanna Wesley, Executive Director

Martin Luther King Jr. Day is a federal holiday in the United States, observed on the third Monday of January to honor the civil rights leader. This American civil rights activist played a key role in advocating for racial equality and justice through nonviolent means. Therefore, people remember Dr. King’s contributions on this day and frequently engage in community service to honor his legacy.

Studies have demonstrated that volunteerism offers numerous benefits, such as:

  • boosting self-confidence
  • offering a sense of purpose
  • promoting physical activity

Moreover, it has a proven track record of reducing stress, alleviating anxiety, combating isolation, and alleviating depression.

Contributing to the Local Area

At The Wellington Senior Living, many of our residents have spent time volunteering or serving others. To help older adults continue to participate in all that is important to them and to do our part in continuing Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy, our community participates in Arrow Senior Living’s Acts of Service initiatives throughout the year.

In January, we plan to focus on one specific community service project every month. Our aging adults take pride in these efforts because the work is meaningful and creates lasting relationships with those in their long-term communities. 

Our residents stated they enjoyed the opportunity to give back to the community where many of them have lived most of their lives, if not the entirety. Events that involved honoring our local public service members and Veterans left the most significant impact on our residents. This reflects their deep care for the men and women who provide or have provided service to our community and country. We explicitly hosted the cookout for Liberty first responders during these events. Also, the Wreaths Across America wreath-making event in which residents made multiple wreaths for donation to the local VFW.

In past years, we’ve partnered with local food banks, animal shelters, hospitals, and more. As we head into the new year, we’re excited for the opportunity to continue partnering with our local community to serve others purposefully.

This year, we are centering some of our Acts of Service around bringing various groups of individuals into our community to engage with them and provide meaningful recognition.

Including:

  • Lunch for Liberty Parks and Recreation Members
  • Lunch or Happy Hour with our Home Health and Hospice Vendors
  • Chili Cook-Off with Liberty School Bus Drivers

We also want to create small gifts for companies and groups of individuals. While planning this year, we intentionally focused on designated awareness or celebrations each month and picked a company or group representing one of those. Our residents want to actively engage more and personally show their appreciation, especially to organizations in the Liberty area that have personally involved or impacted them.

Follow along on our journey by visiting our social media page at this link. If you’re interested in working with The Wellington Senior Living on our Acts of Service Projects. Contact our Resident Services Director to learn more!

Source: Volunteering and its Surprising Benefits – HelpGuide.org

The Wellington Senior Living in Liberty, MO offers senior villas, independent senior apartments, assisted living, and memory care with a variety of services and a range of floor plan options. Amenities include restaurant dining, 24-hour bistro, concierge service, housekeeping, events and entertainment, personal care, transportation services, and more. Centrally located near Liberty Hospital with convenient access to major shopping centers and attractions, including Shoal Creek Golf Course, Historic Downtown Liberty, Stocksdale Park, and Martha Lafite Thompson Nature Sanctuary.

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