PNA Village

About the PNA Village

The PNA Village is part of a burgeoning, world-wide Village movement that champions an alternative approach for adults as they grow older.

The very first Village began as a grassroots effort in the Beacon Hill neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts in 2002. Community members in Beacon Hill wanted to stay in their homes while also getting access to support and resources as their abilities and needs changed with age, and custom-built the first Village to fill their needs.

Now there are more than 180 Villages operating across the United States, Australia and the Netherlands. Over 200 additional Villages are currently in development.

PNA Village Purpose

Creating a strong and active intergenerational community that reimagines aging by offering elders opportunities combined with support to fully engage in this next phase of life.

Core Beliefs

  • All members matter regardless of age or ability. They have the right to choose what’s right for them as they grow older.
  • Aging is a vital and challenging phase of life best shared with a supportive community.
  • We are a thriving, inclusive community full of creativity, energy, enthusiasm, experience and laughter.
  • Community is organic, evolving from grassroots, based on the wishes of members.
  • Elders contribute to the social capital that holds communities together.
  • We are leading the revolution to change aging.

The Village Movement

The Village Movement is a burgeoning, world-wide movement that champions an alternative approach for adults as they grow older. Villages are unique in that they are created by and for older adults, empowering their members to make wise, safe, and vibrant choices about how they wish to live.

The very first village began as a grassroots effort in the Beacon Hill neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts in 2002. Community members in Beacon Hill wanted to stay in their homes while also getting access to support and resources as their abilities and needs changed with age, and custom-built the first Village to fill their needs.

Now there are more than 300 villages operating or in development across the United States, Australia and Canada.

To learn more about the national village movement and see an interactive map of villages in all stages of development, visit the Village to Village Network website.

No two villages are alike; each village develops its own community. However, most villages are non-profit membership organizations providing three core benefits: a network of volunteers, information and referrals to vetted businesses, and social activities.

PNA Village Services

Volunteer Services

Full Members Only

Handy Helpers

These volunteers assist with a wide range of small tasks and projects, in and around your home. Some examples of things handy helpers have done are:

  • Dog walking
  • Minor plumbing or electrical repairs
  • Installing grab bars
  • Organizing a closet
  • Weeding and pruning
  • Basic computer assistance

Transportation

With one week’s notice, PNA Village members can arrange rides to anywhere they need or want to go. Rides can be to places like:

  • Medical appointments
  • The grocery store or other errands
  • Classes or community events
  • A coffee shop or restaurant

Friendly Visitors

Members can request to be matched with volunteers for regular or one time social visits. Some examples of friendly visits are:

  • Going for a walk together
  • Working a puzzle together
  • Chatting about current events
  • Enjoying a cup of tea or coffee together
  • Sharing a weekly phone call

What to expect when a volunteer is requested

When members could use volunteer help, they can call or email the Village office to talk with staff about their specific needs. Staff will then post their requests to a password-protected website, where 200+ volunteers can sign up for the requests that match their skills and schedules. Once a volunteer signs up for a request, the member will be notified by members, followed by a phone call from the volunteer to work out the details.

Referrals to Trusted Businesses

Full & Builder Members

Referrals to Trusted Businesses

The Village Office maintains a list of favored local businesses that we refer our members to. We conduct reference checks, background checks, and research into each vendor on our vetted list.

If you are a business and would like to be considered for this list, please download our application.

Social Engagement

Full & Builder Members

Events and Activities

Our events, activities, and discussion groups are fun, low-key, and open to all members and volunteers. We have a mix of in-person, virtual, and call-in events.

PNA Village Service Area

Because full PNA Village members have access to volunteers, and the Village is a program of neighbors helping neighbors, full members must live within NW Seattle.  Builder Members may live anywhere.

The PNA Village covers the following neighborhoods:

     – Ballard
     – Bitter Lake
     – Broadview
     – Fremont
     – Green Lake
     – Greenwood
     – Haller Lake
     – Licton Springs
     – Phinney Ridge
     – Wallingford

 

 

 

How to Join the Village

A PNA Membership is an enhanced membership to the Phinney Neighborhood Association. Depending on your need, you may choose from 2 levels of PNA Village membership.

Village Full Membership

This level is for people who want the full scope of Village services including support services from volunteers, referrals to vetted professionals, and social engagement activities. You can join as an individual or a household.  Full members must live in NW Seattle. 

  • Full Household $630/annually ($80 is tax-deductible)
  • Full Individual $380/annually ($50 is tax-deductible)

Village Builder Membership

This level is for people who do not require full Village services yet, but wish to build the future of the program plus receive added benefits including referrals to vetted professionals and community building activities. All but $50 of this membership is tax-deductible. You can join as an individual or a household.

