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What Volunteers Do

Villages provide a wide range of services to help their members age well, live long and stay in their own homes as long as possible. As an all-volunteer organization (with low membership dues) our Village can only provide those services that our members are willing to offer. We see a need for two kinds of services, direct member-to-member services, and services needed to make the Village work. Here's what we mean:

Neighbor-to-Neighbor Volunteer Services

  • Transportation: One-way/round-trip rides for errands, appointments, and events.
  • Personal Administrative Tasks: Organize paperwork, complete medical and dental forms, sort and review mail, draft correspondence, arrange for documents to be notarized
  • Downsizing and Decluttering: Organize, store, sell, donate, and display collections; organize, pick up, and deliver donations to area centers.
  • Electronic Appliance Support: Troubleshoot and do minor repair of televisions, radios, kitchen and bath appliances, yard tools, and medical equipment.
  • Companion and Special Assistance: Escort for grocery shopping, errands, medical appointments; companion for coffee, regular visits, social outings, hobbies, reading, and telephone reassurance, respite visits to fragile relatives of members.
  • Gardening and Yard Work: Indoor plant maintenance; outdoor landscaping, and raking/removal of leaves.
  • Home Maintenance (light): Changing light bulbs, minor fixture repairs, seasonal packing and storage, brief absence services (water plants, pet care, mail pick up).
  • Inclement Weather Support: Advance sidewalk prep, snow shoveling and removal, digging out the car, ice removal
  • Neighborhood Errands: Grocery shopping, pharmacy, dry cleaning, post office, pet walking.
  • Technology Support: Set up, programming, tutorials, troubleshooting and minor repair for software, printer, copier, fax, scanner, smartphone and iProducts; tutorial for social media interface.

Volunteer for the Village

  • Communications: Website management, newsletter production, public relations, graphic design, copy writing, photography.
  • Programs: Host or help with setup of MPV events, chair or co-chair events, serve on Events Committee, present at a program, organize a group.
  • Finance: Help with budgeting and accounting issues and systems, do data entry.
  • Fundraising: Fundraising strategy, committee work, support through phone and mailing communications, proposal writing.
  • Membership: Host or help on small gatherings, staff membership tables at community and MPV events, follow up on member prospects, do member interviews.
  • Partnerships: Call on prospective partners, help develop recruitment materials and gather information.
  • Volunteer Assistance (Helping Hands): Recruit, train, and certify volunteers, field and assign volunteers to fulfill assistance requests, report on fulfilled assistance requests, help with volunteer orientation and training.
  • Advocacy: Advocate on behalf of the Village and issues important to the Village.

For more information or to volunteer for one of the committees, contact Mount Pleasant Village at

If you'd like to volunteer to provide services for your neighbors, contact Neighbors Helping Neighbors at or by calling 202-573-7548 (leave a voicemail with your name and number, you will receive a call back within 24 hour).