As we step into May, our neighborhoods are alive with the vibrant colors of azaleas and blossoming gardens—a perfect time to stroll with a neighbor and enjoy the beauty that surrounds us.


This year America is celebrating Older Americans Month (begun in 1963) with a theme that reflects ERCV’s mission: “Powered by Connection.” This choice highlights the profound impact meaningful relationships and social connections have on our health and well-being. This, of course, is especially true for older adults, as underscored by the U.S. Surgeon General’s recent advisory (or, if you prefer, watch this short video). By nurturing these connections, we can diminish loneliness and promote healthy living.


At East Rock Creek Village, we’re dedicated to addressing these challenges. Through the services provided by our volunteers—including rides to medical appointments, grocery shopping, and even changing lightbulbs—we are addressing some of our neighbors’ practical needs as well as allowing new relationships to grow and fostering a genuine sense of community. So, whether we are offering exercise classes, educational programs, or social gatherings in-person or online, our goal is to create meaningful connections that enrich the lives of our members and volunteers.


Looking ahead, we have some excellent events lined up to inform and entertain, and to connect us with our fellow Villagers. On Wednesday, May 8th, come join us as our Armchair Travel Series takes us on a virtual journey to Patagonia, featuring our own Ralph Blessing’s captivating photographs. Our next gathering of the ERCV Lunch Bunch will take place on May 15th at the Parkway Deli, offering neighbors a perfect opportunity to enjoy good food in good company.

On Sunday, May 19th, ERCV will host a celebratory backyard cookout to honor our dedicated volunteersand express our gratitude for their vital contributions. Both long-time and newly trained volunteers are invited. And on Tuesday, May 21st, our monthly museum goers will visit the Hirshhorn Museum.


Looking towards next month, be sure to mark Sunday, June 9th on your calendars. That’s when ERCV’s second annual live jazz concert will take place at The Parks at Walter Reed’s Marketplace Plaza. It promises to be a delightful afternoon of music and community.


Finally, as Mother’s Day approaches, I hope we will think about and acknowledge the mothers – young and old – who are or have been important in our lives. Personally, I want to take a moment to appreciate and remember my grandmothers and wish my mom, Carol Mackoff, a very happy Mother’s Day.

Let May be a pleasant month of meaningful connections for us all!