THE VILLAGE MOVEMENT
Just as it takes a village to raise a child, it takes a village to enrich, engage, and support its older citizens.
What is a Village?
The Village concept is based on the belief that it is possible for a community of people to pool their resources––by paying membership dues and volunteering their skills––to create an organization that can assist and support each member. The outcome? A whole that is larger than the sum of its parts with a powerful potential for impact on people’s lives.
The first Village, Beacon Hill Village, was launched by a group of women in Boston in 2001. Although they didn’t realize it, they were starting a movement. Today over 200 Villages have adopted the Village model and another 150 are in the process of doing the same. Collectively they are transforming the experience of aging into one filled with new assumptions, opportunities, and horizons.
Click here to visit the Village to Village Network to learn more and find out where Villages are located.
What do Villages do?
How do Villages work?
Who is eligible to join?
Who joins and why?
Who are the Village volunteers?