Noon - 1pm

Lyn Trainer, Managing Director, Villages NW

Warm and Caring Neighbors Who Have Become Friends

Before residential care, there are Villages. A Village is a neighborhood-based membership organization that invigorates older adults’ lives with new experiences and people. The Village Movement, which began in Boston 20 years ago, is thriving in the greater Portland metropolitan area with 11 Villages working to expand friendships and help seniors live independently with the support of volunteers. Each of the 11 Villages offers a range of programs and opportunities for social and service-based connections with their volunteer base, operating in a manner that is in keeping with the character of that Village and its unique “personality” in the larger metropolitan community.

A summer job in the Volunteer Services office at OHSU led Lyn to a career in nonprofits at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital Foundation and several professional associations. One of the first employees hired when Doernbecher resurrected its community-based fundraising activities after a 50-year hiatus, she was privileged to be part of the team that built the new hospital which opened in 1998.

Lyn joined the Villages NW Board in December 2015 and has served as Managing Director since 2016. In addition to her Villages NW duties, Lyn co-chairs the Governing Council of River West Village in SW Portland.


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