Although in contemporary America seniors are less likely to live with their children, compared to other parts of the world, AARP’s 2021 “Home and Community Preferences Survey” found that 52 percent of U.S. adults live in multigenerational households. AARP reported that “among those polled, 40 percent said they care for someone living in their home and 38 percent look after someone living on their own. Of those, nearly half worried about the ability of the person they care for to continue living independently.”

Even if you have children or other relatives who can help you out, a key part of aging in place involves setting up a support system for your social, personal, and medical needs. Think of this as creating a stand-in family.

That’s where elder villages come in. These are usually neighborhood-focused networks that offer social, medical, and household resources (usually from volunteers) that can help you stay in place.

In 2001 a handful of older residents of Boston’s Beacon Hill neighborhood became concerned about how they would stay in their neighborhood and their homes into their 80s and 90s. This led to the founding of the country’s first elder village, Beacon Hill Village, a volunteer neighborhood group designed to provide social connections and practical assistance to older adults. There are now hundreds of these villages in the U.S., with many more in development. Some cover entire counties; others focus on small, often walkable neighborhoods.

Each village offers a range of services and benefits, from finding teenagers to play chess with residents to helping with grocery shopping. Typically, a small tax-deductible fee (usually $100 to $500 a year, with many villages offering scholarships for lower-income residents) lets members take advantage of benefits like rides to medical appointments, dog-walking, yardwork, home fix-ups, and tech assistance. The most active villages also offer social activities like book clubs and walking groups.

If there’s no village in your area, you can help found one. You’ll need to:

  • Organize a group of nearby neighbors interested in staying in their homes.
  • You can learn about the village model and get referrals to other resources at the Village to Village Network website. You can sign up for a 12-month “Opportunity Member Trial Membership” for $175, with access to its library of documents, webinars, toolkits, and other resources. (Regular memberships cost $200 to $425/year per village, depending on size and model.)
  • Decide on a geographic area you’d like to cover. Many active villages serve smaller walkable neighborhoods; some encompass whole counties.
  • To avoid duplicating services already offered for free or almost free by local governments, talk to local councils or agencies on aging (see the list below). Also find out if your local aging agencies have policies or programs to encourage village-forming.
  • Evaluate whether you’d like to operate the village as a primarily volunteer operation (lower operating costs and membership fees) or a staffed organization. Volunteer villages often grow into staffed villages as membership increases.
  • Can you establish a brick-and-mortar headquarters, or do you want to run the village remotely? Both have advantages and disadvantages. Having a physical location often benefits members, but it can be expensive.

Listed below are active villages we could find operating in the Washington area. Did we miss any? Have an update to the info we collected? Email us at [email protected] We’ll try to keep this list up to date.
 

Elder Villages in the Washington Area


District of Columbia


Capitol Hill Village

  • 1355 E Street SE, Washington, DC, 202-543-1778, capitolhillvillage.org, [email protected]
  • Serves seniors in Capitol Hill and surrounding neighborhoods; see map on website for service area
  • Errands, technology assistance, financial management assistance, medical note-taking, gardening help, light household maintenance and repair, household chores and organizing, food preparation, pet care, transportation, case management and referrals, service referrals, friendly visits and phone calls, volunteer opportunities, support groups, interest groups, social and wellness activities, and educational programs
  • Regular & social membership: $625 annually per individual, $925 annually per household; Urgent membership: $900 annually per individual, $1,350 annually per household; subsidized memberships available

Cleveland & Woodley Park Village

  • P.O. Box 11231, Washington, DC, 202-615-5853, cwpv.org, [email protected]
  • Open to anyone living in the neighborhoods of Woodley Park and Cleveland Park, bounded to the north by Upton and Tilden streets, to the east by Rock Creek Park and the National Zoological Park, to the south by Calvert Street and Massachusetts Avenue, and to the west by the Glover-Archbold Trail
  • Transportation, small household chores and repair, yardwork, errands, technology assistance, social activities and outings, book clubs, exercise events, friendly phone calls and visits, service referrals, volunteer opportunities
  • Members Plus membership: $575 annually per individual, $875 annually per household; Social membership: $300 annually per household; reduced rates available

Dupont Circle Village

  • 2121 Decatur Place NW, Washington, DC, 202-436-5252, dupontcirclevillage.net, [email protected]
  • Open to anyone living in Dupont Circle, Adams Morgan, and Kalorama (see map on website for service area)
  • Access to social worker, transportation, technology assistance, errands, light household maintenance and repair, downsizing help, support groups, friendly phone calls and visits, assistance with paperwork, gardening help, snow shoveling, interest groups, volunteer opportunities, and educational, exercise, cultural, and social activities
  • Regular Membership: $400 annually per individual, $700 annually per household; Under 65 Membership: $200 annually per individual, $350 annually per household (both members must be under age 65); Age 85+ Membership: $0 per individual and household (except new members must pay regular dues for 3 years, and both members must be age 85+ for household memberships); Open Village Membership (annual income below $60,000): $80 annually per individual, $150 annually per household, and scholarships are available for free memberships; Associate Membership (current member moving outside DCV area; no services): $160 annually per individual, $250 annually per household

