The Village in Howard

The Village in Howard is a member-based COMMUNITY of Howard County residents 55 and older who want to continue to live independently in the homes and neighborhoods they know.  Membership benefits include, not only various educational, social and cultural activities, but access to various services such as transportation, home repair from referred contractors, and assistance with simple house maintenance.  These benefits enable members to actively age in place.

We are a member of the Village to Village Network. The Village movement started 19 years ago and today there are more than 260 open Villages and about 80 currently in development. The Village to Village Network has members in 43 states and three countries (U.S., Australia and Canada).

Quick FactsWhen The Village In Howard (TVIH) opened our door in November 2014, we started accepting member and volunteer applications. Thanks to the tremendous efforts of our dedicated board members and committee members, we are proud to announce that we have made great progress:

Members:  66 Associate Couples (33 couples), 12 Full Member Couples (6 Households), 85 Individual Associates, and 19 Full Member Individuals, making 142 households.

Volunteers: Total 77, including 69 members (39% of membership) and 8 non-members. Currently, we have 28 service volunteers who work in our office (12), assist members with their needs (16), and provide transportation (19).  Additionally, we have 15 Board members and 58 Committee members working on the goals of TVIH. Many volunteers wear more than one hat.

Programs: Although 2020 was a challenging year for TVIH, the Program Committee offered 594 programs or events – averaging 50 programs a month or 13 events a week.  These programs were on a variety of topics and interests.  They included social, educational, cultural, health and well-being programs. Many were ongoing programs such as My 3 Cents, Happy Hours, Bridge, Mah Jongg and Lunch Bunch.

Housing Initiative Partnership (HIP)

Housing Initiative Partnership (HIP) is a 32-year-old nonprofit housing developer and counseling agency with offices in Hyattsville, Germantown and Gaithersburg. HIP believes that every person should have affordable, healthy, and safe housing.

Counseling services include:

  • Home Sharing matching, guidance & vetting of housemates
  • Rental Counseling and Eviction Prevention
  • Homebuyer Education and Pre-purchase counseling
  • Mortgage Counseling and Foreclosure Prevention
  • Budgeting & Credit Counseling

Home Sharing with HIP is an innovative idea where homeowners offer a spare room or accessory dwelling unit (ADU) in their home for rent to home seekers for longer than six months. We advise both homeowner and renter through the process of finding a compatible housemate from start to finish, free of charge. The homeowner must live in the home full time to participate.

HIP’s Home Sharing Program is sponsored by Montgomery County’s Department of Health & Human Services, and uses the Silvernest online platform to facilitate matching.

To learn more about Home Sharing, reach out to Michele at 301-85-SHARE or go to our website at www.HIPhomes.org/Home-Sharing.

Senior Connection of Montgomery County

Volunteer Today
How You Can Help…

If you are looking for a rewarding and flexible volunteer opportunity, look no further. The time you offer volunteering with Senior Connection can make a world of difference to an area senior citizen.

To start the process, please complete an application or contact volunteer@seniorconnectionmc.org for more information.

If you have completed your application, the next step is to attend a training session. Please email volunteer@seniorconnectionmc.org to register for training.

All volunteers:

  • Are covered under our general liability and additional specialized Volunteer Insurance, protecting you while you help.
  • Must have a background and motor vehicle records check, paid for and conducted by us.
  • Will receive comprehensive and on-going training, including senior mobility and sensitivity, HIPPA compliance and the nuts and bolts of what we do.

Join our team of volunteers and you will:

  • Experience the satisfaction knowing that you are making a difference in your own neighborhood.
  • Help someone else feel better. It’s the easiest way to have your spirits lifted.
  • Decide your own volunteering schedule. You can help when you are available and experience no feeling of guilt when you are not.
  • Learn valuable history and about life lessons and experiences. Seniors have many, many wonderful stories and much wisdom to share. They can also learn and benefit from your stories and activities.
  • Live longer and happier lives. Statistics show that people who volunteer have healthier vital signs.
  • Receive volunteer liability protection. All volunteer assignments are covered under our umbrella liability policy.
  • Experience a thorough orientation before you begin, staff support while you volunteer, and recognition and life skills training for the wonderful work you accomplish as a volunteer.

Flexible volunteer opportunities include:

  1. Being an escorted driver. Using your own car to drive and accompany an older adult to a social, religious or medical appointment or the grocery store and return them back home. Most appointments are scheduled mid-day to avoid rush hour traffic and take two to three hours.
  2. Going shopping for someone who may not be able to get out on their own. Take along another’s shopping list as you do your own weekly shopping. It is a simple, but very much appreciated way to help a neighbor who may be homebound. Delivering and putting away their groceries while visiting with them in their home can make a real difference in how connected they feel.

