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We are all aging together, just not at the same time. With that in mind, we want to build a community of members and volunteers, where those who can assist those who need help do, and those who need help have a place to ask for it. Our community is also a social place designed to bring people together, enrich their lives and create friendships. 

WLLO Village — Our Story


It started with a group of volunteers who decided that it is time to bring the nationally recognized “Village Movement” to Clackamas County. We relied on guidance from Villages NW, the parent organization of now nine independent villages in the Portland Metro area. We are proud to say that we are already sharing our experiences with nascent villages in surrounding counties. This exchange of ideas is exemplary of what is at the core of the idea of a village, creating a supporting structure locally.

The goal of WLLO is simple. To support residents of West Linn, Lake Oswego and Stafford Hamlet who choose to age in their own homes and communities by creating a network of trained volunteers, local resources, and vetted service providers to help them feel comfortable, supported and socially connected to others.


How does WLLO Village work?


The Village consists of members and volunteers. Two volunteers will conduct an in-home interview of potential members to determine a mutual fit. A central coordinator of services connects requests from members with a network of trained volunteers, local resources, and vetted service providers. WLLO also supports members staying active with a variety of fun activities such as book clubs, walks, salons, coffees, potlucks and more. The village is supported by membership fees. 

WLLO Village has a governing board (all volunteer) guiding ongoing operations. Our members are encouraged to be active participants in the management of local village business. WLLO Village operates under the auspices of the Villages Northwest Board of Directors and operates under a shared governance structure. All of our volunteers must pass a background check. 


What is the Village movement?


In 1999, a group of friends in Beacon Hill, MA, gathered to create a plan to stay in their homes as long as possible, continue to engage in their neighborhood, and get the support they needed as they aged. They consulted with the Harvard School of Business and envisioned a new model - a virtual village - a network of people and services focused on helping them stay in their own homes. Their Village began offering services in 2002.

Immediately, others started contacting Beacon Hill Village to find out how to do this in their own local neighborhoods. Today, across the US, there are over 200 villages in operation with many more in development. The concepts of collaboration, cooperation and the mentoring of new villages are key drivers in the creation and support of new villages. One thing that is consistent across villages is the motto: Neighbors helping neighbors stay neighbors.


WLLO Village Vision, Mission and Values


Our Vision

Our vision is to continuously support and create better ways to age in community.


Our Mission

Our mission is to support people who choose to age in their own homes and communities by creating a network of trained volunteers, offering social events, and providing access to local resources and vetted service providers to help our members feel comfortable, supported and socially connected. 

Our Three Core Values

Connecting

By creating a virtual village, our goal is to strengthen connections between our members, volunteers and the community.

At WLLO Village, weencourage collaboration on ideas and projects, foster open communication in an environment of care, commitment and continuous learning.

 

Giving

We are committed to giving back to members of our community who need help as well as creating an organization that will endure. Volunteers are at the heart of our organization. This is why our motto is Neighbors Helping Neighbors Stay Neighbors.

 

Interdependence

We can all learn from each other, lean on one another and enhance the experience of aging in our community. Relationships that are built on trust, respect and transparency support resilience and health and are at the heart of what is sustaining WLLO Village.

 



WLLO Village Service Area

Our service area is defined in the West by Interstate 5 and in the East by the Willamette river. The Southern border is the Tualatin river. The northern border is Multnomah County. (Those living in Lake Oswego and Multnomah County may choose to join River West Village or WLLO Village.)








 


 








 

The People Behind WLLO

WLLO Village is not a corporate organization created by anonymous employees. WLLO Village has been created by some of your neighbors who loved the idea and came together to make it real.



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The People Behind WLLO