East Rock Creek Village

  • 7707 13th Street NW, Washington, DC, 202-656-7322, eastrockcreekvillage.org, [email protected]
  • Open to residents age 50+ of the northern part of Ward 4 east of Rock Creek Park: Colonial Village, North Portal Estates, Shepherd Park, Takoma DC, Manor Park, and Brightwood
  • Transportation, errands, light household maintenance and repair, household organizing, pet care, respite for caregivers, technology assistance, gardening help, grocery shopping and delivery, friendly phone calls and visits, social and exercise activities, educational, health, and wellness programs
  • Membership: $200 annually per household (up to 3 residents age 50+); no one will be turned away for financial reasons

Far Southeast/Southwest Senior Village

  • 1010 Anderson Place SE, Washington, DC, 301-326-5460, eopow5.wixsite.com/eopow, [email protected]
  • Open to anyone age 60+
  • Transportation, simple home repairs, yardwork, prescription pickups, trips to grocery stores, food bank services, support group, health and wellness programs, reading aloud, referrals to aging-in-place resources, case management
  • Free

Foggy Bottom West End Village

  • 2430 K Street NW, Washington, DC, 202-333-1327, fbwevillage.org, [email protected]
  • Standard membership is open to anyone age 18+ living in Advisory Neighborhood Council 2A (Zip code 20037); Social members may live outside this area
  • Transportation, simple household maintenance and repairs, yardwork, technology assistance, errands, temporary pet care, friendly phone calls and visits, paperwork help, absent owner chores, has a partnership with Home Care Assistance, medical note-taking, monitoring of home care, service referrals and referrals to community resources, short-term case management, caregivers’ support group, assistance with transition home from hospital or rehabilitation center, volunteer opportunities, walking companion, interest groups, wellness and education programs, social and cultural activities
  • Standard membership: $630 annually per individual, $945 annually per household; reduced-fee membership (based on income): $100 annually; Social membership: $630 annually per individual, $945 annually per household; Three-year memberships available; Neighbors Away membership (online activities and communications): $200 for 2 years

Georgetown Village

  • 1680 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Washington, DC, 202-999-8988, georgetown-village.org, [email protected]
  • Serves age 55+ residents of Georgetown, Burleith, Hillandale, and nearby areas
  • Transportation, errands, simple household maintenance and repair, yardwork, gardening help, raking and shoveling, friendly phone calls and visits, paperwork organization, temporary pet care, loans of durable medical equipment, pandemic PPE, medical note-taking, emergency flash drive program, medical support, technology assistance, absent owner chores, occasional meals, service referrals, volunteer opportunities, outings, book group, speakers, social, cultural, and educational activities
  • Membership: $600 annually per individual, $900 annually per household; subsidized memberships available; Social membership: $600 annually per individual, $900 annually per household; will never turn anyone away for financial reasons

Glover Park Village

  • P.O. Box 32255, Washington, DC, 202-436-5545, gloverparkvillage.org, [email protected]
  • Serves residents of Glover Park, Cathedral Heights, the Naval Observatory, Massachusetts Heights, and the south side of Massachusetts Avenue NW from Glover-Archbold Park on the north to the Italian Embassy on the south
  • Transportation, errands, minor household maintenance, household organizing, yardwork, friendly phone calls and visits, technology assistance, equipment loans, case management, service referrals, volunteer opportunities, social, educational and wellness activities
  • Free

Greater Brookland Intergenerational Village

  • 2316 Rhode Island Avenue NW, Washington, DC, 202-525-7649, brooklandvillage.org, [email protected]
  • Full membership is open to age 18+ residents of greater Brookland, including: Brookland, Langdon, Woodridge, and University Heights; Social members (age 18+) can live outside of these areas
  • Minor household repairs or projects, technology assistance, light gardening, pet care, friendly phone calls and visits, occasional transportation, volunteer opportunities, social, wellness, and educational programs and events
  • Full membership: $300 annually; Social membership: $125 annually; subsidized memberships available; 2022 membership is “pay what you can”

