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★★ May 2022 Newsletter ★★

★ Land Acknowledgement ★

We cannot forget the many Native Americans who lived off the land, lived in harmony with nature, and who were badly abused and exploited in the name of ‘progress.’ Nor can we ignore their understanding of the way human beings fit into their big picture as inhabitants and stewards, taking only what they needed and being grateful to Mother Earth for their bounty. They could no more own physical land as ‘property’ than they could own the air or the weather. Yet, through violence, conflict, and exploitation, the land was taken into the hands of others who became the dominant culture. And so, in our current time and place, we must say a quiet and heartfelt thanks for the sacrifice made by these forebearers, for their love of the land, for their stewardship, and for the lessons we still strive to learn.

While it is important to open a meeting or address a body of listeners with a Land Acknowledgement Statement, it is better yet to become aware of our own forebearers’ historical wrongdoing. As we acknowledge the facts about land being unfairly taken from indigenous peoples, we have a responsibility to try to understand how and why this happened. Can we glean from that history the facts of the unjust transfer of land? Since we’ve lost the opportunity for returning the land to its pristine original status, since cities and homes and roads have overtaken the landscape, how do we ‘give back’ to the communities of indigenous peoples?

To simply give ‘lip service’ to indigenous history is not enough to make amends nor make a difference in their lives. We may become allied in our concern for the health of the land. We may become better stewards as we protect our forests, waterways, oak savannas, or prairies, and we aim toward clean, green public spaces. But we also have a duty to remember that the land we stand on, live on, play and work on, did not belong to us in the first place.

As part of our cultural diversity effort, recognizing that most of our Villagers are members of the now dominant culture, we might remember that the power and constraints imposed upon others is a history from which we can learn and grow. We can strive to do better in making our communities richer, stronger, and more beautiful by engaging in reciprocal experiences of understanding and respect. Inclusivity is a lesson in broadening our horizons.

When we see the many ways in which symbols, artifacts, technologies, and genres have been woven into our daily lives we can better appreciate the contributions made by other cultures. And at that point, we begin to see how deeply ingrained is the continued injustice and inequity that deprives other cultures of recognition and opportunities for material advantage.

Villagers may take a lead in honorable attempts to learn about the cultures that have shaped our lives in ways heretofore unrecognized. We would do well to remember that each and every one of us is descended from indigenous peoples, slaves, and/or immigrants.

Find your roots. Celebrate your roots. Help others freely and proudly celebrate theirs. And make your Village the most beautiful and colorful Village you could have ever imagined!
~ Nancy Doty

★ Get to Know Our Villages! *

Anyone who is interested in learning more about our Villages is invited to attend the informational events below.

Eastside Village will host an Information Session on Saturday, May 14th from 10:00–11:00 am. Join Eastside Village hosts virtually as they discuss EV volunteering and membership. They’ll outline what they’ve been up to historically, since the beginning of the pandemic, and as they begin to visit in person once again. You can join the Zoom meeting at this link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89541314807.

North Star Village will host an Information Session on Thursday, May 12th at 4:30 pm. Come learn about North Star Village, a virtual community of older neighbors who became friends. NSV often meets online and when safe, in person, where they entertain and educate each other, and help their community members with neighborly tasks like rides and minor fix-its. Join North Star Village member Anjala Ehelebe for a quick and informative overview of our village. They’ll meet at Good Neighbor Pizzeria, 800 NE Dekum St. Portland, OR 97211. It is fully accessible, with seats available in the well-ventilated interior or at comfortable tables outdoors. Call North Star Village at 503-793-8518 to ask questions and to let us know you’ll be there. See our website for more information: northstarvillage.clubexpress.com.

Rivers East Village will hold an Informational 101 Get To Know Our Village event on Thursday, May 26th from 7:00-8:00 pm. For more info, email to info@riverseastvillage.org or call 971-808-2340. You can also visit their website to learn more.

