"The Girl Scouts is a wonderful organization committed to providing our next-generation of female leaders with the necessary resources to become whatever they choose to be," said Jolanta Giancarlo, Vice President of The Allendale Community. "We are especially proud to support young ladies from the surrounding area in their pursuit of Girl Scout milestones and service projects, both of which build character, confidence and leadership skills."
Each year, The Allendale Community hosts various Girl Scout, Brownie and Daisy troop service projects as well as individuals pursuing the coveted Gold and Silver Awards. One project that is especially popular among the senior campus' residents is an annual 300-box Girl Scout cookie donation, compliments of mother and daughter, Linda and Alexis Menzel of Park Ridge.
A Girl Scouts co-service unit manager, Linda Menzel enjoyed visiting her late grandmother, Freida Steiger, while she resided at The Allendale Community for Mature Living, a senior living campus. The annual donation of Trefoils now honors her memory and prompts discussions among the residents about their own scouting experiences. This year, The Community is matching Menzel's gift by donating 300 additional boxes of cookies to members of the armed forces serving overseas and helping her daughter, Alexis, reach the milestone of 1,033 cookie boxes sold.
"The tasty treats are a real highlight for our residents and we hope to share this goodwill by brightening a serviceman or woman's day with our matching gift," said Mary Stampleman, ADC, Director of Therapeutic Recreation and Community Relations.
The Girl Scout Gold and Silver Awards are among the organization's highest honors. Recent project highlights at The Allendale Community include a seasonal arts and crafts class designed to promote memory recognition and enhance fine motor skills led by Dana Simendinger. And this summer, local student Puneet Binepal is planning to host a jewelry and textiles program for The Atrium Assisted Living's residents as part of her Gold Award project, which is pending council approval. The Northern Highlands sophomore, who earned her Silver Award with a crafts program at The Atrium, also will invite members of her high school's Rotary Interact Club, which she co-founded, to participate.
"I enjoy being with the Atrium's residents and really value the opportunity to develop new skills when working with others, as well as learning more about myself," said Binepal. "Volunteering as part of Girl Scouts has taught me many great life lessons, including how to be a good listener."
The Girl Scout Golden Eagle of Merit honor, awarded from 1916 to 1919, marked the beginning of a long tradition of recognition awards for girls who made a difference in their communities. Since then, the Curved Bar Award (1940 to 1963) and First Class Award (1963 to 1980) were the highest awards, followed by the present-day Girl Scout Gold Award. Founded in 1912 by Juliette Gordon Low, today there are more than 10 million Girl Scouts members in 145 countries worldwide.
Volunteers of all ages - from youngsters to retired professionals - are offered a wide range of flexible opportunities to share their talents and interests with The Atrium Assisted Living's senior residents. The Allendale Community for Mature Living was among the first to incorporate four levels of care in one convenient campus-like location and has been renovated in stages to meet the evolving healthcare needs of older adults. The Allendale Community, which includes The Atrium Assisted Living; Carlton Court, a memory care neighborhood;
For information about volunteering at The Allendale Community, contact Mary Stampleman at (201) 818-7979 or visit www.allendalecommunity.com.
PHOTO CAPTION: The Allendale Community for Mature Living is joining the Girl Scouts in marking the "Year of the Girl" to commemorate the organization's 100th Anniversary. Annually, Linda Menzel, a Girl Scouts co-service unit manager, donates 300 boxes of cookies to the Allendale residents in honor of her late grandmother, Freida Steiger, who resided at the senior campus. This year, the Community is matching Menzel's gift by donating 300 additional boxes of cookies to members of the armed forces serving overseas and helping her daughter, Alexis, reach the milestone of 1,033 cookie boxes sold. (L-R) Linda Menzel, Alexis Menzel, Beth Stenftennegal, an activities staff member, and Pat Costello, R.N., gather at The Allendale Community to honor Menzel's late grandmother, pictured, and present a check to the Girl Scouts.
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About The Allendale Community for Mature Living: The Allendale Community for Mature Living is located on 12 acres in a scenic, quiet suburban neighborhood, with direct access to Route 17 South. The physician-owned Community offers three levels of residency and a continuum of care on campus: The Atrium, where independent seniors enjoy residential living; Carlton Court, which offers assisted living; and The Allendale Nursing Home & Rehabilitation Center, a skilled nursing facility focusing on rehabilitation. In addition, the Community offers the Senior Social Club, an adult day program that provides a variety of dynamic activities. For more information about The Allendale Community for Mature Living, call (201) 825-0660 or visit its web site at www.allendalecommunity.com.