(Herndon Connection, July 15, 2020)

During the ongoing pandemic, Herndon Village Network (HVN) is continuing to provide its essential transportation services to Herndon senior citizens. HVN’s vetted volunteers offer rides for “must do” errands like routine doctor appointments and grocery shopping. To help keep seniors healthy, drivers provide rides to one person/family at a time and wear masks. They also offer to pick up and deliver ordered groceries and other necessary items, like prescriptions.

Herndon Village Network (HVN) currently has more than 100 senior citizen members, who pay only $20 per year for unlimited access to day and evening transportation on weekdays and weekends. This more organized concept of neighbors helping neighbors encourages older residents to age in the Herndon community and allows them to maintain established routines and connections, which results in a higher quality of life. In 2019, HVN drivers provided members 908 rides, totalling 19,578 miles.

Herndon Village Network (HVN) invites every senior citizen, age 55 or older, who no longer can drive—or who feels uncomfortable driving—to join its network. The only requirements are that members pay a $20 annual fee, schedule transportation at least 48 hours in advance, and reside, permanently or temporarily, in the Herndon 20170 zip code or in Kendrick Court Apartments. HVN also invites community members interested in making a difference to join the driving team. For more information about HVN and its services and opportunities, send an email to herndonvillagenetworkinfo@gmail.com or visit https://herndonvillagenetwork.org/.