SCSQUARED halfBy Eric Heinz

The members of San Clemente Village, a nonprofit organization that looks to create a network of elderly citizens in town, will host an orientation for their group.

From 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. on March 22 at the San Clemente Community Center, 100 N. Calle Seville, San Clemente Village directors will explain the benefits of networking among senior citizens.

The group will also host the South Bay Village executive director and founder Ghislaine Davis to explain the organization’s functions.

Since last year the organization has been garnering support from all over town and presented their group to City Council.

Kathy Carchidi, chairwoman of the San Clemente Village board of directors, is a care manager who works with older adults. Since 2015 when she attended an informational meeting she said she wanted to get involved in the Villages movement.

“This network isn’t just about support; it’s about connecting and engaging people in our community,” Carchidi said. “The Village is about social engagement because it doesn’t matter how old you are…everybody wants that connection.”

The minimum recommended age to join in the network is 55 years old but people can volunteer.

“I love working with older adults and I love to be able to advocate and support people,” Carchidi said.

The nonprofit organization has established its bylaws and has done survey mapping in the past few months.

“We’ve having our big event (March 22) with Beth Sandem, who is a super woman,” Carchidi said. “She is a great example of not slowing down. I’d like to say that we’re all getting older, but it’s how we age that matter.”

The Village to Village Network is the national umbrella of the organization. It is an all-volunteer-run organization.

“There’s a lot of people out there who want to be active and engage, but maybe they can’t drive and need someone to help,” Carchidi said. “That’s what a village is for.”

Some of the benefits of San Clemente Village include educational opportunities, access to services, volunteer help and more, according to the organization’s website.

Carchidi said San Clemente Village won’t officially launch until later this year when volunteers are vetted and background checks can be completed. People can join as either an active member or a social member.

For more information on San Clemente Village, upcoming events and membership fees visit www.scvillage.org and www.vtvnetwork.org for the national umbrella.

 

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