Hyde Park Village seeks donations

The Hyde Park Village, an organization which helps seniors network to find support to remain in their own homes, will have a table at the United Church of Hyde Park’s Bazaar on Saturday, Dec. 1, at 1448 E. 53rd St. Organizers hope to raise funds that will help the group launch more formally early next year while keeping membership affordable.

In May of 2011, the group held a social event at the Op Shop and began to assess the direction the community wanted the Village to take. Based on a model taken from Boston communities, the not-for-profit has been an informal online group of neighbors who help one another with tasks and organize social events.

“It’s support based on the kinds of communities many of us knew as children,” said Susan Alitto, a member of the Village’s steering committee. “This is a way of providing help and services while preventing senior fraud and preventing people from becoming isolated.”

The group hopes to launch more formally in the beginning of 2013, creating an executive board and charging membership dues that will support an expanding mission. Village organizers have begun raising funds that will keep dues low and prevent less affluent seniors from being disenfranchised. “We want to create a village that’s representative of our community,” Alitto said.

Alitto is accepting donations of items that can be sold at the Bazaar, and the group also needs volunteers who can help with set-up. For more information, interested Hyde Parkers can call her at 773-752-6587 or send an e-mail to salitto@gmail.com.