Time and again, today’s seniors have voiced their preference for a different kind of retirement experience — one based on staying active and engaged, and continuing to live independently in their own homes.

Santa Barbara Village is a community-based nonprofit membership organization focused on empowering older adults to live happily, healthfully and successfully in their own homes as they age by providing a network of resources that address members’ living needs as well as their social, cultural and educational interests.

Part of the nationwide Village Movement, Santa Barbara Village connects its members to vetted volunteer helpers, vetted professional service providers and other resources to help them “age in place” throughout their 60s, 70s, 80s and beyond. It also provides social connection and a sense of community and peace of mind for its members.

Additionally, Santa Barbara Village hosts numerous free workshops and presentations open to the public on a variety of topics to support local seniors and their families by empowering them with information, resources and support to successfully navigate the challenges and transitions of getting older.

A large part of Santa Barbara Village’s success and value is due to the generosity of time and talent provided by community volunteers who assist members with transportation, household tasks, companionship and more.

The organization is holding an information session to let community members know about the benefits of membership and of volunteering. The event will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. Monday, Jan. 27 at 524 Chapala St. in Santa Barbara. It is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be provided

Come learn how being a part of Santa Barbara Village can make a positive difference in your life and the lives of your friends or family members. Attendees will hear about the benefits and opportunities from Village staff, and personal stories from current members and volunteers.

Limited parking is available on site, there is timed street parking in the area, or the city’s Paseo Nuevo Mall public parking lot is nearby at Chapala and Ortega.

To RSVP, contact Hannah Gugino at hannah@sbvillage.org or 805.729.5038.

— Naomi Kovacs is executive director of Santa Barbara Village.