LeadingAge Indiana presented Pines Village Retirement Communities with the 2016 Community Impact Award at the annual state conference held in Indianapolis. This prestigious award recognizes an organization that goes beyond its housing role to support and improve the greater community. Since launching the CAPS for Benches program, Pines Village has collected over 3 tons of typically un-recyclable plastic caps and lids that were then transformed into park benches. Over 14 benches have been donated to organizations in Porter County. The CAPS Crew, made up of Pines Village residents, cleans, sorts and bundles the caps for transport. This project not only provides indestructible benches to the community but also benefits the environment by keeping these pieces of plastic waste from landfills.
LeadingAge Indiana is an association representing not-for-profit services and facilities for older adults. Members are non-profit organizations, providing high quality health care, services and housing for over 25,000 seniors throughout Indiana. Members are driven by a mission of service within their communities.
Pictured l to r: LuKrieger-Blake, Pines Village Staff; Ethelyn Rezelman, Pines Village Caps Crew; Lou Foster, Pines Village Caps Crew; Lauren Lyle, Pines Village Intern.