WAVE Founders Award For Village Excellence
The Washington Area Villages Exchange (WAVE) is proud to announce that Hyattsville Aging in Place Village (MD) and Little Falls Village (Bethesda, MD) are winners of its first annual Founders Award For Village Excellence.
The award honors WAVE founders Virginia Hodgkinson (VA), Miriam Kelty (MD, deceased), and Andy Mollison (DC, deceased). The award recognizes villages for programs and/or services that are outstanding examples of Villages’ contributions to the well-being of older adults in their communities and reflect the founders’ values of inclusivity; collaboration; creative problem-solving; and positive impact on villages, their communities and the larger village movement. One award is given to a village with an annual operating budget of under $25,000, and one award goes to a village with an annual operating budget of $25,000 or more. Each award comes with a $1,000 prize and opportunities to share lessons learned with other villages and organizations serving older adults.
WAVE congratulates the winners for their outstanding projects and encourages others to learn more about them to gain ideas for new programs and services.
WAVE also presented a Special Appreciation Award to Silver Spring Village, for creating and managing the website for “Washington Area Village Shared Events,” better known as DMVVillageEvents.org. This website has transformed the way in which Villages across the region share programming resources. It is a collaborative effort, and over 350 educational and cultural events that are virtual and open to everyone have been posted. To learn more contact
The other nominated projects also showed creative ideas that could be replicated in many other villages.
Budgets under $25,000:
Bradley Hills Village: “BHV Everything Green.” In 2021 BHV used the outdoors and nature as an organizing theme for over 20 activities to bring BHV neighbors and members together. For more information visit https://bhv.clubexpress.com.
Spring Hill Community: “Caring Group Meeting.” The active Caring Group of all volunteers helped neighbors with driving, errands, friendly visits and other tasks and led a book club via zoom. For more information visit: https://springhillseniorcampus.org/page/20168~304074/spring-hill-community-association.
Budgets $25,000 or more: