The board of the Greater Lewes Community Village recently announced that, after six months of operation, the GLCV has met its first year’s goals for membership and has expanded its service area to incorporate communities west of Route 1 and north of Lewes.
Marty D’Erasmo and Carol Wzorek, co-presidents, said that the GLCV has acquired more than 40 members and over 40 trained volunteers who have been providing services to members and the organization, and has vetted 35 vendors.
Having reached its first year goals, the board has decided to extend its Lewes boundaries south to Postal Road, west to Belltown and Jimtown, north to Red Mill Pond, and east to the Delaware Bay. Board members will continue to talk with homeowners’ associations and neighborhood groups within this area to provide information and encourage involvement in the GLCV.
The Greater Lewes Community Village is a member of the Village to Village Network, which includes more than 200 similar groups throughout the United States. These villages are designed to provide communities of support to help people live active lives in their own homes as they grow older.
Members pay a yearly fee that gives them access to volunteer assistance and referrals to approved local vendors. Reduced-cost memberships are available for those who qualify.
Trained volunteers provide rides to medical appointments or shopping; perform minor house repairs; make friendly visits; help with household financial accounts; or make regular check-in calls. Vendors include electricians, plumbers, home improvement services, painters, landscape/lawn services, petsitting services, etc.
Wzorek and D’Erasmo agreed that GLCV’s accomplishments within the first six months have only been possible with the vision and dedication of its many volunteers and the support of many community organizations, including the City of Lewes, Sussex County Council, and area churches.
“This has truly been a community-wide effort” said Wzorek. “We look forward to what the next six months will bring.”
For more information, go to www.greaterlewescommunityvillage.org. The organization’s newsletter, ‘The Voice of GLCV,” is available on the website, or call the GLCV office, 302-703-2568, to request that one be mailed.