ST. LOUIS, MO (April 28, 2012) - Tower Grove Manor now has an enhanced courtyard with fresh landscaping, solar powered lights, a dry well, new water tolerant plants, a patio paver and a new connecting walkway for its fountain area. This courtyard makeover is the result of WellPoint’s annual National Community Service Day.
WellPoint is one of the largest health benefits companies in the U.S. based in Indianapolis. St. Louis is home to more than 1,000 WellPoint employees.
“We feel so privileged and honored that WellPoint chose Tower Grove Manor for their community service day. They have been so amazing to us and the residents are excited and can’t wait to see their new landscaped surroundings,” said Heather Finkelston, Tower Grove Manor Executive Director. Tower Grove Manor is an independent living apartment community in south St. Louis home to older adults ages 55 or older.
Sam Nussbaum, WellPoint’s Chief Medical Director said that there more than 5,000 WellPoint employees in community service groups in more than 29 cities across the country engaged for Community Service Day.
Tower Grove Manor was one of only four sites selected in St. Louis. “We’re all wearing shirts that say, ‘There’s a Hero in All of Us.’” The heroism is that we are doing so much to help people who have given so much of their lives already. I think nothing is more significant than when we help seniors. Their lives are enriched and their lives are full but now is our time to give back to them,” Nussbaum said. “We’re here to give to people but it’s really to return.”
Tower Grove Manor residents who observed the volunteers said they are looking forward to their new courtyard. “I saw them out there – they’re busy as little beavers,” said Tower Grove Manor resident Ms. Gertrude Myers. “It will be greatly appreciated because we really use the courtyard a lot.”
Fourteen-year-old Bharadwaj Jilakara said he had never done any gardening before in his life prior to WellPoint’s Community Service Day at Tower Grove Manor. “It’s something different and I’m enjoying it,” Jilakara said, after planting a tree, hauling dirt for courtyard planters and transporting rocks. “It’s gives me a good perspective on helping our community.”