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Golf Fundraiser Honoring David Dann
Sunday, July 28, 2019, 8:00 AM until 5:00 PM
Sign up to walk or play golf by emailing DavidCDannMemorialGolf@gmail.com on July 28th @ 8 am. Funds raised will benefit Village Neighbors. Registration is not Required
Village Neighbors Annual Meeting, Elections and Barbecue
June 23, 2019 • 3PM
Shutesbury Athletic Club
282 Wendell Road, Shutesbury, MA
Wendell Full Moon Coffee House to Benefit Village Neighbors
April 13, 2019 Wendell, MA
Village Neighbors is partnering with the Wendell Full Moon Coffee House for an evening concert with folk musician Pamela Means and a bake sale and raffle. April 13th, 2019 at 7:30 PM. Sliding scale donation of $6-15 suggested.
Village Neighbors is a non-profit organization that helps aging adults in the towns of Shutesbury, Leverett, Wendell and New Salem lead independent and engaged lives at home. The organization provides help with the small things that make it possible to stay in one’s home and community, and sustain a high quality of life. Volunteers and new member who need services are always welcome.
Village Neighbors Volunteer Orientation
Leverett Library – Thursday, December 6th, at 1:00PM
Village Neighbors is a volunteer-based nonprofit community of neighbors helping each other to live independently at home. Our organization serves aging adults in Leverett, New Salem, Shutesbury and Wendell. We welcome you to become a volunteer and/or member. Volunteers can be any age, from any walk of life (though they must pass a criminal background check), and members who receive services may also choose to volunteer to provide services (as we all bring differing sets of abilities and skills to the table).
For more information, or to join as a member, please contact us at:
413-345-6894 or firstname.lastname@example.org
This is a great opportunity to get in on the ground floor of this up and coming organization! Volunteering now allows us to build a stronger network together- which will, in turn, support us when we need a hand (as all of us do at times).
There are many ways you might volunteer…
Volunteers provide transportation to appointments, visits with friends, social and cultural events, grocery or other shopping trips.
Maintenance and Support Services:
Volunteers provide members assistance with occasional household tasks or yard work and minor repairs. Some may simply make home visits or phone calls to check in on a neighbor, or provide company.
Volunteers offer technical support for electronic devices and simple computer problems.
Volunteers receive calls and coordinate volunteer services for members, help with publicity and community presentations.
You decide which services best suit your skills and what times and days you might want to volunteer.
All volunteers must attend a one-hour volunteer orientation, and will be asked to agree to a CORI (criminal background) check. Also, if you plan to offer rides to members, please bring your drivers license and car insurance coverage selections page to the orientation.
Please RSVP to email@example.com at your earliest convenience if you plan to attend this session. No worries if you can’t make this orientation. More sessions coming in the new year, to be announced soon!
Village Neighbors belongs to the national Village to Village Network, and works with LifePath and local Councils on Aging. We are proud to be serving our neighbors here in rural Western Mass!
PRESS RELEASE: Dated October 1, 2018
Village Neighbors, a non-profit volunteer organization to help elders in Shutesbury, Leverett, New Salem and Wendell age in place, will hold its Grand Opening Party on October 14, 2018, at the Shutesbury Athletic Club from 4 to 8 pm. The event, free to residents of the four towns, will include dinner, raffles, promotional gifts and oldies music. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or 413-345-6894 to be entered in the raffle and to request a song from the DJ. Suggestions for additions to a vendors list (carpenters, house cleaners, appliance repairers, etc.) will be collected at the event for seniors who need paid services. If you are interested in becoming either a volunteer or a member requesting services, or are just curious about the organization, please come and celebrate the culmination of two years of planning and the roll-out of the Village Neighbors benefits. Representatives of Village Neighbors are available to speak to your organization upon request.
Visit us at www.villageneighbors.org
Village Neighbors Press Release
Date: Fri, 27 Apr 2018
AGING IN PLACE
Village Neighbors, a volunteer non-profit community of neighbors in Shutesbury, Wendell, Leverett, and New Salem, will begin offering services by October 2018 to help elders live independently at home. Village Neighbors welcomes new friends to become helpful volunteers, to be members, as well as to join one of the supportive committees. Village Neighbors belongs to the national Village to Village Network and works closely with the nonprofit social services agency, LifePath, in Greenfield and local councils on aging.
Volunteers will provide assistance to members with occasional household tasks, yard work, or minor home repair, as well as technical support for electronic devices and simple computer problems. They will also provide transportation to various appointments, visits with friends, social and cultural events, or grocery or other shopping trips. Additionally, Village Neighbors will provide referrals to vetted vendors such as landscapers, house cleaners, repair persons or home health providers. A simple phone call to a central number will allow members to request a service. Subsidized and waivered membership will be available where there is a need.
Representatives from Village Neighbors will be available at the following events:
FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Phone: 413-345-6894 for general information
Website (available but still under construction): www.villageneighbors.org
AGING IN PLACE
Area Village Neighbors Group Taking Shape:
Have you heard of the Village Neighbors organizing in our area to assist seniors to obtain services they need to stay in their homes from local volunteers? This may be the answer to how we can help each other as we age! Using the national Village to Village model, a group of seniors from Shutesbury, Leverett, New Salem and Wendell have been meeting for a year toward creating a membership-based, grass roots non profit organization that can offer transportation, handyman services, computer help, and social activities to elders who need these services to maintain a quality life in our rural setting. Check out the vtvnetwork.org website for a look at what the member-driven village model can offer.
Our local group, Village Neighbors, has just received a grant to help us establish nonprofit status and purchase the computer program that can help track volunteers and service requests from seniors. We are currently seeking community members who would like to work on this exciting project, creating together the kinds of supports that all of us may one day find make the difference in allowing us to remain in our own homes as we age. Committees are now being formed to engage and train volunteers, to provide publicity, to offer IT assistance, and to sign up members.
For more information contact Thom Masterton at email@example.com