RiverWest Village is offerring one-on-one introductory chats by phone, Zoom or in-person. Call 503-495-4934 or email to info@riverwestvillage.org to schedule a time to talk with a volunteer.

Viva Village will host an informational meeting for prospective members on Saturday, May 14th from 10:00–11:30 am. RSVP for Zoom Link by phone: (503) 746-5082 or email to vivavillageevents@gmail.com.

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★★ April 2022 Newsletter ★★

★ Changes at VNW ★

Springtime – the time when new shoots, buds, and blossoms burst with the energy of renewal and growth.

And so it seems to be with our VNW Board. Our beloved and respected Charlie Meyer has stepped down from his role as Board President to follow more family-oriented pursuits. (Maybe actual retirement this time?) And now, at this pivotal point, Althea Ender, our current Board VP, has assumed the leadership role. We will anticipate the influence of new leadership.

We will miss Charlie’s steady, patient, insightful leadership. Under his careful watch, VNW has flourished, despite COVID. Problems and challenges were always addressed in a calm, respectful, solution-oriented manner. The business-at-hand was expertly managed.

We owe Charlie an unfathomable THANK YOU for setting us on a course toward successful realization of our mission and goals. We wish him the best of luck, laughter, good health, and much love in his family circle.

Already Althea has proven to be a stalwart team member whose experience in Kaiser Community Integration programs have given her an excellent foundation for continuing the Mission of VNW. She has worked collaboratively, demonstrating utmost respect for people and their ideas, searching for—and connecting with—important resources, and building bridges. Her personal values reflect a deep respect for the activities and opportunities that will build better, more colorful and cohesive communities, just as springtime offers a variety of color to the garden and the neighborhood.

So, this Spring, watch for new and continued leadership as the fertile ground is made ready for more growth. We are looking for seeds, starts, and blossoms of expertise, experience, and volunteer energy. Our success depends upon the willingness of many to share their perspective, ideas, and skills.

Please step up and lend us your time and talent. Help us keep the Villages and VNW Hub vital, colorful, and evolving. We need you, and perhaps you need us. Together let’s keep Villages NW growing and glowing with the energy of springtime throughout the year.

~ Nancy Doty

★ A Purpose Driven Bunch: Gen X’s Role in the Success of Villages Nationwide *

On March 13th, the New York Times published an article highlighting how Generation X is stepping up as volunteers for Villages across the country and how vital Villages are, not only for villagers themselves but for the generations who will eventually take their place. The article brings to light what we at Villages NW already know to be true: it takes all hands on deck for the community to thrive! To read the article, click this link.

★ Get to Know Our Villages! *

Anyone who is interested in learning more about our Villages is invited to attend the informational events below.

Eastside Village will host an Information Session on Saturday, April 9th from 10:00–11:00 am. Join Eastside Village hosts virtually as they discuss EV volunteering and membership. They’ll outline what they’ve been up to historically, since the beginning of the pandemic, and as they begin to visit in person once again. You can join the Zoom meeting at this link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89541314807.

Northeast Village will host an introduction to the Village on Tuesday, April 12th, from 2:00-3:30 pm. This interactive session will provide an overview of the activities and services offered by Northeast Village PDX to support older adults who wish to remain in their own homes. NEV is a member-led community serving Northeast Portland neighborhoods. NEV welcomes new members and volunteers. Their Zoom link will be made available upon registration at https://nevillagepdx.org/content.aspx?page_id=4001&club_id=293188.

North Star Village will host an Information Session on Thursday, April 14th at 4:30 pm. Come learn about North Star Village, a virtual community of older neighbors who became friends. NSV often meets online and when safe, in person, where they entertain and educate each other, and help their community members with neighborly tasks like rides and minor fix-its. Join North Star Village member Anjala Ehelebe for a quick and informative overview of our village. They’ll meet at Good Neighbor Pizzeria, 800 NE Dekum St. Portland, OR 97211. It is fully accessible, with seats available in the well-ventilated interior or at comfortable tables outdoors. Call North Star Village at 503-793-8518 to ask questions and to let us know you’ll be there. See our website for more information: northstarvillage.clubexpress.com.

