Piscataqua Savings Bank is the proud supporter of over 110 Seacoast area nonprofits. We’re highlighting a few of the nonprofits doing incredible, critical work in our Seacoast community with our Seacoast Spotlight Series. Next up in our spotlight is Seacoast Village Project.
The Seacoast Village Project is a hub of support and community for older adults, empowering them to age gracefully in their homes and communities. Founded in 2018, Seacoast Village Project is deeply rooted in the national Village Movement model of neighbor-helping-neighbor. This movement, which originated with Boston’s Beacon Hill Villages in 1999, has expanded to include more than 250 villages across the country, with over 100 others in development. A vital resource for seniors in the New Hampshire Seacoast area, Seacoast Village Project emerged as a response to the growing need for a supportive community for older adults facing the challenges of aging independently.
The organization’s commitment to “aging in place” is reflected in its dedication to supporting the social, educational, and practical needs of older adults. Seacoast Village Project believes that through connection, knowledge, and mutual assistance, seniors can maintain control over their lives, stay in their homes, and actively participate in the communities they cherish.
Programs & Services: Building a Village
Seacoast Village Project operates as a membership organization, providing a one-stop resource for social connections, information, referrals, and select services offered by member-volunteers. The organization covers four membership areas around Dover, Portsmouth, Exeter, and the coastal towns of New Hampshire, recognizing the interconnectedness of the Seacoast region.
Members of Seacoast Village Project, ranging in age from the 50s to the early 90s, benefit from a variety of services and programs:
Access to Trusted Providers: Members gain exclusive access to a members-only database of trusted vendors and resources, ensuring they receive reliable services when needed.
Social and Educational Events: Seacoast Village Project organizes regular members-only social and educational events, fostering a sense of community and continued learning. Recent events have included book club meetups, lunch and learn sessions, and a jazz ensemble performance.
Network of Member-Volunteers: A network of trusted member-volunteers is available to provide support in times of need, whether it’s assistance with errands, transportation, or just friendly visits.
Monthly Updates: Members receive monthly email updates featuring information on Village events, community resources, and inspiring member stories.
To participate in the Seacoast Village Project community, members pay annual dues of $250 for individuals and $300 for households, making these valuable services financially accessible to a broad range of people.
How To Support Seacoast Village Project
Piscataqua Savings Bank is proud to support Seacoast Village Project’s mission to enable older adults to age in place with dignity and purpose, embracing the challenges and joys of aging while remaining actively engaged in the communities they love. Seacoast Village Project welcomes volunteers as well as financial support. While membership dues offset the cost of coordinating the Village and providing select professional services, financial investment from individuals, businesses and other funders allow Seacoast Village Project to keep membership affordable and financially accessible to as broad a range of people as possible. Visit Seacoast Village Project online to learn more about how to get involved and the resources and services available to members.