Network News February 2018

Fearrington Cares Embraces Its 29th Year

Located near Chapel Hill, North Carolina, Fearrington Cares was originally incorporated 29 years ago (in 1989, well before the rise of the national Village Movement) as “Stay Put For Now” and later merged with a community nursing organization to become the non-profit organization they are today. They are unique in that they serve the entire community without charging any fees and are supported solely through resident donations and bequests. Their philosophy is to serve all village residents, when and if needs arise, and the community recognizes this through their active volunteering and generous funding.

Fearrington Cares has a full-time Executive Director and three part-time staff working together with community volunteers to offer a wide array of services.

Fearrington Cares volunteer driver providing ride to a village resident.

In 2017, Fearrington Cares provided:

• Transportation = 558 rides

• Home repair visits = 210

• Computer help visits = 136

• Fearrington Friends visits (weekly direct-contact) = 1,084 hours

• Educational lectures and programs = 1,030 attendees

• Movement classes = 2,953 participants

• Five support groups = averaging 35 participants

Nursing Service and Visits too!

Because Fearrington Cares has an Executive Director who is also a Registered Nurse, they are able to offer some basic nursing services such as; first aid, blood pressure checks, needs assessments, medical referrals, foot clinics, and home/office visits. Now that is service!

Movement classes are very popular. 2,953 residents participated in 2017, many of them multiple times.

"While we consider Fearrington Cares to be unique among Villages, we also believe the Village to Village Network is a valuable resource that keeps us appraised on important matters that affect our operations and by sharing best practices of other Villages in the Network." - Jon Darling

Fearrington Cares is a unique community care organization and the heart of Fearrington Village, a mixed-use community located near Chapel Hill, North Carolina. There are currently 1,373 residences and 2,300 inhabitants (42% male - 58% female) living in a growing village with a median age of 72 years.

The black and white cows in Fearrington Village are a rare breed of Scottish cow called Belted Galloways, which are sometimes referred to as Oreo cows. Introduced to the U.S. in the 1950s, a herd of six were brought to Fearrington in 1986, with the herd now at more than 30!

Village Anniversaries!

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Want to learn more?! Join Village to Village Network and Gen2Gen for a webinar on Mentors & Movies. Hear more details about how your members and Village can get involved through mentoring, hosting a watch party and more! The webinar will take place on Thursday, March 8 at 2 PM EST. Click the button below to register today.

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Job Opening:

Executive Director

The Village to Village Network is looking for an entrepreneur with the vision, commitment and leadership skills to take the organization to the next level of development. Must be creative, a proven fundraiser and resourceful in developing partnerships, energizing volunteers and members and expanding quality membership services. Enjoy a flexible work schedule and work where you live.


  • Lead the mission to expand our national leadership and advocacy role
  • Develop and manage a high-value national meeting that attracts members and makes money
  • Expand fundraising
  • Cultivate corporate, individual and foundation sponsors
  • Establish partnerships to broaden the reach of the Village Movement, including areas of the country where there are no villages
  • Develop a strategic communications plan and build relationships with the media and other outlets to promote the Village concept
  • Represent VtVN and the Movement through public presentations and participation in relevant conferences
  • Engage and energize our volunteers, members, funders and partners
  • Manage operations, motivate and develop staff


The Executive Director must be thoroughly committed to VtVN’s mission and have a passion for the Village Movement. We are looking for candidates with these credentials and qualities:

  • Bachelor’s Degree required, advanced degree desired
  • Ten years of senior management experience with a track record of effectively leading and growing an enterprise
  • Strong marketing, public relations, and fundraising experience
  • Ability to engage a wide range of stakeholders
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills
  • Ability to motivate, manage and develop staff
  • Ability to cultivate positive and effective board relationships
  • Commitment to results; a “can-do” attitude


Annual salary range $55 - $75,000, with opportunity for significant increase after proven results; flexible work schedule, generous vacation allowance, other benefits to be discussed.


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Created with images by Jed.Record - "Belted cows lounge outside the Fearrington barn." • Audrey Fretz - "Sparkling Frosted Cupcake" • Felix Mooneeram - "Disused Cinema" • Rodion Kutsaev - "Yellow wall" • Trent Erwin - "Hard at work"

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