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Volunteers Helping Their Elderly Neighbors since 1972
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Our History

Village Visiting Neighbors began in 1972 with a simple concept: "Neighbors helping Neighbors."

Eight Greenwich Village residents created a community program, reaching out to let their isolated elderly neighbors know they cared. With their friendship and support, they encouraged these seniors to remain independent. As word spread, more and more seniors called Visiting Neighbors for help, and with the support of the community, the program grew to become a successful model of supportive services to seniors. Our concept has been replicated by organizations around the world.

It soon became apparent that many seniors needed help during daytime hours when most volunteers worked, so Visiting Neighbors reached out to local schools to recruit students who could help with errands and shopping and escort seniors to medical appointments during the day. Our intergenerational program, which provides valuable community service and job training to students, has grown to become one of our core services. Today, the program works with students from more than 100 high schools, colleges and universities.

Friendly Visiting remains our core program, providing emotional support and mental stimulation to frail seniors. Additional programs including health advocacy, socialization opportunities, and case assistance have been added to provide support to the growing number of "oldest elderly."
Last year, Visiting Neighbors served more than 1000 seniors. We remain true to our mission of "neighbors helping neighbors," providing a personal touch to our elderly neighbors as they face the challenges of aging alone.

As the late Katherine Hepburn said in a public service announcement for us, "New York can be a tough place to grow old. Damn tough!"

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212.260.6200 | info@visitingneighbors.org | 3 Washington Square Village,, Suite 1F, New York, NY 10012
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OUR SOURCES OF FUNDING

Our programs and services are funded by a combination of individual donations, community and corporate support, grants form corporations and government funding.

This purposeful blend of support enables us to respond to needs of seniors with greater flexibility than those programs that rely on a single funder, but it also makes de the job of raising enough money to improve and expand our programs a greater challenge.

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