ANV strives to help seniors age-in-place by providing direct services such as transportation, help with household tasks, errands, friendly visits, and daily check-in calls. To foster community and combat social isolation, ANV offers social gatherings and interest groups, and conducts health and wellness programs and field trips. Weekly programs include Tai Chi, Spanish Conversation, Bocce, and "Coffee and Conversation" with guest speakers.
In 2018, ANV fulfilled 2,165 service requests for its members. Our Financial Aid Fund made it possible for 27 Arlington residents to become ANV members. Attendance at social and educational events increased in 2018 with more than one hundred events and thousands of attendees. ANV was able to fulfill 97% of member service requests; achieved a member satisfaction rate of 98%; and a member renewal rate of 84%. In 2018, 46 new members joined ANV and 45 new volunteers were trained and activated.
ANV volunteers donated 10,640 hours of service and drove 28,800 miles. Transportation is the most requested service - 1,501 ride requests were fulfilled. Volunteers made 188 friendly visits, completed 152 requests for walking buddies, and 203 home services. ANV made more than 1,680 daily check-in calls to members.
Our impact goes beyond the number of service requests completed. We impact the lives of our members not only by helping with tasks and transportation - although those are critical to members' well-being - but by fostering community and friendship. Through the act of requesting and receiving help, ANV volunteers and members build relationships based on trust and mutual respect. In addition to building community, this personal interaction contributes to the peace of mind of members and their families, who often live out of the area. For a significant majority of our full members who live alone, ANV is their lifeline to community and human connection.
After her husband passed away, a member wrote, "I want so much to let you know from me how much he wanted to communicate with you, to let you know how much ANV did for us. On numerous occasions, volunteers came and assisted in many projects to make it easier for us. His respect, regard and appreciation for you and ANV are immeasurable."
From Jill Garzone, a longtime volunteer, "I became a volunteer shortly after the Village was established. My "friendly visits" have been extremely rewarding and helpful to those I've visited. I've met authors, lawyers, economists, educators, and just plain folk like me. It's fun honing my computer skills and I'm starting to publish the twice-monthly ANV Events email. At 70, I still enjoy helping people and will continue as long as I'm able. I will probably become an ANV member myself in the future, and I hope the volunteers who help me will have as much fun as I am having."
A village is a network of neighbors helping neighbors- we are a local community-based nonprofit that helps older adults age-in-place by providing support services, resources, and social and educational programs - all through a robust volunteer network.
At Arlington Neighborhood Village (ANV), our mission is to provide the help that seniors need to continue living in their own homes - safely, independently, and with an enhanced quality of life.