Frequently Asked Questions
What is a Village? How Does It Work? Who Can Join?
Why Join? What is the Cost? References
What is a Village?
"Villages are membership-driven, grass-roots organizations that, through both volunteers and paid staff, coordinate access to affordable services including transportation, health and wellness programs, home repairs, social and educational activities, and other day-to-day needs enabling individuals to remain connected to their community throughout the aging process."
Villages are a grassroots effort to address the current and unfolding challenges of an older America. Originally started in the Beacon Hill neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts in 2002, the Village concept arose out of community members’ desire to reside in their own homes while being able to access services that address their changing lifestyles as they aged. At its core, the Village Movement is consumer and customer-driven.
Currently, more than 150 Villages are operating across the country, in Australia and the Netherlands, with over a 120 additional Villages in development.
To learn more about the village movement, visit the Village to Village Network website.
YouTube Video: Beacon Hill Village Celebrates 10 Years of Growth
How Does It Work?
Each Village is unique but there are some features that appear to be common to most.
Non-profit Membership Organizations - The PNA Village is a program of the Phinney Neighborhood Association. PNA Village members will receive all of the benefits of regular PNA membership and the services provided by the Village program.
Serving people 50 or older - Some exceptions do not use age as a criteria. The PNA Village is available to people of all ages.
Have geographical boundaries - PNA Village serves persons living between 50th and 105th and Aurora to 15th Ave NW. (Boundaries are flexible so if you live a few blocks outside the catchment area you may be eligible to join.)
"Concierge service" i.e. one number for all assistance - We have a dedicated PNA Village phone number. Variety of standard services with accommodations/assistance for individual needs - The PNA Village will provide four areas of opportunity. These include:
Network of Helpers - help with small tasks and larger projects from neighborly volunteers. Examples of help might include yard maintenance, minor home repairs, transportation, shopping assistance, or help with pets.
Information & Referrals - assistance in finding the resources to meet your changing needs, including a preferred vendor list, each vendor having been vetted by the PNA Village based on adopted PNA Village standards. Examples might include plumbers, electricians, painters, dog walkers, tech support or lawn mowing services. Selection of the service provider and payment for the service is generally the responsibility of the member. However, assistance will be available depending on the capacity and need of each village member.
Community Building Activities - programs and events to help village members stay connected to their community while making new friends. Examples might include conversation groups, educational programs, information about issues of concern to members, or book and movie discussions.
Volunteer Opportunities - PNA Village members will have an opportunity to help other members by sharing their abilities as volunteers. But, volunteers do not need to be village members to help their neighbors. Opportunities will be available to anyone in the community regardless of age. All Volunteers will have criminal background checks and will be trained to work with an aging population.
Who Can Join?
PNA Village serves persons living in the Phinney, Greenwood, Ballard, Broadview, and Bitter Lake neighborhoods.
Click here for a map, highlighting our catchment area.
Insurance - prepare for the unexpected
Safety Net - support when you require it
Sense of Belonging - a Village provides new friends and deepens relationships
Strengthens Ties to your Community
Enhances your Lifestyle - getting help dealing with tasks you previously had to handle on your
Less costly than alternative living situations (CCRC; Senior Homes, etc.) when combined with
Enables you to enjoy life while someone else handles the chores
Keeps you in your own home and community.
Village-vetted vendors save time & money/offer discounts
At some point we all need help and can't always depend on or ask our neighbors
Peace of Mind
What is the Cost?
See current rates »
PNA VILLAGE REDUCED FEE MEMBERSHIP
We offer assistance to those who cannot afford standard membership fees. To be eligible, yearly income must be $30,000 or less for an individual, or $39,000 or below for a household of two or more persons. To determine your eligibility, please contact Riana Nolet, PNA Village Director for a confidential discussion at 206.789.1217 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Avenidas Village - Palo Alto, California
Village added to their programs already available at 8 senior centers
Capital Hill Village - Washington, DC
Have very strong "Volunteer First" program and plan for low income residents.
Beacon Hill Village - Boston, Mass.
Original model; considerable experience; publish "How To Manual" that can be checked out from PNA.
To volunteer email email@example.com or call 206.789.1217.
Follow the PNA Village at phinneycenter.org/village or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or to be added to our mailing list.