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At Scarborough Terrace, we pride ourselves on participating actively in our local towns. This involvement has generated many print, TV and radio news stories.
For the past five years, Len and Liane Giambalvo have worked selflessly to serve the greater Scarborough community as volunteers for the Scarborough Food Pantry. Due to the couple’s dedication to helping those in need in the local community, Scarborough Terrace Assisted Living presented the Giambalvos with the annual Scarborough Terrace Assisted Living Senior Service Award. Additionally, Scarborough Terrace also recognized the Scarborough Food Pantry for the organization’s commitment to helping the hungry in Scarborough and neighboring towns. Recently, we held an award ceremony to celebrate the Giambalvos, and the Scarborough Leader helped us to further celebrate by sharing photos from the event.
There aren’t many Wednesday mornings that you can’t find Michael Gregoire, 25, helping set up bingo for the residents of Scarborough Terrace. For the past six years, Gregoire has made regular trips to Scarborough Terrace as a volunteer to assist residents with their games and simply spend time with them. Similarly, Bruce Shaw, 52, can be found three to four times a week at the senior living community leading various resident clubs and activities. Due to the inspirational dedication of volunteers like Gregoire and Shaw, Scarborough Terrace paid tribute during National Volunteer Month to these local volunteers who selflessly devote their time for the betterment of the residents. We were thrilled when recently the Scarborough Leader helped us to highlight these wonderful individuals and how they help our community.
For the past 12 years, Ed Libby has served the greater Scarborough community as an active member of Volunteers in Police Service (VIPS), assisting the Scarborough Police Department by carrying out various community duties which do not necessarily require a police officer. Due to his dedication to helping the local community, Scarborough Terrace Assisted Living presented Libby with the annual Scarborough Terrace Assisted Living Senior Service Award. The senior service award is presented by Scarborough Terrace to a deserving senior volunteer to acknowledge the important work seniors do to give back to their local community. WCSH Channel 6 recently featured this special recognition for Libby and what it means to recognize our everyday heroes.
Anyone who's ever known the love and companionship of an animal understands the heartwarming effect it can have on an individual's life. With that in mind, once a month the senior residents of Scarborough Terrace Assisted Living are visited by a four-legged friend from the Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland's shelter. Because the residents gain so much from these visits, Scarborough Terrace recently held a supply drive for the shelter with help from the local community. WCSH Channel 6 even came out to see this heart-warming interaction for themselves and share with the local community.
Twenty years ago, David Sinclair began a career dedicated to serving the senior residents of Scarborough Terrace Assisted Living. Because of his devotion, Sinclair will be recognized by the senior living community for his never-ending commitment to helping those around him and creating a positive environment. The Forecaster recently helped us share our excitement to celebrate David.
After a lifelong career and dedication to serving others in the nonprofit world, Vivian Howe retired eight years ago only to continue serving others by volunteering with the Southern Maine Agency on Aging's Meals on Wheels program. Since 2011, Howe has spent time once a week delivering fresh nutritious meals to local seniors in need. Because of her commitment to helping seniors and willingness to put them first, Scarborough Terrace Assisted Living presented Howe with the annual Scarborough Terrace Assisted Living Senior Service Award for her efforts.
Scarborough Terrace residents recently joined the efforts of Ruth's Reusable Resources by volunteering and helping provide teachers access to the supplies they need to stock their classrooms. The organization transfers surplus business supplies and merchandise to schools by providing a "store" for teachers to shop for supplies. Scarborough Terrace residents have been organizing supplies donated to the organization so that teachers have the supplies they need. Fox 23 recently shared the residents' story about how they want to help give back.
While most high school students are concerned with dating, driving or prom, one Scarborough High School senior has been spending hours defying those stereotypes. 18-year-old Shannon Wright, a senior Girl Scout, has been volunteering at Scarborough Terrace Assisted Living to work toward the highest award a Girl Scout can receive: the Gold Award. Wright has been working with staff and residents at Scarborough Terrace Assisted Living to create intergenerational activities to enrich resident's lives. WCSH-TV's show "The 207" shared Shannon's project and how she is enriching the lives of local seniors.
Residents participate in a new brain fitness program to help ward off dementia and Alzheimer’s. The interactive sessions include fun and interesting activities to stimulate participants’ brains. The Forecaster attended a class and put together a fabulous story.
For more than 80 years, one resident at Scarborough Terrace has been playing the trombone. From the Mickey Mouse Band to the National Guard, he has performed in front of many different audiences. The Scarborough Leader shared this inspiring story about one man’s love of music.
The holidays are a fun time full of decorations and cheer, and thanks to some kind volunteers, the residents at Scarborough Terrace feel like it’s time for the holidays. The Current highlighted the work of these decorating angels in a special story about their dedication to the residents.
Scarborough Terrace believes in honoring senior volunteers who make a difference in the lives of others. For that reason, Scarborough Terrace presented this year’s Senior Service Award to a volunteer who helps several area nonprofits. The Current spotlighted this year’s winner with a touching story about his volunteerism.
The residents at Scarborough Terrace are extremely generous, and they particularly enjoy assisting others during the holiday season. The community held a Thanksgiving bake sale and fundraiser. In addition, they collected winter clothing to donate to Project G.R.A.C.E. The Scarborough Leader ran a wonderful story about the importance of giving back.
In honor of the recent Easter holiday, Scarborough Terrace assisted living community wanted to help spread the holiday cheer. The community held an Easter Baskets for Charity event benefiting Project G.R.A.C.E. Residents and staff decorated Easter baskets and filled them with nonperishable food items and other supplies to donate to the local charity. Scarborough Terrace invited the public to attend and bring food, clothing, toiletry items, and other usable supplies that were donated to Project G.R.A.C.E. Total, more than 15 baskets were donated to the charity.