If you have at least 3-4 hours a month, we can find a way for you to help for you at the Senior Connection, and you can experience the joy and receive the gratitude expressed from helping a senior neighbor. We ask for at least 6 months of service, but hope for a year or more!

Please complete the application and return it to us.

Email a copy to volunteer@seniorconnectionmc.org

Fax a copy to 301 962-0892

Mail a copy to:
Senior Connection
3950 Ferrara Drive
Silver Spring, MD 20906

40Plus of Greater Washington

40Plus of Greater Washington is a community-based nonprofit organization to support successful career transitions.

For more than 65 years, 40Plus has offered valuable resources and assistance for thousands of individuals throughout the Washington area to learn more about effective strategies to find new opportunities.

40Plus offers weekly speaker programs featuring experts in the career transition process, as well as leaders from diverse industries and fields in the Washington area. In addition, 40Plus offers focused programs to empower people with the tools and techniques to land their next role.

As an all-volunteer organization, 40Plus is a peer-to-peer community dedicated to helping others.

For more information, visit www.40plusdc.org

Conflict Resolution Center of Montgomery County

The Conflict Resolution Center of Montgomery County has been helping county residents, students, and employees resolve conflict for the last 20 years.

The free mediation services that CRCMC provides are designed to help anyone in the county looking to develop solutions to their problems with family members, friends, loved ones, neighbors, landlords, tenants, co-parents, employers, business partners, and many more!

If you or someone you know could benefit from our free services, all you need to do is reach out to the center and we will being the process immediately.

Contact us by visiting us online at www.crcmc.org or by calling our office during regular business hours at 301-652-0717.

Interested in supporting CRCMC’s programs and efforts? Donations are always appreciated and go a long way in helping strengthen the community peace by peace. Make a donation by visiting www.crcmc.org/donatenow

EveryMind

EveryMind strengthens communities and empowers individuals to reach optimal mental wellness. EveryMind works with vulnerable and underserved populations to improve mental wellness through counseling and case management, peer navigation to veterans, support to at-risk students and their families, crisis prevention and intervention, and community education.

A trusted mental health resource in the National Capital Region since 1957, EveryMind offers programs and services that bring healing, hope, and wholeness to children, youth, adults, veterans, and families. From school-based mental health services, our life-saving crisis prevention and intervention work, and community education and advocacy, EveryMind positively impacts hundreds of area residents every week.

EveryMind’s programs address a full spectrum of community needs through direct services, crisis prevention, and education. Recognized for our high-quality services, EveryMind is a leader in the field and influential in national conversations about mental health. We reach thousands of National Capital Region residents each year through our community education, which breaks down the stigma surrounding mental illness and opens the conversation about mental health. We provide educational tools centered on mental health and wellness and their relevance to everyday life. Our direct services meet the critical needs of vulnerable community members and our work in mental health education helps the entire community increase knowledge and prioritize treatment and support.

Montgomery Energy Connection

Montgomery Energy Connection is your link to energy savings. Montgomery Energy Connection is a network of County Government and community partners. This network was created to provide customized education on the benefits of energy efficiency, availability of programs, and opportunities for assistance.

Are you struggling to stay ahead of your utility bills and not sure about your options? Want help paying for home improvements? Visit the website, www.MontgomeryEnergyConnection.org to find out ways to help pay your bill.

Are you ready to take the next step to make your home more comfortable? Want to keep money in your pocket and help the environment? Find out ways to lower your bill by visiting the website, www.MontgomeryEnergyConnection.org

Are you interested in learning more about solar, wind, and geothermal energy? Want to purchase cleaner energy for your home? We have tons of information for you at: www.MontgomeryEnergyConnection.org

Or maybe you’re confused by your energy bill and want to have a better idea of what uses the most energy in your home, how much you are using, and what you’re paying – for all energy questions, visit www.MontgomeryEnergyConnection.org

Horizon Foundation

Advance care planning is important, but it can be difficult to talk about a time when you would be unable to decide your own health care.

The Speak(easy) Howard campaign is a Howard County initiative that helps residents think through their preferences for care, talk about them with loved ones, and name a health care agent, the person you choose to make medical decisions if you can’t.

Take control of your care and give your loved ones the information they need. Visit us at www.speakeasyhoward.org to get started.