For several years, the formation of a neighborhood Village was the subject of kitchen table and living room conversations. It was clear we had many residents in our neighborhood who with just a little help and small acts of kindness could continue to live in the place they love so dearly. And it was also evident that there were volunteers who wanted the chance to make a difference in their own neighborhood and meet new people. Ultimately a committee formed to decide whether to build this new neighborhood service organization. Volunteers developed a survey and distributed it to 2,500 households asking people “if we build it will you be a part of it?”
The positive response led to an enthusiastic decision to proceed. An interested and eager group of citizens began meeting in February 2012 to move the initiative from talk to action. A Board of Directors formed, obtained 501(c)(3) tax exempt nonprofit status in late 2012, and held informational meetings across the neighborhood to lay a solid foundation. The Village opened on May 1, 2013, joining sister villages in the metropolitan DC area and over 120 nationwide.
During calendar year 2015 we provided 1509 individual services and sponsored over 40 social outings for our senior members. We have 100 members and 160 volunteers. Like Villages around the country, we are filling the gaps, lessening the isolation that can happen when people don’t have family nearby, have left the workplace, or need just a bit of assistance to maintain independence and find engaging activities. Download our brochure here.
Today our members call for a ride to the barber shop, get help getting winter clothes down from high shelves; a ride to the polls to vote; getting to doctor appointments, or a visit in the afternoon to play a game of cards. Our Village volunteers step up, turning each of these requests into friendly visits with their senior neighbors. This is the essence of the Village – creating connections and building community through “neighbors helping neighbors.”
Explore our web site. Read what Village members and volunteers say about what the Village means to them. Call or email us with your questions at firstname.lastname@example.org or sign-up right here on the web site (link) to join as a member, become a volunteer, and support us with your tax deductible gift. We look forward to hearing from you!
Cleveland & Woodley Park Village helps senior neighbors live safely and confidently in their homes and engage in community events through the support of a network of dedicated neighborhood volunteers. Cleveland & Woodley Park Village, a nonprofit membership organization, serves the Cleveland Park and Woodley Park neighborhoods and welcomes your participation and support.