German Village Gazette

Village Notebook

Three things you should know about Village Connections

Village Connections is a community based non-profit organization that empowers older adults to lead an active and engaged lifestyle in their own homes as they age.

Our Village is far reaching.

To become a member of Village Connections, you must be over the age of 50 and live in German Village, Merion Village, Schumacher Place, The Brewery District or Downtown.

Although we have strict boundaries, these are for our direct services only.

We assist the greater aging community in advocacy for older adults, mentor other areas interested in starting a village, and much more.

In the next few months you will see Village Connections at the Merion Village Festival Sunday, Aug. 17; the Stewart Alternative Elementary School Back To School Ice Cream Social, Monday, Aug. 18; and the Great Placemakers Lab Sept. 16-19. We are looking forward to and hope to see you at these events.

Our Village supports community engagement.

Volunteerism is the backbone of a successful Village. Members and non-members offer their time and energy to support their neighbors.

The University of California, Berkeley, recently completed a study of Villages and reported that volunteering is associated with reduced risk of isolation, better physical health, better functional health, improved psychological well-being, and greater happiness and life satisfaction.

Because of these positive impacts and the love of their community, Village Connections Members will be embarking on a new program: Village Reading Buddies.

This autumn, Village members will begin a weekly reading program with second-, third-, and fourth-graders at Stewart Alternative Elementary School.

Our Village is fun.

We welcome Members and non-members to our social events around town.

This summer we hosted tables at Picnic With The Pops, Wine and Art evenings, trips to Pearl Market, and lunches downtown.

Starting Aug. 28, we will be offering gentle yoga to members and non-members.

This weekly experience is an hour-long class of yoga and meditation.

Each week will focus on different techniques practiced throughout the world.

In September we will catch the CBUS for lunch in the Short North, take a private tour of The Wexner Family Collection, and stroll through Topiary Park.

We rely on the support of volunteers and community advocates to help us enhance the well-being of our members.

Encourage your neighbors to call if they could benefit from our services.

If you are a member, tell others about your experience with Village Connections.

We want our Village to grow into a successful and sustainable organization, and though we are well on our way, every bit helps.

Katie M. White, executive director of Village Connections submitted the Village Notebook column.