It Takes a Village to Make a Neighborhood
Your support of this Better Together campaign will provide timely and critical funding for Village Connections to provide the security seniors need to age in place and continue to be vital, active members of their neighborhood.
Using a membership model, Village Connections provides services to individuals at least 50 years of age that empower them to continue aging in their homes. By providing a network of high-quality, person-centered resources for members’ evolving needs, this grassroots organization offers information and referrals to cost effective services and activities designed to enhance members’ health and wellness; support their social, educational, and cultural interests; and foster member-to-member volunteer support. Village Connections was established in 2012 by a visionary group of long term German Village residents and was the first “village” to take root in central Ohio!
Serving German Village, Merion Village, Schumacher Place, the Brewery District, and Downtown Columbus, Village Connections assists members with everyday tasks like rides to the doctor, grocery shopping, yard clean up, and light home maintenance. Village Connection members are also provided a social outlet to avoid being isolated in their homes through monthly lunches, group events, and outings to exciting destinations beyond their neighborhood.
“I’ve been getting out more and really appreciate everyone helping me become more active and doing the things I should be doing. I’ve been in German Village 88 years and Village Connections is giving me the ability to stay at home and continue socializing with friends.”
— Pat Gramelt, Member
In 2012, the oldest of the Baby Boomer cohort turned 65 and many more boomers are quickly approaching senior citizen status. With a growing number of seniors, organizations like Village Connections are expanding their footprint and deepening their relationships in the neighborhoods they serve. Membership fees average about $40 per month for participating seniors, but at least one third of Village Connections’ members live on fixed incomes. Based on their limited resources, their membership expenses are reduced to less than $10 per month.
Grant funding has helped to offset the reduced membership fees, but a growing need for services has stretched Village Connection’s available resources and demand is expected to continue in tandem with the rising senior population. Your support of this Better Together campaign will provide timely and critical funding for Village Connections to provide the security seniors need to age in place and continue to be vital, active members of their neighborhood.
“As our outreach continues, we are seeing a greater need for our services among our aging population. Every senior deserves to age in place with dignity and respect regardless of their financial ability. Please help us keep our seniors connected, active, and independent.”
— Donald Wiggins, Executive Director
Create a supportive community helping neighbors stay connected, active, and independent.