LeadingAgePA Volunteer of the Year Distinguished Service Award Recipient

We are excited to announce that Moravian Hall Square resident Carol Freese has been honored with a special LeadingAgePA award. Carol was recognized at the LeadingAgePA Annual Conference on May 17th and presented with the Volunteer of the Year Distinguished Service Award for the state of PA. This award recognizes an individual or group that enhances the quality of life for older adults through volunteer work.

Carol began her lifelong commitment to serving long before she became a resident at Moravian Hall Square in 2008, in fact, she began volunteering while she was in high school. While living here, Carol has been an indispensable asset to the Good Spirit General Store and has used her talent as a seamstress to organize teams of residents to cut and sew clothing for earthquake victims in Haiti, cut and sewn skirts and shawls to help recreate a prom experience for residents, orchestrated the cutting and sewing of facemasks to keep residents and staff safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, and more recently she has spearheaded a project to sew clothes protectors for residents in Nursing Care and personal care neighborhoods. In addition, Carol is an exceptional baker who is always willing to provide baked goods for fundraising bake sales on campus.

“Many of us have had the privilege of working with countless amazing volunteers throughout our careers” Morningstar Living President & CEO Sue Drabic said. “And, in fact, I’m certain that I am not the only senior living professional that at some time might have said that I could never single out one volunteer over others simply because there have been so many that have touched our lives and made their way into our hearts. But in all my 40-plus years of working in senior living, I have to admit that I have never met a more humble, committed, gifted and self-effacing volunteer as Carol Freese.”

During the awards ceremony at the Kalahari Resort in the Poconos Carol was recognized by hundreds of conference attendees who gave her a standing ovation. Following the ceremony Carol and her daughter, Regina, enjoyed dinner with Sue Drabic and other Team Members who attended the ceremony.

Congratulations Carol, we are so proud of you!

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