Photo: First Sarasota Village virtual meeting
Photo: First Sarasota Village virtual meeting
Suncoast Villages

May 2020 – Present

Suncoast Villages

The Purpose

Connecting with the people, activities, and community resources that enrich our lives is essential in maintaining our health and well-being as we age. Villages build a sense of community and connectivity as membership-driven, grassroots organizations powered by neighbors helping neighbors. They offer a wide array of support services through a strong volunteer base and a network of connections that help older adults to live vibrant, purposeful lives when choosing to age in place.

Suncoast Villages, a regional umbrella organization within a network of over 250 Villages across the nation, is designed to support and empower older adults through Villages serving communities in the Suncoast region including Charlotte, DeSoto, Manatee, and Sarasota counties.

Strengthening the Impact

For more than a decade, The Patterson Foundation has optimized opportunities to help people maintain their well-being as they age. The Patterson Foundation is strengthening this effort by investing in consulting support to provide facilitation and strategic guidance for the creation and operation of Villages in Charlotte, DeSoto, Manatee, and Sarasota counties.

Suncoast Villages Organizational Chart

 

Suncoast Villages Organizational Chart

FAQ's

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Why does The Patterson Foundation support the Suncoast Village concept and opportunity?

The Patterson Foundation strengthens the efforts of people, organizations, and communities by focusing on issues that address common aspirations and foster wide participation. Through Suncoast Villages, The Patterson Foundation connects government, businesses, organizations, and people to create communities that live and age well.

What is a Village?

A Village is a community-based network of members and aligned organizations engaged to support aging interdependently and maintaining well-being.

Villages are grassroots, self-governing membership organizations that:
  • Promote neighbor-to-neighbor support
  • Expand community connectivity
  • Enhance interdependence and healthy living
  • Are run by paid staff or volunteers

What services do Villages offer?

  • Information and referral
  • Social and health connections such as care calls and intergenerational visits
  • Support services such as transportation, technology, home repairs, and medical appointments
  • Health, exercise, and wellness programs
  • Educational and cultural activities
  • Civic engagement opportunities

Suncoast Villages Village Offerings

What is Suncoast Villages CallConnect?

Suncoast Villages CallConnect is a social call program designed to provide social connections to community members who would enjoy friendly social calls once or twice a week. Regular social connections help people live well and thrive. CallConnect uses the Motion Picture and Television Fund CallHub software and services to facilitate safe, telephonic connections between volunteer callers and participants. The program was designed to improve health and well-being while building meaningful community connections. It reduces the devastating effects of social isolation and loneliness.

How can I learn more about Suncoast Villages CallConnect and get involved?

To learn more or get involved, email CallConnect’s Program Administrator, Sue Berger, at SBerger@scgov.net.

What services will Suncoast Villages provide to Villages in the region?

Business Strategy and Structure
  • Create economies of scale and reduce costs by sharing resources
  • Provide an umbrella 501(c)(3) for the umbrella and all Villages
  • Develop strategic alliances with regional, statewide, and national organizations
  • Advocate for Villages to strengthen funding, membership, and alliances
  • Support the development of new Villages in the region
  • Develop and maintain funding sources
Communications
  • Provide communications support among all aspects of the organization
  • Maintain a repository of best practices
  • Establish a community resource directory
  • Explore new and innovative solutions
Administrative Functions
  • Maintain resources, impact data, and documentation
  • Access/acquire services and technology that exceed the capabilities of the individual Villages

Suncoast Villages Organizational Chart

Who is working on Villages around the Suncoast?

Villages are collaborations of dedicated individuals contributing their time, resources, and expertise to evolve concepts that meet community members' needs and aspirations. The Patterson Foundation is strengthening these efforts by investing in consulting support to provide facilitation and strategic guidance. The Village to Village Network, a national organization helping communities develop and manage Villages, mentors emerging Villages.

How does a Village benefit the broader community that it serves?

Villages form key partnerships, provide resources and referrals, and are an important resource for strengthening their communities. Villages are a community-based model providing a coordinated approach to engaging and meeting their members' needs. Village members are a valuable resource who engage in projects to improve their communities through volunteering, advocating, and creating solutions to community issues.

How have Villages been involved in WHO Age-Friendly Initiatives?

Several Villages have influenced the initiation and success of World Health Organization Age-Friendly City initiatives in their communities. In Sarasota County in particular, Suncoast Villages is aligned with Age-Friendly Sarasota through the Sarasota County Aging System Policy Coordinator's participation on the Exploratory Team and The Patterson Foundation's engagement.

Is Suncoast Villages like the “The Villages” community in Florida?

Suncoast Villages supports community networks of members and volunteers who live in Charlotte, DeSoto, Manatee, and Sarasota counties. There are more than 250 Village communities in our nation.

“The Villages” is a master-planned age-restricted community in Sumter County, Florida.

How can I learn more and get involved in Suncoast Villages?

For more information or to get involved, contact initiative manager Deborah Gauvreau: dgauvreau@thepattersonfoundation.org


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