Westchester Playa Village, a nonprofit organization of volunteers offering various services to local residents aged 55 years and older, plans to expand its outreach to Marina del Rey.

Currently serving the communities of Westchester, Playa del Rey and Playa Vista, Westchester Playa Village is a grassroots, membership organization founded by community residents for community residents, members said. With more than 6,000 senior residents within the four communities and the largest growing segment being 85 and over, the goal is to help senior residents remain in their homes as long as possible, according to the group.

Local elected officials praised the extension of the needed services to Marina residents.

“This expansion is a blessing to so many seniors living in our community,” Los Angeles City Councilman Bill Rosendahl said. “It’s wonderful to know that more elderly folks will get the assistance and support they deserve in their day to day lives”.

The WPV will offer support services, while promoting dignity and independence. Members say WPV is committed to making each member’s experience convenient, simple and stress-free, while providing life-enhancing benefits and long-lasting friendships.

“It gives me great pleasure to see that Westchester Playa Village continues to grow to help address the needs and maintain the dignity of our elderly constituents,” state Assemblyman Steven Bradford said. “I commend their efforts and vision in caring for this growing population.”

Westchester Playa Village offers affordable memberships to individuals and to households, which includes a variety of services by volunteers such as grocery shopping, transportation, bill paying, a companion to walk or jog with, handyman service and IT assistance. When the needs arise, additional services are available from reliable vetted vendors at pre-negotiated discount rates, on a fee-for-service basis for a variety of services.

According to members, the goal is to continually bring members and volunteers together in a spirit of collaboration through programs and events that will meet the ever-changing needs of members in a safe, supportive manner.

In June WPV received a $75,000 grant from the Archstone Foundation. WPV also received a community outreach grant for $500 from the Westchester Rotary Club. Recently, the organization secured an office location with the assistance of the H.B. Drollinger Co. The new office will be located at 8939 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Suite 326, Westchester.

Information, www.theWPV.org/.

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