Pilot … Founders … Mother's Day
Viva Village Update, ed. 12

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The Viva Village Update helps keep us connected. Watch for it bi-weekly (sometimes more often) for information about 1) what's happening in the Governing Council and action teams, 2) Volunteer Ideas for Village building, and 3) Viva Village Events.

Editor: Kathy Brown
Check out previous editions of the Update on our website.

Governing Council

Pilot Launch

Viva Village plans to open for services on October 1 of this year.

From October through December, we will conduct our Pilot Launch—testing our systems and processes (e.g., matching members requests with the right volunteers, making sure our database functions smoothly, etc.). We want to ensure a tried and true system is in place before the January 1, 2017 grand opening.
Test Run graphic
This August and September we will begin seeking people who wish to become Viva Village Members and Members Plus (service-receiving members) of Viva Village. At that time you can decide whether you would be willing to be part of the Pilot program to help test the systems.

Things to know about the Viva Village Pilot Launch:
  • Our goal for the pilot is to enroll 15 service-receiving memberships. It will be on a first come, first served basis. If more than 15 wish to be participate in the pilot, we will have a waiting list.
  • As a one-time incentive, members who choose to be part of the pilot will pay for one year, but enjoy the benefit of Village programs and services from when they enter the pilot program through December 2017.
  • There will not be a limit on the number of basic memberships during the pilot, as these members will not be utilizing the services of volunteers.
Founding Member

New nonprofit organizations often depend on Founding Members as a source of startup funds. Viva Village is no exception.
make the difference
However, being a Founding Member contributes so much more than money. It demonstrates the support and commitment of the community. It offers people a significant way to be part of something important that makes a difference in people’s lives.

Viva Village will offer the opportunity to become a Founding Member.

Things to know about the Viva Village Founding Member Program:
  • Founding Members can join between October 1 and December 31, 2016.
  • In addition to their membership fee, a Founding Member would pay $500 for a single member, or $750 for two members in a household. (see below*)
  • The Founding Member donation is to be paid in full at the time of joining.
  • We are developing ways to recognize and honor our Founding Members.
  • Anyone who wishes to contribute without being a member is a donor, not a founding member.
*The difference in the donation amounts reflects the difference in dues between a single member household and a two-member household—making the founding donations more equitable.

If you have any questions, please contact us at or call 503-644-7417.

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Save the Date!Save the Date

The Next All-Village Meeting
Saturday, June 11, 10:00 – noon
Elsie Stuhr Center, in the Willow Room

We will be asking for your help — stay tuned for more details.

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Beaverton Awareness DayBeaverton Awareness Day
Saturday, May 14
In front of the Library, across from the Beaverton Farmers' Market
We have the privilege of being part of this celebration of Beaverton area nonprofits this year.

Stop by the Viva Village table and say "hi!" We'd love to see you!

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Stay Current:

View minutes from all Governing Council meetings and from the All-Village Meeting on our website.

You can contact members of the Governing Council anytime at,
or call 503-644-7417.

This just in from our Hub, Villages NW

A Special Mother's Day Announcement

Looking for a Mother's Day gift?
We've got something that fits...
mother's day bouquetIf you'd like to give a meaningful gift to honor a relative or friend this Mother's Day, consider donating in their honor or memory to Viva Village today! Your tax deductible gift supports Portland-area Villages in our work to help local elders live comfortably in their own homes for as long as possible.
Follow the link below to donate. (To benefit Viva Village, choose Viva Village from the drop down menu.)

Volunteer Hours

Have you given time and effort to Viva Village this April?Clock
… then we need you to tell us how many hours you've given.

Why is this so important, you ask?
  • It demonstrates the tremendous community support for Viva Village. It plays a big role when applying for grants and asking local businesses for support. It's quite impressive to report that we had 27 volunteers who gave 901.5 hours, as happened this March!

We thank you for your work, and ask that you increase your impact by reporting your volunteer hours!

If you haven't reported your volunteers, click on the link below.

Report your volunteer hours!

If you would like instructions, click on this link.
Volunteer Hour Reporting Instructions
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Viva Village Events

Hulda Klager Lilac Gardens Field Trip
Fun with friends
On April 22, despite the damp weather, three car-loads of people ventured north to the Hulda Klager Lilac Gardens. Many of the lilacs had already bloomed due to this year's unseasonably early warm weather, but there were plenty yet to enjoy—plus colorful azaleas, wisteria, and other spring flowers in full bloom. The raindrops on the blossoms added to their beauty!
The Lilac Group
After exploring the historic house, the group stopped for a delicious lunch at a nearby Mexican restaurant.

Thanks Bonnie—and the Events team—for arranging such a fun outing!

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Men' Coffee Break

coffee cupThe first ever Viva Village Men's Coffee Break was a big success! Six guys met at the Java Lounge on April 26 and took advantage of the opportunity to get know one another.

Although no world problems were solved, they look forward to meeting again on May 24!

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Viva Village Nature Walk — Waterhouse Lake
May 7, 2016, 10 a.m.

New this month—Two Options!
*3-in-1 Walk (3 miles in one hour)Waterhouse Park trail

Meet at 10 a.m. at 16185 Schendel (green arrow on the map below). Look for the minivan parked nearby with a Viva Village sign on top.

If you’re late, enter the trail through the Hunter’s Run Apartment complex.
Turn right to get to the Waterhouse Lake bridge viewpoint.

Our "Amble" group will keep going to Waterhouse Park and turn around at the tiny rose garden
(red arrow) just off of Foxborough. That round trip to the rose garden and back to the car is .7 mile. The loop is hard surface and wheelchair friendly. There is a nice playground for grandchildren (blue arrow). Dogs are permitted on leash.

New this month! Join Kathe Fradkin for a "3 in 1" Walk (3 miles in one hour). This group will visit the Waterhouse Lake Viewpoint and then branch off to explore the Waterhouse Trail. A great opportunity for a longer walk!
Waterhouse Park map

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Village 101 Presentation
Wednesday, May 11, 7:00–8:30

Come learn how a Village can benefit you,
and how you can benefit others in your neighborhood

In a private home in the Highland Neighborhood
RSVP to reserve your place: or 503-312-7675

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Crystal Springs Garden
Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden

Thursday, May 12, 2016, 10:30 a.m.

5801 SE 28th Avenue
Portland, Oregon 97202
Admission: $4.00

Our group will meet in the Crystal Springs parking lot at 10:30 a.m. on May 12.
rhodie close-up
Look for the minivan with the Viva Village sign on top! 

RSVP: Bonnie,
or 503-841-2358

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Viva Village Book ClubBook
The Nightingale, by Kristin Hannah
Tuesday, May 17, 6:30–8:30 p.m.

In a private home in the Central Beaverton neighborhood

This book tells the stories of two sisters, separated by years and experience, by ideals, passion and circumstance, each embarking on her own dangerous path toward survival, love and freedom in German-occupied, war-torn France.

or call 503-644-7417

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Viva Village Thursday Social TimeGiovanni's
Thursday, May 19, 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Join us for a casual meal at
Giovanni’s Restaurant
12390 SW Broadway, Beaverton
At the corner of Broadway and Hall

or 503-644-7417

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Save these dates later on in May: 

May 23 – Volunteer Orientation
May 24 – Men's Coffee Break


Yongkie reminds us that Beaverton Farmers' Market opens this Saturday, May 7.

Viva Village is a member of Villages NW nonprofit Hub & Spoke Network.
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