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Save the date:  2017 fundraiser Monday, October 2 from 6 to 8 pm at St. Paul's, 2430 K St.

We want your old clunker!

Villagers,

In my former nonprofit role at St. Vincent de Paul, a vehicle donation program was launched at the local and national level. It quickly became an excellent way for the community to donate to the organization and help us improve the lives of others.

So, when our new Treasurer, Bill Armistead, approached me about the idea of a car donation program for our Village, I immediately said, “let’s go for it” and Bill went to work. Read more.

                              --Leigh Sempeles

From the Volunteer Chair

Sally Willis
I grew up in a small town in southern Virginia.  It was the kind of place where everyone looked after each other.  My father was a doctor who, after a full day at the office, spent many evenings making house calls to sharecroppers out in the county. They didn't have cars, and so couldn't bring their family into town for medical attention or delivery of their babies. Read more.

                                                                          --Sally Willis







Update on grant progress

Villagers,


This week I would like to update everyone on the tremendous effort and work that our board members, volunteers and staff are doing on behalf of the Social Engagement Grant. As you know, our Village was awarded a grant by the DC Office on Aging (DCOA) to identify seniors who are potentially less socially engaged than they might be and develop ways to help.  Read more


Independence:  
Can you put a price on it?       


Villagers,

 

Have you ever felt like your world was spinning out of control? One morning I got out of bed, and my world actually was. Spinning.

 

I couldn't drive my car for the next two months.

 

During the first few of weeks of this prolonged case of vertigo, I worked around the inconvenience by relying on friends and relatives who drove me to doctors and fetched our groceries. Before long, I became embarrassed at my lack of independence, and grew reluctant to keep asking for help as life all too slowly retuned to normal.

 

What I needed was a Village.  Read more.



 

From the president

Villagers,

I am honored to be the new president of the Village.  At the same time, I’m a bit scared, because I can’t succeed in my new volunteer role without your help – right now.

 
For nearly 40 years, I worked as a journalist -- first as a reporter, then editor, then publisher and news service manager. I relied on a team of hundreds of people who edited stories, took photos, created news graphics, ran the printing presses, designed the websites, and sold advertising to make sure everybody got a paycheck every two weeks.

Just like any organization, Foggy Bottom West End Village is a team, and the Village is extremely fortunate to have a team of dedicated and skilled volunteers. There are people who provide services – such as rides to the doctor, physical therapist, or supermarket; help with household needs like packing books and sorting old clothes; plan fun lunches, happy hours and cultural excursions; provide administrative assistance in the office; and work on Village fund-raising projects. And there are Villagers who rely on these services, either to recover from illness or deal with disability, or to connect more closely to their neighbors and enjoy life.  Read more.
  

Upcoming Events



Upcoming Events

How to register for programs


Village programs and events will generally be announced only in the weekly Director's Notes, published by email on Mondays.

  • To register, first make sure you are logged into your account on the Village website. From the listing at the end of each program invite, click on the link Click here to be directed to the Event Calendar for registration. 
  • Next, from the Event Calendar, click on the program you'd like to attend. You'll be transferred to the Registration Page. Then simply click the "REGISTER NOW" button and  follow the prompts. 
  • Finally, click "COMPLETE REGISTRATION" (located at the top and bottom of the registration page).    
  • You will receive an event confirmation email. If you do not get this email, you are not registered. Please call the Village office at (202) 333-1327, and someone will be happy to help.
  • For some programs, you will use a personal email to register. Just email the person listed and let them know you plan to attend.
All programs take place in St. Paul's church, 2430 K Street NW, unless otherwise indicated.

Village office hours


The Village has open office hours Mondays and Wednesdays from 10 am to 2 pm.  The office is located at 2430 K Street NW, (202) 333-1327.
We're here to help. Drop by or make an  appointment. 

Newsletter Signup


Every week, we send out Director's Notes, a single email chock full of Village news and events.  To participate, you really need to get this email as it's the only way most events are announced.

To sign up click here.

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Meet our Executive Director

We are pleased to announce that Leigh Sempeles joined the Village as our Executive Director in April of 2017. Leigh has more than 20 years of corporate experience in the legal online information industry and previously served as Executive Director of St. Vincent de Paul in Dayton, Ohio.









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