Several years ago the UIRA agreed to help sponsor a Village to Village group for Iowa City/Johnson County. Each village in this international organization (www.vtvnetwork.net) is a membership-driven, grass-roots virtual community run by volunteers and paid staff. The program is intended to support “aging in place” for seniors who want to stay in their homes as long as possible.
Individual village programs are based on the needs of their own group, as decided by their membership. Benefits offered include coordinated access to affordable services including transportation, health and wellness programs, home repairs, social and educational activities and trips. An example of a successful village is “SAIL” in Madison, WI (website: http://www.sailtoday.org/).
The local group is now organizing and hopes to begin accepting memberships and providing services in about a year. If you are interested and would like to stay informed about its activities and progress, send your name and email address to: firstname.lastname@example.org