About Village Services
- Villages tend to be "volunteer first," which means that they prefer to use trained volunteers to deliver services.
- Villages partner with local government and nonprofit organizations to provide a wider range of services. Villages provide "one call does it all" support and problem solving for their members
- Villages do not duplicate existing services. They make it their business to know what is offered by nonprofit and for-profit businesses, senior centers, and government agencies and how to utilize these services.
- Village members can identify service gaps and work to fill them or lobby for solutions.
- Services are provided by trained volunteers and/or in cooperation with existing local providers (i.e. transportation, shopping, household chores, gardening, and light home repairs and maintenance for members).
- Villages promote vibrant and healthy living through building relationships and developing community with social and other activities (i.e. potluck dinners, book clubs, exercise/wellness activities, and educational programs, depending on needs and wants of members).
- Villages negotiate discounts with local vendors for members.
- Villages maintain a database of quality and affordable local service providers and provide these alternatives to fill requests from members when/if needed.
- Village members contributing their skills and services can bank volunteer hours to be used in exchange for benefits or services they may need in the future.