Volunteering at Lake Prince Woods

January 2, 2020

The residents of Lake Prince Woods stay active and involved during retirement by volunteering at local organizations in Suffolk, VA.

Lynn Nelson, a resident of Lake Prince Woods since 2013, is a professional at volunteering. She accumulated 127 hours of service for the month of October and 123.5 hours for November. “I just love meeting the people,” said Nelson. “It’s in my DNA!” Nelson visits the residents of Lake Prince Woods at Sentara Obici Hospital and helps others get to doctors appointments. Nelson is also very active in the Suffolk chapter for Meals on Wheels, a program that delivers meals to individuals at home who are unable to purchase or prepare their own meals. Through this program, volunteers help deliver meals for Suffolk and the entire Isle of Wight region, including Windsor and Smithfield.

Jacque Edwards has been a resident of Lake Prince Woods for 15 years but has been volunteering in her community since she was a child. “Volunteering runs in my family,” Edwards shared. “I was raised to give back to my community and serve where help is needed.” Edwards is involved with many volunteer organizations including Meals on Wheels, the Suffolk Coalition Against Poverty, and her local church, Mainstreet United Methodist. Edwards is also very active at Sentara Obici Hospital and serves as a Patient Advocate Liaison. She is very passionate about Obici’s Arms of Love program, which trains volunteers to calm and comfort infants with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome.

Both Nelson and Edwards note that Lake Prince Woods offers a variety of volunteer opportunities as well. The two often volunteer at the Cape, Lake Prince’s skilled nursing facility where patients stay while undergoing rehabilitation treatment. Nelson and Edwards believe that volunteering allows you to connect and strengthen your community while also helping to better yourself as an individual.   

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 home health care. To learn more, visit our website at www.lakeprincewoods.org.