Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Who can become a member?
A: Anyone age 50+ or disabled who lives in the Greater Portland area.
Q: Is there a membership fee?
A: Members pay an annual membership fee to Portland Area Villages. The fee covers a portion of the operating expenses. Individual fees are $250 and Household fees are $325. Some scholarships are available for lower income members.
Q: Who provides the services?
A: Volunteers who receive training and undergo background checks. For services beyond the scope of our volunteers, we will make available resources for members to contact.
Q: How does the service work?
A: Members call the office and leave a message with full details of the service they are requesting, including day & time and what they need. A volunteer coordinator will identify a volunteer that can perform the service and let the member know who it will be. Requests should be made a week prior to the date in order for the coordinator to confirm a volunteer.
Q: Who can become a volunteer?
A: Anyone can become a volunteer after undergoing a background check and training. Volunteers can choose the types of services they would like to provide and how often.
Q: How is Portland Area Villages funded?
A: In addition to the membership dues, donations, grants, and fund raising provide the financial support.