Kendal at Granville launches Institute on Community Engagement

On Jan. 21, 2015, Kendal at Granville residents will formally launch the Kendal Institute on Community Engagement to help older adults in the region become involved in more volunteer and recreational activities. Late last year, Kendal Charitable Funds gave Kendal at Granville residents a grant to kick-start their Community Engagement Initiative.

In a letter to the editor, titled “Linking ‘reservoirs of wisdom’ to the community, ” published Jan. 14 in the Newark Advocate, Kendal at Granville resident Reed Browning states:

“Senior citizens are one of the great untapped resources in our country today. Men and women in their 70s and 80s have spent their lifetimes cultivating skills. They have managed and coordinated organizations as close as families and as large as companies. They have learned how to negotiate their way through complicated situations, developed the gift of making balanced judgments, and learned to distinguish between what is valuable and what is not. Having retired from their official ‘careers,’ these seniors are reservoirs of wisdom, with much to contribute to the community they live in.

“On Jan. 21, Kendal at Granville will launch the Kendal Institute on Community Engagement. The purpose of the institute is to find and publicize ways in which senior citizens of Licking County can connect with service and recreational organizations in the county. At the same time the institute will alert county organizations to the potential for good that is available in the pool of seniors in the county.”

A feature story titled “Kendal initiative promotes senior volunteerism,” the Jan. 14 Newark Advocate notes that the public is invited to attend the kick-off event Jan. 21 for the Kendal Institute on Community Engagement, which will take place in Kendal at Granville’s Amelia Gathering Room starting at 4 p.m. Speakers will be Adam Weinberg, president of Denison University; Connie Hawk, director of the Licking County Foundation; Jeff Brown, superintendent of Granville public schools; and Jeff Gill, pastor of the Newark Central Christian Church. A question-and-answer session, refreshments, and musical entertainment will precede their remarks, starting at 3:30 p.m.