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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Human Services, Senior Centers, Seniors

Mission: Assist members to remain in their homes without care.

Programs: To assist members to remain in their homes without care.

Community Stories

28 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We want to age in our own own home, as long as possible. With Capital Village, we have received every volunteer service and vetted provider service we have requested. The real benefit has been wonderful medical and educational programs and knowing some amazing Austin neighbors who we never would have met otherwise. We have met and become friends with our 97 year old neighbor who is a WWII Veteran and an amazing CCV member who is 101 years old and had a fascinating life.
Capital City Village is unique in Austin, as a non-profit organization which is run with ideas and volunteerism from the members, with only 3 professional staff.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Even with the imposed isolation of Covid 19, Capital City Village has kept its members connected with imaginative programs, regular coffee and happy hour gatherings, mindfulness and book club meetings, and special projects. We're creative and flexible. Our volunteers help others with the skills they need to connect virtually. NO ONE is left behind. CCV rocks. We even held a fundraising "Un-Golf Tournament" that was successful!

Board Member

Rating: 5

A great community of volunteers providing top programs and services to help me and other seniors live independently. Led by a top professional staff and passionate volunteers, CCV is the place to stop for all seniors.

Pam F.6

Board Member

Rating: 5

When our son and daughter-in-law moved out of state, we felt a strong need for an organization that focused on helping us and others to age in place. We have found a community of support through this wonderful non-profit called Capital City Village.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I am one of the many seniors who want to age in my own home for as long as possible. Capital City Village is helping my doing just that.

Marie R.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was going to drive myself to a Dr. appt. with a Uti and mentioned it to a friend at CCV and she said not to drive myself, as it could affect my vision and other things , making it a danger to myself and others..She got me a driver and he was wonderful thru about 4 hours of waiting. I really love CCV..I feel like they really care!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter called me and said she met a woman who told her about Capital City Village to help people stay in their own homes as long as they can..They get together for many interesting, fun, lunches, coffee, movies, plays and other things and they take us if we don`t drive..They do little repairs or get us names of the pros, who could help us.. They are wonderful and spending time with others is great for us.. I love it!!

Board Member

Rating: 5

Capital City Village (CCV) has helped me in numerous ways. I began as a board member & volunteer & am now a member, as well. I have developed many improbable friendships with older Austinites I would not have met otherwise. The programs & gatherings not only decrease isolation for our older residents but build strong intergenerational relationships between volunteers & members. My live is better for my involvement with this group of people.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I have only begun as as volunteer, so I cannot speak from personal experience. However, I have been very impressed with all of the things that this nonprofit is doing to help seniors stay in their homes. I believe I will really enjoy volunteering in some of the many ways that are available.

Carol Brady

Client Served

Rating: 5

These are such wonderful people. You would not believe how many hours they work to help us!! I wish I had known about this years ago when I could have volunteered ..They help, but do not make us feel helpless. Joining is the best thing you could do for yourself. Even with the virus, they help us !!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Joining Capital City Village was really the best thing I have ever done!! From the first time I walked up to them, they truly made me feel welcome and it has been the same feeling every time I see them...With this awful Virus thing, I realized how much I miss them!! We are doing Zoom today at lunch...and I like that too.. Its making lemonade out of lemons!

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Client Served

Rating: 5


In the short time I've been involved with Capital City Village, I've found it to be filled with active, involved people. The programs I've attended have been both varied and timely. I thought that the attorney who discussed immigration law did an outstanding job of making such a complex topic understandable.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have made good friends through CCV that I would not otherwise have met. Driving seniors has added a wonderful dimension to my life.

