By Lynn Golub-Rofrano MSW, Executive Director
Georgetown Village, a non-profit organization established to help seniors in the greater Georgetown area, has continued to grow and increase services throughout 2014. Our members live in Burleith, Hillandale, Georgetown, and nearby areas. We currently have about 190 members and 50 volunteers and are thrilled that many Burleith residents are involved with the Village in both capacities.
Last year Georgetown Village members participated in book discussions, support groups, exercise and computer classes, docent-led museum tours, and trips to local and national sites. These activities and programs help our members avoid social isolation, meet neighbors, and make new friends. One of our newer members is a recent older widow, who said that joining the Village made life worth living again. This is the type of impact that social programming has on isolated seniors, and Georgetown Village is proud to offer these opportunities on a regular basis. Volunteers now receive our monthly schedule of events, and our members have enjoyed having them join us.
Of course, the most important thing we do is provide volunteer services for members. Some of you are volunteers and know the impact your assistance has on your neighbors. In 2014 we provided volunteer assistance to our members over 500 times. This assistance included transportation to doctors and grocery shopping. We also had volunteers help with computer issues, household maintenance, yard work, organizing and sorting papers, shoveling snow, and mattress flipping, to name a few.
Georgetown Village always welcomes new members and volunteers. If you are interested in getting involved, please contact the office at 999-8988. Be sure to visit our website for up-to-date information about our programs and activities.