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THE PURPOSE OF PARKLAND VILLAGE

  • Help our neighbors age in place
  • Build community
  • Pay it forward

 

 

2021 Photography Contest

                                 

    Parkland Village's 2021 photography conest is underway, and the winning photos will be included in our 2022 calendar.  The theme for this year's contest is: Gates, Walls and Doors of Parkland Village.  We hope to have all seasons represented in the calendar.  Click here for more information about the contest.

     2020 Photography Contest -- last summer we held a contest for photography of landscapes and gardens of Parkland Hills and Southeast Heights neighborhoods.  The winning photos were included on 2021 calendars and greeting cards, which we sold for fundraising purposes.  To see the winning photographs and photgraphers, click here

    We still have greeting cards in stock.  To order greeting cards, click here.

* Parkland Village Survey underway.  If you are a resident of Parkland Hills or Southeast Heights neighborhood, please participate so that we can learn about your needs and interests.  Click here to participate.

WHAT IS PARKLAND VILLAGE?

The primary goal of Parkland Village is to organize a network of volunteers to assist our older or disabled neighbors in various ways.  Planned services include: 

  • transportation to medical appointments, shopping, church services, and senior activities;
  • light household tasks that are no longer possible for our neighbors to perform themselves;
  • computer assistance, and
  • social contact for those who now find themselves alone in their homes.

In doing this, we want to make it possible for our aging neighbors to remain among us as long as possible (and, of course, ourselves too, when the time comes).

As an important secondary goal, we hope through our interaction with both recipients of services and other volunteers to get to know each other, establish friendships, and work towards building community in its most basic sense, that of a village, in which we know each other, appreciate each other, and help each other.


Inspired by the national village movement, which consists of well over 200 villages across the U.S. and is supported by the Village to Village Network, Parkland Village was established in 2017 by a number of determined residents in the Parkland Hills neighborhood of Albuquerque, New Mexico. First known as Parkland Hills Village, it has now been expanded to encompass the entire Albuquerque census tract extending from Zuni/Garfield in the north to Gibson in the south, and from San Mateo in the east to Carlisle in the west, and the name has been changed to better reflect this larger area.

As of January, 2019, Parkland Village is a New Mexico nonprofit corporation with 501(c)(3) status (so donations to the Village are tax deductible). We have a board of directors, several committees, and a set of bylaws. We have had quite a few social events. 


Before we can begin to provide the full array of services to our neighbors, several additional steps need to be taken: 

  • Funding. There are significant expenses associated with the services we intend to provide, such as liability insurance, vetting volunteers, outreach, recruitment and surveys, membership in the national Village to Village Network, and the Helpful Village platform that this website is part of. We are actively seeking additional funds through donations, grants, activities, and other events.

  • Volunteers. Our committees include Fundraising, Volunteer Coordination, Recruitment and Outreach, Member Services, Events, and Resource Evaluation and Coordination, and we welcome participation on these committees.  In addition, we can use help especially in the area of IT and accounting.

  • Energy and ideas. We intend to inspire participation in this project by many people who live in the neighborhoods we plan to serve.

While our in-person activities are almost entirely on hold during the Covid-19 pandemic and the time frame for the start of the full array of services is delayed, we continue to organize and plan to organize online events of interest to residents.  We also expect to be able to begin several "safe" services by July 2021: yardwork, friendly calls, and foodbank deliveries.

For more information about Parkland Village, you can email us at info@parklandvillageabq.org

You can call us at (505) 417-8799

You can mail us at: Parkland Village, P.O. Box 8738, Albuquerque, NM 87198

For information about the village movement in general, click here.

For related resources, including links to other villages' websites, click here.

 

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