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15th Anniversary of the Village Movement Celebrated

ANV members, volunteers, and friends celebrated the 15th anniversary of the national village movement at George Mason University Founders Hall. Arlington Villagers socialized at a reception followed by a “watch party” featuring Dr. Atul Gawande live, from Boston. The Village to Village Network and Beacon Hill Boston made it possible for more than 150 villages and 7,000 people to hear his inspiring talk on “choices and community.”

Several photos from the celebration in a composite photo

Broadening Reach and Deeper Connections

ANV’s Impact Report for 2017 is available. Now more than 200 members with a 95% renewal rate, ANV’s nearly 200 volunteers provide services, organize programs and activities. Funding support from two foundations attests to ANV’s growing stability. It all demonstrates ANV’s value to the community. Check out the full details here.

Member Services Manager Job Opening (Paid Position)

Arlington Neighborhood Village is hiring!

Arlington Neighborhood Village (ANV) is a volunteer-driven non-profit organization, serving residents 55 and older in Arlington County, VA. ANV’s mission is to enable members to continue living in their own homes as they age – safely, independently, and with an enhanced quality of life – by providing access to support services and social opportunities.

Under the supervision of the Executive Director, the Member Services Manager ensures that the ANV office operates efficiently and provides essential services to fully support the organization’s mission. The Member Services Manager is a part-time position, up to 25 hours/week, that supervises office volunteers who typically work 2 1/2 hour shifts, and supports the office in times where no office volunteers are available. The principal place of work is the ANV office, open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The position description is available here.

Interested candidates should email a cover letter and resume to Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and the position will remain posted until filled.

Staying Home: Smart Choices for Easy Living

Are you thinking about aging in place? Then spend a few hours with ANV members learning how to make Smart Choices for Easy Living. Our April Fools’ Day program includes AARP’s “Home Fit Workshop,” tips on hiring a contractor, a realtor’s perspective, and much more. You’re no fool—and the more you know, the easier it will be!

Join us Saturday, April 1, 10 am-1 pm at the Arlington Central Library. Here are the details.

ANV ​​By the Numbers

newsletter front page thumbnailWondering what impact ANV is having? Our volunteers have driven members 24,000 miles and performed more than 3,600 services since we opened in 2014. And 98% of members say ANV has met or exceeded their expectations! More details here.

Assistive Technology to Make Life Easier

Thursday, October 6, 2016 – 3:30 to 4:30 pm. Arlington Central Library Auditorium, 1015 N. Quincy Street. ANV volunteers Mary Lee Byrd and Gail Kutner will open up their suitcases to show us the latest in assistive technology devices. Tools to improve your ability to live and function independently. Free, open to everyone. This program was developed by the Arlington Commission on Aging.

Spanish Conversation Group: Cafe Espanol

IMG_3298After a promising trial run on three Wednesdays in August, we’re set to resume in the autumn on September 27th.

Our new time and place:  Tuesdays, 11 AM to Noon, at the Super Pollo Cafe, 550-C North Quincy Street (between Wilson Blvd and Glebe Road—closer to Glebe than Wilson). The waitstaff is mostly Central American and quite congenial—we can practice our Spanish with them too. Lots of metered on-street parking usually available.

IMG_3284If we like it, we’ll continue on the following Tuesdays as a regular thing. Jaime Ugarte brought his guitar last Wednesday, and we sang! I also hope that our Cuba-bound travelers can return and share their cuentos de viajes with us. And it’ll be fun hearing more about how each of has used, is using, might use, or will use nuestro espanol.

Reminder: this is a truly multi-level group—that includes some Spanglish.

Hasta Luego!

Portabellos Dine Around

IMG_3294 IMG_3295 IMG_3296When we arrived for dinner at Portabellos, many of us were pleasantly surprised to discover that ANV member Lucia Heard has her oil paintings displayed prominently throughout the restaurant. Lucia reports that she dines at Portabellos frequently. She says that the proprietor, MJ, is so friendly and accommodating; he makes it a point to get to know all his customers. “That’s why I was so thrilled that ANV decided to have a dine-around event here!” Portabellos restaurant is located at 2109 Pollard Street in Arlington.

At the end of the evening, Michele Downey, an ANV volunteer who helps to provide transportation to members on weekends remarked, “This was my first time eating at Portabellos and the first time I attended an ANV event. My meal was fabulous, and I had so much fun getting to know other ANV members and volunteers. I’ll be returning to Portabellos and attending other ANV events, especially after I retire!”

New friends were made, old friends caught up. Everyone enjoyed the ANV dine around.

— Donna Pastore