Outstanding Corporate Citizen of the Year Nonprofit of the Year Nominee
RADM Kathleen L. Martin, USN (Ret)
Chief Executive Officer, Vinson Hall Retirement Community
Executive Director, Navy Marine Coast Guard Residence Foundation
Mission and Vision:
- Mission: We enrich the lives of those around us, so that they are free to live life to the fullest.
- Vision: We will lead in creating and delivering innovative solutions, so those around us can live life “their way.”
Vinson Hall Retirement Community offers a variety of programs and services and encourages each resident to tailor their daily life to suit their own personal needs and desires. An individual can take advantage of all that is offered, but if that does not fit into their “life plan”, we create options that might better meet their needs. We believe in provided “person centered” services to our residents and staff working in our community.
How have your programs directly impacted the regional community?
We encourage our residents and employees to become involved in the McLean Community and work with a variety of organizations so that as a tax-exempt organization we can give back to the community. Some examples include participation in school Ethics Day programs, providing a local elementary school with backpacks for children who cannot afford them, volunteer with McLean Senior Source, preceptor for Marymount and GMU student interns, training site for student nurses, volunteer site for GWU Freshman Day of Service and other organizations, meeting site for American Legion and Rotary, provide tours and open houses for organizations interested in senior services, host of a Cub Scout Troop, polling place for local and national elections, host for numerous educational and entertainment programs open to all seniors in McLean and the surrounding area.
What inspires or drives your team to stay committed to your mission?
Communication, transparency, and inclusiveness are very important in keeping our team engaged. However, the majority of our team members are passionate about serving seniors. They get to know the individuals living within our community and form special bonds. The services that the staff provides enrich the lives of our residents. The commitment to delivering outstanding service is seen, felt, and experienced by everyone. Our organization thrives because of the dedication and compassion of our team.
What advice would you give to the other nonprofits trying to make an impact in their community?
Identify ways to form meaningful partnerships with other organizations for mutual benefit. If there is an opportunity to provide services, expertise, or education to another organization within the community the reward comes in many ways such as new relationships, new ideas, increased awareness, and even ways to enhance and improve both organizations.