The Village of Takoma Park currently offers or collaborates on the following services/programs:
The VillageRides program pairs volunteer drivers with neighbors who need help getting to medical appointments, grocery shopping, social events, etc.
To request a ride, you must first be a member of the Village of Takoma Park. Once you are a member please call 301-646-2109 to register and receive more information about the ride service, and then to request a ride once registered.
Volunteer drivers will accept the ride request based on the driver's availability. Drivers call the rider when they accept the ride request and again the day before the appointment
To volunteer to drive, call 301-646-2109 or email email@example.com.
Take a look at a short video promoting this service. Produced by Jewish Council on the Aging, it "stars" two of our members (Debbi and Tom Lavender) AND a Village of TP car. Note: members in need of a ride should call 301-646-2109, NOT the number mentioned in the video.
- "Friendly Visitor Program"
This program provides a weekly contact to call or visit homebound residents. Village membership is required. Call 301-424-0656 Ext.507.
- Aging Well events
The Village hosts monthly information sessions, usually around a particular topic and with refreshments and time for socializing. Some of our events are outings (e.g. to a film or historic site). Examples of past topics: storytelling, mental fitness, advance directives, money management, scams and frauds, and caregiving. Watch the calendar for more information. Village membership not required.
- Senior Stroll
Are you a Village of Takoma Park member who would like to get out for a stroll a couple of times a week, but would like someone to walk with you? We will match you with a Village volunteer to go walking with you. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 301-646-2109.
If you have stopped driving, can no longer get around easily, and need something that you (or a friend or family member) are unable to order online or from a delivery service, we will do it for you. You may, for example, need to pick up a prescription, a package at the post office, or dry cleaning. Call the Village at 301-646-2109 and let us know what you need. We will try to fill all requests within three days, sooner if there's an emergency.
If the volunteer doing the errand needs to pay for something, we will ask you to reimburse by cash or check at the time of delivery.
- Small Home Repairs/Tasks: The Village of Takoma Park has a team of volunteers who are ready and willing to do small home repairs and tasks around the house for members who have no other access to help for minor repairs or chores such as moving furniture and replacing high light bulbs. If you are a Village member in need of help, call 301-646-2109. Volunteers will contact you to arrange an evaluation of the job and to determine if it can be done by the small home repair team.
The member bears cost for all materials needed. No warranty of materials or workmanship is expressed or implied. Here are some examples of the kinds of small home repair services that Village volunteers may be able to perform.
Safety and Security
Repair broken window and exterior door locks; hang window drapes, shades, or blinds; check smoke detectors; change ceiling light bulbs; fix loose handrails; install handrails and grab bars; repair loose stair treads or carpeting; install/repair house numbers; trim vegetation to make house numbers visible
Small Household Tasks
Repair loose or sticking doors, gate latches, small holes in walls, floors, and ceilings; hang pictures; replace faucet washers and toilet valves; clean and balance ceiling fans; apply limited caulking to weatherproof
When a Village team is unable to perform a repair or a task, a homeowner or apartment resident who meets certain income requirements will receive an application form that goes to Rebuilding Together Montgomery County, a non-profit organization that works with community volunteers to provide free home repair and accessibilities modification to help low income homeowners to live safely and independently in their homes. These repairs may include minor plumbing and electrical work; roofing, floor, and ceiling repair; interior and exterior painting; installation of grab bars; and building of ramps.
- Support Groups: one for residents with neuromuscular disorders (Parkinson’s Disease, Multiple Sclerosis) and their caretakers; and a second for parents of adults with special needs. Contact the Village at 301-646-2109 by email at email@example.com. Village membership not required.