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Weekly Village News February 23, 2024

From Frank Finamore (Executive Director)

This week I had the privilege to represent the Village, along with one of our founders Mary Worstell, at Cathedral Commons Giant. We were there to share information about the Village, including the types of membership and benefits and the need for volunteers and supporters.

Here are a few things that I heard from those that stopped by the table:

I’ve been meaning to join, but just haven’t gotten around to it.

You all do great work, but I don’t need help yet.

I’m not a “joiner” but I appreciate the work that you do.

If I join, I’d be admitting that I am lonely.

I’m not “that old” yet.

I can’t afford it.

I wish this column were long enough for me to respond to each of these obstacles in depth, but what I will say is that we have two types of membership to meet different needs and that by joining, people aren’t admitting anything, but perhaps gaining friends, opportunities, and assistance, when needed. The one issue that I will speak directly to, however, is about finances. We offer FREE memberships to those with limited finances. It only involves a confidential discussion with me. The Board of Directors and I don’t want money to be the reason why someone doesn’t get the social opportunities and/or assistance that they need.

Finally, as luck would have it, one of our members, who we’ll call Maggie, happened to be walking by and stopped to chat with someone interested, but also hesitant to sign up. Maggie was able to discuss how she’s made great friends through the Village and been afforded opportunities and assistance that’s helped her stay living independently well into her late eighties. It was a powerful exchange to witness. So much so that I’d like to ask some members to assist at our outreach events, just to share your experiences as a Villager. If you’re able and willing to do so, please call 202-615-5953.    

We have more than 2,200 households with people aged 60 and over in our area. While we enjoy 225 members (a great milestone), I’d love to see 2,200 members! If you know anyone who you think might benefit from being a Village member, consider letting them know about us. They can find out more info on our website at or by calling the office. I can honestly say that as a resident of the neighborhood, I’ve never made so many connections, even when my son was in school. As I age, I’ve found it harder to make new friends, but the Village has changed all of that and I find that my roots here have only deepened.



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