Paving the way for Portland, Maine,
neighbors to age in place
Independent Seniors Network
We are a non-profit, volunteer organization that helps our neighbors maintain active,
social, safe, and independent lives in their own homes.
Join our network today by becoming a member, a volunteer, or a donor.
Please watch our video to see what our
members and volunteers have to say!
“Portland Area Villages is a wonderful experience. The drivers and volunteers are positive and caring. Everything is very timely and done well. It’s a chance to be part of a new network in Portland that will give a sense of community over time.”
~ Karen, age 68
Volunteering with us is a way to make our members' lives easier, safer, and more connected to the community, which is what we all strive for as we get older. The members are all very appreciative of all the assistance our volunteers give them and say things like "You are life savers!" and "I don't know what I would do without you all." We listen carefully to the volunteers and only ask them to perform services they want to provide, on their time schedules, whether their availability is half a day, five days a week, summer or winter. We never pressure a volunteer to do something they aren't comfortable with or don't feel safe doing. The volunteers are also our eyes and ears with the members and let us know if they are concerned about a member for any reason, or if the member is disrespectful or less than pleasant with the volunteer, which is not tolerated. Our volunteers feel they get back as much as they give and really enjoy meeting the members and getting to know them. They all have stories to tell! To become a volunteer, complete the volunteer application or call our main number. We will interview you, do a background check, contact two references, provide some training, and you'll be ready to go!
Since we are a nonprofit, volunteer organization and the majority of our members are on a fixed income or fall in the lower income range, our membership dues do not cover our operating expenses. We therefore need to rely on donations and grants to supplement our income and enable us to provide financial assistance to our lower-income members. Many of our members have little or no family to assist them with their needs or their finances and we strive to provide assistance to as many community members as possible. Our donors and grantors provide tremendous support to our organization so we can continue to help our neighbors. To donate, you can use a credit card online or mail a check to us at P.O. Box 10832, Portland, ME 04104. And if you would like to donate your time, we always need more volunteers and Board members!
Areas we Serve:
Our members come from many neighborhoods in Portland, South Portland, Scarborough, Falmouth, Westbrook, and Gorham. Our volunteers are from Portland, South Portland, Scarborough, Falmouth, Cumberland Foreside, and Gorham.