Community News

Help us highlight conservation practices in Woodland Heights.

Do you or your neighbors work diligently to ensure you’re cultivating best practices that leave the neighborhood and the watershed a better place? Is your yard (or a neighbor’s) a habitat for both native flora and fauna?

Then nominate your yard (or a neighbor’s) for our Conservation Yard of the Season program! We’re highlighting those yards, and the individuals and families who tend to them, that support best practices in conservation right here in our neighborhood. It’s similar to a “Yard of the Month” program that highlights the prettiest yards in a neighborhood; only our program highlights the yards that help our environment and the James River ecosystem!

Yards recognized must be those of active members of our Woodland Heights Civic Association. If you’re not a member, join today!

Nominate your yard (or a neighbor’s) today!

Learn about forming a Woodland Heights Village: Aging in Community

Neighbors interested in forming a Village in Woodland Heights are meeting on Thursday, May 30 at 7:00 pm at the Woodland Heights Baptist Church (611 W. 31st St.) to hear from other Villages or Aging in Community organizations.

Local speakers will share how each of their organizations have gotten started, their ups and downs, and how things are going now.  Please come prepared with questions and for note-taking. Our speakers include:

  • Ada Hammer, founding member of Aging in Community, Richmond Friends Meeting
  • Kat Stoneman, founding member of Northside Village
  • Barbara Hartung, chair and founding member of the Fan Village

We will follow this program with another evening where we will combine our notes and questions.  We will use this information to provide a basis to setting up the parameters of our own organization, Woodland Heights Village.

Please share this information with friends and neighbors who may be interested.  Questions? Please email BertolinoMarjorie@gmail.com.

Aging in the Woodland Heights Community: A Woodland Heights Village

In 1991, a concept of living in community was introduced in a Boston neighborhood and was called Beacon Hill Village. Since then numerous “villages” have been established around the country, including in Richmond, in order to help older community members to age in place more easily. Visit the Fan District Association’s Fan Village to see what’s happening there.

Aging in Community involves a group of volunteer residents, younger and older, who provide assistance to older residents. Assistance may range from simply changing a light bulb or small tasks around homes or gardens to providing support during a temporary illness or injury. Aging in Community can also provide social programs (games, speakers, hobbies, etc.) bringing the experiences and wealth of knowledge older adults have to offer.

This concept was introduced to Woodland Heights at April’s civic association meeting. The Woodland Heights Baptist Church and our civic association, as well as several residents, have indicated interest in exploring this concept further. This is a project for all interested residents, and we would like to establish a committee of volunteers to determine how a Woodland Heights Village might work and what it would offer to our residents.

Our next steps is to set a date and invite a few speakers to share their experiences. Thanks to Woodland Heights Baptist Church that has offered meeting space; we are looking to set a date in May, so look for notices here and on social media for more details coming soon.