Rivers East Village will hold an Informational 101 Get To Know Our Village event on Thursday, April 28th at 7:00 pm. For more info, email info@riverseastvillage.org or call 971-808-2340. You can also visit their website to learn more.

Viva Village will host an informational meeting for prospective members on Saturday, April 9th from 10:00–11:30 am. RSVP for Zoom Link by phone: (503) 746-5082 or email: vivavillageevents@gmail.com.

 

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★★ March 2022 Newsletter ★★

★ Celebrating National Village Day ★

On February 15th I had the opportunity to attend an online celebration of Villages nationwide –an event that was two decades in the making. The first village started 20 years ago in Boston, MA. Twelve neighbors met to discuss a common problem. The prevailing attitude at the time was that aging meant moving to a place where you can be taken care of… but that was not the vision of these neighbors! They had the radical idea that they could be in charge of their own aging. Experts called their idea “crazy” and “ridiculous,” but they did it anyway. It was an idea whose time had come. Now, with 263 villages nationwide, including the 10 in the local Portland-Vancouver area which were established in just 6 years, we know it works.

The impact of this national Village Movement was highlighted in a Proclamation entered into the Congressional Record by Oregon’s Senator Ron Wyden at a meeting of the Senate on January 18th and at a meeting of the House of Representatives by the Honorable Steven Lynch of Massachusetts on February 2nd. Representative Lynch said, “…Their message is simple, forceful, and optimistic: aging should be individual, and person-centered. Villages can help their members take responsibility for their own aging and make choices resulting in vibrant, purposeful lives lived on their own terms, in their own homes and communities.

What struck me as significant was that members started this. They grew it from nothing. Volunteers came later. Member vision, member ideas, member involvement made them successful. Connecting and supporting aging members is the core mission of all villages. Unless members drive the programs, the results are simply well-meaning efforts by volunteers assuming they know what is best for members. In a sense, it becomes just a distributed assisted living program.

All Villages, our villages, are meant to be so much more. My hope is that all of us who are members will help make it the community program that we want it to be.

– John Chapman
(Member, Villages Clark County)

★ Reduce Your Taxable Income with a Donation to Qualified Charities ★

As we prepare to file our 2021 taxes, we may be revisiting how to best support the causes we care about while also reducing taxable income. Did you know that you can lower your taxable income by making a donation to a qualified charity like your Village from your required minimum distribution of a tax-deferred retirement account such as an IRA?

Required minimum distributions were waived for 2020 due to the pandemic. This waiver has not been extended, so RMDs are required for 2021, and guidelines issued in December 2019 are now in effect.

Here’s how it works: if you are 72 or older (or 70½ in 2019), you are required each year to take a distribution. You can take it in a lump sum or in smaller amounts throughout the year.

Your IRA managers can send a portion or all of your distribution to one or more qualified charities. Any donations you make reduce your taxable income instead of being recorded as charitable deductions. If you no longer itemize, this is a good way to get tax benefits from your donations.

As you are thinking about your giving for the year, please consider a donation to your Village or Villages NW to help lay the foundation for long-term sustainability. In most villages across the country, membership fees account for only 44% of the budget.

So far, we have been able to cover expenses with membership revenue alone. As we grow, we want to increase support for our low income neighbors who otherwise couldn’t afford to be villagers. As we are able, we will need some staff to support volunteers and members in each Village. To do this we will need to supplement member fees with donations.

If you choose to give through your IRA, consult your tax adviser, select the amount to donate from your IRA, and ask your financial manager to make the gift for you. Then let us know the financial institution which will be sending the gift and the gift’s amount to info@villagesnw.org, so we can ensure your donation goes to the Village of your choice. To be counted for the 2022 tax year, distributions must be transferred to the charity by December 31.

