Marin Villages is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization empowering older adults to remain active, connected and independent in the place they call home.
Through our network of volunteers and local villages we are bringing to life a great idea: vibrant local communities of members and volunteers, enriching each other’s lives, building new connections and making everyday life easier as we age.
Update from Lisa Brinkmann, Executive Director
Nice coverage of Marin Village in the MarinIJ - please share the article with friends and neighbors and consider posting on Nextdoor to your (and nearyby neighborhoods).
“They’ve got each other’s back,” the article in the IJ on Jan. 8 by Judith Graham, is a reflection of a trend that is spreading throughout our country. As we age, we all need a support structure. As the article points out, in today’s busy and mobile society, few of us can rely on family or even houses of worship to meet the needs of aging adults living on their own. Healthy, active adults can suddenly find themselves homebound and alone.
While assistance with basic tasks such as shopping and getting to doctors’ appointments is important, connection, companionship and security are also critical to our sense of well-being. Communities across the country are creating solutions, such as Caring Circles, that tap the strengths and skills that individuals can offer each other.
We are fortunate here in Marin County to have our own versions of Caring Circles — Marin Villages and Sausalito Village. These organizations provide support with a personal touch. Volunteers help with requests from rides to sharing a cup of tea. If professional services are needed, the Villages become a quick resource for referrals.
Of growing importance are numerous opportunities to stay connected and socialize with a range of activities from coffees to book clubs to hikes and one-on-one computer assistance. Members and volunteers quickly get to know and appreciate each other’s experiences, skills and wisdom.
Consider making a difference in your own community and join and/or volunteer for Marin Villages or Sausalito Village.
— Lisa Brinkmann, executive director, Marin Villages
We've had a whirlwind holiday season with parties, dinners and luncheons abound. Below are just a few photos from the festivities held at our various Local Villages:
Ross Valley and Twin Cities Villages
Novato Village Lisa Brinkmann (ED) and Cherie Sorokin
Tiburon Peninsula Village
San Rafael Village
Mill Valley Village
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4340 Redwood Hwy, Ste. F-142
San Rafael, CA 94903
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Are you Ready?
The devastation from the Camp Fire is only now being discovered, but one thing that many that we know is that you can never be "too" ready for a disaster. Seniors, in particular, seem to be especially hard hit.
There are steps you can take to prepare, so that if a major fire, earthquake or other emergency strikes, you know that you have done all you can to plan for it and the aftermath.
Ready Marin is Marin County's source for information on emergency preparedness, whether you are just starting or an experienced emergency volunteer.
Its mission is to provide guidance, training and resources to keep you and your family safe during an emergency, whether it requires you to evacuate or shelter in place. You will find information and links to resources, checklists, and training opportunities. Let's get prepared.
Click here for the link to their website and access to these valuable tools, plans and checklists. (or go to readymarin.org)
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