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Welcome to Village Santa Cruz
a non-profit, grassroots membership organization.  We are a network of Santa Cruz city and county residents with a vision of aging as an active, empowering time of growing and learning, as important and meaningful as any other time of our life.

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Upcoming Events
Upcoming Events

Our goal is a vibrant, caring community, neighbors of all ages helping each other, so we can stay in our homes and engaged in our community, through all the transitions of aging.


Join in the fun of a white elephant swap!

WHEN:  Monday, December 18, 2017, 2:00 PM until 3:30 PM

A White Elephant gift exchange is a popular Christmas event where people vie to walk away with the best present.  Get rid of that odd or useless (to you) item that is sitting around the house in exchange for a treasure you've never known you needed. The usual goal of a white elephant party is to entertain rather than to gain. 

Last day to register is Thursday, Dec 14.

TimeBanking is a way of giving and receiving, and building supportive networks and strong communities. The linkAges™ timebank is an online network that connects and empowers Village members to improve our health by providing opportunities for meaningful connections. These connections strengthened our organization by reducing social isolation and loneliness for all participants. The linkAges network has been tailored to meet the unique needs of our Santa Cruz Village community.  If you are signed in to this website you can access linkAges using the tab on the main menu. 


December 12, 2017 - NPR explores the Village Movement.  Listen to this first of 3 reports about villages in Boston, Chicago and California.  The "village movement" coordinates crucial services for the elderly, allowing many to age in their homes. It's now expanded to 200 spots around the U.S., as advocates adapt the model to different communities.

December 13, 2017 - second report about villages in Chicago..

December 14, 2017 - final report about a village in rural California.

Click on the image to the left to watch a Tedx Talk about the history of the Village movement and its key components.

"Were they going to wait for the government to create a better way for them to age? Absolutely not."

August 30, 2017 - Good Times article featuring Mary Howe

Village Santa Cruz:  Creating Community and Support for Seniors, Aging Boomers

Marin Villages exemplifies a "hub and spoke" village model that serves members county-wide and yet serves needs on a local or neighborhood basis. This is accomplished by providing vetted-volunteers who assist members with local rides, household help, pet care, tech support, office organization, companionship, and more. Click on the photo at left to view video about Marin Villages.



Village Santa Cruz

1740 17th Ave.
Santa Cruz CA  95062

(831) 824-2404        

Thanks to 
Community Foundation logo   and Volunteer Center logo for supporting our launch!