Why would a senior care company invest $10,000 to promote the career advancement of a local high school senior? “Because it’s the right thing to do,” say the owner and leadership team of The Greens at Cannondale and Wilton Meadows and The Greens at Greenwich.
We think of senior care communities as nurturing and supportive environments that enhance the lives of their residents. The team at The Greens at Cannondale believe it is also their mission to give, not just to the seniors in their care, but to the community at large. Located in Wilton, Connecticut, the prestigious Greens at Cannondale campus supports organizations and people across the area. The family-operated campus opened in 1998. Since then, President Fred Rzepka and his team have made giving back a key component of the company’s culture.
The Cannondale campus team donates food to Meals on Wheels, offers subsidized housing, cares for underfunded Medicaid residents, and supports the local Kiwanis chapter, the YMCA, the Alzheimer’s Association, the RVNA, the Historical Society and the Wilton Library. They also offer the free Doctor’s Series health talks, coordinate blood drives and serve as a safe haven in severe weather. Fred and his leadership team are clearly committed to their roles as community partners.
This generosity of spirit permeates the culture at The Greens. In an industry known for high staff turnover, Cannondale campus staff members often stay throughout their entire careers, a sign the organization cares for its employees as conscientiously as they care for the residents and guests. “We value compassion, respect, empathy, and inclusion,” says Senior Executive Director Ron Bucci. The commitment goes well beyond the mission statement. Staff receive generous health benefits, nutritious meals, tuition reimbursement and gifts at the holidays. There are also frequent team building parties and casino trips. Team members in need benefit from outreach and support of the senior staff and Fred. The culture of compassion is evident throughout the Cannondale campus, where residents and their family members receive the highest level of attention from a team with the “right stuff.”
Most recently, Fred and his team partnered with Wilton High School to promote the development of students who wish to pursue a degree in nursing. Erika Stang, a Wilton High School senior, received the inaugural $10,000 scholarship. The Cannondale philosophy is that if you do the right thing every day, good things will come—and it’s truly evident in this new endeavor. The scholarship is intended to support a deserving Wilton High School senior and encourage all students to consider a fulfilling career in the nursing field. The school’s selection committee chose Erika, an excellent and hardworking student who, in addition to her regular classes, has also taken an emergency medical training course and works 30 hours a week at a local supermarket. She considers nursing her calling and is eager to begin the pre-nursing curriculum at Western Connecticut State College this fall.
“I do well in high-stress situations,” says Erica. “I’m the youngest of four children but am always the one to maintain a level of calm when everyone else starts to panic. I think that’s a good trait for a nurse to have.
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