At NNV, There's Much to Look Forward to in the New Year

By:
Stephanie Chong

Last week I shared our many successes – our strong and dedicated volunteer support, community engagement, increased subsidies, and much more.  Thanks to you, we have much to be grateful for in 2022 and plenty to look forward to in the coming year.

As we enter 2023, our members, volunteers, and community can rely on Northwest Neighbors Village as a local pillar of support. Here are some exciting things to look forward to:

  • More In-Person Events and Trips – Last year, NNV piloted a new role, Village Programming Coordinator. In this role, Mustafa Bahar helped NNV offer more opportunities for social engagement and enhance NNV’s member-driven programming. I’m delighted to share that Mustafa will continue to work with us in 2023 and already has plans to bring us together! Check out our events calendar for upcoming programs, including a trip to a local winery in late January that you won’t want to miss!
  • Focus on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion – NNV’s board and staff are committed to ensuring that we fulfill our mission to enable all older adults to thrive as they age in our community.  We know we can do a better job of fulfilling our mission when the demographics of our Village reflect that of our community.  In 2023, we will work with experienced leaders to help us make important changes to address diversity, equity, and inclusion in our Village.
  • Technology Support – While the use of computers and smart phones have become a daily part of life, not everyone is comfortable with navigating the online world. NNV - along with our friends at neighboring DC Villages - will be partnering with ByteBack to offer technology support for members and enhanced training for volunteers in 2023.  We are very grateful to The Washington Home Foundation for making this wonderful opportunity possible.
  • New Board President – I’m delighted to announce that Gene Sofer will be NNV’s new Board President beginning January 1. Gene has a longstanding interest in issues affecting older adults. Among his duties as president, Gene will lead us through a new strategic planning process. In 2023, we also welcome new board members Susan Crawford and Rosemary Marcuss. Our sincerest thanks to the dedicated support of outgoing president Morgan Gopnik - who will remain on the board as Vice President - and to Ann Van Dusen and Jessica Berenson whose board terms have ended.

Thanks to you, we have much to look forward to in 2023!  NNV board and staff extend our warmest greetings for a peaceful, happy, and healthy new year.

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