Kingdom Care Senior Village

  • 814 Alabama Avenue SE, Washington, DC, 202-561-5594, kingdomcarevillage.org, [email protected]
  • Open to age 60+ residents of Ward 8
  • Transportation to medical appointments, in-home light chores, light organizing, friendly phone calls and visits, occasional meals, food pantry and food delivery, basic lawn care, service referrals, social, heath, wellness and cultural events
  • Membership: $240 annually per individual; $360 annually per household; reduced-fee memberships available

Legacy Collaborative Senior Village

  • 3700 9th Street SE, Suite 315, Washington, DC, 866-325-6392, legacycollaborative8.org, [email protected]
  • Serves seniors and caregivers in Wards 5, 7, and 8
  • Meals and food pantry, support group, volunteer opportunities, social and educational events, health and wellness programs
  • Free

Mount Pleasant Village

  • 1735 Lamont Street NW, Washington, DC, mountpleasantvillage.org, [email protected]
  • Open to residents of Mount Pleasant, bounded by Piney Branch Parkway NW to the north, 16th Street NW to the east, Columbia Road NW to the south, and Adams Mill Road NW to the west
  • Transportation, errands, friendly phone calls and visits, light household and yard chores and simple maintenance, paperwork help, technology assistance, medical note-taking, consultation with social worker, volunteer opportunities, social, wellness and cultural activities, interest groups, exercise activities
  • Membership: $50 annually per individual, $100 annually per household

Northwest Neighbors Village

  • P.O. Box 39135, Washington, DC, 202-935-6060, nnvdc.org, [email protected]
  • Open to residents of these neighborhoods: American University Park, Barnaby Woods, Chevy Chase, Forest Hills, Friendship Heights, Tenleytown, and Van Ness, within these boundaries: Oregon Avenue NW and Rock Creek Park to the east, Western Avenue to the north, Tilden Street NW to the south, and Massachusetts Avenue NW to the west
  • Free access to Checkbook.org
  • Transportation, technology assistance, medical note-taking, organizing, absent owner chores, yardwork, help with grocery shopping, simple home repairs, friendly phone calls and visits, service referrals, social activities, exercise classes, walking companion, educational programs, support groups, social work services
  • Full membership: $600 annually per individual, $900 annually per household; 3-month trial available for Full membership; Supporting membership: $250 annually per individual, $300 annually per household; membership fee waived if income eligibility criteria is met

Palisades Village

  • 5200 Cathedral Avenue NW, Washington, DC, 202-244-3310, palisadesvillage.org, [email protected]
  • Full membership open to age 50+ residents of: Berkley, Foxhall, Kent, Palisades, Spring Valley, and Wesley Heights; roughly bounded by Massachusetts Avenue NW to the north and east, Potomac River to the south and west, and Dalecarlia Parkway to the north; Associate members may be any age
  • Transportation, friendly phone calls and visits, shopping help, errands, household chores and maintenance, technology assistance, paperwork assistance, medical note-taking, service referrals, reading aloud, gardening and yard work, lectures, interest groups, social, cultural, and educational events and outings, health, wellness and fitness activities
  • Full membership: $600 annually per individual, $900 annually per household; Associate membership (for any age, no services): $300 annually per household; subsidized memberships available

Pennsylvania Avenue Village East

  • 3130 Pennsylvania Avenue SE, Washington, DC, 202-581-6160 or -6161, pavillageeast.org
  • Serves age 65+ residents of the southern quadrant of Ward 7, east of the Anacostia River and within these boundaries: Massachusetts Avenue SE to the north/northeast, Southern Avenue SE to the southeast, and to the west, Naylor Road SE and 25th Street SE; including: DuPont Park, Fairfax Village, Fort Davis, Good Hope, Hillcrest, Naylor Gardens, Penn Branch, Randle Highlands, and Twining
  • Transportation, home repair and maintenance, personal and home safety, medical insurance advocacy, and social enrichment

Waterfront Village

  • 800 Maine Avenue SW, Suite 200, Washington, DC, 202-656-1834, dcwaterfrontvillage.org, [email protected]
  • Full memberships open to age 62+ residents of the Navy Yard and Southwest Waterfront neighborhoods; other memberships open to all
  • Transportation, grocery shopping help, nearby prescription pickup and delivery, basic handyman tasks, “Welcome Home” program after hospital or rehabilitation center stay, technology assistance, volunteer opportunities, service referrals, note-taking, appointment and reservation making, friendly phone calls and visits, gardening help, interest groups, wellness seminars, exercise activities, social, cultural and educational activities
  • Full membership: $625 annually per household; Companion membership: $50 annually per person; Supporting membership: $300 annually per household; 60-day trial membership available; subsidized memberships available for moderate- or low-income households


