The Village Movement
Westchester Playa Village is this week's Green Tent guest. They'll be collecting donations of the following items:
- Used ink and toner cartridges that they'll recycle to help save on ongoing office supplies
- Yarn that will be given to seniors who enjoy knitting and crocheting
- Puzzles and games that you're no longer using, to give to seniors to enjoy
They'll have arts and craft supplies to make Birthday and Get Well “Thinking of You” cards to mail to their senior members to brighten up their day!
As our population continues to age and live longer, healthier lives, the need to support older adult in our community is ever-increasing. Most seniors wish to remain independent and active for as long as possible, in the comfort and security of their very own homes and neighborhoods, and with the dignity and respect they deserve. This is where the village movement at Westchester Playa Vista comes in.
The “Village Movement” was born out of the desire to create a local support system for seniors, and their families, who want to “age in place” without facing expensive home care support or being placed into an alternate living facility. Instead, through a membership, community-based organization, older adults can receive valuable support from volunteers in their community. For a nominal annual fee, individuals gain access to pre-screened volunteers who help with a wide array of tasks that older adults need assistance with.
Westchester Playa Village (WPV), a local non-profit organization founded by a former resident, is one of over 140 villages across the country. Initially serving the Westchester/Playa del Rey community, WPV has expanded to also serve Playa Vista, Marina del Rey, Culver City, Del Rey, parts of Mar Vista, Ladera Heights, and adjacent areas. WPV operates out of a small office in Westchester and provides a wide array of services including:
- grocery shopping and running errands
- transportation to and from medical appointments, social outings, hair salons
- taking trash bins out/in on a weekly basis
- help with household chores and minor handy work
- teaching computer skills and how to use other electronic devices
- yard work and gardening
- friendly visits, walking buddies, and pet care
- referrals to pre-screened service providers
- opportunities to meet other members and volunteers through special events and informational programs
Stop by The Green Tent - with or without donations - and learn how you can become a part of the growing village movement of neighbors helping neighbors.