Quincy Village, a Presbyterian Senior Living (PSL) continuing care retirement community for seniors, is proud to announce that resident Bob Davis recently accepted the Pioneer Network and Rockport Healthcare Services Community Commitment Award on behalf of Quincy Village on September 3.
Quincy Village was awarded for resident efforts in “The Gleaning Project,” a project designed to reduce food waste and give back to those in need in Franklin County. Gleaning is a method of collecting excess fresh foods from farms, gardens, farmer’s markets, or other sources in order to provide it to those in need.
“The Gleaning Project not only helps those in need, but also provides Quincy Village resident volunteers a sense of meaning and purpose and opportunities to create intergenerational connections,” said Bob Davis, project leader.
Davis’ vision is to expand the idea of local gleaning to Quincy Village by partnering with local farms. Resident volunteers gleaned apples, walnuts, corn, and more, turning those items into baked goods to donate to local food banks and those in need. The inspiration for this project came to Bob upon learning that statistically, roughly 30 percent of Franklin County residents are undernourished.
The Pioneer Network and Rockport Healthcare Services Community Commitment Award was established in 2018 as a way to recognize members of the long-term care community for volunteer service. This year, the Pioneer Network and Rockport Healthcare Services recognized five organizations for their work in this area; three award recipients and two honorable mentions.
The Community Commitment Award selection committee received an outstanding number of submissions from around the world, proving that even in the face of a global pandemic, people —residents in long-term care communities— still retain the desire for purpose in their lives, and to give back to others.
“I would like to congratulate Bob Davis and the resident volunteers of the Quincy Village Gleaners for being recognized with the Pioneer Network and Rockport Healthcare Services Community Commitment Award. This award is indicative of the service and compassion showed by the residents to their neighbors in need,” PSL’s CEO, Jim Bernardo said. “Food insecurity is a growing problem across the country and Bob’s work to help lessen that in Franklin County is an inspiration to me and others in the PSL family. I speak on behalf of the Board and the entire PSL family in thanking all Gleaning Project volunteers for truly extending the outreach of our mission to those in need and am very proud of their amazing work.”
About The Pioneer Network
Pioneer Network was founded in 1997 by a small group of prominent professionals in long-term care who were pioneers in changing the culture of aging. These forward thinkers developed the mission and vision, as well as the values and principles, that continue to guide our work to this day. Today, Pioneer Network is a large, diverse group of passionate individuals from the entire spectrum of aging services.
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