Cleveland & Woodley Park Village
Cleveland & Woodley Park Village, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, helps senior neighbors live safely and confidently in their homes and engage in community events through the support of a network of dedicated neighborhood volunteers.
Cleveland & Woodley Park Village services the Cleveland Park and Woodley Park neighborhoods. The service area is bounded roughly on the north by Upton and Tilden Streets; on the east by Rock Creek Park and the National Zoological Park, on the south by Calvert Street and Massachusetts Avenue and on the west by the Glover-Archibald Trail.
Cleveland & Woodley Park Village’s members have access to a variety of services, including:
- Rides to and from medical appointments, the grocery store, pharmacy, or social and cultural events
- Help with small chores around the house, including minor home repairs
- Connecting with neighbors through discussion groups and social gatherings
- Finding partners for walking, exercising, movie-going, sharing a cup of coffee, or dining
- Assistance with computer needs, smart phone apps and Internet use
- A monthly events calendar
Cleveland & Woodley Park Village History
The Villages are the center of a national, grassroots movement of nonprofit neighborhood membership organizations that help residents “age in place” through services delivered by screened and trained volunteers. Cleveland & Woodley Park Village opened on May 1, 2013 and is one of several Villages that exist in the Washington metropolitan area. Other Villages include Capitol Hill Village, Chevy Chase At Home, Dupont Circle Village, Georgetown Village, Glover Park Village, Northwest Neighbors Village, and Palisades Village.
The Cleveland Park Citizens Association provided energy, guidance, and seed funding for Cleveland & Woodley Park Village’s planning efforts. Cleveland & Woodley Park Village’s Foundation Committee, led by Lynn Lewis and Nana Rinehart, included a needs assessment survey delivered door to door to 2,500 single-family homes, condominiums, and apartments to determine Cleveland Park residents’ interest in receiving services from, volunteering with, and supporting a Village. The survey effort was a success, with the responses positive and broad based. There were over 350 responses, including nearly one in five households with a member over 50 responding, and nearly 30 percent of households with a member aged 65-74. The priorities of those surveyed included transportation to and from doctor’s appointments, the grocery, and pharmacy; light handyman services; help with computers and Internet use; and social and educational activities. The Cleveland & Woodley Park Village built its activities on this foundation.
To learn more about Cleveland & Woodley Park Village, visit http://www.clevelandwoodleyparkvillage.org.