A representative of each team (Membership, Events, Volunteers, Leadership) gave an overview of their responsibilities and asked for feedback about: What worked or was helpful for you and what suggestions do you have for this Team to help us succeed in the future?
Membership: Friendships & Connections!!!
Suggestions: Better connections with churches; give gift certificates as incentive for recruiting new members; provide scholarships to members.
We like walks and hikes, Happy Hour, Village Conversations, Symphony and Museum visits, Aging Discussion group, informational presentations about topics important to members.
Suggestions: More Village Conversations (geriatrics, nutrition, insurance); instruction on games, card games; book group on age related issues; interest groups to share member talents, hobbies and pastimes; include the difficulty level for walks and hikes so members can assess their ability to accomplish it; plan a BART outing so we can learn to use it; members willing to drive a van for day trips; educational activities for mental stimulation; connect with/support local schools;
Volunteers: We like tech help, home repairs, member-recommended referrals, gardening advice.
Suggestions: Offer home safety assessments, house check for vacationers, Online message board for members. Other service ideas included some which already exist. HICAP (Medicare) consultations, computer education, companionship, in-home visit, relief for caregivers. Call or contact Cathy, Village Concierge, for more information. 650-440-5030 or email@example.com
Leadership: Every Village member is an Ambassador; good idea to concentrate on Aging in Place issues, especially transportation, housing and health care.
Suggestions: print www.villageofthecoastside.org on all materials; post more information on VOTC in public places.