We are part of a nation-wide movement started in 2002, when the Beacon Hill Village in Boston, MA commenced operation. More than 190 Villages now exist in the United States, with another 120 or so in development, according to the Village to Village Network, the national organization launched in 2010 to link individual Villages and track their growth nationwide.
Each Village is an independent entity, created by the people who live within the geographic boundaries that they themselves establish. These residents also decide what kinds of services the village will offer and how those services will be provided. Each village is self-governing, with a volunteer board supervising the work of volunteers and staff.
The Village movement is gaining nationwide notice. Here are three short videos prepared by national news organizations about Villages:
|PBS News: Beacon Hill Village||NBC News: New Haven Village||CBS News: Georgetown Village|
Portland Area Network
Villages NW is a nonprofit organization based in Portland, Oregon whose mission is to enable more Pacific NW residents to successfully age-in-place by developing & nurturing a network of sustainable, community-based Villages throughout the region.
In the Portland metro area, the Village structure is a “hub and spoke” model, in which Villages Northwest is the “hub”, and the other villages are “spokes”
Recipient of the 2015 Light A Fire Award for Best Non-Profit.
Here are links to the websites of the other local Villages, and their service areas: