Seaglass Village – Neighbors Helping Neigbors
GRAND OPENING OCTOBER 15, 2021
Board of Directors (L-R: Judy Gates, Joan McCormack, Izzy Abrams, Catherine Doherty, Anne Waymouth, Doreen Hodgkin, Heidi Whear, Betsy Morris, Alyce Deveau
Left: Heidi Whear, President of the Board and Founder, and Alyce Deveau, Director
Lori Ehlrich, MA State Representative
Wed 07 / 28 / 2021 at 5:00 PM
Where: Devereaux Beach
Introducing Seaglass Village
The Seaglass Village is currently in formation! We are a community of neighbors in the greater Marblehead, Swampscott and Nahant area helping each other maintain our dignity, independence, freedom and safety as we age in our homes. Seaglass Village will provide a coordinated network of volunteers and vetted paid services as well as friends who enjoy recreational, social, cultural and educational events.
What is the Village Movement?
The Village Movement began in 1999 when a group of older friends on Beacon Hill gathered to explore ways they could continue to live in their own homes and help each other stay healthy and socially active in their own community.
They realized the need for support in the future and didn’t want to rely on existing solutions such as nursing homes, retirement communities, and hired helpers. They wanted to stay connected with their friends.
The Village Movement is an innovative grassroots movement built on the idea that together we are stronger.
Twenty years later, there are more than 300 Villages across the nation and more are in development. This has proven that seniors want to age independently in their communities with the Village model. The Village Movement allows seniors to be part of an active community and find a purposeful way to age.
How Will it Work?
Seaglass Village is a growing group of members and volunteers, some who will be both a member as well as a volunteer. For example, a member may need a ride to an appointment and is also able to volunteer by walking another member’s dog.
Members will benefit from access to an expanding list of volunteer services, programs and vetted paid providers as well as opportunities to reciprocate as we are able. As the list of services develops, Seaglass Village anticipates exciting opportunities to collaborate with the towns’ existing organizations, e.g., the Councils on Aging, libraries, and houses of worship.
Most services we can offer are staffed by member volunteers and we strongly encourage our members to “pay it forward” and be a part of our volunteer team in whatever capacity possible. Seaglass Village will not provide medical services or extensive home maintenance. We can refer members to professionals who do. Seaglass Village will maintain lists of preferred providers, ensuring they are licensed and vetted and are ready to serve our members, including home health agencies, plumbers, or other licensed contractors.
We are supported by donations and grants as well as modest membership dues that cover the assistance and services needed.
How do I get involved?
Seaglass Village has a variety of ways you can get involved. We are currently developing lists of:
Volunteers to provide services
Preferred vendors to vet
Funders – donations are always welcome
To learn more and to join our mailing list please send us a message through our Contact Page
You can also mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 781-718-0401.
*Seaglass Village is a 501 (c) (3) and graciously accepts donations. Kindly make checks out to Seaglass Village and mail to Seaglass Village, c/o First Church Congregational, 40 Monument Ave, Swampscott, MA 01907.