What is the Cleveland & Woodley Park Village?
OVER the past ten years, communities all over America have been opening a new type of neighborhood organization called a “village.” Its purpose is to help residents “age in place” through services delivered by screened and trained volunteers. It is credited with strengthening neighborhood ties, linking generations and helping older adults and individuals with disabilities maintain healthy functioning longer.
Most people prefer to age in their own homes yet practical challenges arise. Villages address these challenges and allow neighbors to remain in their community within a supportive network. The Cleveland & Woodley Park Village, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, is one of several villages in the DC area and over one hundred throughout the U.S.
Village Volunteers Enjoy the Experience
Volunteers say their work with the Cleveland & Woodley Park Village is fun, interesting and easy, according to a recent survey by the Volunteer Committee, and two-thirds have suggested that their friends and family should volunteer as well. About half the 143 current Village volunteers responded to the spring online survey, and 97 percent or more said they are satisfied with their experience – the support, the scheduling and the social events especially. About a third would enjoy a program with a speaker, a Happy Hour or a dinner with other volunteers. We’ll make it happen! To see the full recap of the survey results click here.
We are neighbors helping neighbors!
Cleveland & Woodley Park Village offers our heartfelt thank you to our fellow Villages for their generous mentoring, sharing of information, and passion for expanding Villages across our metro area. We received generous time and advice from Bannockburn Neighbors Assisting Neighbors, Capitol Hill Village, Chevy Chase At Home, Dupont Circle Village, Georgetown Village, Glover Park Village, Mount Vernon At Home, Northwest Neighbors Village, and Palisades Village. Cleveland & Woodley Park Village also extends our deep appreciation to Washington Area Village Exchange (WAVE) and Village to Village Network (VtVN) for their support in the lead up to our May 1 opening.