Stay Connected and Attend Village Virtual Programs with Zoom!
The Village is going virtual! Many members have raved about their experience using the Zoom video conferencing service to stay connected with friends and family, and we are happy to announce we are planning many upcoming programs for you to attend (from home) using Zoom.

What is Zoom and how do I get it?

Zoom is a video conferencing service that people are using to stay connected and work remotely. You can use Zoom on many different platforms, and it is free to sign-up!

Directions for Installing Zoom

  1. Go to
  2. Download ZoomInstaller.exe.
  3. Run ZoomInstaller.exe and follow the on-screen prompts.

iPhone / iPad
  1. Go to the app store from your iOS device.
  2. Search for “Zoom Cloud Meetings.”
  3. Download and install the app.

  1. Go to the Google Play Store.
  2. Search for “Zoom Cloud Meetings.”
  3. Download and install the app.

A special note for Android users: Once you have the app installed, it is necessary to go into your phone settings and give permission for Zoom to activate audio and video.

Joining a Virtual Village Program

Like all Village events, members are asked to register for programs, either through our website, by emailing, or calling the office.

Confirmation emails for virtual programs will include links to join! As long as you have the Zoom app on your desktop or phone, once you click the link, you will be prompted to join. You may join without using a camera and just view the presenter and other participants.

Ready to get started? Check the Village program calendar and sign up today for upcoming events, including a Q&A with 'Lincoln Park' author Melanie Ann Apel on April 15 ( click here for details)!

Tips for Using Zoom

  • When you enter a program, introduce yourself and then please MUTE your own audio unless you are speaking. This will prevent others from hearing background noises during the program.

  • Want to attend a program without showing yourself on video, or don’t have a camera? You can still attend and view, listen and speak to others.

  • You don’t have to know all the bells and whistles to use Zoom--but have fun with it! Once you sign up and download the app, connect with friends and explore the many features available.

Zoom Pros Wanted!

Have you already successfully installed and begun using Zoom with friends and family? Would you like to share your skills with other Village members? We would love to connect you with another Village member as a volunteer tech mentor!

For more information about volunteering, please email

The Village Chicago is a member-to-member network of friendship, engagement and services for people over 50. We support all aspects of well-being through social engagement, an extensive services and referral network, lifelong learning, health and fitness, intergenerational relationships, work and purpose.

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