Villages in Montgomery County. Status Update June 2014. What is a Village?. A volunteer led grassroots movement that aims to support older adults who choose to age-in-place. The idea is simple: neighbor helping neighbor.
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One or two people talk about this concept with their neighbors.
They form a planning committee.
The committee decides on a preferred Village structure.
The committee develops the essential elements of the Village (governance, main goals, communications strategies etc.)
The process may take 18-24 months.
501 (c )(3)
Board with officers
Carried its own insurance
Members pay dues
Under Civic / Neighborhood Association or faith based organization
limited coordination function
No dues or funds
All volunteer ledVillages develop their unique structure independently, choosing features that meet their needs. They exist on a spectrum:
(self identify, offer programs and/or services)
8 in development
(a planning groups meets regularly to decide on the character of their village)
8 in “seed” stage
(one or two people state they would like to start a village)