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“A powerful idea behind the Village…is that we all have something that can be of help to someone else… Isn’t it great that we have a way of  doing a few needed things that help connect neighbor with neighbor?””

– Tony Allen,
Member and Volunteer

Our Mission

The mission of The Village Common of RI is to fundamentally change the experience of growing older here in RI by fostering the creation of communities of mutual support – Villages – across the state and by directly supporting their long-term sustainability.

Our Core Values


Generosity is the lifeblood of The Village Common. Members and friends volunteer their time and resources to support one another.

The Village Common thrives on inclusiveness. We welcome all to join us, regardless of age, income, gender identification, sexual orientation, ethnicity or faith.

Engaging with others is central to our health and well-being. Our members and friends are active participants in social activities and volunteer work that nourish our connections to one another and to the larger community.

We embrace the spirit of collaboration. We contribute to and benefit from working with each other, with other organizations and communities.

Our sustainability rests upon good governance and fiscal responsibility. Our communities of mutual support remain strong through the financial and volunteer support of members and friends.

Our History

In the fall of 2014, a small group of people living on the East Side of Providence were inspired by the national Village Movement and what had been accomplished in other communities around the country to enhance the experience of growing older and support older adults. In 2015, they launched The Providence Village. After four years of successful operations, the Board of The Providence Village realized that the long-term sustainability of The Providence Village – or any Village in RI – would be strengthened by a network of many Villages, all supported by a single Village Common. In December of 2019, The Village Common of RI was established to directly support the creation and long term sustainability of Villages in RI.