How do I contact East Rock Creek Village (ERCV)?
East Rock Creek Village is volunteer-managed. Phone hours are 8am to 8pm Sunday through Saturday. If you get a voicemail recording, please leave a message. Your call will be returned within 24 hours.
This email address may be used for ALL MESSAGES including service requests.
Mailing address: ERCV, 7707 13th Street NW, Washington, DC 20012
What areas of Ward 4 are served by ERCV?
ERCV includes the neighborhoods of Brightwood, Colonial Villages, Manor Park, North Portal Estates, Shepherd Park and Takoma DC. View our map.
Who may participate in ERCV?
Residents 50 years of age and older in the neighborhoods listed above may become members with the payment of an annual membership dues. Volunteers need not be members; they must over age 18 and can live in any neighborhood but must be trained and vetted as Village volunteers.
Members, volunteers, and guests are welcome to attend all ERCV sponsored health and wellness, social, and educational activities, as well as some programming offered by other metro-DC Villages. Only ERCV members are eligible for services.
What are the different ways I can assist ERCV?
Is ERCV an assisted living facility or other communal living building?
No, we are neighbors helping neighbors. We are a community of members who live at home in either Brightwood, Colonial Villages, Manor Park, North Portal Estates, Shepherd Park or Takoma DC in the District of Columbia’s Ward 4. We are NOT a real estate development company or retirement community.
What exactly is a Village?
It’s a brilliant idea that has become a nation-wide movement for aging at home with dignity. Technically, the Village model consists of self-governing, grassroots, community-based organizations with a mission of enabling people to remain in their homes as they age. ERCV is part of that national movement – organized Villages in cities and towns to assist seniors with “aging in place.”
Where exactly is ERCV located?
East Rock Creek Village is not a precise physical location. It refers to a community of neighbors in Brightwood, Colonial Villages, Manor Park, North Portal Estates, Shepherd Park and Takoma DC in the District of Columbia. We use the term “Village” to describe a group of people who share a common goal to support each other socially, emotionally, and physically.
I don’t live in your service area. Is there a community like this where I live?
Why should I join ERCV?
Many people join ERCV because they want to continue to live in their own home and neighborhood and gain a sense of well-being knowing that they are part of a caring community with volunteers ready to help when needed. Some join to make new friends and enjoy socializing in the neighborhood. Members meet up for exercise, share a meal, go on outings. Even if you currently have no need of services, please consider becoming a member as a show of support for our organization and mission.
Do I need to live in the neighborhood to be a member of ERCV?
Yes. Membership in East Rock Creek Village (ERCV) is open to residents 50 years of age or older in the northern neighborhoods of Ward 4 east of Rock Creek Park: Brightwood, Colonial Village, Manor Park, North Portal Estates, Shepherd Park, & Takoma DC
Members and guests are welcome to attend all ERCV-sponsored health and wellness, social, and educational activities, as well as some programming offered by other metro-DC Villages.
How much does it cost to join ERCV?
ERCV annual membership dues are $200 for a household (up to 3 people over age 50). No one in our service area over age 50 will be turned away for financial reasons. Please pay what you can. Membership entitles individuals to our core service offerings (transportation, household services, visits, errands, etc.)
Is financial assistance for dues offered?
East Rock Creek Village wants to serve as many interested persons as we can. No one in our service area over age 50 will be turned away for financial reasons. Contact us at (202) 656-7322 to learn more.
How do I join ERCV?
Checks may be written to East Rock Creek Village and mailed to:
7707 13th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20012
or CLICK HERE to pay online by credit card. If you are a new member, please include the names, email addresses, and birthdates of your household.
What if I sign up as a member and also want to be an ERCV volunteer?
How many members do you have?
Our membership count changes year-to-year. As of March 2023, we had 145 members.
What are ERCV’s membership costs?
The annual membership dues are $200 per household for up to 3 people over age 50. ERCV is a caring community that values a diverse membership. No one who is over 50-years old, living in our service area will be turned away for financial reasons. Assistance with membership dues is available – for more information please contact the ERCV office at 202-656-7322.
