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Village Friends is a 501c3 non-profit organization serving the Auburn/Opelika community. We provide a network of services and support to help seniors age independently in their homes.

OUR GOAL: We want to support aging in one’s own home and neighborhood, supported by a caring community. Join us in creating a Village!

Our History


The original VFVV officers (from left): Joanna Hoit, President, Mary Burkhart, Vice President; Jim Warman, Treasurer, and Ferne Garrett, Secretary.
Village Friends originated with a 2011 OLLI @ Auburn course led by Joanna Hoit and Mary Burkhart, who introduced the "Village concept" to the class during the course. At the end of the course, an advisory committee was formed, culminating in the creation of Village Friends Village Values.

Under the able guidance of the founding officers, shown at left, an initial organizational infrastructure was developed, membership increased, and an application for non-profit status was submitted. 

In 2014, VFVV received its federal non-profit designation, a new slate of officers was elected, and VFVV began providing services to its subscribers. In 2018, we shortened our name to Village Friends, updated our branding, and have continued to grow. Join our village of members and volunteers.

Our Values

All Villages operate on the basis of certain core principles. Every Village consolidates access to benefits--most of which are provided by volunteers--so that one phone call (or e-mail) connects a member to a full menu of available services and activities. Every Village is guided by a Board of Directors, with ample input from both members and volunteers. Every Village is designed to build community, in an effort to revitalize treasured small-town values and front porch friendliness. 
VF is the first operational Village in Alabama. Nationwide, each Village is different, reflecting the unique resources available in the local community and the desires and philosophies of local Village members. In addition to adhering to the fundamental Village principles mentioned above, VF:
  1. asserts that senior residents should have the opportunity to remain an integral part of our Auburn-Opelika community throughout their lives, remaining in the homes they have grown to love and maintaining the network of friends and neighbors they have developed through the years.
  2. values the cultural richness and diversity of our Auburn-Opelika community.
  3. values caring, kindness, neighborliness, resourcefulness, and the desire to serve others, all of which are in abundant supply in our community.
  4. values the willingness of nonmember Auburn-Opelika residents to volunteer their time and expertise in support of our mission. Moreover, VF values the volunteer experience itself, and expects that volunteers will find their association and work with us to be meaningful and rewarding.
  5. values the advice and opinions of our subscribers and volunteers, and pledges to routinely seek their input.
  6. respects the privacy, dignity, and independence of its subscribers and volunteers.
  7. values the commitment and generosity of its supporting partners and donors who help support us with financial and in-kind contributions.

We Belong to the Village-to-Village Network

Village Friends of Auburn/Opelika is a member of the Village to Village Network, an organization representing the  Villages that have formed across the country and worldwide. Click here for more information on the Village to Village Network.

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