Maryland


At Home Chesapeake

  • 550-M Ritchie Highway PMB158, Severna Park, MD, 410-419-7823, athomechesapeake.clubexpress.com, [email protected]
  • Open to residents of Anne Arundel County
  • Development of personal Master Aging Plan, home assessment for aging in place, referrals to professional service providers, social, educational, and cultural activities
  • Membership: $150 annually per household (up to 2 people)

Bannockburn Neighbors Assisting Neighbors

  • bannockburncommunity.org, [email protected]
  • For Bannockburn residents living in the area from River Road to MacArthur Boulevard and from Goldsboro Road to Booze Creek
  • Transportation, errands, technology assistance, equipment loans, household chores and organization, friendly visits, meals, educational and social programs, book clubs, trips, referrals to professional service providers and community resources
  • Free

Bethesda Metro Area Village

  • P.O. Box 30525, Bethesda, MD, 240-630-2628, bmav.clubexpress.com, [email protected]
  • Full service membership open to age 50+ residents in these boundaries: Old Georgetown Road and Wisconsin Avenue to the east, Glenbrook Road/Little Falls Parkway to Hillandale Road to Chevy Chase Drive to Goldsboro Road to the south, River Road to the west, and Wilson Lane to Huntington Parkway to the north; includes neighborhoods of Battery Park, South Bradley Hills, Bradley Village, Edgemoor, English Village, Greenwich Forest, Kenwood Park, Landon Village, and Kenwood Forest; Social membership open to residents of other neighborhoods not served by another village
  • Transportation, friendly phone calls and visits, light home maintenance tasks, technology assistance, absent owner outdoor chores, garbage can placement, home repair companion (while repairperson is in your home), occasional non-medical respite care, social events and outings, cultural and educational events, interest groups, speakers, and volunteer opportunities
  • Full service membership: $450 annually per individual; $750 annually per household. Social membership: $300 annually per individual; $600 annually per household; reduced-fee memberships and payment plans available; no one is excluded for financial reasons

Bradley Hills Village

  • P.O. Box 341823, Bethesda, MD, 240-600-1846, bhv.clubexpress.com, [email protected]
  • Open to all residents of Bradmoor, Huntington Terrace, Edgewood, Sonoma, and Hillmead neighborhoods
  • Transportation, errands, basic household tasks, friendly visits, interest groups, speakers, social, recreational and educational activities
  • Full membership: $150 annually per individual, $200 annually per household; Associate membership (no volunteer services): $75 annually per household

Burning Tree Village

  • 240-389-3829, burningtreevillage.org, [email protected]
  • Open to residents living near Burning Tree Elementary School in Bethesda; rough boundaries are River Road, Wilson Lane, Springer Road, Thoreau Drive, Melody Lane, Burning Tree Road, and Beech Tree Road
  • Transportation, minor household chores, friendly phone calls and visits, service referrals, interest groups, educational and social programs
  • Free

Cabin John Neighbor 2 Neighbor

  • 301-799-4550, cabinjohn.org, [email protected]
  • Open to residents of the Cabin John community
  • Transportation, errands, simple household jobs, occasional yardwork, technology assistance, paperwork help, friendly visits, pet care, pet visits, service referrals, assistance during medical or other crisis
  • Free

Cheverly Village

  • 3416 Belleview Avenue, Cheverly, MD, 240-770-1033, cheverlyvillage.org, [email protected]
  • Open to residents of Cheverly
  • Transportation, minor household tasks and yardwork, errands, referrals to professional service providers and community resources, friendly phone calls and visits, and social, cultural, and educational activities
  • Membership: $450 annually per individual, $600 annually per household; has income-based discounts

Chevy Chase at Home

  • P.O. Box 15102, Chevy Chase, MD, 301-657-3115, chevychaseathome.org, [email protected]
  • Full membership (age 60+) and Associate membership (any age) open to residents of these neighborhoods: Chevy Chase Village, Town of Chevy Chase, Village of Drummond, Village of Chevy Chase Sections 3 and 5, Martin’s Additions, Rollingwood, the Old Hamlet, Chevy Chase West, and adjacent unincorporated areas in the boundaries of Wisconsin Avenue, Montgomery Avenue, Beach Drive, and Western Avenue.
  • Transportation, minor household maintenance, technology assistance, friendly phone calls and visits, medical note-taking, calls and assistance during inclement weather, safety programs, friendly pet visits, cultural and educational programs, social events, presentations, interest groups, discounted exercise classes, respite visits, and service referrals
  • Full membership (age 60+): $450 annually per individual; $600 annually per household; Associate membership (any age): $300 annually per household; Friends of [email protected] (open to anyone living outside of the service boundaries): $125 annually; financial assistance available

East County Village Seniors

  • [email protected]
  • Open to residents age 62+ in eastern Montgomery County and nearby Prince George’s County
  • Access to service provider directory, classes, social events
  • Free

