CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — A Carolina Meadows resident who has made a tremendous difference in Chatham County is getting recognized for his hard work and dedication. Lynn Ogden moved to the area ten years ago, becoming a passionate supporter of local service organizations. Now, just a decade later, he’s been named the 2015 Chatham County Citizen of the Year.
“Lynn was born to serve! He cares deeply about people and is committed to making a difference in Chatham County,” said Amy Gorely, Carolina Meadows’ director of strategic initiatives and outreach.
Since joining Carolina Meadows in 2005, Ogden has devoted his time to a variety of volunteer organizations. Early on he took a leadership position in the resident Community Outreach and Volunteer Committee, which connects local volunteer and fundraising opportunities to the residents of Carolina Meadows.
Ogden has been an ardent supporter of United Way of Chatham County from the start. During his time as the United Way Campaign Co-Chair at Carolina Meadows, he helped spearhead record-breaking campaigns that raised more money than the retirement community ever had in the past.
“Lynn has been instrumental in the advancement of United Way’s mission and is an inspiration to all who know him,” said Dina Reynolds, United Way’s executive director.
Ogden’s passion for serving others became even more apparent when he went through extensive training to become an on-call volunteer for the Family Violence Rape Crisis hotline. He actively recruited other residents to help staff the hotline and continues to volunteer, working a few shifts a month.
In addition, Ogden played an integral role in developing the partnership between the Chatham County Literacy Council and Carolina Meadows. This paved the way for residents to volunteer as tutors of English as a Second Language and Citizenship Preparedness for employees at Carolina Meadows and others in the community. Ogden also works as the liaison between Chatham Literacy and Carolina Meadows, coordinating the program and recruiting new resident tutors. Ogden himself has served as a tutor and mentor for over five years.
“Lynn’s relentless enthusiasm for working in the community is contagious, and he has inspired countless others to also become more involved citizens in Chatham County,” Gorely said.
Ogden was honored with the 2015 Citizens Award at the Chatham Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Meeting, held September 30 at Galloway Ridge.
About Carolina Meadows
Carolina Meadows, located in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, was founded in 1983 and is one of the nation’s foremost continuing-care retirement communities. The 166-acre campus boasts private homes and apartments that include a state-of-the-art wellness center, indoor pool, dining venues, a nine-hole golf course, tennis courts and much more. Visit Carolina Meadows online at www.carolinameadows.org.