Evelyn Jackson, manager of Greenspring Retirement Community’s resident-run Treasure Chest Store, received the Herbert C. Hunter Citizen of the Year award from the Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce.
The award is presented “to an individual who has significantly contributed to improving the quality of life over a sustained number of years for the betterment of the Greater Springfield Community.”
The Treasure Chest accepts monetary and item donations from Greenspring residents, then organizes sales at the store, and arranges Estate Sales at the retirement community.
Proceeds go toward Greenspring events, activities and philanthropy, and donations are given to the greater Springfield community.
In 2005 Jackson became the chair of the Treasure Chest Committee and manager of the Treasure Chest store. Since then, the Treasure Chest has collected and donated more than $575,000 to local institutions in Fairfax County including The Greater Springfield Volunteer Fire Department (Station 22), Ecumenical Community Helping Others (ECHO), United Community Ministries (UCM), Shelter House, and St. Raymond of Peñafort Catholic Church.
“While it takes many volunteers to attend to all the details, it also takes leadership to make the good works of the Treasure Chest known and to encourage continued donations,” said Elke Martin, volunteer programs coordinator at Greenspring. “That’s where Mrs. Jackson has really made a difference over the past six years.”
In 2009 and 2010, Jackson was received Greenspring's Gold President’s Service Award, given to volunteers with 500 hours or more of service in a 12-month period.
ABOUT GREENSPRING: Greenspring, one of 16 Erickson Living full-service retirement communities, is situated on a scenic 108-acre campus in Springfield, Virginia. The community is home to 2000 residents, many of which reside in the 1405 independent living units. At Greenspring, a robust complement of resident programs and facilities promote an engaged, fulfilling lifestyle that is reflected in resident satisfaction levels that exceed the industry average. Life at Greenspring offers a true sense of community and is an exciting alternative to the typical retirement community. Additional information about Greenspring can be found at www.ericksonliving.com.