Description & History

We are part of a national movement redefining how we age. Together we provide the support we need to remain in our homes and engaged in our communities. 

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. 

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. We are residents of Berkeley, Albany, Kensington, El Cerrito , Emeryville, Parts of Oakland and Richmond.

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.  

About the organization

Ashby Village

Patricia Carvalho
Operations and Volunteer Manager
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