WHO WE ARE
Transforming how we age in our communities, Ashby Village connects us with one another, offering support and opportunities for meaningful, engaging experiences.
Ashby Village is a vibrant nonprofit that connects members with each other
and with the resources we need to stay active, independent and fulfilled. We rely on one another—and on an extensive volunteer pool, screened service providers and partnerships with local agencies, groups and businesses.
To benefit our members, volunteers, and the greater community, Ashby Village:
- Coordinates activities and services.
- Fosters mutually beneficial relationships and partnerships.
- Provides clear, effective internal and external communication.
- Maintains a sustainable business model.
Members enjoy a multitude of services and programs (download our Services and Programs handout in PDF)- whether they be social, cultural, physical or practical, that enhance our quality of life today, while also helping develop peace of mind about the future. Our flexible approach allows members to tap into our community activities as they need them, when they want them.
Ashby Village launched in 2010 after many discussions and community meetings that began in 2007, initially serving Berkeley, Albany, Kensington, El Cerrito, Emeryville and part of Oakland. In December 2019, Ashby Village expanded to Richmond. July 1, 2020 North Oakland Village merged with Ashby Village.
North Oakland Village has a long and rich history: two separate task forces of interested seniors, one in the Piedmont Avenue area and another at the St. John’s Episcopal Church in Montclair, began meeting in 2008 to discuss the concept of developing villages in their communities. These two groups merged and formed North Oakland Village as a nonprofit in July 2009.
Our village is part of the National Village Movement, an
endeavor of older Americans who are taking charge of our future as we age. The Movement emerged as a natural answer to a time old problem: not being able to remain in our homes as we age. In 1993 the first village, Beacon Hill Village
, was conceived in Boston, MA and transformed the way elders age forever. The Village concept is that a community of people can pool resources by paying membership dues and volunteering their skills and time to support the Village infrastructure and to assist one another.
The village model has now been adopted in 200 different villages currently existing and another 150 in development across the country (more information here
). We hope other elders who want to decide their own futures are inspired to start villages in their communities if they don’t already have one.
As a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit organization (EIN: 27-2174330), Ashby Village welcomes donations of cash, stock, mutual funds, furniture, supplies, and equipment.
Interested in helping Ashby Village
reframing what it means to be a community? Read the LETTER FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR: An Invitation to Step Up
(July 1, 2017)