These grassroots, nonprofit organizations use trained, background-checked volunteers to provide services that can help keep members in their homes as long, happily, and inexpensively as possible. Villages also offer a rich menu of social, wellness and educational activities and lists of vetted and/or recommended professionals – plumbers, electricians, roofers and more – who can be hired for major projects beyond the expertise of volunteers.
How does the village work? Members join at either the full service or associate level. Full service members have access to the full range of programs, volunteer services and vendor recommendations.
Associate members also have access to the activities and programs plus the vendor lists, but limited access to volunteer services. At both levels, members may also choose to volunteer. As of July 10th, Northeast Village PDX had 113 members, and it keeps growing.
To receive a service, the member simply makes a call to the Northeast Village PDX office to request such things as transportation to a medical appointment, help with light housekeeping or yard work, walking a dog, or assistance with paperwork or record-keeping. Using a database, the office volunteer then matches a service volunteer with the member’s request, and the service is confirmed.
Northeast Village PDX supports seniors staying home, staying active, and staying connected. Find out more at nevillagepdx.org; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, phone 503-895-2750. The village office at 5012 NE 42nd Ave. in Cully is open Mon – Friday, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Stop in and learn how one call does it all.