What We Do

Our Process

The Village Community Fund serves in an advisory capacity, fostering both large and small projects to benefit senior adults. For all Village projects, a group of concerned residents will form a committee, working with GRF’s cooperation and ultimate approval, to develop and plan the proposed project, including timetable and budget. The resident group is responsible for raising the tax-deductible funds which will be donated to VCF and designated for the project. Club Projects are coordinated with the Recreation Department and may or may not require formal GRF approval, depending on their scope.

Village Clubs wishing to undertake a tax-deductible fund-raising project through the Village Community Fund should download, complete, and submit a Project Application.

VCF also works to identify and interest residents and others who may wish to help us accomplish our goals. Raising funds to carry out our mission is a constant effort.

Some VCF funds will be donated to local non-profits that provide programs, services, and facilities for older adults, such as Age Well Senior Services, which includes the Florence Sylvester Memorial Senior Center.

We encourage and manage donations for projects that will make facilities better, safer, and more accommodating for the Emeritus Institute as well as for other Village programs and classes. Projects currently on our radar include:

Our Current Focus – Village Community Fund Board is currently looking for new projects to support

Completed Projects:

LITE THE NITE – Hooray!  The Lite the Nite committee fundraising campaign is now complete, having raised $25,000 in record time for Pickleball court lights to increase night-time court availability.  The construction project is now in the works to turn the lights on in early 2022.  Donors and volunteers to the project will have the opportunity to attend a Sneak Peek event as soon as the construction is done.  Pickleball is the fastest growing sport in the USA, and a mainstay offered year-round in Laguna Woods. Visit theLite the Nitepage on our website for more details.

Help the Herd – Congratulations, the Help the Herd Committee exceeded its goal in June 2021 of raising $10,000+ in support of the Equestrian Center’s horses.  More than 52 donors gave generously to provide comfort and vet care to our wonderful pack of horses that provide joy and happiness to Laguna Woods riders and their guests. You’re welcome to visit the Equestrian Center and learn more about this amazing program.

Covid Pandemic Fundraising Project

Village Community Fund collected donations to address needs arising as a result of the pandemic. Donations funded programs or groups that provide: Food and other necessities to seniors; Financial assistance to furloughed staff; Support for medical care and equipment providers; Support to staff and volunteers working to keep seniors safe by keeping the virus out of Laguna Woods.

Starter Clocks – Laguna Woods Village has 27 holes of regulation golf, divided into three 9 hole courses, Course 1, 2, and 3. Course 1 has a starter clock but the other courses do not. We are raising funds to install starter clocks on the first hole of Courses 2 and 3. A starter clock lets players know when it is their time to begin play.

The Video Club – Helping their leaders carry out VCF’s first Club Project. As the first Village club to work with the Village Community Fund, the Video Club raised $1,600 between the campaign’s launch at their the Goldie Awards Banquet on February 16, 2019 and its close on July 31. All donations were tax-deductible. For more information, please see this post on the Video Club website.

To donate to one or more of these projects:
Donate Online
Click here to download the Donation Form.
Complete it, and mail to us with a check made out to:
Village Community Fund
24338 El Toro Rd Suite E PMB 223
Laguna Woods, CA 92637

You do not need to direct your donation to a specific project. All donations made without a project specified will go to where the need or opportunity is greatest.