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In 2013, the Area 1 Agency on Aging (A1AA) received a grant from St. Joseph Care for the Poor to support the Volunteer Driver Program and to gauge community interest in creating a local Village.  A1AA surveyed over 3,000 people with questions about aging in Humboldt County and the Village concept.

 

Public discussion about creating a Village in Humboldt began in November 2014 with presentations by Maggie Kraft and Dan Birmingham of Area 1 Agency on Aging, and JoAnn Schuch of the Senior Action Coalition at Osher Lifelong Learning Institute's Brown Bag Lunches.

 

These meetings, attended by hundreds of interested people, encouraged a group of people to begin organizing a Humboldt County “Village”.  With the help of A1AA, an email list of names was started and individuals came forward to begin research into the Village movement.  In February 2015 the name “Redwood Coast Village” (RCV) was chosen by a popular vote of the mailing list.

The first Steering Committee of 12 people met in May 2015.  They were charged with structuring the new RCV organization to fit the needs of Humboldt County residents.  Their research focused on other Villages and received input from the public during a series of presentations in communities from Fortuna to Trinidad. 

 

Other committees were formed by Volunteers to work on tasks such as:

  • Marketing, Fundraising, and Outreach

  • Volunteer Coordination

  • Office (Scheduling services, training Volunteers, Member orientations)

  • Vetting Businesses (for the Member-Recommended Businesses database)

  • Financial and Budget

  • Technology (Sets up and maintains software)

  • Social Bulletin Board

  • Recruiting Key Personnel

Since then the Village continues to reach more people through speaking engagements, media outreach, and friends telling friends.  The Village is truly made “of, by, and for” the people who are a part of it.  Redwood Coast Village continues to change the experience of aging in Humboldt County for the better!