  • Builder Household: $330/annually ($280 is tax-deductible)
  • Builder Individual: $200/annually ($150 is tax-deductible)

PNA Membership Included

The PNA Village is a program of the Phinney Neighborhood Association (PNA). PNA membership fees are included in the price of Village membership, a $50 value for individuals and $80 for households. PNA benefits include discounts to PNA events and classes, membership to the Greenwood Senior Center, and access to the tool lending library.

Reduced Fee Membership

We do not want income to be a barrier for anyone in joining the PNA Village.

We offer assistance to those who cannot afford standard membership fees. To be eligible, yearly income must be $70,000 or less for an individual, or $80,000 or less for a household of two or more persons. To determine your eligibility, please contact Rebecca Fogarty, PNA Village Program Manager, for a confidential discussion at 206.789.1217 or gro.r1718920813etnec1718920813yenni1718920813hp@fa1718920813ccebe1718920813r1718920813.

As par of our commitment to being a low-barrier program, all reduced-fee Village members wishing to attend any Village-sponsered event involving an admission fee or ticket price may do so for free. For those able to contribute a little extra, we welcome donations to our “Pay It Forward” fund to help all Village members have access to Village social events. (Please note, this does not apply to GSC or PNA events.)

Featured Village Events and Ongoing Groups

Below are some examples of activities, events, and ongoing groups that PNA Village members and volunteers are invited to participate in.


FULL:
 Free Guided Bird Watching Trip

Tuesday, May 21, 9–10:30 am, weather permitting
Center for Urban Horticulture
3501 NE 41st St, Seattle, 98195
It’s migration season! Join experienced birding guide Peter for a morning of spotting osprey, eagles, passerines, waterfowl, shorebirds, and more. Peter is a former board member of Birds Connect Seattle (formerly Seattle Audubon Society), a graduate of the Audubon Master Birder program, and a frequent volunteer for both Birds Connect Seattle and the Nature Conservancy, leading bird watching trips and doing bird counts. He is also a member of the Washington Ornithological Society and has been a birder throughout the US, Central America, and South America.

The Center for Urban Horticulture offers ADA-accessible trails with benches as well as free accessible parking. You can view a map of the trails and parking here. Transit riders: King County Metro bus route 78 stops right in front of the Center on NE 41st Street.

Bring your own binoculars if possible; if not, Peter may have some to spare. Event dependent on dry weather.


What’s Next ? Conversations About Our Aging Future Discussion Series

May Session: Move to a Home with Services/Memory Care
Wednesday, May 22 , 10 am–12 pm
Phinney Center Blue Building Main Floor, Room 1, 6532 Phinney Ave N
Come share coffee, pastries, and dedicated time with Village peers to discuss retirement housing, assisted living, adult family homes, and memory care. Please RSVP to the Village by May 21 if you’d like to attend.

Each group below reflects the inspiration of a Village member or volunteer eager to create more community.

Jewelry Making Group

4th Monday of each month, 1–3 pm
Greenwood Senior Center
525 N 85th St

Come dabble in baubles! No prior experience needed and no supplies to bring, though if you have your own tools, please bring them. Any fees will depend on group interest and projects. There’s no need to attend every month, we’ll catch you up! Limit 8-10 participants, based on available tools and supplies. RSVP required; contact Holly Stein, moc.l1718920813iamg@1718920813niets1718920813byllo1718920813h1718920813 or 206.790.0266.

Village Happy Hour

Wednesdays, 4 pm
The Barking Dog Alehouse
705 NW 70th St

Join other Village members and volunteers for happy hour! Along with great food and drink options, the Barking Dog offers great outdoor seating with heater lamps and protection from the wind and rain. Happy Hour is facilitated by members Terry Cook and Bruce Baker. Please contact Bruce if you have questions, moc.n1718920813sm@re1718920813kabpb1718920813.

Monthly Book Group

2nd Wednesday of each month, 11 am–12 pm
Couth Buzzard Books
8310 Greenwood Ave N

Have you read a good book lately? Looking for new recommendations? This is not your average book club where everyone reads the same book. Join in to talk about what you’re reading and to hear what others are reading. Not currently reading anything? No problem! It’s a fun group with great conversation!

Reader’s Theatre

Formerly Play Reading Group

3rd Thursday of each month, NEW TIME 1:30–3 pm
Greenwood Senior Center
525 N 85th St

Spearheaded by member and volunteer Diana Aubin DeParadis, this group’s main focus is on one-act plays. Participants may choose to read or simply enjoy being an audience member. Players start with a brief, low-pressure time to familiarize themselves with the script, after which their audience enjoys a rough but eventful reading! Tea and water provided; potluck snacks welcome but not necessary. If you’d like to be a reader, please contact Diana at moc.l1718920813iamg@1718920813ydald1718920813rib301718920813021718920813. If you’d like to join the audience, feel free to just show up!