Friendship Heights Neighbors Network

  • 240-620-3285, fhneighbors.org, [email protected]
  • Open to anyone living in the high-rise buildings of The Carleton, The Willoughby, The Elizabeth, 4440 Willard Avenue, 4620 North Park Avenue, 4615 North Park Avenue, Highlands of Chevy Chase, Willard Towers, Wisconsin Place, and Somerset House
  • Transportation, errands, technology assistance, friendly phone calls and visits, pet care, minor in-home tasks, service referrals, social events, interest groups, educational and recreational programs
  • Full membership: $450 annually per individual; $600 annually per household; Social membership: $300 annually per individual; $450 annually per household; regular rates are shown above, but rates are discounted for 2022 due to pandemic; also, discounted rates for full memberships are available for those who are unable to afford the standard rates

Gaithersburg HELP

  • 301 Muddy Branch Road, Gaithersburg, MD, 301-216-2510, gaithersburghelp.org
  • Open to seniors and adults with disabilities who live in Zip codes 20877, 20878, 20879, 20880, 20886, and parts of Zip codes 20850, 20855, and 20882.
  • Transportation to medical appointments and social service agencies.
  • Free.

Garrett Park Neighbors Helping Neighbors

Greater Stonegate Village

  • P.O. Box 10009, Silver Spring, MD, 240-918-7989, stonegate.clubexpress.com, [email protected]
  • Open to all residents of the Greater Stonegate area
  • Transportation, errands, absent owner checks, technology assistance, household maintenance, friendly phone calls and visits, respite visits, referrals to professional service providers and community resources, social and educational programs, walking group
  • Membership: $250 annually per individual (older adults); $350 annually per family (older adults and younger family members with medical problems); Associate membership: $150 annually (adults of any age can participate in social and educational programs)

Helping Hands University Park

  • 301-892-6636, helpinghandsup.org, [email protected]
  • Open to seniors in the Town of University Park
  • Transportation, errands, technology assistance, friendly phone calls and visits, minor household maintenance and repair, yardwork, leaf and snow removal, occasional meals, social events, educational programs, interest groups
  • Free, donations accepted

Hyattsville Aging in Place

  • P.O. Box 113, Hyattsville, MD, 301-887-3101, hyattsvilleaginginplace.org, [email protected]
  • Open to anyone; must be age 60+ (or disabled) resident of the City of Hyattsville for volunteer services
  • Transportation, errands, service referrals, household and yard chores, friendly visits and phone calls, lending closet, educational and social events
  • Membership: $35 annually for individual, $40 annually for couple

King Farm Neighbors Village

  • 301-799-8104, kfnv.org, [email protected]
  • Serves all residents of King Farm in Rockville
  • Transportation to medical appointments, grocery and pharmacy pickup and delivery, friendly phone calls and visits, book club, and social, health and safety events
  • Free; donations accepted

Little Falls Village

  • 4701 Sangamore Road, Suite S232, Bethesda, MD, 301-320-3267, littlefallsvillage.org, [email protected]
  • Open to anyone living in Zip code 20816
  • Transportation, light household tasks, absent owner chores, technology assistance, friendly phone calls and visits, service referrals, and social, wellness, and educational activities
  • Full membership: $350 annually per individual, $700 annually per household; Community membership (no volunteer services): $250 annually per person; No-cost and low-cost memberships available

Manor Connections

  • 240-408-5507, manorconnections.org, [email protected]
  • Open to seniors living in Manor Park and Manor Village neighborhoods
  • Transportation, errands, paperwork assistance, respite visits, and friendly visits
  • Free

MCC Seniors Program  

  • Muslim Community Center, 15200 New Hampshire Avenue, Silver Spring, MD, mccmd.org/committees/mcc-seniors, [email protected]
  • Open to anyone age 55+
  • Transportation, friendly phone calls and visits, respite care, food pantry, technology assistance, social and educational and recreational activities, partnership with MCC Medical Clinic (free screenings and flu shots)
  • Donations accepted

Mill Creek Village

  • 240-686-5870, millcreekvillage.org, [email protected]
  • Open to all residents of Mill Creek Towne, the townhouses on Mill Run Drive, and the houses on Mill Crest Drive and Mill Crest Court
  • Transportation, grocery shopping, friendly visits and phone calls, and social activities
  • Free; donations accepted

Neighbors Helping Neighbors of College Park

  • c/o City of College Park, Senior Services, 4912 Nantucket Road, College Park, MD, 301-222-3434, nhn-cp.org, [email protected]
  • Serves age 55+ residents and disabled residents of College Park
  • Transportation, errands, household and yard chores, small house repairs, friendly phone calls and visits
  • Free

