Salemtowne to Celebrate Shining Lights – Nominations for Awards Now Open

Shining Lights is an Awards Program for Senior Citizens Dedicated to Service

by Staff

There’s a saying that defines Salemtowne: This is “where every life shines.” But the sentiment doesn’t stop at the Salemtowne community gates. Salemtowne strives to make life better for older adults throughout Winston-Salem and Forsyth County, and the community celebrates those seniors who share this mission.


The community’s volunteer service award, called the Salemtowne Shining Light Award, honors individuals who reflect Salemtowne’s commitment to support the wellbeing of others.

The Rev. Jim Camp received the inaugural award in 2013 for his work with The Shepherd’s Center of Greater Winston-Salem, an interfaith ministry that provides services for older adults. As lead volunteer for the minor home repair program for seven years, Camp traveled on average 5,000 miles per year to ensure local seniors felt safe in their homes.

But those seniors aren’t the only ones who benefit from charitable activity. According to the Corporation for National and Community Service, older Americans who volunteer are more likely to live longer and report fewer health problems as they age.

“Salemtowne is not an insular, exclusive community. Everyone here is a contributing member of the larger community,” says CEO Mark Steele, “and so we strive to make a difference where we can. It’s inspiring to see local seniors who share our commitment.”

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Nominations for the Salemtowne Shining Light Award, which is open to volunteers age 62 and older, will be accepted through May 27. The winner will be announced in June.

Applications are available in-person at Salemtowne, online at or requested via email: marketing[AT] Applications may also be returned by email or by mail to Salemtowne Retirement Community, Attn: Nikki Burris, 1000 Salemtowne Drive, Winston-Salem, NC 27106.