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We’re a community of older adult members and five generations of volunteers who live in Albany, Berkeley, El Cerrito, Emeryville, Kensington, Oakland, and Richmond. Together with staff and Board members, we “villagers” are inspired by the neighborly practice of helping each other navigate life’s curves to make aging a little bit easier, less isolated, and more manageable and enjoyable.

Members enjoy a multitude of services and programs  that enhance their 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 and when they want them.

Village services and programs have been built by members and volunteers to create our caring and connected community since our founding in 2010. Social, educational, and cultural events; neighborhood group activities; support group meetings; and interest group gatherings keep us connected, supported, informed and entertained! Some events are designed to be open to the public and are offered free to the greater community, including Arts & Culture Series and Healthy Aging presentations, as well as monthly Social Hours. Members are encouraged to bring family, friends, and neighbors to events open to the public.

We're committed to building an inclusive organization and culture that advances access to practical services and social and cultural programs for older adults from all backgrounds and economic means to age healthier together with dignity, purpose, and self-determination in the diverse, multi-generational neighborhoods we all cherish. We share resources and events with our friends at local senior centers and other community organizations in the cities where our members live who support and enrich the lives of older adults.

Together, we are aging with dignity, purpose and self-determination in the places we call home.


Ashby Village launched in 2010 after many discussions and community meetings that began in 2007, and we initially connected older adults in Albany, Berkeley, El Cerrito, Emeryville, Kensington, and parts of Oakland. In December 2019, Ashby Village expanded to our neighbors in Richmond, and in July 2020, North Oakland Village merged with Ashby Village.

North Oakland Village had 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 and Village Movement California (VMC). The Movement emerged as a natural answer to a time old problem: not being able to remain in our homes as we age. A Village is a membership organization that connects older adults to the community, programming, and expertise they need to continue living lives of purpose and promise.This innovative, community-based solution improves quality of life and expands choices at all stages of aging, empowering older adults to sustain independence and remain in charge of their lives as they age.

Learn more about the Village to Village Network here, and about Village Movement California (VMC) here.

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.


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