Golden Diggers of the Army Residence Community Receive Volunteer of the Year Award
Thursday, April 25, 2019
Posted by: Julianna Ems
On April 9, 2019, the Golden Diggers of the Army Residence Community were recognized for their volunteer service when they were awarded the 2019 United Way Volunteer of the Year Award in the category of Senior Services. The event was hosted by the United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County and was held at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts.
The Golden Diggers are a group of seniors who are dedicated to improving the lives of other seniors living in long-term nursing and assisted living care at the Army Residence Community (ARC) in San Antonio. The ARC is a nonprofit Life Plan Community serving military veterans and their spouses through a continuum of care. The Golden Diggers are Independent Living residents who use their talent in gardening to insure that every resident living in long-term nursing, specialized memory care, and assisted living has a beautiful garden to visit and has an uplifting view of blooms, birds and butterflies outside their window.
The Golden Diggers were originally tasked with “sprucing up” an existing courtyard four years ago, but quickly realized they could accomplish so much more. Since then, they have created two garden courtyards, added an honor garden, and are developing new blooming gardens along walkways and in all common areas surrounding the Health Care Center. In 2018, volunteers dedicated 1,086 hours to building and maintaining these gardens.
Having a beautiful and safe area to sit, meditate, or visit with friends and family, has improved the quality of life and lifted the spirits of those residents with limited mobility, memory challenges, and terminal illness.
The work of the Golden Diggers has beautified the Army Residence Community as a whole, touching the lives of all residents.
Grace Newton, Director of Communications
Army Residence Community