Programs that help older people remain active, healthy, and engaged are fundamental to aging well. Yoga, dance, and group walks; art tours, lectures, and book groups – all keep mind and body alive. At NNV, professional staff connect older residents with services, and neighbors fill in the gaps – transportation, errands, home repairs, and friendly visits. But all this is put to the test by a virus that places elderly residents in its crosshairs. NNV moved quickly from in-person to contactless volunteer services and programming. Volunteers check on the well-being of members, identify and meet needs, and alert staff to concerns. Zoom programming (preceded by tutorials on using it) and a community listserv and webpage connect members and families. Now, socially distanced front porch visits, outdoor walks, and transportation to medical appointments are all in place - real steps toward recovery.
Headquarters: DC-Ward 3
Where They Operate: DC-Ward 3; DC-Ward 4; Chevy Chase DC; Tenleytown; Van Ness; AU Park; Forest Hills; North Cleveland Park
Age Groups Served: Seniors (50+)
Population(s) Served: Individuals with Disabilities; Individuals who identify as LGBTQ; Individuals living with HIV/AIDs; Low- to Moderate-Income Community Members; Men/Boys; Women/Girls; Veterans/Military Families; Immigrants/Refugees
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Awards & Recognition
2019 Community Cornerstone Award awarded by DC At-large Councilmember Anita Bonds
- How Northwest Neighbors Village adapted to keep helping neighbors through the pandemic
Tue Feb 23 2021, Forest Hills Connection
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