Lake Prince Woods; Taking Action

December 1, 2020

 During this holiday season, Lake Prince Woods is proud to recognize the volunteer work residents do for the community of Suffolk, Virginia. Over the 2019-2020 fiscal year, 69 residents reported their volunteer activities, totaling 7,883 hours. Organizations the residents assisted include local churches, hospitals, and shelters. In a typical year, residents average 10,000 hours of volunteer work and community service; however, due to COVID-19 regulations, many organizations are limiting volunteer activities, particularly in health care settings like hospitals and assisted living facilities. Even with these restrictions, the members of Lake Prince Woods have found ways to give back to their communities and show their gratitude during the holidays.

Lynn Nelson, who has been a member of the Lake Prince Woods community since 2013, has been awarded the WTKR People Taking Action award for her volunteering efforts. She was nominated by her fellow residents, Ray and Anna Blaum, and was the top volunteer for the fiscal year with over 800 hours. “Nelson does everything she can to give back,” shared the Blaums. “She is a whirlwind of activity among our community and she never hesitates to help those in need.”

Nelson is a member of the Coalition Against Poverty in Suffolk (CAPS) where she is active with their Night Stay Winter Shelter program, assisting those that are homeless seeking shelter, food, and any other needs. She is also active with the Suffolk Humane Society, Meals on Wheels, and volunteers regularly with the Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts. In addition to her efforts outside of Lake Prince Woods, Nelson can often be found spending time with residents in our nursing and assisted living who have no other family members. “I’m honored to receive the People Taking Action award, and I share this with all of my Lake Prince Woods friends and neighbors, the most loving and sharing group of people I know,” said Nelson.

Lake Prince Woods is a residential retirement community offering a range of different lifestyle choices.  Located in Suffolk, Virginia, the community is nestled among 172 acres of woods bordering Lake Prince.  As a continuing care retirement community, Lake Prince Woods offers residential living, assisted living, memory care, skilled nursing care, and Lake Prince At Home a home health agency. To learn more, visit our website at