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Terraces at Westminster Residents Support Wide-Ranging Local Causes 

WESTMINSTER, Md. (May 2, 2023) — One of the most gratifying things in life is the act of giving back to others, and the residents at The Terraces at Westminster have made a commitment to do just that. An assisted living community located in Carroll County, The Terraces at Westminster has an active group of seniors who take charge and lead charity initiatives to benefit those less fortunate.  

“Our residents have taken it upon themselves to support the local community, and they put together numerous initiatives we love to support,” said Laura Holden, executive director of The Terraces at Westminster. “The entire staff is so proud to help these generous people execute their inspiring charitable efforts.” 

Recently, Westminster hosted an Easter Egg Hunt tied in with a canned food drive. The larger community joined in the collection of non-perishable items to donate to Carroll County Food Sunday. Earlier this year, Westminster wrapped up a collection for the Humane Society of Carroll County and hand-delivered the donated items (while also visiting with some of the cats up for adoption!). And Westminster also held a clothing drive for the Second Chances free store, which is affiliated with Human Services Programs of Carroll County 

“The fact that we are helping someone is gold,” said Westminster resident Erma Jones. Her motivation to give back was instilled by her grandmother, who told her, “It doesn’t cost anything to be nice,” a saying she lives by.  

Doris Favret, another resident, gets “a warm feeling” by helping people through Westminster’s initiatives. “Giving makes you feel good,” adds Westminster resident Gail Omohundro.   

Studies have shown that giving has tangible health benefits. Helping others produces a chemical response in the brain, with increased levels of serotonin, dopamine and oxytocin. This leads to multiple physical and mental health benefits, including lower blood pressure, a longer lifespan, and can even help combat feelings of depression and increase self-esteem, according to Cleveland Clinic. “Helping others is a key factor to healthy aging, which is so clear in the energy, enthusiasm and joy our residents have when they participate in these initiatives,” said Holden. 

The residents at Westminster are not planning on slowing down their charity initiatives anytime soon, with donation drives multiple times peraear. The community’s next planned drive will be a school supply donation in August. 

At The Terraces at Westminster, residents enjoy a fulfilling lifestyle with everything they need on campus. With beautifully appointed apartments, gourmet dining and an engaging mix of programming and activities, residents have access to the services they need, when they need them. Experience this charming community by scheduling a visit and tour. Call 410-751-2300 or visit for more information.    

PHOTO CAPTION: Westminster residents (L-R) Erma Jones, Gail Omohundro and Doris Favret delivered clothing donations to the Second Chances free store. 


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