North Bethesda Village

  • northbethesdavillage.org, [email protected]
  • Anyone in the 20852 Zip code can ask to be put on the email distribution list
  • Social and cultural events, walking group, volunteer opportunities
  • No membership structure at present

North Chevy Chase CONNECTIONS

  • P.O. Box 654, Kensington, MD, 240-343-2446, northchevychaseconnections.org, [email protected]
  • Open to all residents within the boundaries of Beach Drive to the north, Rock Creek Park to the east, East-West Highway to the south, and North Chevy Chase Park and Columbia Country Club to the west
  • Transportation, errands, minor home tasks, friendly visits, social and educational events, fitness activities, and interest groups
  • Membership: $50 annually per household; contact if membership fee is unaffordable

Olney Home for Life

  • PO Box 1684 Olney, MD, 301-446-2512, olneyhomeforlife.org, [email protected]
  • Open to age 60+ residents of Olney, Ashton, Sandy Spring, and Brookeville
  • Transportation, friendly phone calls and visits, pickup of prepaid orders or library books and drop off on doorstep due to Covid
  • Free; donations accepted

Parkside Village

  • 10411 Montrose Avenue, #101, Bethesda, MD, 240-644-2079, parksidevillagemd.org, [email protected]
  • Serves residents of the Parkside Condominium in Bethesda
  • Transportation, friendly phone calls and visits, technology assistance, occasional light chores and errands, grocery shopping and meal prep, social events and outings, workshops, discussion groups
  • Membership: $35 annually per individual, $50 annually per family

Potomac Community Village

  • P.O. Box 59424, Potomac, MD, 240-221-1370, potomaccommunityvillage.org, [email protected]
  • Open to residents of the 20854 Zip code (Associate Memberships are available for those outside service area)
  • Free access to Checkbook.org; check with PCV help desk
  • Transportation, service referrals, technology assistance, minor home repairs, household chores, home safety inspections, errands, friendly phone calls and visits, social and cultural events and outings, fitness activities, interest groups
  • Standard membership: $100 annually per individual, $150 annually per household; Associate membership (those living outside 20854 Zip code): $50 annually per individual, $75 annually per household; reduced fee memberships available

Pump House Village

  • [email protected], 240-907-9133
  • Serves residents of east Rockville
  • Social events, new neighbor Cookie Brigade
  • Free

Rockville Town Center Village

  • [email protected], 240-907-9133
  • Serves residents of Rockville Town Center
  • Social events
  • Free

Silver Spring Village

  • 8700 Georgia Avenue, #306, Silver Spring, MD, 240-833-5580, silverspringvillage.org, [email protected]
  • Full memberships available to residents of Zip codes 20910, 20901, 20815 east of Rock Creek Park, and 20902 east of Wheaton Regional Park; Associate memberships available regardless of Zip code
  • Free access to Checkbook.org
  • Transportation, errands, minor household maintenance and repair, yardwork, absent owner chores, medical note-taking, technology assistance, friendly phone calls and visits, referrals to community resources, educational programs, social events and outings, interest groups, discounts for home maintenance and restaurants, and membership in Montgomery County Employees Federal Credit Union
  • Full membership: $350 annually per individual; $450 annually per couple; Associate membership: $150 annually per individual, $250 annually per couple; reduced-fee memberships available

Twinbrook Village

  • Rockville Senior Center, 1150 Carnation Drive, Rockville, MD, twinbrook.helpfulvillage.com, [email protected]
  • Serves Twinbrook community
  • Transportation, friendly phone calls and visits, grocery or meal delivery, community events, volunteer opportunities
  • Free; donations accepted

Village at Kentlands & Lakelands

  • 217 Booth Street, Gaithersburg, MD, 240-449-9002, villagekentlandslakelands.org
  • Open to age 55+ residents of Kentlands and Lakelands
  • Transportation, technology assistance, yardwork, small household chores, errands, friendly phone calls and visits, walking partners, pet care, social activities, educational and cultural events, interest groups, and discounts to Gaithersburg Arts Barn activities and Asbury Methodist Village events
  • Full membership: $200 annually per individual, $300 annually per household (2+ people), Social membership: $100 annually per individual, $150 annually per household; Temporary 3-month full membership: $75 per individual, $125 per household; Subsidized membership fees available, and no one will be excluded for financial reasons; Free memberships for ages 90+

The Village in Howard

  • 6061 Stevens Forest Road, Columbia, MD, 443-367-9043, thevillageinhoward.org, [email protected]
  • Open to age 55+ residents of Howard County
  • Transportation, errands, technology assistance, household maintenance, paperwork help, note-taking at doctor offices, coordinated services for members following surgery or accident or the like, service referrals, friendly phone calls and visits, volunteer opportunities, social events and outings, educational and cultural and exercise programs
  • Full membership: $404 annually per individual, $520 annually per household (2 people); Associate membership: $173 annually per individual, $289 annually per household; need-based fee-support program available

