Shorewood Connects


Shorewood Connects is a Village-sponsored project developed to enhance the ability of older residents to remain in and contribute to the life of the Village.

Finding ways to make Shorewood more “age-friendly” and promoting neighborliness within neighborhoods are at the core of this project. 

Shorewood Connects brings together residents young and old, the School District, the Village, and local businesses and organizations in an effort to develop initiatives and connections that will lead to a better community for all generations.

Shorewood Connects
Tom Barber with Volunteers

Village of Shorewood Becomes First Age-Friendly Community in Wisconsin

Village of Shorewood Becomes First Age-Friendly Community in Wisconsin

A Project Facilitator coordinates volunteer work groups (Dementia Awareness and Education; Neighborhood of the Year; Fall and Spring Yard Clean-Ups/Intergenerational Projects) to plan and carry out tasks while the work of Shorewood Connects is overseen by the Village of Shorewood’s Elder Services Advisory Board.

Since its inception in 2008, a few of Shorewood Connects’ accomplishments include:

  • The popular Fall and Spring Yard Clean-Up Days for older adult households, connecting volunteers of all ages with older and those with disabilities
  • The creation of the “Shorewood Neighborhood of the Year” and "Shorewood Neighbor of the Year" annual recognition awards 
  • A focus on developing more opportunities for intergenerational interaction in the community (resulting in 2014 designation by Generations United as being one of the four "Best Intergenerational Communities" in the country)
  • Reducing the stigma associated with Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia and linking caregivers and people with dementia with resources, education and support via the Shorewood Dementia Awareness Work Group
  • Offering social engagement via the Shorewood Memory Cafe at Three Lions Pub in partnership with the Alzheimer’s Association of SE Wisconsin and the Milwaukee County Department on Aging, as a monthly drop-in program for people with memory loss and their caregivers
  • Completing a five year Age-Friendly Plan for the Village as part of our role as the first community in Wisconsin to become part of AARP's Age-Friendly Communities Network

If you are interested in participating in any of the work groups or if you would like more information about Shorewood Connects, email Project Facilitator Sue Kelley or call 414.961.7262.


Shorewood Connects is pleased to announce that the application period for the annual Shorewood NEIGHBORHOOD-of-the-Year competition is now open for 2019. Applications are due no later than Wednesday, May 1, 2019. Even if you’re not a “super block”, please consider submitting the easy-to-complete, brief application on behalf of your neighborhood. Some lucky block will win - could it be yours?!

Because there are so many examples of neighbors helping neighbors throughout the Village, we are also accepting applications for the Shorewood NEIGHBOR-of- the-Year! Do you know someone who is kind, helpful, and considerate to their neighbors? If so, we would love to hear about him or her. There is a one-page application for nominations (two people are needed to nominate a neighbor) also due on Wednesday, May 1, 2019.

View one or both of the applications below to submit your block or neighbor.

2019 Neighborhood of the Year Application (PDF)
2019 Neighbor of the Year Application (PDF)

Shorewood Age-Friendly Plan 2019 - 2023

Shorewood Memory Cafe

Moore with Shorewood Residents
Memory Cafe