The Inverness Village Social Accountability Team was recognized recently for the Excellence in Community Service and Outreach Award at the 22nd Annual Conference of LeadingAge Oklahoma.
This award is given to an individual or organization for providing a benefit or involvement to the greater community and its residents. They have helped the community to become aware of the long term care profession. Their practice or activity would be worthy of replication in other facilities, may have a positive effect on the environmental concerns of the greater community, and contains elements of outreach from the facility to the greater community. The practice or activity must have involved the Board, residents and/or staff and may have contributed to an unmet need in the community or enhanced a service to the community.
The Inverness Village Social Accountability Team represents the best of what Inverness does on a regular basis to give back to the community. Associates and residents alike donate time, talent, and money to various not-for-profits in the Tulsa and Sapulpa areas.
Inverness Village shares space with a variety of organizations such as Lermar Healthcare Institute. Every year they participate in the American Red Cross Association Blood Drive, providing space and allowing time for those wishing to donate blood.
As partners with Catholic Charities, Inverness provides dinner for their annual banquet and holds a yearly food drive which has donated over 60,000 pounds of goods to their food bank in the last few years. The team helps with building, painting, serving food, and spending time with the residents of Sapulpa’s Bethel Manor which serves low income seniors. Inverness also financially sponsors the special needs children’s camp Loughridge, the senior spelling bee in Sapulpa for the Creek County literacy program, the Red Cross, Downtown Rotary, and the Education Foundation for Sapulpa schools, and the Inverness Village Benevolent Care program.
Residents at Inverness get directly involved as well – just one example is a program in which residents visit local schools to read to young students. Residents and staff alike are always looking for ways to further existing relationships with organizations as well as looking for new ones.