DEARBORN — Retired Henry Ford Health System CEO Nancy Schlichting recently honored residents at a volunteer recognition luncheon event held at Henry Ford Village.
Schlichting spoke to the more than 200 resident volunteers who donate their time, talents, and leadership to the community’s many programs.
Residents volunteer their experience and talents to community service outside of Henry Ford Village as well as within, leading many of the 150 programs that benefit fellow residents of the retirement community, including academic programs, seminars, exercise programs, and even live performances and events.
“Henry Ford Village is a beautiful community of diverse people that is enriched by the volunteer efforts of so many residents,” Schlichting said.
“My family was so fortunate that Henry Ford Village was my father’s home for 13 years, where he enjoyed serving as a volunteer in many different ways,” she said. “Without volunteers, many organizations could not succeed.”
The resident volunteers said they were both humbled and inspired by the Village’s gratitude, as well as the motivating words of Schlichting, whose own dedication to leadership and community engagement served as model of what can be achieved when a community shares a common goal.
“This tremendous lunch and inspiration from Ms. Schlichting was just a small token of all of our appreciation to our volunteers,” resident Bruce Blalock said. “We are very proud of the Henry Ford Village community, and look forward to continuing to grow under the strong leadership of our fantastic residents.”