The Village Movement
A Village is an idea whose time has come. Thousands of baby boomers are turning sixty-five every day, and they and the generation before them want to stay active and usually stay put, even as they need more services and support to remain in their own homes.
The demographics data for our region is no different; in 2010, the senior (age 65+) population of Washington, Clackamas, and Multnomah Counties was 190,000. By 2030, less than 17 years from now, that number will be almost 400,000, with Washington County having the fast growing age 50+ population in the region.
Viva Village has formed in response to the desire of residents in Beaverton and surrounding areas to remain in their community, keep their ties with neighbors and friends, and thrive as they age in place for as long as they are able.
Characteristics of a Village
- Villages are “volunteer first,” organizations that prefer to use volunteers to deliver services before calling on staff or outside resources.
- 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 already offered in the village boundaries by other nonprofits, senior centers, and government agencies. Villages fully utilize these services and then fill the gaps.
- Volunteers provide services such as transportation, shopping, household chores, gardening, and light home repairs and maintenance for members.
- Vendors that are pre-screened provide professional services and home repairs.
- Institutional and business partners are carefully chosen to provide home health care services.
- Villages build relationships and develop community through social activities including potluck dinners, book clubs, exercise/wellness activities, and educational programs.
Stories About Villages
The following short video segments give a sense of the positive impact that Villages have had on a number of families. Use the Viva Village tab at the top of your browser window to return to Viva Village.
PBS Newshour — How More Americans Are ‘Aging In Place’
AARP — My Generation: Aging In Place