Community Ambassador Program

Connecting Neighbors with Programs & Services for Older Adults


anvAginginplace.jpgThe Ambassador Program is designed to improve communication and help older adults be aware of, and navigate access to, programs, services, and assistance available (but often under-used) in Arlington. While Arlington County has an extensive array of valuable information and support available to older adults, many do not know about these resources or have difficulty accessing them, particularly those without internet access, those who are uncomfortable with technology, or those who speak English as a second language. The Community Ambassador Program is a partnership among the Area Agency on Aging, Marymount University's Center of Optimal Aging, and Arlington Neighborhood Village (ANV) and is a key piece of Arlington County’s Age-Friendly Action Plan.

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  • Want to make a difference in the lives of your neighbors as they age?
  • Would you like to learn about the many resources Arlington offers through the county, nonprofits and others, to help residents enhance their aging experience?

    If so, Arlington’s Community Ambassador Program is the volunteer opportunity for you. As a Community Ambassador, you can close the gap!
  • Provide community members with key information in ways that make sense for them.
  • Conduct group or one-on-one meetings with community members to share information on specific resources as needed.
  • Attend an initial in-person orientation.
  • Attend quarterly updates/trainings, virtually or in person, to obtain information and share best practices with other Ambassadors.

An initial orientation will give Community Ambassadors the tools and information they need to provide personal outreach to the older adults in their own neighborhoods, buildings, senior housing centers, and faith communities. Regular training will ensure Community Ambassadors are knowledgeable and helpful. Community Ambassadors will be a trusted source of information about the many programs and services available and how to access them. Community Ambassadors will focus solely on the community in which they are already involved, providing their aging adult neighbors with a friendly, familiar source of information and support. Ambassadors are a bridge between their neighborhoods and the Arlington safety net, providing information to and soliciting feedback from their older neighbors to improve offerings and services that help them remain safe, independent, engaged, and connected to their community.

Together, we will help older adults identify available resources to help navigate the challenges and embrace the opportunities of aging!

  • A no-step entrance
  • Hallways a minimum of 36” wide
  • Doorways with 32” of clear space
  • Powder room on the main level that has adequate space for maneuverability
  • Electrical and climate controls located at reachable heights
  • Blocking in bathroom walls to allow for installation of grab bars