Village of Takoma Park

  • P.O. Box 11420, Takoma Park, MD, 301-646-2109, villageoftakomapark.com, [email protected]
  • Open to all; only residents of Takoma Park may receive services
  • Transportation, errands, minor household maintenance and repair, technology assistance, friendly phone calls and visits, monthly aging well and other events, walking partner, walking group, support groups, information on local resources, reduced fee to Checkbook, and social, cultural and educational events
  • Membership: $25 annually per person; contact if the fee poses a hardship

Villages of Kensington

  • P.O. Box 118, Kensington, MD, 301-509-0191, villagesofkensington.org, [email protected]
  • Open to residents of Zip code 20895 and a few bordering streets
  • Free access to Checkbook.org
  • Transportation, errands, minor household maintenance, occasional yardwork, occasional meals, technology assistance, help with paperwork, occasional pet care, friendly phone calls and visits, interest groups, social outings and events, educational and cultural programs
  • Full membership: $250 annually per individual, $350 annually for 2 adults at the same address; Social membership: $125 annually per individual; $150 annually for 2 adults at the same address; Temporary Full membership: $100 for 3 months; Offers sliding scale based on income; Free full membership for age 90+

West Rockville Village

  • [email protected], 240-907-9133
  • Serves residents of College Gardens, Woodley Gardens, Plymouth Woods, Ivy League Lane, West End and surrounding neighborhoods in Rockville
  • Social events
  • Free

Wyngate & Maplewood Neighbors Helping Neighbors

  • 301-388-5112, wnhn.org, [email protected]
  • Open to all residents within the area bordered roughly by the Beltway, Rockville Pike, West Cedar Lane, Oak Place, Greentree Road, and Fernwood Road
  • Transportation, errands, routine household chores and repairs, technology assistance, friendly phone calls and visits, interest groups, social events, walking groups, and discussion groups and presentations
  • Free


Virginia


AHA–At Home in Alexandria

  • 3139 Mount Vernon Avenue, Alexandria, VA, 703-231-0824, athomeinalexandria.org, [email protected]
  • For age 55+ living in the boundaries of the Potomac River on the east, Cameron Run on the south, Van Dorn Street on the west, and Four Mile Run on the north
  • Transportation, errands, light home maintenance, technology assistance, short-term yard work, organizing and decluttering, short-term pet care, friendly phone calls and visits, reading aloud, medical advocacy and medical note-taking, service referrals, social events and outings, educational and community events, exercise clubs, interest groups
  • Membership: $600 annually per individual, $850 annually per household; Associate membership: $300 annually per individual, $350 annually per household; subsidized memberships available

Arlington Neighborhood Village

  • 2666 Military Road, Arlington, VA, 703-509-8057, arlnvil.org, [email protected]
  • Open to anyone age 55+ living in Arlington County
  • Free access to Checkbook.org
  • Transportation, errands, minor household maintenance, home modification assessment, technology assistance, occasional yard care, absent owner checks, social outings and events, educational events, health programs, interest groups, walking buddy, friendly visits, referrals to county services, Arlington County 55+ Pass
  • Full membership: $500 annually per individual plus $250 for each additional household member; Associate membership: $500 annually per individual or household; discounted membership fees available based on income

Herndon Village Network

Lake Barcroft Village

  • P.O. Box 4645, Falls Church, VA, 703-354-0652, lakebarcroftvillage.org, [email protected]
  • Open to all residents of Lake Barcroft
  • Transportation, errands, minor home maintenance and repair, occasional meals, friendly phone calls and visits, reading aloud, emergency weather support, technology assistance, administrative assistance, absent owner checks, service referrals, social events, cultural and educational events, interest groups
  • Full membership: $500 annually per individual, $750 annually per household; Social membership: $300 annually per individual, $450 annually per household; Alumni membership: $50 annually per person

Loudoun Volunteer Caregivers

  • 704 South King Street, Suite 2, Leesburg, VA, 703-779-8617, lvcaregivers.org, [email protected]
  • Open to the elderly and adults with disabilities in Loudoun County
  • Transportation, errands, household repairs and maintenance, assistance with budget management, respite care, friendly phone calls and visits, help with paperwork, food bank delivery
  • Free

