CHV conducts social and wellness programs daily, averaging more than 500 events a year. These include walking groups, petanque teams, Tai Chi and Qi Gong, book clubs, movie, opera, gardening groups, and more.
CHV conducts more than 50 educational programs a year. Our programs fall into four general categories: health and wellness, technology, current events, and community design symposia.
Nationally, access to transportation is the major concern of seniors. Locally, although CHV is located in an area rich in transportation options, many seniors do not know their options or do not know how to access these options. And a goal of all Villages is to promote independence among seniors, which requires choices. For this reason,
Volunteerism at CHV is a two-sided coin. We offer volunteer services for seniors to help them live independently. Examples include providing rides to the doctor, raking leaves, and changing light bulbs and smoke detector batteries. Through our Village Connections program, we match volunteers with frail seniors to provide help and companionship. On the flip side, we engage seniors in volunteer activities across the community, so they can provide the benefits of their experiences to others and stay engaged.
CHV’s Care Services Team of social workers co-ordinate care, such as assisting those who need help living at home. The Care Service Team also helps seniors in transition, including those who are changing housing, being released from the hospital, or recovering from a recent loss. CHV serves 100 seniors a year with Care Services.
Advocacy programming emerged from the reality that there is a great deal of activity across DC and nationally on behalf of seniors, but there is a lack of strong, direct senior engagement in these efforts. CHV’s Advocacy Corps has 49 members who, in 2017, attended 42 community meetings, had 13 meetings with DC City Council members and agency staff, and testified at 17 DC Council oversight and budget hearings.