Last week, 2,725 retirees celebrated the 10th Anniversary of Riderwood in Silver Spring, MD, in all five of the campus’ neighborhoods. Riderwood, which is managed by Maryland-based Erickson Retirement Communities, is located on 120 acres across two counties in Maryland, Montgomery County and Prince George’s County. Riderwood employs 1,400 full-time and part-time staff and the campus has 1,950 independent living units, 230 assisted living units and 132 skilled nursing units. As part of its community, Riderwood has prided itself upon its connections to the local community and the impact its residents have made on the area. Some of these achievements include:
- Riderwood is the only retirement community in the world that has the Corporate Lands for Learning Certification. It is also the only retirement community in the United States that has earned Wildlife Habitat Council Certification.
- Riderwood Friends of Habitat for Humanity support Habitats in Montgomery County, Prince George’s County and Washington, D.C., by attending Build Days, making quilts for the families, making kitchen cabinets and bathroom vanities.
- Riderwood has an average of 650 residents attending classes each semester in a partnership with the Community College of Prince George’s County. There is an average of 60 sessions on 40 topics.
- Forty-three students currently attending twelve high schools in Montgomery County and Prince George’s County this past year earned collegiate scholarships in the amount of $6,000 each for their four-year academic careers. They did so through Riderwood’s Student Scholarship Program in which residents voluntarily contribute money to help student workers at the campus attend college. Riderwood has awarded over $1.35 million in scholarships to 325 students in the Student Scholarship Program since 2002.
“It has been inspiring over the years to watch residents share their interests and talents,” said Resident Life Senior Manager Claudia Farr, “The volunteer leaders across the campus are the backbone of Riderwood and its community. Individual residents have a passion for the community spirit. Our groups and activities reflect our vibrant community and the unique people who live here. Truly, this activity level and volunteerism has enhanced the lives of all of us in some way.”