ENN offers an array of benefits including:
What services are offered to members?
Full Service members may receive rides to appointments, assistance with light household chores, wellness check-ins, social calls, and other neighborly help. We do not provide any "hands-on" physical help or medical assistance, only the type of help a neighbor might provide. ENN is developing a directory of service providers for members who need skilled assistance, whether it be a home health aide, a plumber, or a handy person. Some local businesses provide discounts for village members, so it’s definitely worth checking in with us first!
How does membership work?
Members pay a single annual fee to access services, resources, and social opportunities. Members request services by phone, email, or on the web site, and a volunteer or staff member will respond within one business day. We ask for at least two business days' notice to arrange assistance. Volunteers are matched with members based on skills and availability.
Social programs and other activities are announced to members by email, on the web, and by mail for those who request it; rides can be arranged in advance. We maintain a dedicated phone line so you can talk to a live person during normal business hours or leave a message for a volunteer or Board member to respond.
Who can be a member?
Villages are generally developed by and for residents at retirement age or older. We invite anyone over age 50 to become a member, and you can volunteer at any age - many villages have volunteers in their 80's and 90's as well as high school students! If you live independently, want to build a community of new friends, and/or be part of a volunteer support system, then ENN is for you!
Why do members pay a fee?
Member fees support the infrastructure that enables us to run the organization efficiently and communicate with our members, volunteers, and the general public. Although we are an all-volunteer organization, our costs include insurance, volunteer background checks, marketing materials, and a dynamic website for communication and volunteer matching. We supplement fees with donations and sponsorships to pay for a share of our costs so we can keep our membership fees low.
Can I buy a membership for my parents, or make a membership donation?
Absolutely! Gift memberships are a great idea, whether it's for a family member or a neighbor. We also work with community members who can't quite afford the yearly fee, and all donations are greatly appreciated.
Is there a membership waitlist?
Because we rely on volunteers to provide services, we can only accept as many members at a time as we have volunteers to provide services. It’s important to us not to overextend ourselves so we can maintain the quality and reliability of our member services.
If you have been placed on the waitlist, rest assured, we are working hard to recruit and train quality volunteers. You will be added just as soon as we find the right people!