Neighbor2Neighbor in Greenwich Village, Inc. (N2N) is a community-based organization dedicated to supporting seniors in their effort to age with dignity in their own homes and neighborhood. We seek to support this mission through three main pursuits:
- Promoting social engagement through neighbor-generated, neighbor-led social activities centered around a common theme (such as book groups, movie groups, card-playing groups, based on participants’ interests) and organizing social functions such as pot-luck dinners, educational lectures, and outings to local restaurants, theaters, or museums;
- Developing an inter-generational volunteer network of neighbors who can assist with delivering non-professional services, such as: escorting members to medical appointments, providing assistance with weekly shopping, making occasional check-in visits, and assisting with computer training; and
- Acting as an advocate for senior interests in the community and acting as a clearinghouse for information. That information ranges from providing details about cultural and social events to providing contacts for professional services (e.g legal assistance, medical care, housekeeping, etc)
While N2N is an all-volunteer organization, we will maintain a database of pre-screened professionals and volunteers to meet the needs of those who seek services, including geriatric case managers who can assist neighbors seek appropriate care if necessary.
We have come together because we recognize the power that good neighborhood relationships can have for our mutual health and wellbeing.
Neighbor2Neighbor in Greenwich Village (N2N) was originally inspired by what is called the Village concept, a nationwide movement begun in Beacon Hill, MA. The village concept is a grass-roots movement where older adults collaborate within their own communities to organize the services and support they need to stay at home — and avoid unwanted relocation to nursing homes or assisted living facilities.
Between 2010 and 2013, area residents living near University Place recognized the potential of the village concept. They visited several Village communities, including those in Boston and Washington, DC, to investigate how the Village concept might be implemented in our neighborhood.
In May, 2013, N2N held its first public meeting, with monthly organizational meetings starting soon after.
Our goals for the organization grew out of focus groups held in neighborhood buildings. Overlapping themes quickly emerged from these groups and led to the development of our three main goals: to promote social engagement, to develop an intergenerational volunteer network, and to act as a clearinghouse for information.
Before the formal organization was created, local interest from residents resulted in our first social groups (two book groups, a movie group, and a bridge group). We also began to hold well-attended social events on neighborhood roof gardens and at local businesses. The beginning of a lecture series emerged, starting with a presentation on estate planning.
In April of 2015, the first board of directors was formed and the organization officially became Neighbbor2Neighbor in Greenwich Village, Inc. in January of 2016. The following August, the IRS granted us our tax-exempt charitable status.
While our idea has grown slowly, our ultimate goal has not changed: to assist neighbors to age with dignity in their own homes and neighborhood.
We invite you to learn more and to join us. There are no membership fees. We are an all-volunteer organization, and we depend on your donations to keep our programs running. But more importantly, we depend on your involvement to make N2N an organization that reflects the make-up our unique community.
Our Board of Directors
Mahlon K. Stewart
“Lonnie” is an Assistant Professor of Rehabilitation & Regenerative Medicine at Columbia University Medical Center, and has been a resident of the Village since 1995.
Vice-President & Secretary
Jane has lived on 9th Street for more than 40 years. A former journalist and non-profit manager, she now volunteers at the Fortune Society.
Jane has been a Greenwich Village resident for over two decades. She is a retired publishing executive and Sr. Trusts & Estates paralegal.
Mary Ellen Fielder
Mary Ellen spent half her professional life in publishing, then switched over to meeting planning. She recently retired as Director of Education for a not-for-profit professional society. She has been a village resident for 45 years.
Linda K. Jacobs