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 WAVE Founders Award For Village Excellence

 

Founders Award Logo 301 x 301The Washington Area Villages Exchange (WAVE) is proud to announce that Hyattsville Aging in Place Village (MD) and Little Falls Village (Bethesda, MD) are winners of its first annual Founders Award For Village Excellence. 

 

The award honors WAVE founders Virginia Hodgkinson (VA), Miriam Kelty (MD, deceased), and Andy Mollison (DC, deceased).  The award recognizes villages for programs and/or services that are outstanding examples of Villages’ contributions to the well-being of older adults in their communities and reflect the founders’ values of inclusivity; collaboration; creative problem-solving; and positive impact on villages, their communities and the larger village movement. One award is given to a village with an annual operating budget of under $25,000, and one award goes to a village with an annual operating budget of $25,000 or more.  Each award comes with a $1,000 prize and opportunities to share lessons learned with other villages and organizations serving older adults.

 

Hyattsville Aging in Place (HAP, Hyattsville, MD) won the under $25,000 budget category award for its project “Route 1 Food Security.”  Funded by a grant from the Greater Washington Community Foundation, HAP partnered with area organizations, including Central Kenilworth Area Revitalization CDC, food pantries, restaurants, farmers markets, and Meals on Wheels, and its volunteers delivered food to those in need in their community and those nearby along Route 1 during the pandemic.  The project served 1,435 meals and made additional deliveries, including care packages, to 95 isolated older adults. To learn more about this project, visit https://hyattsvilleaginginplace.org or contact Kris Aulenbach, HAP Board Chair, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

Little Falls Village (LFV, Bethesda, MD) won the $25,000 and over budget category award for its project “COVID Vaccine and Booster Clinics.”  LFV created a collaborative initiative to run five COVID vaccination clinics in 2021, giving a total of more than one thousand shots to village members, volunteers, and neighbors. Giant Pharmacy brought the vaccines and pharmacists; Sumner Village donated the space; LFV organized an army of volunteers; Glen Echo Fire Department sent their EMTs to stand-by for any medical issues; and friends of LFV staffed the clinic waiting room with refreshments for clients.  To learn more about this project, visit https://www.littlefallsvillage.org or contact Ann Humphrey, LFV Board Chair, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. 

 

WAVE congratulates the winners for their outstanding projects and encourages others to learn more about them to gain ideas for new programs and services.

 

WAVE also presented a Special Appreciation Award to Silver Spring Village, for creating and managing the website for “Washington Area Village Shared Events,” better known as DMVVillageEvents.org. This website has transformed the way in which Villages across the region share programming resources.  It is a collaborative effort, and over 350 educational and cultural events that are virtual and open to everyone have been posted.  To learn more contact

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The other nominated projects also showed creative ideas that could be replicated in many other villages. 

 

Budgets under $25,000:

 

Bradley Hills Village: “BHV Everything Green.”  In 2021 BHV used the outdoors and nature as an organizing theme for over 20 activities to bring BHV neighbors and members together.  For more information visit https://bhv.clubexpress.com.

 

Queen Anne’s at Home: “Ready or Not Workshop.”  Though most seniors want to age in place, most lack a concrete plan for making that happen. The Ready or Not program, designed by and for the members of the village, is a planning tool and 3-4 session workshop.  For more information visit http://www.queenannesathome.org/ or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

Spring Hill Community: “Caring Group Meeting.”  The active Caring Group of all volunteers helped neighbors with driving, errands, friendly visits and other tasks and led a book club via zoom.  For more information visit: https://springhillseniorcampus.org/page/20168~304074/spring-hill-community-association.

 

Budgets $25,000 or more:

 

Bethesda Metro Village: “Aging Well Shared Interest Group.” The group has grown over five years, with monthly meetings to talk about how to age successfully and lead a fulfilled life, combat stereotypes of age and death, and plan for a good death.  For more information contact www.bmavillage.org or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Northwest Neighbors Connecting (Baltimore): “Diversity Dialogue.”  The Diversity Dialogue fosters open, sincere dialogue between African American and Jewish members who share the common life experience of being identified as 'the other' in American Society.   For more information email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.