Capital City Village (CCV) is a kind of cooperative for seniors — seniors helping seniors remain in our homes as we age. Yes, we are a membership organization, yet we turn no one away for lack of funds. In fact, we have two programs to help members directory. One subsidizes dues, and the other provides direct help to members with special needs.
Our volunteers drive members to and from necessary appointments and to our many social gatherings. We celebrate ourselves with a monthly happy hour, a coffee gathering, and with frequent social gatherings and special interest groups. Our members join together for cards or dominoes, book clubs, and mindfulness study.
We’re active. We’re readying for our fourth annual golf tournament.
During the year we have programs on seniors’ health, finances, and we invite locally interesting people to gather for an informal, intimate afternoon of conversation. It’s all about social engagement and learning.
I joined CCV shortly after my husband died and benefited from a widow support group. Gradually I participated in some of the many social activities, meeting new friends as well as ones I have known from other places. The monthly domino gathering in a couple's home gives me laughter and hopefully keeps my brain active! I usually go to the monthly movie group since it is more fun than sitting by yourself. When I sold my home to move to a duplex with no yard maintenance, volunteers starting showing up or calling to help me pack, moved all my many heavy pot plants, hung pictures, shades, etc. that I couldn't reach without a ladder. A variety of activities are offered every month, many that have programs on health and other ways to continue to stay involved and active while remaining independent in my own residence. Car pools are available if needed and for those who don't drive, volunteers will take them not only to doctor appts. but just to go shopping or to the beauty shop.
I have had a lifetime of leadership and activities in professional organizations, nonprofits including church leadership, and quasi-governmental boards and commissions. Finding Capital City Village is the culmination of all my previous experiences rolled into one. Who knew that at my advanced age, I would still be able to contribute to the welfare of my community? Capital City Village whose mission is keep older people in in their homes is just the organization for those of us who, with a little help, can lead independent lives in our own surroundings and be productive citizens. Volunteers are a key to help with small chores and transportation if needed. But other important opportunities are making new social friends, enjoying special interest groups like book clubs, yes, even dominoes, movie groups, luncheons with interesting speakers, touring interesting places in the community, programs with information on keeping healthy all of which makes getting older a lark! Hats off to those founders of Capital City Village who had the vision to organize this great organization!
I have been arranging a monthly CCV men's luncheon since early in 2012. We have called on members, volunteers and outside resources to present a huge variety of interesting slide show presentations. These include such diverse topics as: Stability Operations in Afghanistan (by Texas National Guard member); Solo Bike Trip, Texas to Labrador; High Adventure Canoeing the Lower Canyons of the Rio Grande; Field Geophysics in Strange Places (the Desert; Panama; the Arctic, etc); The Wonderful World of All-Inclusive Resorts; Visiting the Deep South - Antarctica and Sough Georgia Island. Working with CCV members for over seven years has been a rich and rewarding experience. I've made many friends and learned much from this varied and vibrant group. Henry McCown