We will enrich the lives of older adults, empowering them to thrive in home and community by providing a network of trusted resources, caring support and social connectedness.
Davidson village Network thinks globally an acts locally as change agents to redefine what it mean to age in America.
DVN Values include:
AARP: My Generation: Aging in Place
Davidson Village Network came out of an interest in establishing an organization of “neighbors helping neighbors,” inspired by the proven success of Boston’s Beacon Hill Village, operating since 2002. Currently there are more than 300 such villages in operation or in various stages of development throughout the U.S., organized nationally through the Village to Village Network (www.vtvnetwork.org).
The characteristics of a Village
- Villages are “volunteer first,” organizations that use trained volunteers to deliver services whenever possible.
- Villages provide “one call does it all” support and problem-solving for their members.
- Volunteers provide services such as transportation, shopping, household chores, gardening, and light home repairs and maintenance for members. These services fill the gaps in current existing public services.
- Villages do not duplicate existing services. They make it their business to know what amenities are already offered by other nonprofits, senior centers, and government agencies within Village boundaries.
- Pre-screened vendors provide professional services and home repairs.
- Villages build relationships and develop community through social activities such as potlucks, book clubs, exercise/wellness activities, and educational and cultural programs.
Click here for a brief history about Davidson Village Network.
Click here for Davidson Village Network’s Board of Directors and Working Committees.
Davidson Village Network is a member of the Village to Village Network.