Checks should be made out to “Villages NW fbo [Village Name]” and mailed to Villages NW, PO Box 33642, Portland OR 97292. Questions? Contact info@villagesnw.org or call 503-515-1948.

★ Get to Know Our Villages! ★

Anyone who is interested in learning more about our Villages is invited to attend the informational events below.

Eastside Village will host an Information Session on Saturday, March 12th from 10:00–11:00 am. Join Eastside Village hosts virtually as they discuss EV volunteering and membership. They’ll outline what they’ve been up to historically, since the beginning of the pandemic, and as they begin to visit in person once again. You can join the Zoom meeting at this link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89541314807.

Northeast Village will host an introduction to the Village on Tuesday, March 8th, from 2:00-3:30 pm. This interactive session will provide an overview of the activities and services offered by Northeast Village PDX to support older adults who wish to remain in their own homes. Our village is a member-led community serving Northeast Portland neighborhoods. We welcome new members and volunteers. Their Zoom link will be made available upon registration at https://nevillagepdx.org/content.aspx?page_id=4001&club_id=293188.

North Star Village will host an Information Session on Thursday, March 10th at 4:30 pm. Come learn about North Star Village, a virtual community of older neighbors who became friends. NSV often meets online and when safe, in person, where they entertain and educate each other, and help their community members with neighborly tasks like rides and minor fix-its. Join North Star Village member Anjala Ehelebe for a quick and informative overview of their village. We’ll meet at Good Neighbor Pizzeria; 800 NE Dekum St.; Portland, OR 97211. It is fully accessible, with seats available in the well-ventilated interior or at comfortable tables outdoors. Call North Star Village at 503-793-8518 to ask questions and to let them know you’ll be there. See their website for more information: https://northstarvillage.clubexpress.com.

Rivers East Village will hold an Informational 101 Get To Know Our Village event on Thursday, March 24th at 7:00 pm. For more info, email info@riverseastvillage.org or call 971-808-2340. You can also visit their website to learn more.

Villages Clark County will host an in-person discussion on a new approach to aging at home and how Villages Clark County can help your community thrive so all can lead engaged, healthy lives on Saturday, March 12th from 9:30-10:30 am at First Presbyterian Church. To register or if you have questions please email: jchapman@villagesclarkcounty.org.

Village Without Walls will host a virtual introduction to their village on Saturday, March 19th from 2:00–3:30 pm. Come find out what VWW is all about. This session provides an overview of the activities and services offered by VWW to support older adults and disabled individuals who want to remain in their own homes and neighborhoods. Information about membership and volunteering. Contact them for the Zoom link at (503) 207-8729 or info@villagewithoutwalls.org.

Viva Village will host an informational meeting for prospective members on Saturday, March 12th from 10:00–11:30 am. RSVP for Zoom Link by phone: (503) 746-5082 or email: vivavillageevents@gmail.com.

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★★ February 2022 Newsletter ★★

★ Be My Valentine ★

Valentine’s Day: February 14th. It is a day to celebrate love and affection, a day of romance that brings symbols of springtime, hearts and cupids, flowers, inspired poetry, and sweets. Commonly, messages of love and affection are borne from commercial cards, bouquets of red roses, and boxed chocolates.

The day that we celebrate is steeped in tales of a martyred bishop who was killed for incurring a Roman emperor’s wrath when the bishop secretly married couples for love and to prevent the men from being conscripted to war. Some say that he tried to convert the emperor to Christianity, furthering his disfavor in the realm.

There is also some evidence that the earliest celebration of springtime ‘love’ was more accurately a celebration of the season of fertility. It may have been linked to a Roman festival, Lupercalia, which was actually a series of rituals that symbolize fertility and the emergence of Spring. That celebration included the sacrifice of animals and the dominion of men over women, a rather morbid holiday by today’s standards!

