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File #: 1288-2017    Version: 1
Type: Ordinance Status: Passed
File created: 5/5/2017 In control: Administration Committee
On agenda: 6/5/2017 Final action: 6/8/2017
Title: To authorize City Council to enter into a grant agreement with Village Connections in support of their older resident programming; and to authorize an appropriation and expenditure within the Neighborhood Initiatives subfund. ($10,000.00)
Sponsors: Elizabeth Brown, Michael Stinziano
Attachments: 1. Ord 1288-2017 Legislation Template
Explanation
This ordinance authorizes a grant agreement between Columbus City Council and Village Connections in support of their older resident programming.

Village Connections is a grassroots organization of neighbors helping neighbors to stay independent and active in their community as they age. Part of the national Village Movement, Village Connections is a membership organization that enables older adults to remain in charge of their lives.

Village Connection members are age 50+ and live in German Village, Merion Village, Schumacher Place, the Brewery District, and Downtown. Annual dues are $500 for an individual and $750 for a two-person household. Members have access to a wide range of services, including transportation, yard work, and home maintenance provided by a group of dedicated volunteers.

One of the greatest challenges is the lack of awareness in the community regarding the availability of services. Many older adults in the service area are not aware of Village Connections. In addition, there are significant financial barriers to membership. Funding will be used to reduce the cost of the first year’s membership in half for new members. This funding would allow potential social members to experience the full benefits of a Village Connections membership, and will allow an additional 40 individuals to join Village Connections for just $250 for one year.

Fiscal Impact: Funding is available within the Neighborhood Initiatives subfund.

Title
To authorize City Council to enter into a grant agreement with Village Connections in support of their older resident programming; and to authorize an appropriation and expenditure within the Neighborhood Initiatives subfund. ($10,000.00)

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WHEREAS, Village Connections is an urban, community based non-profit organization that empowers members to lead an active and engaged lifestyle in their own homes as they age; and

WHEREAS, Village Connections mobilizes neighborhood volunteers who assist members w...

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