Little Falls Village began serving neighbors age 50 and older living in Bethesda’s zip code 20816 in July 2013. More than 16,000 people live in this area, including more than 2,800 seniors, age 65 and older. Little Falls Village accepts membership from anyone living in this zip code.
Little Falls Village boundaries encompass all of zip code 20816 and extend from Western Avenue (the district line) to Goldsboro Road, and from River Road to MacArthur Boulevard, encompassing the following communities.
- Fort Sumner
- Glen Cove
- Glen Echo Heights
- Glen Mar Park
- Green Acres
- High Point
- Mohican Hills
- Sumner Village
- Tulip Hill
- Westmoreland Hills
- Wood Acres, and
- The Kenwood Building
A Brief Village History/The Evolution of the Aging in Place movement
In 1999, a group of neighborhood friends of Beacon Hill in Boston met to talk about their desire to remain independently in their homes as they aged.
After two years of planning, they began their “neighbor helping neighbor” village.
Today, there are more than 200 villages operating nationwide with many others in various stages of development. In the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area, there are more than 50 in operation. Little Falls Village is a member of this national movement.
What is a “neighbors helping neighbors” village?
A “neighbors helping neighbors” village is a nonprofit membership organization that provides help to its members who prefer to remain in their homes as they age.
The neighbors helping neighbors concept is seen by many as an attractive, low-cost alternative to moving into unfamiliar surroundings at a time of life when familiarity with neighbors and physical space is especially important.
How does it work?
Members and volunteers make the village work together.
Members typically join from age 50 to 80. Many folks start out by volunteering, then later receive the help they so kindly have given to others. Others join as social members, supporting the concept of the Village while building new friendships and ensuring the Village will be strong when they need services as well as activities.
Volunteers are trained, covered by insurance, and supervised by a manager.
Note: There is a mandatory background check processed.
Companionship. Making new friends, joining neighbors for coffee, card and board games, movies, picnics, happy hours, chatting and socializing while enjoying a sense of belonging to a caring community.
Satisfaction. Volunteering and helping those who need help from a neighbor.
What help does Little Falls Village offer?
Typical requests received:
- Transportation to doctors’ appointments, grocery shopping, and routine errands.
- Light household tasks, such as minor repairs, collecting mail and watering plants.
- Computer and gadgetry support.
- Companionship via scheduled phone conversations or friendly visits.
For help that volunteers cannot provide, Little Falls Village will assist members in identifying professionals who can do the work.
The great majority of help involves transportation for those who do not drive.
What is the cost of membership?
Little Falls Village membership fees are on an annual basis from the date of enrollment.
The Full Membership fee is $350 for a household of one and $700 for a household of two or more. At this membership level, full membership conveys all the benefits Little Falls Villages offers. This fee is not tax deductible.
The Social Membership fee is $250 per person. At this membership level, support services are not included, but members may participate in all social and community activities. $200 of the membership fee is tax deductible.
The Village-Plus Membership fee is $100 per person for individuals with an income of $40,000 or less. $200 per household for two or more individuals with a combined income of $50,000 or less. Village-Plus members receive all the benefits of full membership.
Note: Little Falls Village offers “low cost or no cost” Village-Plus memberships in certain circumstances. Please contact us to find out more.