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11th Annual NVC

Connecting Generations
September 18-20, 2019  |  Chicago, IL


The 2019 National Village Conference will be
September 18-20 in Chicago!
We will share more as details are solidified.
We hope to see you there!



2019 Registration Rates:
Type Regular Pricing
(after June 14, 2019)
Pre-Conference (Village 101 Session) $100
One Day Registration Member $350
One Day Registration Non-member $400
Full-Conference (All 3 Days) Member $450
Full-Conference (All 3 Days) Non-member $550

Let us know if you need any special accommodations, or if you have any special dietary needs. Just send an email to


The Program is now available! This schedule is subject to change.

Hotel Information

All conference activities will be held at:

Sheraton Grand Chicago
301 East North Water Street
Chicago, IL 60611

There are still rooms available at the Sheraton at the conference rate of $199 for Sept. 18 and 19. Unfortunately we have SOLD OUT our room block for Sept. 17.

You can still get a room at the Sheraton on Sept. 17 and after Sept. 19, but possibly not at the special conference rate.

If you haven't already booked your room, it's best to call the Sheraton and tell them you are attending the National Village Conference. The number for the Sheraton is: 800.325.3535.

We've searched to find other solutions to the hotel room issue and we've worked out a deal with a nearby hotel! Courtyard Chicago Downtown/River North, located at 30 East Hubbard, Chicago, IL 60611, will host the NVC Overflow Room Block at a rate of $216 for Sept. 17. If you don't mind switching hotels after the 17th, you could save a little money this way. To book your room for Sept 17 at Courtyard, call: 800.321.2211

It's possible to find quite affordable rooms at other hotels by using a search site such as, or

Transportation Options

Flying into Chicago is easy! You can pick Chicago O'Hare International Airport or Chicago Midway International Airport. Both are similar in travel time to the Sheraton Hotel.

Check out this link to search for travel options from the airport to the hotel. You can change between airports in the search box.
Travel Options

Keep in mind that if you take the subway from either airport, you will have to walk about a mile to the Sheraton. From O'Hare you would take the Blue Line, and from Midway you would take the Orange Line.

Here are the directions with a wheelchair accessible route enabled.

Midway to Sheraton:
Wheelchair Accessible Route
Non-wheelchair Accessible Route

O'hare to Sheraton:
Wheelchair Accessible Route
Non-wheelchair Accessible Route

Once downtown it is up to the rider whether to transfer to a bus to shorten the amount of time spent walking.

Chicago Transit Authority


Sponsorship and Exhibitor opportunities are available for the 2019 National Village Conference. Click the button below to view the Sponsor & Exhibitor Prospectus.

Please contact if you have any questions.


2019 Sponsor Prospectus (PDF)

2019 National Village Conference Sponsors & Exhibitors

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Technology Showcase

These innovative companies will show a short video during the National Village Gathering. Attendees will vote in different categories to select "winners" which will receive special recognition.

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2018 Volunteer of the Year!

Elsa Bengel, JP@Home

Elsa has been a pioneer of new programs for decades, so creating a village in her community was a natural next step following her retirement. JP@Home was established five years ago. Under Elsa’s leadership, JP@Home has a unique partnership with a state and federal funded elder home care agency, Ethos in Jamaica Plain, a neighborhood of Boston.

Elsa is most proud of the partnership with Ethos, because several staff are available to handle the administrative side of the program, while members have time to enjoy activities and forge new and lasting friendships. Members also have the comfort of knowing that they will have ready access to resources and services as they age in the community. Dale Mitchell, Executive Director of Ethos, welcomed the opportunity to support the development of a village in Jamaica Plain. JP@Home, which has since expanded to other neighborhoods, now has 120 members and a high retention rate.

Mr. Mitchell states, “What is special about Elsa is that she is a consensus builder and natural recruiter. She truly enjoys what she is doing and sharing her life and wisdom with others. She is real and extremely thoughtful and knows that it ‘takes a village’ through each stage of life.”

Elsa has served on JP@Home’s Advisory Council since the program’s inception where she was the first Co-Chair. She currently chairs two committees that are critical to the program’s sustainability: 1) Recruitment, Outreach, and Communication and 2) Fundraising and Finance.

Elsa is a mother, grandmother, and caregiver of her husband John who experienced significant health issues this year. Members rally around one another during personal crises—walking with them post-surgery or providing meals, rides, or simply being present during these hard moments; this was Elsa’s hope in creating JP@Home. She and other members serve on support teams for those experiencing significant caregiving responsibilities. She sees that caregiving is a privilege that can help us become stronger and wiser; her latest initiative is the creation of a caregiver support group to help reduce social isolation and burnout. She is an active leader and participant in a host of JP@Home groups, including memoir writing, Dining Out, and Tai Chi. JP@Home is continuously expanding its membership and the depth and breadth of its offerings with Elsa thoughtfully leading the way.

In speaking with Elsa’s husband John about this nomination, we discovered more important facts about her talents and dedication. He explained the underpinnings of her success with JP@Home: “Elsa has done a lot of important things outside of her 28-year career at the YMCA.” She has been a teacher throughout her professional life, and her work abroad in the Philippines, India, Indonesia, and Scotland has only broadened her skills and compassion.

“Through her church, she oversaw the development of a domestic violence initiative, Safe Havens which today has a five million dollar annual budget, and another organization that helps underemployed and low-income workers secure training to build strong careers, Training, Inc. (Boston office); both programs have been in operation for nearly 30 years.”
“What sets her apart is that she never does it by herself,” John continued. “Elsa can find champions. She has lots of creativity, organizing skills, and the most outstanding thing is her commitment and ability to role with the punches; she often does it better than other structures.”