After two years of planning, innumerable meetings, and umpteen presentations throughout the county, it was finally time to celebrate! With 40 members and more than 80 volunteers, Arlington Neighborhood Villages (ANV) opened for business on Monday, April 7. Then on Tuesday, May 6, the focus was on taking a well-deserved time-out to applaud our accomplishment. Some 100 members, volunteers, donors, and local dignitaries gathered for the ANV Launch Party, held at the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association.
ANV Board President Carol Paquette welcomed the crowd, then introduced and thanked other members of the inaugural ANV Board and Planning Team. County Board member Mary Hynes presented Carol with a Board proclamation in recognition of Older Americans Month, recognizing the link between ANV and this year’s theme of “Safe today, healthy tomorrow.” The proclamation urged county residents “to take time this month to recognize adults age 60 and older and the people who serve and support them as powerful and vital individuals who greatly contribute to the community.”
Candace Baldwin, Director of Strategy, Aging in Community at Capital Impact Partners, saluted ANV on behalf of the Village to Village Network, a national organization dedicated to helping communities establish and manage their own Villages.
Other local officials who joined in the celebration included State Senator Barbara Favola; County Board members Libby Garvey and John Vihstadt; Jane Randolph, director of the Department of Parks & Recreation; and Joan McDermott, chair of the Arlington County Commission on Aging.