What is the best way to reach ERCV?
Our phone number is (202) 656-7322. East Rock Creek Village is volunteer-managed. Phone hours are 8am to 8pm Sunday through Saturday. If you get a voicemail recording, please leave a message. Your call will be returned within 24 hours. The organization’s email address is [email protected]
This email may be used for ALL MESSAGES including service requests.
Why do we need volunteers?
The Village creates opportunities for adults to connect, make new friends, and participate in social activities. But some of our members need some help to continue to live independently in their own homes in our community. That’s where our volunteers come in. Volunteers are the heart of our Village. You allow us to meet the needs of our neighbors in their homes. While our members receive much-needed assistance, many volunteers will tell you that it is they who receive the biggest reward, as their help creates life-enriching connections.
What do Volunteers do to assist members?
Volunteer assistance includes:
- Rides to doctors, cultural events, and other destinations
- Grocery shopping and delivery,
- Help with small household chores, lawn care, and yard tasks
- Social visits and conversation
- Help with cell phones and other gadgets as a trained Technology Coach
- Medical note-taking
- Respite for caregivers
- Help the Village behind the scenes, writing for the newsletter, assist with mailings and other administrative work
- Create and/or manage social activities and events
- Become a volunteer leader serving on planning committees or the Board of Directors
- Participate in social and cultural activities, meeting neighbors, making new friends
What commitments are expected from volunteers?
As a volunteer, you decide when you are available and the kind of assistance you can provide. Time commitments can range upward from an hour, depending on what you agree to do. You create your own schedule. We understand you have a life. It is ok to say “no” when being asked to fulfill a service request. If you choose to stop volunteering with ERCV, just let us know.
What are the requirements for being a volunteer?
We welcome individuals over age 18 from all backgrounds and abilities and we will work with you to identify the way you are best able to assist our members. All volunteers must pass a background check and attend a training session that focuses on best practices and ways to assist our members. Volunteers who provide transportation must also provide a copy of their driver’s license, vehicle registration, and car insurance. You can attend a group training session, or we can arrange personal training at a convenient time. Volunteers do not need to be ERCV members or live in our service area.
Will I work with the same member each time I volunteer?
It’s up to you. Some volunteers like meeting a variety of members, while others particularly enjoy building a deeper relationship through regular contact with one member.
Can I volunteer to help run the Village?
Absolutely, and we can’t operate without you. ERCV is a volunteer-managed Village. Volunteers assist with every aspect of the Village: coordinating services, planning events, writing or editing the Village Voice newsletter, update our website or social media, doing outreach for membership and volunteers, speaking at community events and serving on the Board of Directors. Let us know your skills and preferences and we’ll be happy to match you to the right position.
What services do ERCV volunteers provide?
Members are eligible for services performed by ERCV’s vetted and trained volunteers, including rides to medical appointments, grocery shopping and delivery, small household chores, and technical assistance, as well as consultations with our Village MSW Case Manager to assess needs & opportunities.
Are there any services that ERCV volunteers cannot provide?
Yes. There are some requests that require certain expertise, tools, equipment, or access to other resources that our volunteers simply do not have. East Rock Creek Village volunteers cannot provide home health care services. When a project request is beyond the scope of what our volunteers are capable of, we may be able to help members find a provider. We contract with a social worker who is available to assess need, help find additional resources and work with members when needed.
How can I be sure the volunteers are capable and trustworthy?
All ERCV volunteers undergo a background check and attend a training. Volunteers who provide transportation must also provide a copy of their driver’s license, vehicle registration, and car insurance.
Still have questions?
If you live outside of East Rock Creek Village’s service area, you may be eligible for similar services through another Village community within greater Washington, D.C. Visit the D.C. Aging and Community Living site for links to all DC Villages.
East Rock Creek Village is a registered 501 (c) (3) non-profit, charitable organization.
ERCV annual membership dues are $200 for a household (up to 3 people over age 50). No one in our service area over age 50 will be turned away for financial reasons. Donations from ERCV members above the $200 dues are tax-deductible.
Donations from non-members are fully tax-deductible.