Those living within our neighborhood and age 50 or older are eligible to become members of Bethesda Metro Area Village.*
At the core of the Village concept is that we are community, that we care about one another, and that those who can, help those who need help. Even if you are healthy and active you can still become a member and enjoy many of our benefits now, while knowing you are investing in services you may need in the future.
BMAV offers two levels of membership:
Social members have access to a full calendar of social events including coffees, teas or happy hours at local restaurants or members’ homes, outings to museums and theaters, classes, and guest speaker series. We also have several special interest groups to choose from, including knitting, birdwatching, yoga, bridge, and a discussion group on aging, dying and death, with more to be formed. Membership includes a weekly email with event information and a newsletter full of interviews and articles of interest emailed every two months, as well as access to an online membership directory.
*If you live outside our neighborhood boundaries but are interested in becoming a social member, please contact us.
Full service members receive the benefits above as well as access to our volunteer service providers. BMAV currently has neighbor volunteers offering transportation, friendly visits, and small home repairs. This can include rides to BMAV events and personal appointments and errands (up to five miles from home), regular (or as requested) phone calls or visits, and light handyperson tasks. In 2018 we will also begin providing: limited technical assistance in the home for computers and other devices (such as set up or basic troubleshooting), absent owner services outside the home such as watering plants and picking up packages (for up to three weeks), and occasional non-medical respite care for primary caregivers.
BMAV’s dues are:
$300 a year for an individual social membership entitling you to participate in all BMAV social events, discussion groups and seminars.
$600 a year for a household (regardless of size) for the same benefits.
$450 a year for an individual member seeking the complete package of programs and services.
$750 a year for a household (regardless of size) who want the same access to all programs and services.
(Social members who experience a change of status during the year and find they need Full service benefits can upgrade their membership on a pro-rated basis. Contact our Membership Chair for details.)
BMAV’s policy is that no one who wishes to be a member should be excluded for financial reasons. The village’s mission is to help neighbors who want to stay in our neighborhood by offering services and social activities that make that possible for all of us, even as we age and our circumstances change.
If you are concerned that you don’t have room in your budget for membership, BMAV will work with you to make it happen. On an individual basis, we can offer a reduced fee membership plan, or a payment plan, whenever appropriate. All requests for a reduced fee or other financial accommodation are treated confidentially. Please contact our Executive Director at BMAVillage@gmail.com or 240-630-2628 for more information.
Click on the button to download the MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION and mail it in: