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About Our Village

Started by Older Adults for Older Adults, in Benicia and Vallejo

 

Just as it takes a village to raise a child, it takes a village to

enrich, engage, and support its older citizens.

 

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The mission of the Carquinez Village is to build a community of neighbors helping neighbors that provides social support, practical help, and referral assistance to older adults who want to remain in their homes and live full and independent lives as they age. 

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Carquinez Village is a mutual support network of members and volunteers — neighbors helping neighbors. We are not a place, a building, a health care organization, or a social service agency. We are a community within the larger community that provides support services, a wide array of social activities, referrals and resources; thus enabling members to remain in their own homes while leading active and connected lives.

We are a non-profit, fee-based membership organization. We work in association with Faith in Action, a nondenominational nonprofit organization located in Fairfield, which serves as our fiscal agent and assists in the delivery of support services.

Membership in Carquinez Village is open to individuals who live in the Benicia/Vallejo area and are 60 years of age or older.  For more information, click here to be directed to the Membership page.

Volunteerism makes Carquinez Village go with a group of caring and committed volunteers and member-volunteers who administer the organization, plan programs and activities and see to the delivery of all services which are executed by people of all ages, making the Village a vibrant reality and helping members in a direct way. To be directed to the Volunters information page, click here.

 

Programs, Events, and Activities 

  • Education and Entertainment — films, seminars, relevant presentations
  • Social Activity — coffee hours, social hours, birthday get-togethers, monthly pot lucks, annual events for all village members and volunteers held several times throughout the year
Support Services
  • Rides by Village volunteers to appointments (medical or other) and to social activities (those we host, and those we don’t!)
  • Errands, grocery shopping
  • Friendly visits and phone calls
  • Checks on household supplies
  • Clothing care
  • Gardening help
  • Assistance with phone calls, paying bills, and other correspondence
  • Light housekeeping, light household repairs, and meal preparation
  • Note-taking at medical appointments
  • Respite care
  • Computer and other technology support
  • Personal business assistance
  • …and more, depending on individual needs that arise

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  Referrals and Resources

  • Referrals to pre-screened service providers (plumbers, electricians, attorneys, accountants, etc.), some of whom give discounts to seniors
  • Referrals to services available to seniors in Solano County 
  • Referral information to reliable, trustworthy resources

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