When residents at Holiday Retirement’s Willow Gardens in Puyallup, Washington, need a bit of inspiration, they don’t have to look any farther than Connie Winter-Fields. Connie moved into the community in January 2017 and quickly earned a reputation as an unfailingly kind and selfless person.
Connie is a devoted volunteer, but you won’t see her on the community’s Volunteer Wall, which recognizes residents who give to others. She’s been offered a place but doesn’t seek the spotlight. “She quietly does so much volunteering, yet wouldn’t ask for any recognition,” said Yasuko Oizumi, Willow Gardens resident experience coordinator.
Connie is an accomplished craftswoman who, on average, creates 350 to 500 baby blankets each year. She donates them to the local hospital, where they benefit many families. Connie’s efforts have inspired other residents to join the blanket-making cause.
Somehow, Connie also finds time to lend a helping hand at Willow Gardens. You might see her tidying up common areas or acting as the community’s resident florist, creating beautiful arrangements for all to enjoy. Connie says she helps out around the community because she loves her home and the staff.
Though Connie is reluctant to sing her own praises, her friends and neighbors at Willow Gardens know exactly the kind of giving spirit they have in their midst.
“We are constantly inspired by her kindness,” Yasuko said.