We Strengthen Communities

We facilitate creating micro-communities, called Villages, using our Gathering Model and free Village Platform.  Villages are community led, self-sustaining groups whose primary aim is to promote connection and belonging within existing communities.



VillageCooperative

VillageCollaborative

VillageCorporation

VillageConnector

We're all of them.   We're VillageCo

Here, we practice community leadership.

Help us weave stronger fabric for a bigger quilt.

The fabric represents the tools and support that groups need to run Villages.

The Quilt represents our diverse Villages.

To learn more about our plans for 2024, and support our 2024 Giving Circle Campaign, click here!

Our Vision

A world where everyone feels a sense of belonging to a local community, where they can connect with anyone, have meaningful conversations, and take intentional action to make a difference. 

Our Mission

To provide the tools and support that groups need to form Villages and root them into neighborhoods, workplaces, and families.

Our Practice

Village Members practice activities such as gathering, sharing, and taking roles.  These practices are known to build a sense of belonging and connection within existing communities.

Our Village Gathering Model provides a space for this practice on a regular and local basis.

Check out our MeetVillage.org website for more details on how the Village Gathering Model works, and what it's like for participants.  

NOTE: This website is currently in development!

Belonging, As A Practice

Belonging is not something you can purchase or inherit.  Because we grew up in a consumer-focused society, our skills and behaviors that cultivate belonging need work.

Belonging is a two-way street - it’s something you create and cultivate with others.  For belonging to exist, it's important for you to feel welcomed and seen by others, and also important that you are engaged with and accepting of others.  

It's not easy to put ourselves out there, and it's not easy to accept others who are very different than us.

This is what we mean by practice - we are not perfect at it, and it takes time to work on these skills.

Seeking Weavers & Village Builders!

We're assembling a 2024 Village Builders Cohort

Are you interested in organizing in your local neighborhood or community?

Would like more information about our all-volunteer, non-profit project?

Send us an email at hello@villageco.org

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Our Toolkit

Once you get people together, what then?  How do we create and hold space that is open to all people and ideas?  

A key 2023 project is to bring our toolkit (currently in Beta) to a Version 1 for public release.  The toolkit includes everything a group needs to organize a Village in their community, from software to agendas.  It's been crafted over the years with input from dozens of community organizers working in a variety of settings.

Our Journey

What makes Village different?  How have we learned from our past community building experiences?

Village was born years ago and nurtured by the passions and work of many individuals who came together in 2020 during the COVID lockdowns.  What emerged was something none of us could have done alone.  Look below for a list of our co-creators.

Click here for a short 4- minute video outlining our history and milestones of the last few years.

Our Plan

What is our vision?  How do we build a Village building structure as a Village?

This 10-minute video was recorded during our 2023 launch fundraiser and outlines the value and future of Village as told by Members and the VillageCo Board of Directors.

Our approach is informed by Asset Based Community Development, Sociocracy, and Open Space Technology.

In The Media

Podcast Interview

Village Co-Founder Jason Sears is interviewed by Village In The City founder, Mark McKergrow in this podcast to talk about the Village, how it works, our social gathering model, and what we've learned so far.

Feature in The Big Idea Lab

Feeling Alone and Disconnected? It Might be Time to Join a Village

"As the world has grown larger, so have the cracks that people can fall into. The Village Revolution is all about stitching our communities back together and shrinking those cracks."

"VillageCo is an innovative effort to reconnect our neighborhoods and heal our social fabric."
- Seth Kaplan

To learn more about this importance of neighborhoods, visit Seth Kaplan's website.

Village Projects

Operating since April 2020, Village Seattle has over 80 members who gather virtually once a week, and in-person monthly.  Our members regularly host events including hikes, volunteering opportunities, and potlucks.

Village Second Chance is a community of board members, staff, volunteers, and people affected by or concerned with prison systems. This community is co-led by incarcerated people and focuses on bringing mercy to our justice system.

Village Central District is a rooting-down project aiming to foster a sense of belonging at the neighborhood level in Seattle. 

Operating since August 2022, Village Boise is just getting started!  We've had monthly potlucks and gatherings in the park and at our winter home at the Hyde Park Mennonite Fellowship.  Request an invite here.

Village Family is an idea to use the Gathering Program in a family reunion-style event.  8 Family gatherings have been conducted virtually with two families.

At VillageCore we steward and grow our Villages by recruiting members, expanding role experience, and addressing any issues related to Village.

Testimonials

2024 Tesimonials

Watch this introduction to our 2024 Giving Circle campaign for words of support for Village

2023 Tesimonials

Watch this brief summary of our 2023 fundraiser for words of support for Villages in multiple communities.

2022 Testimonials

In this video, early investors in VillageCo share why
they support the continued growth of Village

2021 Tesimonials

In this video, Village Seattle members share their
favorite parts and the value they get from being a Member.

Stay Informed & Show Support! 

Our Team

Board of Directors

Christine Callo, President

Sarah Groat, Vice President

David Brotman, Treasurer

Jason Sears, Secretary & Administrative Director
(Schedule with Jason)

Michael Scullin

Ariele Gold

Emma Sutton

Cory Ramsay

Maurice Kwatch

Circle Members

Bill Huselman

Tiffany Lorraine

Iulia Bejan

Isaac Curtis

Jordan Roberts

Rob Trebor

Abby Wellman

Kevin Triplett

Jarrett Thorsted

Rob Trebor

Abby Weltman

Calli Johnson

Kevin Triplett 

Billy Xiong 

Loisel Wilson

Tara Singson

Hari Khalsa Simons

Bill Hulsemen

Weiyu Huang

Zhouer Dai

Tone Petit

Blaire Burstein

Advisory Circle

Stephen Silha

Kate Thompson

Bridgid Normand

Andre Stone

Corbin Charpentier

Cindy Black

Other Village Seattle
Co-Founders

Jordan Lyon

Ann Stadler

Jennifer Fuqua

Camille Adkins-Rieck

Peggy Holeman

Simar Preet

VillageCo - a transparent 501(c)3 Nonprofit

Tax ID 88-3999613  

Bylaws | Incorporation Letter | 2023 Annual Report

9169 W State Street, Suite 867

Boise, ID 83714-1733

‪Text & Voice: (208) 917-2766‬

Hello@VillageCo.org