No one can be entirely sure of the true origins of this holiday, as the details have been lost in the mists of time. Nevertheless, it is especially popular in the US, Canada, UK, France, Germany, Australia, Mexico, South Korea, and the Philippines. Considering the possible origins in Christian culture, it is also banned in some non-Christian societies. But in our current American culture, the religious aspects have given way to commercialism and sometimes silly sentiments of affection.

So why not make up your own holiday? Create your own celebration. Offer a fun message of ‘thinking of you’ that can be extended to friends and neighbors – not necessarily romantic, but cheery and thoughtful.

In these days of COVID caution and potential isolation, we might use any excuse to let people know that we remember them. A small bouquet of spring flowers, a home-baked treat, a simple note or commercial card will go a long way toward warming the heart of someone who is unable to be in the midst of society for fear of compromised health. As reasonable as their protection may be, it may also mean lost opportunities to share gentle words of encouragement, simple kind acts, and shared stories.

Village members, volunteers, neighbors and friends are all vital components of a strong community. Use Valentine’s Day to make a call, send a card, drop off a small surprise for anyone you know who is in need of a friendly gesture. Be the Village volunteer or neighbor who warms hearts with random acts of kindness. And make this Valentine’s Day special for someone who may otherwise feel forgotten.

~ Nancy Dot

★ Villages NW Celebrates the 20th Anniversary of the Village Movement ★

The anniversary celebration will reach the U.S. Congress with a proclamation by Congressman Stephen Lynch (MA) recognizing Beacon Hill Village and the Village Movement by designating February 15th as “National Village Day.”

From its Boston beginnings in 2002, the Village concept has grown to a thriving network with more than 300 nonprofit, community-based Villages serving roughly 40,000 older adults across the U.S. and internationally. The Village model is now well-established as a cost-effective and sustainable solution for healthy, vibrant aging.

The Village seeds found fertile ground here in the Greater Portland metropolitan area. Villages NW can credit its spark to Anne Andler, who brought the then 10-year-old concept to Portland in 2011. She sensed Portlanders would embrace the idea and soon people from all parts of the city began asking how they, too, could create a Village to serve their neighborhoods. The first Village, Eastside, formally opened in October 2015. Our tenth Village, Village at the Falls, serving Oregon City, Beavercreek and Redland, opened six years later, on October 1, 2021. Our eleventh Village, Rainy Day in Manzanita/Nehalem is still in development, having postponed its official “launch” date due to COVID.

Longtime Northeast villager Vonnie Condon was first inspired to get involved by the then newly forming Northeast Village PDX after caring for her elderly mother who had moved to Portland from Minnesota. The level of care and the social isolation her mother experienced left a lasting impression on Vonnie. After her mother’s death and her own retirement, Vonnie wanted to find a place to put her time and skills to good use. It wasn’t long before she was hooked! She went on to serve in multiple volunteer positions and still is active to this day. When asked what about being a villager she most appreciates, Vonnie replied it is the many wonderful friendships and chance to serve others in times of need that have enriched her life.

When Janet Liu first heard about the Village concept, she loved it. “I may not be able to avoid going to assisted living, but I can delay it. I can age with this group.” As much as she loves her daughter, whose career took her far away from Portland, Janet wants her daughter to live her own life. Still can be scary not to have family nearby. Through her involvement with RiverWest in Southwest Portland and Villages Clark County as a volunteer and member, Janet has found a very nice new family.

“Villages are for people of all ages who value being part of their community and want to strengthen their community links, including through volunteering.” says Kay Weaver, Chair of Rivers East Village in Milwaukie/Gladstone.

Our Villages host about 90 activities and events each month, some online and open to members of all Villages. Through the pandemic we have kept our spirits up through events, phone calls, cards, handmade gifts (including masks) and much more. Among many services our volunteers cleaned up members’ gardens, fixed plumbing, taught members about Zoom, and read and walked with other members. We helped many members schedule appointments for vaccinations and gave rides to and from their appointments. Despite COVID we provided 3,107 services in 2021. Bravo, everyone!

