The Citywide Impact of the DC Villages

By:
Stephanie Chong

Every day, across the District, volunteers and staff from the 13 DC Villages help make life better for our neighbors. Although each Village is as unique as the neighborhood it serves, we are building stronger communities through direct service, events and activities, referrals, and advocacy.

It is easy to see the impact a Village can have on a neighborhood, but last year the DC Villages as a group began an effort to track our impact across the city. The findings are now available and they are impressive.

City-wide, 517 volunteers performed 17,512 hours of service through DC Villages. That time has a value of more than $852,000. These volunteers were responsible for providing rides to medical appointments; delivering groceries, medicines, and other basic needs; and helping with technology and in-house issues.

In addition, DC Villages organized more than 3,300 events, attracting some 20,290 attendees. These range from gentle yoga classes to local history lectures, held both online and in-person with appropriate safety measures.

The Village Movement began 20 years ago in Massachusetts, but today the Greater Washington Area has the highest concentration of Villages in the country. Though they vary in size and scope, all of the Villages — including the 13 DC Villages, our 2,326 members, and our volunteers — are a critical part of ensuring the region remains accessible to our aging neighbors.

Learn more about that impact of the DC Villages in our 2021 Impact Report (PDF download)

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