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February 2, 2024

Honoring MLK’s Legacy: Vitalia Rockside’s Acts of Service Initiatives

Category: Culture & Traditions

Author: Amalia Gallas, Resident Services 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 Vitalia Rockside, 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. 

All our residents love to give back in any way possible! We always participate significantly in our community’s Acts of Service, whether collecting items or donating money to organizations.

In the past, we have donated items and funds to many different organizations:

  • Cleveland Rape Crisis Center
  • Ronald McDonald House
  • Senior Dog Sanctuary
  • Pie in the Face for Alzheimer’s Awareness
  • Bake Sales
  • Food Banks

Our residents always feel so proud and happy they can help those in need.

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.

We look forward to a combined charity event for Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October. We will work alongside Bayada and Cornerstone Caregiving to raise donations to give to the Gathering Place, an organization that helps support individuals and families affected by cancer.

Follow along on our journey by visiting our social media page at this link. If you’re interested in working with Vitalia Rockside on our Acts of Service Projects, contact our Resident Services Director to learn more!

Source: Volunteering and its Surprising Benefits – HelpGuide.org

VITALIA® Rockside in Seven Hills, OH offers 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 Cleveland Clinic Mary Mount with convenient access to major shopping centers and attractions, including Top Gol Cleveland, Cleveland Metro Parks, Spiva Center for the Arts, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Cleveland Zoo, and A Christmas Story House.

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