If you are not yet a Village volunteer or want to learn more about how you can become a villager, visit our Local Villages page to connect to your neighborhood Village or call 503-515-1948.

★ Get to Know Our Villages! ★

Anyone who is interested in learning more about our Villages is invited to attend the informational events below.

Eastside Village will host an Information Session on Saturday, February 12th from 10:00–11:00 am. Join Eastside Village hosts virtually as they discuss EV volunteering and membership. They’ll outline what they’ve been up to historically, since the beginning of the pandemic, and as they begin to visit in person once again. You can join the Zoom meeting at this link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89541314807.

Northeast Village will have an Introduction on Tuesday, February 8th from 2:00–3:30 pm on Zoom. This interactive session will provide an overview of the activities and services offered by Northeast Village PDX for older adults who wish to remain in their own homes and stay engaged in their community. This is a member-led community operating in Northeast Portland neighborhoods. They welcome new members and volunteers. Register here.

North Star Village will host an Information Session on Thursday, February 10th at 4:30 pm. Get the new year off to a great start by learning about North Star Village, a virtual community of older neighbors who became friends. NSV often meet online and when safe, in person, where they entertain and educate each other, and help their community members with neighborly tasks like rides and minor fix-its. Join North Star Village member Anjala Ehelebe for a quick and informative overview of our village. We’ll meet at Good Neighbor Pizzeria, 800 NE Dekum St., 97211. It is fully accessible, with seats available in the well-ventilated interior or at comfortable tables outdoors. Call North Star Village at 503-793-8518 to ask questions and to let us know you’ll be there. See our website for more information: northstarvillage.clubexpress.com.

Rivers East Village will hold an Informational 101 Get To Know Our Village event on Thursday, February 24th at 7:00 pm. For more info, email info@riverseastvillage.org or call 971-808-2340. You can also visit their website to learn more.

RiverWest Village will continue their one-on-one introductory chats in February. If you are interested in aging better and learning more about how you may become involved either as a member or volunteer, RiverWest’s Outreach Team will contact you individually. Just call their office and request an Introductory Chat at (503) 495-4934 or email info@riverwestvillage.org. Include your name, phone number, and email in your message and they will be in touch with you soon!

Village Without Walls will have a 101 virtual presentation on Saturday, February 19th at 1:00 pm. They will discuss re-imagining aging and community through membership and volunteering. Village Without Walls is a local non-profit and member-led community operating in Hillsboro, Aloha, Cornelius, and Forest Grove. Contact them for the Zoom link at (503) 207-8729 or email info@villagewithoutwalls.org.

Viva Village will host an informational meeting for prospective members on Saturday, February 12th from 10:00–11:30 am. RSVP for Zoom Link by phone: (503) 746-5082 or email: vivavillageevents@gmail.com.

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★★ January 2022 Newsletter ★★

★ Should Auld Acquaintance be Forgot? ★

As the magic of the holidays fades into the rearview mirror, we think fondly of the family and friends with whom we connected in-person or by Zoom. It is one of the elements that make the holidays special—that sharing of time over a meal or just in conversation. And so often, we end up regaling one another with old stories.

And how many of those stories involve our oldest friends and family members—the auld acquaintances?

In researching the translation of the traditional song, it is revealed that the poet is talking about raising a pint, drinking a cup of kindness in fond remembrance of a friend in days gone by. They paddled in the stream from morning until dinner, until the “broad seas roared between us.” They ran through the fields of daisies, and had “wandered many a weary mile since days of long ago.” Ultimately they were able to reconnect, offering the hand of trust and goodwill.

What a lovely image!

Our memories of days gone by are so often the standard by which we measure days to come, for better or worse!

