SCARBOROUGH — Piper Shores, Maine’s first and only nonprofit lifecare retirement community, announced today that it will host its annual Volunteer Opportunities Fair on Wednesday, April 15, 2015, in the Founders Room at Piper Shores, as part of an expanding emphasis on life enrichment.
The event runs from 10 AM to 2 PM, is free and open to the public, and provides a powerful and convenient opportunity for residents and guests to come together and meet with as many as 30 local nonprofit organizations at a single venue.
“The Volunteer Opportunities Fair reinforces and beautifully illustrates our increased emphasis on life enrichment and the many-faceted dimensions of wellness,” said Andrea C. Killiard, Piper Shores Marketing and Life Enrichment Director. “This holistic approach seeks to ensure a healthy balance between eight unique dimensions of wellness: emotional, social, spiritual, financial, physical, intellectual, occupational and environmental,” she added.
“Last year’s fair received an enormous turnout,” said Killiard, “but even more importantly, we were able to successfully connect dozens of members of the community with local nonprofits that are in need of volunteers.” One resident, for example, is now serving as a member of the Scarborough Police Volunteer group,” explained Killiard. Others are volunteering for local land trusts, helping out at animal shelters, and summer day camps.
Killiard added that volunteerism is a critical part of the strategic plan at Piper Shores, and evidence is increasingly substantiating the enormous value that volunteerism and community involvement play in every person’s wellbeing. Along with volunteering, Killiard noted that Piper Shores’ emphasis on life enrichment also includes a robust business series, where residents have the opportunity to tour and participate in talks at top local businesses and nonprofits, such as the Gulf of Maine Research Institute, Idexx, and Maine Medical Research Institute. It also includes social outings, such as a recent visit and lecture at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art and dinners at local restaurants.
“My goal is to work with what residents want, but also to occasionally offer the unexpected,” said Killiard. “At the end of each day, my hope is that our residents will say: ‘My life is really full.’”
The Piper Shores’ Volunteer Opportunities Fair coincides with National Volunteer Week (April 12-18), which was originally established in 1975 by President Richard Nixon as a way to recognize and celebrate the efforts of volunteers.
For more information about attending the Piper Shores Volunteer Opportunities Fair, please call Anne Brennan at 207-510-5211.
About Piper Shores
Piper Shores is the only nonprofit lifecare retirement community in Maine and the first to be recognized by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) and the Continuing Care Accreditation Commission (CCAC) – the nations’ only accrediting body for continuing care retirement communities. Built in 2001 in a style that complements Maine’s architectural heritage, Piper Shores is located on 138 acres of beautiful oceanfront property, situated between Higgins Beach and historic Prouts Neck in Scarborough, Maine. Piper Shores is an innovative retirement community that promotes the long-term wellbeing of its residents through a continuum of activities and lifecare services. Piper Shores’ residents enjoy active, independent lifestyles with guaranteed priority access to on-site assisted living and skilled nursing care, whenever they may need it.
Piper Shores is owned and operated independently by Maine Life Care Retirement Community, Inc., a Maine nonprofit organization, formed by a group of accomplished local individuals to deliver the shared vision of creating an ideal retirement community on the coast of Maine. For more information, visit www.pipershores.org or call 207-883-8700.