PNA Village Walking Group

2nd and 4th Fridays of each month, 1 pm

Newcomers are always welcome! This small group begins their walks promptly at 1:05 PM. The group changes walking location each time, so be sure to check in and see where they’ll be next! Questions? Please contact group member Vicki at moc.o1718920813ohay@1718920813mahsi1718920813rv1718920813.

Stewart’s Friday Walkers

1st and 3rd Fridays of each month, 10 am

Join us for regular walks and stops around Ballard! Visit some small parks, explore Sunset Hill, stop along the way for refreshments, or visit the Ballard Locks and botanical gardens, followed by fish and chips for lunch. Village member Stewart Hendrickson led the pack for the past year and we were terribly sad to say goodbye to him recently when he moved from the Seattle area. Many thanks and our very best wishes to you, Stewart! In his honor, we now call ourselves “Stewart’s Friday Walkers.” We will meet on scheduled Fridays at the corner of 17th Ave. NW and NW 59th St. to continue exploring greater Ballard and stopping for conversation and refreshment. Liz White will be the group’s new contact person; contact her at moc.l1718920813iamg@1718920813eizzi1718920813lsnat1718920813s1718920813 to find out where we’ll be walking next!

High, Neighbor! Village Pot Group

Ongoing dates/times TBA

The last few years have been so tense—it’s high time to have fun again! To attend this joint effort by Villagers Eileen Casper and Bernice Maslan, contact Eileen at 206.789.6342 or moc.k1718920813ooltu1718920813o@rep1718920813sacmn1718920813eelie1718920813 for info on upcoming meetings.

Performing Arts Interest Email Group

Are you a patron of the arts? Would you like to connect with other Village members who are interested in attending theatre, music, or dance performances? Join our Performing Arts Interest Group, an email list for Village members and volunteers which allows you to email with other interested members about upcoming arts events. To join, simply email gro.r1718920813etnec1718920813yenni1718920813hp@eg1718920813alliV1718920813 and we will add you to the list.

Village Coffee Hour

Mondays, 10–11 am
Zoom

Join Online: Click Here
Join by Phone: 253.215.8782; Meeting ID: 850 4070 4929; Password: 921226

Pour yourself some coffee or tea and join facilitators Lynda Emel and Christie Cave for engaging weekly conversation topics. New participants are warmly welcomed!

Conversation and News of the Day

Tuesdays, 10 am, Zoom
Thursdays, 10 am, Couth Buzzard Books
8310 Greenwood Ave N

Read all about it! Talk all about it! Come join a moderated group discussion on a topic or news article that interests you. Group 1 meets via Zoom every Tuesday and Group 2 meets at Couth Buzzard Books every Thursday.
Contact Steve for more info or Zoom link, ten.t1718920813sacmo1718920813c@art1718920813skeoh1718920813ls1718920813.

Supper Club

Once a month

Would you like to go out to dinner with other Village members and volunteers? There may still be room to join our newest Supper Club group! Supper Clubs meet monthly, with responsibility of choosing a restaurant and date rotating among each group’s members. Contact the Village office (gro.r1718920813etnec1718920813yenni1718920813hp@eg1718920813alliv1718920813, 206-789-1217) if you’re interested!

Volunteer for the Village

Volunteering for the PNA Village is a great way to support your elder neighbors who are choosing to remain in the homes and neighborhoods they love as they age. Volunteering is flexible and easy – you simply sign up for shifts that work with your skills and availability!

We have many different kinds of volunteer opportunities

  • Rides to appointments, coffee shops, grocery stores, or to meet up with friends
  • Dog walking and other pet care tasks
  • Minor home repairs and maintenance
  • Yard and garden work
  • Light housekeeping chores
  • Basic computer assistance
  • Keeping in touch with members through regular check in calls or in person social visits
  • Helping with social events and activities
  • Office support such as answering phones, data entry, or website help
  • Committee and program support

Interested in becoming a Village volunteer?

  1. Complete our online application.
  2. Email gro.r1718920813etnec1718920813yenni1718920813hp@eg1718920813alliv1718920813 to sign up for a volunteer training. Trainings are held once a month via zoom and last about an hour.
  3. Village staff will supply you with additional paperwork to complete, including a confidentiality form and a background check release form.
  4. Once your paperwork has been processed, you can start signing up for shifts!

Quarterly Connections Newsletter

The Connections Newsletter is a quarterly newsletter that is created by and for Village community members through our Newsletter Committee. From ideations, to editing, to layout, and even mailing, it is all done by the sheer enthusiasm and will of the Village Newsletter Committee! Check out what PNA Village community members are talking about in our most recent issue!

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Support the Village

Please consider a donation to the PNA Village. Membership fees only cover a portion of program costs. Your donation supports your neighbors as they age, and helps the Village program remain available for anyone who needs it.

Era Living is a proud sponsor of the PNA Village.

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