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JOIN US on Wednesday, June 20 for dinner at Sushi-Zen restaurant between 5:00pm and 9:30pm (dine-in or take-out)

ANV is hosting a fundraiser with the Sushi-Zen restaurant in the Lee/Harrison Shopping Center – all are welcome. Sushi-Zen is celebrating 20 years of serving Arlington residents by honoring local non-profit organizations and sharing a percentage of the evening’s proceeds with ANV. The secret to success is having a large turnout, so please share with your family, friends and neighbors. Everyone who dines in or gets takeout (from 5pm to 9:30pm) is counted, as long as they hand in a flyer with ANV’s name on it. Download the flyer here.

We hope to see you there.

Sushi-Zen logo and sushi platters

Click photo to launch Sushi-Zen website

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.