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What do you get from being a Villager?


Transportation

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The Village Shuttle is up and running! It is funded through Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), which requires all riders to FIRST be registered.
The TAV staff will take the forms to RSVP, which will enter your data into the database.
After the registration is entered at RSVP, you can request a ride either by going to the website and filling out the form yourself with the details of the ride you want, or call the office (740-447-0500) and ask us to fill the form out for you. It is VERY IMPORTANT that you include a phone number so that the drivers can call you back. Please allow at least 24 hours' advance notice; the more advance notice you can give, the more likely it is you will get a ride.
    Then your request goes to the drivers by email.

The volunteer who can drive you will call you back to confirm date, time, place and other details.

Other important information, downloadable here
The Rider's Manual
Tips for Riders

Volunteers and other members can help take you to such places as the grocery or doctor’s office, or run errands for you.

  • Other options in Athens include Athens Transit, the Athens City bus service. (740-592-2727, M-F, 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Saturdays 8:45 a.m to 5:45 p.m.) Discounted fares information here. You can arrange for the bus to come to your door on an individual basis, at apparently no extra charge. Call 740-592-2727 at least 24 hours in advance for this special service.
  • Athens-on-Demand is another for-pay, door-to-door service which costs less than a taxi. (740-597-2404, M-F, 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., not late evenings or weekends) You must be registered with the service first.
  • United Seniors of Athens County (740-594-3535. M-F, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.) can provide transportation for little or no cost, but grant funding requires them to make a home visit before they establish any service.
    Here is a pamphlet: page 1 and page 2.



Home Safety Assessment.

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Our resident home maintenance coordinator will provide a free home safety assessment each year. This is the form, Home Inspection Form, to help a member decide what needs to be done in the home to make it safer.





Handyman Help

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Our resident home maintenance coordinator provides home maintenance help as needed each year at no extra cost to members. Members pay only for any supplies or equipment (purchased at a discount by the coordinator from Lowe's).






Home Health Services Information

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From housekeeping to personal care or nursing and therapy services, we have information about companies and individuals serving Athens County.


Technical Assistance

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Members and volunteers can help you with computer, internet, and smartphone problems.






Coffee Hours and Social Gatherings

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Monthly brown-bag lunches as both social gatherings and opportunities to hear and question speakers on such issues as driving, health, legal issues, investments, exercise, etc. Members may also participate in a yoga class and a caregivers support group.



Vetted Service Providers

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We maintain a list of service providers, such as home repair, which has been vetted. Many of these offer reduced rates for Village members. Please call the office at 740-447-0500 for recommendations of specific service providers. The list changes without notice, so it is not posted here.




News

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Up-coming activities are posted through a monthly newsletter, this website, and e-mail notices to those members who provide a valid e-mail address. Please go to our Archive page to see past issues of our newsletter.





Advocacy

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On issues of importance to senior citizens to city, county, and state government.






Telephone checkup

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A telephone check during flood, snow, or other community emergency to ascertain that you are all right. We also have a Neighbor-to-Neighbor calling tree and "buddy" system.

Vendors renewing information

A blank form is available to download here

To find out about any of these services:

Call the Village Director at 740-447-0500 or email TheAthensVillage@gmail.com