Thursday, January 26, 2012

Annual Meeting Wrap-Up and News

It was so nice to see so many of our members at the Annual Meeting and Pancake Breakfast. If you were unable to make it, the following includes a recap of the main portion of presentations, PNA's latest addition, the Village.

Having been up-and-running for a few weeks already, the PNA Village is "aging-in-place" program allowing citizens to remain in their home longer while staying active and engaged as they age. Villages have been popping up throughout the United States over the past several years as unique ways to connect volunteers and vetted services with neighborhood members. The PNA Village will have three primary program areas: a network of helpers to assist on day-to-day tasks, an information and referral hot line established to link vendors and services with your specific needs, and community building activities. More thorough descriptions of these programs are available to you through the PNA website. If you are interested in joining, PNA is currently accepting membership applications. Visit the website: or call one of the knowledgeable staff members at 206.789.1217.

Because the PNA Village is serviced mainly by volunteers, there are many ways you can help! Volunteers provide much of the talent and energy behind the Village; within the next year, we are hoping to get upwards of 170 volunteers to help with the programs, organization, and coordination of these services. The PNA Village is intended to create a culture of interdependence and a spirit of mutual support between both members and volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering, you can access more information on the PNA website, or by calling the number linked above.

We will be holding a PNA Village Volunteer Kick-Off Event on Sunday, February 26 from 1:30-3:30pm at the PNC Brick Building. Come learn about the opportunities that you have as members and volunteers, eat some tasty snacks and listen to chosen speakers. Please RSVP at 206.789.1217.

Together we are weaving a web of caring and community. We hope you can join us.

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