Village Neighbors

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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!

Visit us at www.villageneighbors.org

For more information, or to join as a member, please contact us at:

413-345-6894 or generalinfo@villageneighbors.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…

Transportation:

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.

Technical Support:

Volunteers offer technical support for electronic devices and simple computer problems.

Operational/Staff Services

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 volunteers@villageneighbors.org

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!

Visit us at www.villageneighbors.org


AGING IN PLACE

VILLAGE NEIGHBORS

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.

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Phone: 413-345-6894 for general information

Website : 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.

Additional Info
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  • Village Neighbors

  • 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!
    Visit us at www.villageneighbors.org
    For more information, or to join as a member, please contact us at:
    413-345-6894 or
    generalinfo@villageneighbors.org
    www.villageneighbors.org
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