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PRESS RELEASE: ANV Announces New Executive Director

Wendy Zenker Takes Full-Time Role Following Interim Service

Zenker headshotArlington, VA: Arlington Neighborhood Village (ANV), a nonprofit dedicated to helping older residents of Arlington County continue to live in their own homes, has new leadership with the hiring of interim executive director Wendy Zenker to the full-time role.

Wendy’s career spans years of service to the community, where she dedicated herself to improving the lives of older adults. Prior to joining ANV, Wendy served as senior vice president for the National Council on Aging, where she directed the Implementation of nationwide policies and practices in support of programs and services for 60+ aged adults. Before that,

Wendy served as a Senior Executive in the Federal Service at the Office of Management and Budget, and as Chief Operating Officer of the Corporation for National Service, which oversees the AmeriCorps and Senior Corps programs.

“Wendy’s experience with older adults and volunteers is a perfect fit with ANV’s mission,” commented Donna Pastore, ANV’s recently elected Board President. “She will be a great asset to ANV as we continue to grow in the Arlington community.”

Wendy is excited to take on the permanent executive director role, after serving as interim executive director since October. “I’m thrilled to continue my work with ANV’s officers, staff and volunteers, who are so committed to helping older Arlingtonians age in place,” says Zenker. “We will continue our work of enabling members to live in their own homes and communities, safely, independently, and with an enhanced quality of life, while expanding our membership and recruiting more volunteers.”

ANV came on the scene in 2014 as part of the growing “village movement” which seeks to help aging Americans stay in their homes and communities. ANV members pay an annual fee in return for support services and social programs delivered by a cadre of committed volunteers. Support services include rides to appointments, home technology support, minor household and yard tasks, and errands. Social activities include weekly gatherings, dining out, historical and cultural tours, health and wellness programs, and more.

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.

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!