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Who We Are:

We are a group of volunteers who worked together for two years to establish the Village Network of Petaluma as a non-profit, community membership organization to empower adults 50+ to age affordably in their own homes for as long as they can, as well as they can. The Village Network was then launched in June, 2014. Villages are member-driven, and primarily supported by fees from their members. Think relationships, collaboration, sharing, suppor
navigating systems and peace of mind. 
 
The Village model is a way of life, not a place: "neighbors helping neighbors." The village model has been successful in more than 200 other communities in the U.S., and we are drawing from their experiences. There are 29 Villages in the Bay Area, and more in development. We are the first in Sonoma County!
 
Members call one number for resource referral, home visits, social events, computer help, minor household repairs, transportation, pre-screened service provider referrals, and opportunities to share one's special talents within the Village.
Our intention is to work in collaboration with existing community organizations to strengthen affordable services for seniors and increase the "aging-friendliness" of our community.
 
"Aging should never be a solo game"
 
Operations Manager (volunteer)
 
 
Administrative Coordinator (pt. time staff)

Stephanie Wilkinson, info@VillageNetworkofPetaluma.org 

Board members Team Leaders
 
Anne Greenblatt, Board President apgreen@sonic.net
George Beeler 
Paul Greenblatt 
Scotti Kluess, Secretary
Darcy Levy
Starr Rohrman  
Jerry Spremich  
Bob Stires, Finance Chair 

Team Leaders
Lyndi Brown, Community Outreach Team Leader
Kelly Corbett, MedPal Team Leader

Rob Girolo, Tech Team Co-Leader
Wayne Guptill, Handyperson Team Leader
Paul Greenblatt, volunteer Operations Manager, Tech Team Co-Leader, 
     Transportation Team Co-Leader
Anne Greenblatt, Volunteer Management & Membership Team Co-Leader
Scotti Kluess, Resources Team Leader
Darcy Levy, Board Development Task Force Leader
Tiaga Liner, Friendly Visiting Team Leader
Jane Merryman, Programs Team Leader
Starr Rohrman, Volunteer Management & Membership Team Co-Leader
Jerry Spremich, Transportation Team Co-Leader


Community Advisors of the Village Network of Petaluma
 
Teresa Barrett, Member, Petaluma City Council
Lyndi Brown, Community Volunteer
Rabbi Ted Feldman, B’nai Israel Jewish Center
Rev. Mary Foran, Unitarian Universalists of Petaluma
Connie Hammerman, Community volunteer
Jane Hamilton, Ex. Dir., Rebuilding Together
Stanton Lawson, Co-Owner, Sequoia Senior Solutions
Donna Newman-Fields, Sonoma County Dept. of Health Services
Rev. Blythe Osner, United Church of Christ
Mary Stompe, Ex. Dir., PEP Housing
 


 
OUR VALUES

 

Integrity, respect, trust, and honesty

These are core values for all our interactions with each other, our members, volunteers, and the community.

 

Sustainability

We are committed to creating a stable and sustainable nonprofit organization,in a way that also supports our energy, interest, and ability to contribute.

 

Caring, giving to the community

It is our intention to promote caring relationships, and to form a Village Network that contributes to our community and benefits others as well as ourselves in a meaningful way.

 

Balance

We give what we can, avoiding over-commitment. We also encourage a balance between giving and receiving, contributing our talents and energy while nurturing our own well-being.

 

Competence and excellence

We value competence in our work, committing ourselves to a high level of service.

 

Collaboration, cooperation, teamwork

We are committed to working harmoniously and cooperatively with each other, willing to compromise and seek win-win approaches to problems. We place a high value on collaboration with other community organizations. 

 

Inclusivity

We are working toward creating a village which reflects the diversity of our community.

 

Legacy

We are creating a nonprofit membership organization which will be here for all of us as we age.

 

Creativity, new ideas, innovation

All are important as we build our community!

 

Appreciation

We remember to appreciate each other, our volunteers, and members often!



WHAT'S A VILLAGE?

The purpose of a Village is to empower adults 50+ to live affordably in their own homes for as long as we can, as well as we can, engaged with a trusted, fun, and supportive community of people. This concept is inspired and supported by the nationwide Village To Village Network (VtV), a national peer to peer network to help communities establish and continuously improve management of their own Villages. 

Villages: 
  • are grassroots non-profits 
  • are self-governing, membership fee-based organizations 
  • are run by volunteers and paid staff 
  • offer a wide array of services done by volunteers, including:
    • transportation to medical appts., prescription pick-up, & grocery shopping
    • note-taking at medical appointments 
    • minor home repairs
    • help with computers/electronics
    • social activities, educational programs and interest groups 
    • care-giver support groups 
    • friendly visits
    • phone check- ins (if desired) 
    • temporary pet care, gardening
    • and much more... 


  • have a "volunteer-first" philosophy - if we can't find a volunteer to meet your needs, we will refer you to a list of affordable, screened service providers, including plumbers, computer consultants, home modification contractors, realtors, hairdressers, healthcare providers, and much more... 
  • assist in defining successful aging for ourselves, and inoculating us against the effects of creeping ageism 
  • encourage members to volunteer, sharing their skills with the community 
  • help members explore new ideas and unfulfilled dreams 
  • encourage confidence 
  • collaborate with existing services to strengthen our community 


 
OUR HISTORY

In 2012, our founder and Steering Committee Chair, Anne Greenblatt, attended a national conference on the Village model, an innovative idea that has been spreading rapidly across the nation. She began meeting with local community volunteers and service providers, and the Petaluma Village Exploration Project was formed. Since then, monthly meetings for the public and committee meetings for those who have joined in the effort to form this organization have moved the project forward. Meetings with community organizers, senior service organizations, and Villages in other neighboring cities have brought us to the realization that many in the Petaluma community share our interest. We are now the Village Network of Petaluma, with nonprofit status as a fiscally sponsored project of Community Initiatives in San Francisco.
 
We found a light, airy (and low rent!) space at 402 Petaluma Blvd. North. On June 7, 2014, we had our grand opening with a wonderful show of support from our community and now are continuing to grow with that support.
 

OUR CURRENT WORK

We have worked with community volunteers and organizations in Petaluma to discover gaps in services and community needs. We have learned from older adults and senior service providers that the most pressing needs are: comprehensive information and referral services, systems navigation, transportation, friendly visits and addressing isolation, as well as fraud prevention. Many people have agreed that there is a need for an affordable, self-help community of older adults who can provide guidance and assistance in the transitions of aging, and a way to stay actively connected to the Petaluma community.  

We hold meetings and living room chats for people interested in learning more and contributing their ideas. For details, please Contact Us

We welcome volunteers and members! Your help and ideas are always welcomed, as we work together to build a thriving Village Network here in our community.

 
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