So, as we enter this New Year, let’s resolve to make 2022 the very best it can be. The cup o’ kindness, shared memories, and sincere wishes of goodwill go a very long way in this climate of unrest and divisive attitudes. If we each do our part, just a little cup o’ kindness will not be forgotten.

Wishing you all a very Happy New Year, a year filled with the stuff that good memories are made of!

~Nancy Doty

★ Villages NW Welcomes New Board Members ★

Two community members have joined the Villages NW Board of Directors. Flavia Youngstrom is our new Treasurer and Brian Harrington, as a Director, will focus on employee and volunteer support.

Flavia has been working for non-profits almost her entire professional life. In fact, she retired from over 40 years of non-profit work last year. Her most recent position was at Parkview Christian Retirement Center, where she worked for more than 21 years as the Director of Finance. She oversaw a finance team and a $7.5 million bond covenant with the Retirement Center. She lives in the Holgate neighborhood.

Brian retired three and a half years ago as the Public Employees Retirement System’s Assistant Chief Operations Officer after a successful 30-year career with the agency. He was responsible for a staff of 200 people, as well as all benefit calculations and other daily operations. Prior to his public service, he was a manager in the financial services field in the private sector.

Brian was looking for a volunteer opportunity and discovered Villages NW. He believes his managerial and executive experience can help support other volunteers and advance the goals of helping Village members to age in the place of their choosing. Brian has two adult sons and resides in the Milwaukie-Gladstone area with Roberta, his wife of 42 years.

Althea Ender was re-elected as Vice President, and Lyn Trainer will serve another term as Managing Director.

★ Get to Know Our Villages! ★

Anyone who is interested in learning more about our Villages is invited to attend the informational events below:

Eastside Village will host an Information Session on Saturday, January 8th from 10:00-11:00 am. Join Eastside Village hosts virtually as they discuss EV volunteering and membership. They’ll outline what they’ve been up to historically, since the beginning of the pandemic, and as they begin to visit in person once again. You can join the Zoom meeting at this link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89541314807.

Northeast Village will host an introduction to the Village on Tuesday, January 11th, from 2:00-3:30 pm. This interactive session will provide an overview of the activities and services offered by Northeast Village PDX to support older adults who wish to remain in their own homes. Our village is a member-led community serving Northeast Portland neighborhoods. We welcome new members and volunteers. A Zoom link will be made available upon registration at https://nevillagepdx.org/content.aspx?page_id=4001&club_id=293188.

North Star Village will host an Information Session on Thursday, January 13th at 4:30 pm. Get the new year off to a great start by learning about North Star Village, a virtual community of older neighbors who became friends. NSV often meet online and when safe, in person, where they entertain and educate each other, and help their community members with neighborly tasks like rides and minor fix-its. Join North Star Village member Anjala Ehelebe for a quick and informative overview of their village. They will meet at Good Neighbor Pizzeria, 800 NE Dekum St, 97211. It is fully accessible, with seats available in the well-ventilated interior or at comfortable tables outdoors. Call North Star Village at 503-793-8518 to ask questions and to let them know you’ll be there. See North Star Village’s website for more information: https://northstarvillage.clubexpress.com/.

Rivers East Village will hold an Informational 101 Get To Know Our Village event on Thursday, January 27th at 7:00 pm. For more info, email info@riverseastvillage.org or call 971-808-2340. You can also visit their website to learn more: https://rivers-east.helpfulvillage.com/ .

RiverWest Village will continue their one-on-one introductory chats in January and February. If you are interested in aging better and learning more about how you may become involved either as a member or volunteer, RiverWest’s Outreach Team will contact you individually. Just call their office and request an Introductory Chat, 503-495-4934, or email info@riverwestvillage.org. Include your name, phone number, and email in your message and they will be in touch with you soon!

Viva Village will host an informational meeting for prospective members on Saturday, January 8th, from 10:00-11:30 am. RSVP for Zoom Link by phone: 503-746-5082 or email: vivavillageevents@gmail.com.