Monday, August 28, 2017
Perhaps you have seen our sign when you visit Sherwood Regional Library or noticed Mount Vernon At Home brochures displayed in local businesses. If you don’t belong to, volunteer for, or share information about Mount Vernon At Home, you are missing out on a unique experience in our community.
In 2007, a group of Mount Vernon neighbors and friends in their retirement years gathered to discuss their common goals of leading vibrant, engaged lives in their homes and communities here in the Mount Vernon area. With an eye to the future, our founders also wanted to create a network to provide the support they might need in the future as they age in place. After much planning, Mount Vernon At Home, a volunteer-powered nonprofit “village,” was born!
Ten years down the road Mount Vernon At Home has 160 members, 70 volunteers and offers a full array of activities and services. Our staff and volunteers take great pride in offering solutions to each call our office receives. Monthly event calendars are planned with many social, cultural and educational events for a variety of engaging activities.
Mount Vernon At Home is one of over 300 villages across the country developed by neighbors interested in redefining the aging experience, creating community connections, and helping older adults retain their independence with practical help.
As a nonprofit membership organization, Mount Vernon At Home volunteers assist our members with transportation to local appointments; errands; grocery shopping; light handyman help in the home; technology problem-solving (printers, computers, smart TVs and cell phones, etc.); home organization and decluttering; friendly visits and much more.
Through the generosity of our donors, financial assistance with annual membership fees is available for those with limited incomes that reside in the Mount Vernon At Home geographic boundaries.
Judy Rosen, one of Mount Vernon At Home’s founding members, sums up the value of her Mount Vernon At Home membership: “Mount Vernon At Home has been a lifesaver for me. They take the place of my family who live too far away to help. Their handyman volunteers are terrific and if the job is too involved for a volunteer, office will refer me to a reliable preferred provider to get the job done. The happiest surprise for me, however, has been the social aspect. Mount Vernon At Home events are always stimulating and the best part is that I have met some very interesting people who I now call friends. Mount Vernon At Home continues to be one of my best investments.”
Most of our members are very active. Some join for the activities and programs and others rely on dependable volunteer services to help them remain independent. Many see Mount Vernon At Home membership as “insurance” so that if they need extra help, we are just a phone call away.
Don’t wait to get involved with this exciting nonprofit organization. Call our office today at 703-303-4060 or email us at info@mountvernonathome to join or volunteer. We welcome visitors at our office on the second floor of the Sherwood Regional Library at 2501 Sherwood Hall Lane. Check us out when you stop by to check out books.