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Membership Benefits


Senior couple holding up a small wooden home

One of the greatest wishes of those over 60 years of age is to remain in their homes. Another wish is to feel connected and avoid isolation. Becoming a member of Village Neighbors empowers seniors. Village Neighbors provide seniors with practical help. This assistance includes completing household tasks seniors can no longer do alone and providing rides to appointments, social events, and the grocery store.

Membership also provides opportunities to have fun and socialize! Whether you are a Chincoteague native or a newcomer, you will find interesting people and engage in stimulating activities by being a member of Village Neighbors.

Transportation

Typical destinations on Chincoteague include medical appointments, grocery stores, religious services, and social and cultural events.* Transportation services may also include assistance with getting to and from the vehicle and carrying groceries.

*Helpful Village will attempt to fulfill requests for medical appointments off of the Island. However, there may be an additional expense to the Member.

Friendly Visits and Social Interaction

Visits from volunteers can include:

  • Conversation
  • Reading aloud
  • Watching television
  • Playing cards or board games
  • Walking
  • Cooking

These activities can be enjoyable and meaningful!

Home Services and Maintenance Assistance

Some examples of volunteer home services include:

  • Changing light bulbs and smoke alarm batteries
  • Closet organization
  • Watering outdoor gardens or indoor house plants
  • Offering gardening advice, light pruning, planting, and plant repotting
  • Light handyman repairs
  • Occasional light exterior maintenance (e.g., leaf raking, mulching, snow removal)

Home services provided by Village Neighbors are for light, occasional needs only. Village Neighbors volunteers will not replace routine home maintenance such as cleaning, major yardwork/landscaping, house power washing, vehicle maintenance, etc.

Convenience Services and Errands

Examples of such services can include:

  • Prescription drop offs
  • Temporary pet care
  • Miscellaneous errands including picking up convenience items from local businesses
  • Mail pickup or trash disposal to the curb

Please contact us to discuss your needs.

Computer and Technology Assistance

Below are some examples of technology Village Neighbors volunteers can assist with:

  • Computers
  • Smartphones
  • Tablets
  • Printers
  • Televisions
  • Cable and internet
  • Thermostats, light timers, and small appliances

Volunteers can help by:

  • Providing guidance
  • Troubleshooting problems
  • Organizing files and email
  • Helping you learn a common program or application
  • Online tasks

Please contact us to discuss your needs.

Social Outings, Events, and Programs

Examples include:

  • Trips to local sites of interest
  • Lectures and seminars
  • Restaurant outings
  • Game days

Please contact us to discuss your upcoming events.

Volunteer Availability

All member services are offered Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm for 1 - 2 hours. Village Neighbors will attempt to fulfill requests at other times based on volunteer availability.

 

 

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Village Neighbors is a program of Island Community House a 501(c)3 non-profit organization founded in 2019.
757-336-1993 · info@village-neighbors.org


6246 Mumford Street · Chincoteague Island, VA · 23336