From resident to advocate: Charles Chapman’s impact on Spring Lake Village


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Moving to Spring Lake Village (SLV) in Santa Rosa was a natural choice for Charles Chapman. “I lived in the area, so I rolled down the hill to Spring Lake Village,” he said with a laugh. Charlie was the first person to move into the newly built West Grove section of Spring Lake Village in October 2014.

Since then, he’s become deeply involved in the Spring Lake Village community, serving on the Financial Study Group, the Bocce Ball Committee and the Emergency Preparedness Committee. He also acted in a holiday production of the play readers group. Charlie plays bridge four days a week and helps to organize a tournament every Thursday afternoon. He typically goes swimming or to the gym in the mornings and then enjoys well-earned breakfasts with friends, but “It’s not just the food. It’s the camaraderie.”

Charlie is all about taking care of his community that he loves so much. As data chair of the Emergency Preparedness Committee, he works closely with staff on evacuation plans for Spring Lake Village, which is Front Porch’s largest community. He also served on the board of directors for Covia, before the affiliation with Front Porch.

During the past 18 years, Charlie has supported Spring Lake Village through gifts to the Foundation for the SLV Circle of Friends Resident Assistance Fund and the SLV Chapel Fund.

“Donating was a no-brainer for me,” Charlie said. “It’s in my DNA. If you have the means, that’s what you do. It’s good to be part of giving back to something that’s going to help other people. It’s important to support the institutions you believe in, that you’re a part of.”