This summer, at four of our properties in the greater Chicago, Illinois area, we were honored to volunteer with Northern Illinois Food Bank. Their goal is to lead the Northern Illinois community in solving hunger by providing nutritious meals to those in need through innovative programs and partnerships. Their vision is for no one in Northern Illinois to be hungry, and that is something we can all get behind. We were thrilled to be able to help out the people in our own community, and we thank Northern Illinois Food Bank for all that they do.
This Holiday season, at Second Street Lofts in Minneapolis, MN, we worked with Community Emergency Services (CES) to organize a food drive. CES’s goal is to transform lives through serving neighbors, sharing resources, and becoming a community. Through our efforts we were able to donate about 200 lbs. of food and supplies. We were delighted to be able to help people in our own community, and we thank CES for all the work that they do.
This summer, at Briarhill Apartments in Eden Prairie, MN, we celebrated National Night Out with our residents. The block party had everything from an inflatable bouncy house, to fresh cotton candy. Residents even had the chance to “Dunk the Manager.” We were delighted to be able to spend the afternoon with everyone.
To continue supporting their residents, the team at Briarhill Apartments in Eden Prairie, MN, is working with the local YMCA chapter to bring additional summer programs to Briarhill providing free crafts, games and activities for the kids living at Briarhill. We are excited to start this long-term partnership with the YMCA, City of Eden Prairie and our residents. For more information, the full article can be found at: http://www.startribune.com/local/west/307699091.html
Every year at Sunnygate Village in Manassas, VA, we end the summer with a pool party for our residents. This past year we had an amazing turn out and celebrated the end of summer on a beautiful day. The kids enjoyed the inflatable bouncy house. It was a great way to wrap up a fantastic summer at Sunnygate Village.
This year at Chevy Chase Park Apartments in Centerville, OH, we have partnered with Bogg Ministries to put together a grill out at our community. Bogg Ministries provides people of Ohio with food, clothing and other essentials to sustain a healthy lifestyle. We had a great cookout and are so excited to have Bogg Ministries here supporting our residents!
Chevy Chase Apartments in Centerville, OH, partnered with Circles Kettering to create a mural painted by the children of the community in our Community Room at Chevy Chase. Circles Kettering and Beauty for Ashes worked with our kids to paint a mural to not only bring more color to our community, but to teach them artisan techniques to create the mural. What a great experience for our kids to come together and create something beautiful!
In an effort to support the needs of our school aged kids living at Chevy Chase Apartments in Centerville, OH, we have partnered with Living Water Church to provide after school tutoring to the kids in our community. All children are welcome for homework help, and some fun, in our Tutoring Club.
Halloween is one of our favorite holidays here at Chevy Chase Apartments in Centerville, OH, and we wanted all of our residents to be able to participate as well. We’ve launched an annual Trunk or Treat event where kids can trick or treat through the decorated trunks in our parking lot for a fun, safe Halloween experience. Local police officers even stop by to join in on the fun!
We love our residents! To show our appreciation at Arboretum Villages in Lisle, IL, we throw an annual Resident Appreciation Party. This is just one of the many ways that we choose to make our residents and vendors feel welcomed and loved. Our most recent party was a fantastic luau themed evening.
One of the best parts of summer is hanging out by the pool on a hot day at Arboretum Villages in Lisle, IL. Many of our residents have furry friends who would love to join in the fun. We set aside one day each summer for a Doggie Splash Day where our four-legged friends can cool off and enjoy the pool too!
At Country Villa Apartments in West Lafayette, IN, we had a mobile pantry come to our community to feed our residents for a day. A local student and his father, with the support of their local church, setup a fundraiser to support this mobile pantry. All of our residents were able to visit the pantry in our parking lot and receive the food they needed for their families. We are so grateful for their support!
Every fall at Country Villa Apartments in West Lafayette, IN, we host a community Trunk or Treat event to bring the community together for a fun, safe trick or treat experience. We also have hayrides and chili. This is a great way to enjoy the season’s festivities with our residents!
At Heartland Mountain View Apartments in West Jordan, UT, we had Taco Night with our residents. We had a great time eating, talking, and getting to know our residents. We look forward to many more evenings to continue building strong relationships with our residents.
This summer, the staff at Ponderosa Acres in Billings, MT, threw a Summer Celebration for our residents. We were lucky to have our party on a true summer day! Our residents enjoyed BBQ, water balloons and a giant blow-up obstacle course. What a great day to celebrate the summer!