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Donor

Rating: 5

My wife and I learned about CCV when we attended a friend's Holiday Party one year. His neighbors were founders for the Austin chapter and we had a discussion about supporting nonprofits and they shared information with us about CCV. At a time when the social safety net from the government is not something that can be depended upon, it is refreshing to find that neighbors within the community can step forward and assist in the mission for this organization. The presence of CCV in our community is an asset that benefits those who are helped as well as those who volunteer on many levels. We are proud to be members and intend to continue to support CCV in any way possible going forward.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The CCC village has helped me so much. I recently broke both my arms and they provided me with rides and even a n electronic recliner. But even more, the social activities and the opportunities to make new friends has been so generous.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We joined CCV last year when my husband was diagnosed with bone cancer and are so glad we did. Tommi and Mart came to our house recently when I asked for a social worker. They gave us great advice on things we could do to be able to stay in our house and for my husband to be OK when I’m not there. We like everyone we have met in the organization and have found the volunteers to be extremely helpful.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I’ve been so grateful for my connection to CCV both as a member and a volunteer. Recently I had a need to get help mounting an owl box on a tree in my back yard. I had no idea of how I would get it up there (12-15 high with an L shaped branch). A volunteer reached out to tell me that he was excited by this project. So on a recent Sunday afternoon, John came over, climbed backwards up my tall ladder and found the perfect spot. I’m now checking for nesting screech owls since that owl box has stayed secure through the past two rainy nights with strong winds.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Lived in Austin 50 years. Career in media. Have no family in town. Attended Capital City Village (CCV) open house. Learned about group & read New York Times article. Joined on spot. Enjoy new friendships, activities, volunteering & services. Make “unlikely
friendships” with people from different parts of country/neighborhoods/backgrounds/experiences/ interests/careers.
Expended my horizons.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I was a recent widow when my friends who were founders of CCV reached out to me. They encouraged me to participate in the social activities. This helped me so much. I wasn’t so socially isolated as I had been before this.

Board Member

Rating: 4

I am long time member, have found stimulation of programs, enjoyment of volunteering and being a driver, , and improbable friendships to be major reasons I think CCV is time and energy well spent. Programs have included balance and fall prevention to immigration challenges.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I first became acquainted with Capital City Village about three years ago when a good friend experienced serious medical issues. Those issues led to her being admitted to a skilled nursing facility where she quickly became a full-time resident. At the time, she was an active CCV member and, because I live in the DFW metroplex, I was most fortunate to be able to rely on CCV volunteers for service referrals of various kinds, numerous and regular medical appointments and, possibly most importantly, advice, suggestions, and understanding. Volunteers have also regularly visited her in the nursing home since she was first admitted.
The care, compassion, and helpfulness shown by everyone at CCV who has helped my friend (and me!) these past three years are beyond match. The organization is well-managed and professionally structured, and the CCV communication process (especially with the Volunteer Coordinator) has been most reliable and helpful. I also believe that their intern program is extremely beneficial to the person in need, the CCV organization itself and, of course, the intern working toward a graduate degree. I have told CCV volunteers and others that, without their help these past years, this process would have been impossible for me. I am blessed to be associated with Capital City Village.

Jim Hester

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been a volunteer driver for Capital City Village (CCV) for three years. In that time I've helped members get to doctor appointments, grocery shopping, dialysis, music performances, relocating from an office to a home office, CCV social gathering, and getting pets groomed. Additionally, I regularly visit members who have become my friends. Without exception, CCV members are committed to being as independent as possible, doing everything they can to remain in their homes. CCV members do not whine, complain, or feel sorry for themselves. I like being around those kinds of people. Jim S.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Capital City Village is a virtual village and part of a national movement of more than 200 villages that provide many vehicles for support fo seniors : helping them stay in their homes when possible, transportation for Doctor appointments and other needs, and equally important, stimulating and fun social activities. Isolation is an issue for many older people and CCV provides a valuable way where these feelings can be addressed in a substantive, enjoyable manner. We also have a wonderful Village Connections program that pairs individuals facing greater stresses in their lives - on a one-to-one basis- with caring members, all of whom have been educated and uniquely prepared to provide this additional level of support.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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