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Arlington Neighborhood Village

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Human Services, Senior Centers, Seniors, Unknown

Target demographics: older adults

Direct beneficiaries per year: 220 seniors by providing 1,500 rides to medical appointments, the grocery store and the bank; friendly visits and walking buddies; help with minor household chores, and running errands. All services are provides by volunteers.

Geographic areas served: Arlington County, Virginia

Programs: Services and support (by volunteers) to help older adults stay in their homes and communities as they age and the difficulties of living safely and independently become more challenging.

Community Stories

12 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5


As I go into my seventy-first year, it hasn't been easy. Worsened during Covid-19, suddenly I was stuck at home and truly anxious about going out. (Pre-existing conditions.) Called a social worker in the area, she put me in touch with ANV. I called, briefly described my situation and they weren't nosy or asking more questions but asked how they could help me.

Since I've been with ANV, I have groceries, I have more information, and have found new friends. More importantly, they answer the phone and work with me when I need help.

ANV offers many kinds of small helps and important services for maintaining myself at home. Volunteers are friendly; they call to arrange times to meet and they're efficient in their service provision with groceries, banking, etc.
Thanks to all at ANV!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As ANV grows, I think it's just getting better and better. Our volunteers help older Arlington residents manage daily lives and stay connected. It's great to see the positive effects of one-on-one contact as well as our various group events. Our speaker series, tours, tai chi, Spanish conversation, happy hours and dining events make everyone feel welcome. I look forward to seeing the friends I've made through ANV, staying active, safe, and having fun.

Board Member

Rating: 5

In 2014, when I was transitioning to working at home, I was thrilled to find out that a village was being formed in Arlington. I had heard about villages through colleagues who volunteered in Boston and thought a village would be a perfect addition to Arlington. I soon became involved with organizing our first social activity which was a weekly coffee series, Coffee and Conversation. Six years later, we are still hosting those weekly coffees and they are stronger than ever. Each week we get together for a little socializing and to hear from a speaker on a variety of topics. Our lively group loves to learn new things and what's happening in our community. It's one way we all stay engaged and up-to-date on the latest news and trends. And, now during our recent health crisis, we are bringing our coffees to our members, volunteers and the public through Zoom conferencing. What a way to stay connected and avoid social isolation. ANV has does so much for seniors living in Arlington and I am proud to be a part of the organization.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering with ANV for more than 5 years, mainly as a driver, and everyone I've driven has had nothing but compliments for this organization. The leadership and other volunteers are all amazing people, and I've become close to some of the people I often drive. I know I've received more than I've given by volunteering. Recently, I'm especially impressed that during the Covid Quarantine, when many older volunteers, myself included, have limited our time away from home, ANV has not only maintained, but increased its assistance, now helping non-member seniors who need help.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am so grateful to have found Arlington Neighborhood Villages. I am a 60 year old single mom with a teen who has a serious medical condition. We are both high risk when it comes to getting Covid-19. So we really have to isolate and not go into the stores. I looked to my counties social services for help picking up groceries and needed medications, but they had nothing to offer. Arlington Neighborhood's Village's volunteers have been nothing short of awesome! They are quick to respond, and are so helpful! Also, I can't say enough good things about Wendy at the ANV office who walked me through their process and had made everything so easy for me. I am impressed by the range of services they offer from helping people get to medical appointments, grocery shopping, computer assistance and more. I also like how they have vetted their volunteers which gives me a piece of mind. I highly recommend this group!

Sue Datz A.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Arlington Neighborhood Village is one of the happiest organizations I've ever seen. I'm 77, and I've been volunteering for few years. I've driven folks shopping and to medical appointments, interviewed membership applicants, led an exercise class, and served on various committees. I'm constantly amazed at the joy I see around me. ANV clients (aka members), volunteers, and staff all seem to radiate cheer. I've worked with seniors from various ethnic backgrounds and educational and professional levels, and I always come home pumped and grateful for the organization and the experiences it offers.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering for Arlingtion Neighborhood Village (ANV) for the past 5 years and and cannot think of a better organization to work for in my retirement years. The hours and types of volunteering are very flexible and will fit almost everyone's schedule and capabilities. Because I volunteer in the office (I also provide direct services to the members) and in light of my business background, I find ANV to be a very well run organization. I have met many new friends and am so pleased that my wife and I decided to become associate members (without direct services from the volunteers). The paid staff are limited and there is a volunteer board so this is truly an organization run by volunteers.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I first joined ANV after a good friend and travel buddy passed away. I found myself not talking with anyone for days at a time. I decided to join ANV, not only for the social events, but also I might need a second pair of hands to help me around the house. I wanted more, so 6 months after becoming a member, I started volunteering to help other members. Now I have new friends and lots of activities to fill the time. It is so rewarding to hear other members stories and enjoy the events where I can connect with others. ANV has helped me to stay in my house and I am so grateful. This organization is a God-send for so many of us.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a member and volunteer with ANV since it first began. As a volunteer, I have seen firsthand what a huge difference we are making in so many lives. The value of giving people the ability to get out of their houses and back into the world is huge! So is being able to call for help and know that the person you are letting into your home is someone you can trust. As a member, I haven’t needed too many services yet, but I get a lot out of the social events. They get me out to places and doing things that I might otherwise never have done. As both a member and volunteer, I have met so many wonderful new friends through ANV. I really feel so much more connected to my community, and it’s great to know that this amazing organization is here for me whenever I need it.

Client Served

Rating: 5

ANV has helped me in many ways since I suffered a moderate stroke in June,2018. Caring volunteers brought me clothes,mail,treats and helped take me home and provided much needed and appreciated as I was living alone. Since June,2018, ANV volunteers have helped me around the house and outside work. Last week, a gentleman fixed a clogged water dispenser in my refrigerator and helped clean out my garage. He even took haz mat paternal to the drop off location. I have also received rides to Dr. appointments . The volunteers provide needed help and also provide good company during stressful times. I have never in my 79 years been more impressed with how capable and caring ANV provides. On a scale of 1 to 10, I would rate ANV a perfect 10. They deserve the highest praise for their terrific work.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I work and volunteer for Arlington Neighborhood Village (ANV). It's the best job I ever had and an incredibly rewarding experience. We help seniors to stay in their homes and communities as they age and need more help. Volunteers provide services and friendship to older adults, many of whom live alone. As a volunteer, I have given rides to medical appointments, the grocery store and bank; picked up prescriptions for someone who needed an errand and helped with technology. We host a weekly speaker series, special events and tours, and falls prevention classes. Especially in this time of medical emergency (spring 2020), ANV is needed more than ever.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer with Arlington Neighborhood Village (ANV) since its inception in 2014. ANV provides many services to senior citizens who are aging in place. I have served as a driver and a friendly visitor and always enjoyed my time with the neighbors I helped. Many were lonely and appreciated the human connection. Most recently, I took a workshop on decluttering and am eager to help members who request this service. I became a member of ANV last year so that I can attend member only programs, such as weekly speakers and health and wellness programs. And if I need a little help, ANV is just a phone call away.