Mount Vernon at Home

  • P.O. Box 7493, Alexandria, VA, 703-303-4060, mountvernonathome.org, [email protected]
  • Open to all adult residents of Mount Vernon, within the rough boundaries of Cameron Run on the north, Potomac River on the east, Dogue Creek on the south, and Richmond Highway to Telegraph Road to South Kings Highway on the west
  • Transportation, errands, technology assistance, minor household maintenance and repair, service referrals, health care navigation assistance, friendly phone calls and visits, absent owner help, home organizing help, social outings and events, educational, wellness and cultural activities, book club
  • Membership: $700 annually per individual, $950 annually per household; Associate membership: $325 annually per individual, $350 annually per household; financial assistance available

Reston for a Lifetime

Rutherford Neighbor to Neighbor

  • rutherfordcommunity.com
  • Open to all residents of the Rutherford neighborhood
  • Technology assistance, yardwork, friendly visits, occasional meals, occasional light housekeeping or organizing, moving furniture within a house, minor home repairs, snow shoveling, babysitting, tutoring, service referrals, social events, transportation through Shepherd’s Center of Fairfax-Burke
  • Free

Shepherd’s Center of Annandale-Springfield

  • 7610 Newcastle Drive, Annandale, VA, 703-941-1419, shepherdscenter-annandale.org, [email protected]
  • Open to residents of Annandale, Springfield, and sections of Alexandria; volunteer services are only for ages 50+
  • Transportation, minor household repairs, friendly phone calls, social events and outings, educational events
  • Membership: $15 annually per individual or family; events and outings have minimal additional fees

Shepherd’s Center of Fairfax-Burke

  • 4019 Olley Lane, Fairfax, VA, 703-323-4788, scfbva.org, [email protected]
  • Open to age 50+ residents of Fairfax and Burke in the area east of the Fairfax County Parkway, west of Prosperity, Guinea and Rolling Road, south of Route 50, and north of Old Keene Mill Road (see map on website)
  • Transportation, friendly phone calls and visits, minor home repairs, limited yardwork, companion shopping, exercise classes, and social, educational, and enrichments programs
  • Free (some classes and events have fees)

Shepherd’s Center South County

  • 703-799-0505, scfbva.org/scservices
  • Open to age 50+ living in a defined service area west of Route 1 in south Fairfax County (see map on website)
  • Transportation to medical appointments
  • Free

Shepherd’s Center of McLean-Arlington-Falls Church  

  • 1205 Dolley Madison Boulevard, McLean, VA, 703-506-2199, scmafc.org, [email protected]
  • Open to age 50+ residents of McLean, Arlington, and Falls Church
  • Transportation, basic household chores, and yardwork
  • Free

Shepherd’s Center of Northern Virginia

  • 541 Marshall Road, SW, Vienna, VA, 703-281-0538, scnova.org, [email protected]
  • Open to age 50+ residents of Oakton, Vienna, Dunn Loring, Reston, Herndon, Great Falls, Merrifield, Fairfax (22030 and 22031 residences north of Route 50), Fairfax (22033 north of Route 50 and east of Fairfax County Pkwy)
  • Transportation, minor home repair, friendly phone calls and visits, veteran friendly phone calls and visits, food pickup and delivery, gardening and yardwork, technology assistance, health advocacy, decluttering advice, caregivers support group, social and educational events, educational and cultural workshops and seminars
  • Free (some social and educational programs require a fee)

Shepherd’s Center of Western Fairfax County

  • 14426 Albemarle Point Place, Chantilly, VA, 703-246-5920, scwfc.org, [email protected]
  • Open to age 50+ residents who can no longer drive or do not have access to a car living in Centreville (Zip codes 20120 and 20121), Clifton (20124), Chantilly (20151), Fairfax (22030 and 22033 south and west of the Fairfax County Parkway), and Fairfax Station (22039 south and west of the Fairfax County Parkway, south and west of Ox Road, and north of Henderson Road)
  • Transportation to medical appointments and the WFCM food pantry in Chantilly
  • Free

Spring Hill Community Village

  • Residents of Spring Hill Community receive information through emails and newsletters
  • Serves residents of the Spring Hill Community in Lorton
  • All services provided on a temporary or intermittent basis: friendly visits and phone calls, transportation, errands, pet care, meals
  • Free

Village Drive Village

  • 571-274-5349, villagedrivevillage.org, [email protected]
  • Serves age 55+ residents (for Silver memberships) or any age residents (for Regular memberships) in the neighborhoods surrounding Brentwood Park, living on streets that connect directly or indirectly to Village Drive south of Lee Highway in Fairfax
  • Errands, yardwork, home maintenance and small repairs, technology assistance, home assessment visit, temporary assistance with housework or pets, friendly phone calls and visits, companionship, home organization assistance, reading aloud, service referrals, social and cultural events, interest groups, group walks
  • Silver membership: $50 annually per individual, $89 annually per household; Regular membership (no volunteer services): $25 annually per individual; $39 annually per household