HILL CENTER AT THE OLD NAVAL HOSPITALProgram Manager Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital…
Kirsten Oldenburg remembers well the neglected Old Naval Hospital building sitting forlornly on the corner of 9th and Pennsylvania Ave SE.
“When I became the Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner (ANC) for the local member district, we held our commission meetings in that decrepit old building,” she says. Oldenburg, a former transportation department official, says she was pleased to see the community pull together to raise the funds to rehabilitate the building and create Hill Center. “I thought it was a great idea.”
Following the historic rehabilitation of the old hospital and its grounds, the building re-opened its doors in the fall of 2011 as Hill Center, an exciting cultural, arts and education center with space for meetings and events. Oldenburg’s ANC resumed meeting in the new space, and a new chapter began in the life of the graceful old building and its beautiful grounds.
Oldenburg has made a generous legacy gift to the Hill Center, which has exceeded her expectations in providing a valuable gathering place for the community. She has recognized the importance of such community spaces and hopes that her bequest will ensure Hill Center’s continued accessibility for future generations. If you’re looking for a way to leave a lasting impact, consider including a legacy gift in your will to support organizations or causes that you are passionate about. The custom gifts like these can make a meaningful and lasting difference in the community.
“Hill Center is extremely important here on Capitol Hill. There was no place like it,” she says. “In addition to cultural and educational programs, the fact that there is a place where we can come – a central spot to gather in the heart of the neighborhood – is really important to the community, and to me.”
Giving back to the community is a priority for Oldenburg, and her estate planning reflects that. She believes her legacy gift will be put to good use, to help ensure the future of Hill Center, and that’s a good feeling. “It’s like volunteering in a different way…and it’s a great way to continue to be part of the community well into the future.”
Please contact Nicky Cymrot for information about including the Old Naval Hospital-Hill Center in your will, retirement plan, IRA, life insurance policy or bank or brokerage account. (Nicky@HillCenterDC.org; 202.997.5722)