Taking Summer Stock

David Mackoff, President

Summer’s here. It’s a good time to look at some of the things East Rock Creek Village has done during the first half of the year and start to make plans for the second.

In the first six months of 2023, ERCV provided hundreds of services for our members, including over a hundred roundtrip rides, scores of grocery shopping excursions and deliveries, and many friendly calls and visits to our members. Nine neighbors joined ERCV, and four new volunteers have been vetted and trained. We’ve hosted over 200 individual wellness, educational, and social events. We launched a series of post-pandemic field trips, star

ting with our trip to the National Aquarium in March, and held our first outdoor, open-to-the-public jazz concert at The Parks at Walter Reed in June.

In addition, we’ve been working hard behind the scenes to improve our profile by upgrading our website – which I hope you’ll visit by clicking here – and to strengthen the Village movement in our city. I’m pleased to announce that at the end of June, after over a year of discussion and debate, all thirteen DC Villages voted to create and join what we are calling the DC Village Collaborative (DCVC), which will assist existing Villages in their mission and help establish new Villages throughout the city. We’re excited about these new developments. Our twin goals at ERCV are to help more people realize the benefits of being part of a Village and to make ours the best it can be.

ERCV will offer a new, in-person Otago fall prevention series and an online StrongerMemory support group in July.  If you prefer to stay out of the heat this month, come join our online Open House on July 6th or play our Flags & Fireworks Bingo game online on July 13th. If, however, you feel like getting out and about, I hope you’ll join our July 10th field trip to the National Portrait Gallery and come to our Lunch Bunch at All Set restaurant in Silver Spring on July 20th. We always have a lot to talk about and celebrate together.

We’ve had a great first half of the year, and I look forward to everything that comes next. We are planning a member picnic at Carter Barron in Rock Creek Park in October and will be launching at least one new service in the fall. If you want to find out more or help in any way, please call our office (202-656-7322) or send us an email ([email protected]).

Stay cool, stay active, and stay in touch with ERCV!

–David Mackoff

To read the full July 2023 Village Voice newsletter, click HERE