Yesterday, Columbus City Council unanimously passed ordinances 1288-2017 and 1287-2017, both of which were initiated by Councilmember Michael Stinziano, to support the operation of two senior service organizations participating in the nationally recognized Village Movement.
South Columbus-based Village Connections and Clintonville-Beechwold Community Resources Center, Village in the Ville programs will both benefit from $10,000 of grant funding to assist 50 and older residents to remain in their homes and as active citizens in The City of Columbus.
“We know from the Age-Friendly Columbus survey that our older residents want to age in their homes. As Columbus’ older adult population continues to grow, we as a community need to think of creative ways to support lifestyles and needs of older adults—Columbus’ villages are doing just that,” said Stinziano.
The Village Movement works not only to ensure that older adults are able to age in their homes, but also in the community. This movement fosters interdependence between neighbors who support aging members, in addition to honoring the contributions of younger members. We see villages as playing a vital role in our future as an Age-Friendly city, as they are already championing the value and wisdom older adults bring to our neighborhoods.
“Supporting the efforts of Columbus’ villages will spur expansion of services provided and neighborhoods influenced. Further, villages have proven to be successful models for championing older adult engagement in governance and civic engagement roles. This commitment to planning with, not for, older adults also supports the vision of the Age-Friendly Columbus initiative,” he continued.
Village Connections, established in 2014, is a grassroots membership organization of neighbors helping older neighbors to stay independent and active in their community as they age. Village members are age 50 and over and live in the neighborhoods of German Village, Merion Village, Schumacher Place, the Brewery District, and Downtown. Village members have access to a wide range of services, including transportation, yard work, and home maintenance provided by a group of dedicated volunteers. Passage of ordinance 1288-2017 allows an additional 40 Columbus residents to join Village Connections at a subsidized annual rate.
Village in the Ville, established by the Clintonville-Beechwold Community Resources Center (CRC) in 2016, is a membership-based organization, also focused in helping older neighbors stay independent and active in their community. The Village serves neighbors age 50 and over residing in the greater Clintonville-Beechwold area. Village members have access to referrals to resources and a wide range of volunteer-provided services including transportation to appointments and errands, health and wellness support, social outings, financial planning and disaster preparedness. Passage of ordinance 1287-2017 provides support to the Village’s operating costs.