About Us

Village Movement California is a coalition of grassroots community organizations called villages. Together with our partners, we seek to revolutionize the experience of aging.

At Village Movement California we believe in the power of community to achieve society-wide change in the way we age. Every day, we lead the way  with the proven tools, connections and visibility so that villages-and in turn Californians-can thrive.

Because when we join forces, we ensure that all Californians have access to vibrant communities that enhance and expand the ways we can age well. Together we can make so much more progress than we can ever achieve alone.

Vision

We envision a society where all stages of life offer meaningful opportunities for growth, connection, and joy; where people of all backgrounds and economic means can age with dignity, purpose, and self-determination.

Mission

Village Movement California partners with stakeholders interested in transforming the experience of aging across the state to strengthen impact, accelerate growth, and ensure sustainability of the Village Movement. Together, we advocate for innovative, community-based solutions to improve quality of life and expand choices at all stages of aging, empowering older adults to sustain independence through community and remain in charge of their lives as they age.

Our Values

Be the Voice

Our members look to us to represent, amplify and advocate in every way possible. We know we are stronger together. It is no longer sufficient to be “small but mighty.” Together our voice will be loud and heard.

Lead the Way

Coalition members are looking for smart, innovative answers to tough challenges. We are the organization they can turn to for leading insights, resources and solutions. We also know that the shift we seek in the aging landscape cannot be achieved by a single organization alone, and we honor villages’ founding ideal of grassroots self-determination. We will evolve to meet changing needs and will embrace lessons learned from every effort.

Build for the Future

Just as villages have forged new pathways for aging in community, this statewide coalition knows that new, creative approaches will be required to make our villages and the Village Movement sustainable. The coalition will use forward thinking and practices that will ensure that villages continue to set the standard for future generations’ outlook and experience on aging.

Galvanize the Community

When we provide solutions to power villages’ sustainability and represent their interests, we inject renewed energy and vitality into the movement.

Seek Diverse Perspectives

Each coalition member is different from the next and reflects our diversity. We believe our movement is stronger when we include multiple generations and diverse communities in an inclusive, rich exchange of ideas. Aging is happening to every one of us, no matter what our generation, life circumstances or background.

ChaiVIllageLA members toast another successful outing

Member Spotlight

ChaiVillageLA

ChaiVillageLA is the first synagogue-based village in the country, a bold partnership of two cutting-edge Reform synagogues — Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills and Temple Isaiah — to challenge their congregants to rethink their paradigms of aging and use their accumulated experience, talents, wisdom and creativity to build a community of mutual respect, support, caring and concern. In ChaiVillageLA there is no distinction between members and volunteers. Rather, all members are expected to contribute approximately four hours per month to the health and vitality of the community. Service can be in a variety of forms, including serving on a committee, working in the office, organizing an interest group or program, or providing assistance to a fellow member.