|Photo courtesy of Koubek Photography|
Several King Farm residents began meeting in 2014 to discuss the feasibility of creating the King Farm Neighbors Village (KFNV). We researched the village concept and met with several nearby villages that are more mature to learn from their start-up experiences. King Farm's demographics are very similar to nearby villages that have been successfully established. We began regular meetings with the designated village coordinators for Montgomery County and the city of Rockville.
Our first goal was to learn how to establish a sustainable support structure. Although the guiding concept for the KFNV will be support for "aging in place," we believe it is very important that this support be provided by an intergenerational group of volunteers from the community. The KFNV obtained affiliate status with the King Farm Citizens Assembly in 2016.
On August 24, 2017 KFNV became incorporated and received its IRS 501(c)(3) charity designation, enabling it to receive tax deductible donations.
To determine the level of interest we launched a survey of King Farm residents in the spring of 2017. The results were very encouraging. Two-thirds of residents 55 or over stated that they would like to remain in their homes in King Farm as they age. In addition, a significant number of respondents said that they would be interested in volunteering. They survey found that residents more most interested in having access to transportation and opportunities for social interaction.
In August, 2017 the KFNV expanded its Board of Directors to nine people, bringing on additional volunteer support and expertise. The KFNV Board is comprised of a physician, an attorney, a social worker and several communications and project management experts.
In 2017 we held our first events, such as CarFit and wine & cheese social, both of which were very well attended.
For calendar year 2018, 12 King Farm residents (including Board members) have pledged to volunteer a minimum of 542 hours on behalf of the KFNV.