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”
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.
Click here to learn more about the national village movement by visiting the Village to Village Network. Click here to see a list of local villages.
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.