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The Village Movement

In 1999, a dozen residents of Boston’s Beacon Hill Neighborhood envisioned and created a new model of the traditional village, with neighbors caring for one another and collaborating to solve problems and access the resources they needed to continue living where they were. Their grassroots non-profit organization, Beacon Hill Village, began offering services in 2002. The Beacon Hill model has since spread across the country to include nearly 205 Villages, each crafted to reflect its particular population and circumstances.

Characteristics of a Village

  • Villages are “volunteer first,” organizations that use trained volunteers to deliver services whenever possible.
  • Villages provide “one call does it all” support and problem-solving for their members.
  • Volunteers provide services such as transportation, shopping, household chores, gardening, and light home repairs and maintenance for members. These services fill the gaps in current existing public services.

  • Villages do not duplicate existing services. They make it their business to know what amenities are already offered by other nonprofits, senior centers, and government agencies within Village boundaries.
  • Pre-screened vendors provide professional services and home repairs.
  • Villages build relationships and develop community through social activities such as potlucks, book clubs, exercise/wellness activities, and educational and cultural programs.


Stories About Villages

     The following short video segments give a sense of the positive impact that Villages
have had on a number of families.

PBS Newshour:
How More Americans Are ‘Aging In Place’

My Generation: Aging in Place