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Network News January 2018: Happy New Year!

FROM THE DESK OF THE PRESIDENT:

Happy New Year! I hope you all enjoyed a wonderful holiday season with your families and friends! As we begin 2018, I want to re-share the following update about the Village to Village Network in case anyone missed it when it was sent on January 8.

As many of you know, in 2015 the fiscal sponsorship of Village to Village Network by Capital Impact Partners and the associated grant-based funding support ended. Over the past three years we have become a standalone nonprofit, now funded largely by membership dues. Thanks to the strong financial support of our member Villages, as well as some generous individual donors, we have successfully completed this challenging transition.

It is now time for the Village to Village Network to move to the next stage of development. We will be focusing our efforts on the following goals:

- Building public awareness and recognition of the Village model as a viable option for aging in community.

- Providing more technical assistance to Villages to promote long term growth and financial sustainability.

- Establishing strategic partnerships with other organizations to broaden support of the Village Movement.

With these goals in mind, the Village to Village Network Board of Directors has made some organizational changes, we will begin the search for a new Executive Director, with a target hire date by the end of second quarter. We seek an individual with fundraising and partnership building experience, with a passion for the Village Movement and the vision and leadership skills to help us meet our organizational goals and expand the impact of Villages in the U.S. and around the world.

The Village to Village Network Board of Directors is so grateful to Natalie Galucia who has served in the Executive Director role during our transition. Natalie will continue as the Director of Operations providing services to our members and leveraging her extensive background working with both newly formed and established Villages. She will also continue to work closely with Travis Mowers, our Communications Coordinator.

Regrettably, Nisha Moorkoth's last day with VtV Network was on January 12. We deeply appreciate everything Nisha has done to help with daily operations, organizing webinars, and planning for the National Gatherings. She has been an invaluable resource and will truly be missed!

Thank you for your continued support of the Village to Village Network. We are building momentum and are very excited about our future growth and impact. We look forward to working with you in 2018 and beyond as the Village Movement grows and matures. If you have any questions about any of these changes, please do not hesitate to reach out to me at the email address below.

Best wishes,

Mandy Summerson, President

Village to Village Network

mandy.summerson@vtvnetwork.org

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IN THE NEWS - Marin Voice: The Village Movement Brings Holiday Cheer Throughout Marin

In each newsletter going forward we are going to highlight an article that featured a Village or Villages. There has been a lot of Village activity in news outlets both locally and nationally. We make sure to share these on our website and social media.

Click Here to read about how Marin Villages celebrated the holidays this year!

Village Anniversaries!

At Home in Greenwich- 10 years

Community Connections- Plumas Rural Services- 11 years

Community Village Lawrence- 2 years

LOWLINC- 2 years

SAIL Shepherdstown Area Independent Living- 6 years

Staying Put in New Canaan- 11 years

Groton Neighbors- 1 year

The Village in Howard- 3 years

Providence Village- 2 years

Palos Verdes Peninsula Village- 2 years

It Takes a Village 10591- 4 years

Villages of Kensington- 2 years

Lake Barcroft Village- 5 years

Cambridge at Home, now Cambridge Neighbors, Celebrates 10 Years!

Back in December, nearly 100 members, volunteers, trustees and community partners came together to celebrate 10 years of aging in place in Cambridge, Arlington, Belmont, Somerville and Watertown, Massachusetts. Since 2007, Cambridge at Home has been providing practical services and social connections to help hundreds of local seniors live in the homes and neighborhoods they love. They have also expanded their service area to include the communities that surround Cambridge. In this time, they also realized that they were not just keeping people at home, but rather they were building community, relationships and camaraderie among members – essential ingredients to healthy aging.

After much thought and discussion, and with 10 years of history behind them, Cambridge at Home decided to reimagine their name to better reflect the communities they serve and their spirit of inclusivity. As of January 1, 2018, Cambridge at Home is now Cambridge Neighbors. We wish them all the best with their new name and look!

Cambridge at Home 10th Anniversary Celebration

AARP Foundation Webinar

Tuesday, February 6th, at 2 PM ET

Join the experts and innovators from AARP Foundation's Social Connectedness team to learn about the rapidly evolving public health issues surrounding social isolation and loneliness among older adults. In this brief educational webinar, experts from AARP Foundation will help you understand the causes and consequences of social isolation and will share practical guidance about how to identify individuals at risk and what to do. You'll also learn about the tools and information available through Connect2Affect, a collaborative initiative focused on ending isolation, as well as other innovative activities designed to combat isolation and loneliness among low-income older adults. VtVN members, Click Here to register for this webinar!

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