The Washington Area Villages Exchange (WAVE) is a forum through which nonprofit villages in the Washington D.C metropolitan area share experience and ideas. It works with senior serving and inter-generational organizations and agencies, and encourages the growth and improvement of the village movement within the Washington area.
WAVE has quarterly meetings hosted by member organizations on a rotating basis in the three jurisdictions. The meeting include speaker covering a topic of interest to the member organizations with time for questions (several recent topics are listed below). After the main presentation, specific time is provided for a couple of concurrent discussion groups focusing on areas of interest to member villages.
WAVE IT Group is currently taking applications for testing of free village administrative software. Go to the IT Work Group page under Groups.
If you are interested in help WAVE determine its future directions, please click here and review the statements we are working on.
The Village Guide is now available. Here is a link to the current draft for your information and comment.
9:40 to 10:20 – Presenter: Lis Nielson, Ph.D., Chief of Individual Behavioral Processes Branch, Nat’l Institute on Aging, NIH
Social Isolation & Loneliness in Middle & Older Age
Social relationships are known to contribute to health outcomes in later life. The health risks associated with loneliness and lack of social relationships have become clearer. Nielsen will review research on the links between social relationships and health and discuss the potential for - and challenges involved in - developing interventions to reduce loneliness, reduce social isolation, and increase social engagement in mid- to late-life adults.
10:20 – 10:30 Break
10:30 – 11:00 WAVE Business Meeting
---Minutes, Treasurer’s Report
---Working group updates:
IT: New approach
Village Guide: chapters posted
11:00 – 12noon Discussion groups
---More about the data system
The WAVE technology committee is exploring ideas and working on a development project to improve village administration. Our goal is software to coordinate and schedule services that can perform the functions you need and is very user friendly. We welcome participation from administrators or office volunteers who use Club Express and other software products to serve as Quality Assurance coaches in this project.
WAVE meetings are open. Please let colleagues and village people know that they are welcome to attend.
WAVE asks that operating villages pay dues. Emerging villages are not required to pay dues, but a voluntary donation to WAVE is welcome.
Thanks to the work of L. Liddle and others we have a directory of WAVE Villages in pdf format.
Click here to download the directory.
Hear ye, hear ye! The WAVE Discussion Forum is now operating. It is titled Discussion and located under the Groups tab above.
You do not need to have a user ID and password to be able to read and to post on the forum. If you have a user ID and password and sign in, you can access the forum and post new topics or respond to existing topics without the need for completing those pesky questions at the end that prove you are a human. There are several questions already posted on planned giving, subsidized memberships, volunteer recruitment, and intergenerational memberships.
The Tech Discussion forum is a restricted forum specifically for dealing with administrative software. We have two projects going (VillageConnect and Village Stand-alone Database) which will use the forum to share experiences, questions and support. You must have a user ID and request participation in that from the WAVE technology team.
For information on logging in or creating a user ID click here.
We have been working with Pazit Aviv the Montgomery County Village Coordinator to create a section for you. In includes her monthly emails on upcoming events and a number of links which may be of interest. The Montgomery page is located under the heading Groups.
The Calendar includes upcoming WAVE and member organization activities. (Send us information for your village events.)
The Meetings page includes upcoming WAVE related meetings and information on past WAVE meetings.
The In the News page has stories in the print and other media about Villages.
The Announcements page is WAVE and its villages can list information which may be of interest to others.
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