Arlington Wisdom Works

 

seniors using computerRetired people represent an untapped reservoir of knowledge, experience and strength. No more! The Arlington Wisdom Works (AWW) initiative was created to tap the talents of experienced adults (50+) who are ready for a new challenge. Bring your skills, passion and energy to Arlington Wisdom Works to make Arlington a better community! The AWW identifies important community issues and assembles self-directed teams staffed by volunteers to develop and implement solutions to these issues. In this way, AWW is an incubator for community projects that address critical societal needs by providing a structure to empower volunteers to dream large and accomplish great things that will enrich our community life!

We have a current project team called the "Arlington Villages Project Team" that is developing a model for older people to remain in Arlington. We are in the planning stages for another team that will address issues concerning childhood obesity. Future teams will be organized based on one or more of the following themes and topics:

  • Environmental concerns;
  • Fitness and wellness;
  • Developing assets for youth;
  • Successful aging; and
  • Community building

AWW is currently seeking leadership volunteers with excellent interpersonal, team/group and communication skills. We also need volunteers with skills in the following specialties:

  • Marketing;
  • Social media;
  • Volunteer management;
  • Training;
  • Team facilitation.

Interested? Please call 703-228-4737 or email me at bkarro@arlingtonva.us.

Arlington Wisdom Works Core Team

Retired people represent an untapped reservoir of training, experience and energy. No more! The Arlington Wisdom Works (AWW) initiative will tap the talents of experienced adults (50+), ready for a new challenge. Bring your skills, passion and energy to Arlington Wisdom Works to make Arlington a better community! The AWW Core Team of the AWW initiative will identify important community issues and assemble self-directed teams staffed by volunteers who will develop and implement solutions to these challenges. Specifically, we need Core team members with excellent interpersonal, team /group and communication skills. We also need specialty skills in aspects of volunteer management, marketing and communications, training and team facilitating.

When you register to be a part of the Arlington Wisdom Works team, you will receive a job description of the volunteer position that interests you, a general description of the Core Team member role, and an invitation to interview for the volunteer position. Time commitment: Approximately 4 hours per week.

Arlington Villages Project

The Arlington Villages Project Team is working to create a network of villages in Arlington. Members of these neighborhood-based villages work together with the goal of staying in their own homes as they age, while enjoying active, healthy and safe lives. Currently, there are no villages in Arlington, so if you plan on staying in your home as you age, like 90% of those over 65 do, you should consider volunteering for this project to ensure that Arlington has "aging in place" villages when you need them.

The Arlington Villages Project is a self-directed group of volunteers organized under the Wisdom Works program, sponsored by the Department of Parks and Recreation (also see volunteer opportunities for Wisdom Works Core Team). This project is in its planning phase with full implementation after 2013. The Arlington Villages Team will need many volunteers with a wide variety of skills. A partial list of the kinds of experience needed includes: legal, financial/accounting, management, non-profit operations, senior services, writing policies and procedures, marketing, developing training materials, fund raising, creating partnerships, recruiting volunteers, information technology, or project management.

You can find out a lot more about the Arlington Villages Project, including the benefits expected to members and how it plans to operate at www.arlingtonvillages.org.

If you register for the Arlington Villages Project, you will receive an application from the Team and an invitation to interview for the position which will match your interests.

Time commitment: Varies depending on availability - 5 hours month and up.

 

Last Modified: March 20, 2014
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