The Village Movement is a grassroots concept sweeping across the nation and Monterey Bay Village is the first Village to open along the Central Coast. The virtual village idea originated over fifteen years ago in Beacon Hill. There are now over 220 villages in place and at least 85 in development. Members pay an annual fee to have access to a screened network of service providers for home repairs, yard work, or any service required to live at home. These vetted vendors will offer their services at a discount to village members. In addition, free services such as transportation to a medical appointment, computer help, or something as simple as changing a light bulb are available through a network of screened volunteers. Some of the volunteers may even be village members – utilizing the “neighbors helping neighbors” concept.
As a program of The Carmel Foundation, Monterey Bay Village is a non-profit 501(c)(3). The Foundation has funded the start-up costs with help from Monterey Peninsula Foundation, host of the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am Tournament, and Community Foundation of the Monterey Peninsula. These grants along with gifts from individual donors have paved the way for MBV to launch and begin providing needed services for its members.
Established in 2012, the mission of Monterey Bay Village is to provide a community-based membership program that encourages at-home independence and empowers adults to remain in their homes as they age. This is accomplished through easy access to a screened network of service providers and volunteers; improving quality of life with social connection, providing peace of mind and helping adults to age better.