What is Cleveland & Woodley Park Village and what is its purpose?
Cleveland & Woodley Park Village is one of over 160 nonprofit Villages operating or forming worldwide to help change the way people age and to enhance community. Many people love their current communities and want to stay in them as they age, but practical difficulties often arise. Neighbors helping neighbors makes a difference.
A Village engages neighborhood volunteers of all ages to provide practical help and expanded opportunities for friendship, fun and learning to older adults.
How does it work in practice?
Members pay annual dues that entitle them to request services on an ongoing basis and to participate in a range of regular and special outings and activities with members and volunteers. Volunteer services may include transportation, household repairs, tech assistance, occasional yard work, errands, visits, and more. Village staff, currently a full-time Director and part-time Program Coordinator, match these requests with a volunteer. Members and volunteers come together for planned celebrations, outings and pursuing common interests.
What area does Cleveland & Woodley Park Village serve?
Cleveland & Woodley Park Village serves the Cleveland Park and Woodley Park neighborhoods. The service area is bounded roughly on the north by Upton and Tilden Streets, on the east by Rock Creek Park and the National Zoological Park, on the south by Calvert Street and Massachusetts Avenue, and on the west by the Glover-Archibald Trail. Click to access Village MAP. Other Villages serve adjacent areas.
Is there an age or disability requirement?
No. Our primary purpose is to serve senior neighbors of all abilities with no strict age limitation.
What does membership cost?
Annual dues are $500 for individuals and $750 for households. Associate memberships are $250 a year (tax deductible) to support the Village, stay informed and enjoy social activities but do not require services. Supported Memberships (reduced fee) are also available for applicants meeting certain requirements. Call the Executive Director at 202-615-5853 for details. We welcome participation from all.
What does a membership include?
After an informational interview to confirm a new member’s understanding of Village procedures, screened and trained volunteers from the Cleveland Park and Woodley Park neighborhoods will help members who request assistance with practical tasks like transportation, errands, simple household tasks, and with visits and friendly calls to members wanting social connection.
Members receive invitations to a variety of events, including trips to museums and art galleries, coffee and conversation, and neighborhood events. The Village also arranges regular restaurant gatherings where restaurant owners offer a meal discount. Members may request transportation to and from these events. New services and activities develop in response to member and volunteer suggestions.
How do I sign up to become a Cleveland & Woodley Park Village member?
Go to www.ClevelandWoodleyParkVillage.org OR call 202-615-5853, OR email info@ClevelandWoodleyParkVillage.org to request a Membership Application. You may use your credit card with our secure website application or send a check with the paper application.
How do I make a request for volunteer services?
Become a member and call 202-615-5853 or email volunteer@ClevelandWoodleyParkVillage.org. We want to get to know you, so personal communication is important.
Are there limits on how often I may request volunteer services?
Up to three member requests may be made per week. We will do our best to meet each request, but cannot guarantee the availability of a volunteer every time. Members must make all requests through the Cleveland & Woodley Park Village office Monday through Friday from 10am to 6pm. When possible, please provide three days notice for a service request. Member service requests go out to volunteers on Mondays and Wednesdays of each week. Village volunteers may not provide financial or legal advice or assistance, nor may they administer any kind of “hands on personal care.”
How can I be sure the volunteers are capable and trustworthy?
All volunteers undergo a background check and attend an orientation. Volunteers who provide transportation must also provide a copy of their driver’s license, vehicle registration, and car insurance.
What if I do not need services now but expect that I might later?
We encourage you to support the Village as a valuable addition to our neighborhoods. Your financial contribution contributes to the continued development of a strong Village should you need it in the future. Sign up as an Associate Member to support the Village now and stay informed of opportunities to participate in Village activities. Or sign up as a volunteer for free and become involved.
What if I sign up as a member and also want to be a Cleveland & Woodley Park Village volunteer?
We hope you will. Many of our members are also volunteers. At the same time, there is no requirement for members to volunteer.
What would I do as a volunteer?
First, you would take part in an orientation session to learn more about the role of a volunteer before providing service. Next, an interview and a required back ground check. Volunteers do not pay dues. You can volunteer for fixed times every week or on an as-needed basis to do tasks of your choice: driving, running errands, getting groceries, picking up prescriptions, yard work, simple household tasks, reading aloud, computer or smart phone help, going for a walk, scrapbooking… the possibilities are as varied as you are. We appreciate volunteers who can handle office tasks and serve on committees. Just ask.
Would I work with the same member all the time?
Volunteers can respond to the Volunteer Opportunities that are available each week and assist a variety of members. Or a volunteer may choose to work specifically with one or two members on a regular basis. For example some volunteers do regular weekly visits or shopping trips or weekly transportation for specific members with the intention of building closer relationships.
Do I have to attend an orientation to be a volunteer?
Yes. Everyone needs to understand our mission, philosophy, policies and practices, and this is the best way to provide that information. We will regularly schedule orientations and hope that one will be convenient for you.
Do I have to commit to a certain amount of time or the same time each week to be a volunteer? Can I change the time I thought I would be available?
You can volunteer as much or as little time as works for you. We hope volunteers will make at least a one hour commitment a week. We will work with your schedule. We understand that people’s schedules change.
What about staff and an office?
Like most Villages, we are a “volunteer first” Village, which means that volunteers provide leadership, organization, and member services. We have an Executive Director and a part-time Program Coordinator to manage specific office functions and volunteer services. Our office is located at the Broadmoor Cooperative at 3601 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Ground Floor.
What if I want to join the Village but cannot afford to pay the dues?
Cleveland & Woodley Park Village wants to serve as many interested persons as we can. We have a Supported Membership rate of 50% of standard dues for those who are income-eligible. Please call our Executive Director at the Village office, 202-615-5853, if you are interested. We welcome you.
Village voices on the audio clips posted above were provided by Cathy Crouch and Chris Covell.