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NVCN has entered into an agreement with Caregiver Volunteers of Central Jersey (CVCJ) to distribute their Trademarked Therapy Dog Program to NVCN affiliate members.

For a small initial and annual fee affiliate members will receive the right to utilize the Caregiver Canines®Trademark as well as training, mentoring, and tips for successfully incorporating the program into existing services.

Caregiver Canines® has been bringing joy and companionship to the Homebound since 2009. And to Volunteer Caregiving Organizations CCP brings new volunteers, new sources of revenue, and new marketing strategies.

"You should consider bringing Caregiver Canines® to your community, you'll be glad you did!"

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August 2016 Newsletter

In this Issue:
  • Volunteer Caregiving & Technology
  • Did You Know?
  • Conference registration links
  • Call for award/recognition submissions
  • Renew Your Membership
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National Volunteer Caregiving Network
August 15, 2016Technology & Volunteer Caregiving: Impact,
Support, & New Directions
 
Technology and Volunteer Caregiving: Impact,
Support, and New Directions

 
By: Lea Velez, LMSW, M.S.

Technology is a term that for some evokes thoughts and feelings of joy, opportunity, and connection. For others, is creates anxiety, fear, and confusion. The purpose of this article is for you to think beyond your assumptions regarding technology and begin identifying and implementing strategies to foster growth for volunteers, clients, and your agency. This will be accomplished by providing an interactive approach to this article. You will not be asked to write a blog about your experiences or update your status on Facebook. My challenge to you is that you give thought and intention to the questions presented and consider how you can think beyond your current use of technology in a way that fosters growth and opportunities for you, clients, and agency.Current Assumptions and Thoughts about Technology

  1. How do you define technology?
  2. How do you currently use technology in your agency or in your caregiving capacity?
  3. What resources are lacking for you that would be beneficial in outreach or training?
After you have identified your current perspective of technology consider how technology can help you to develop support and connections for you, your agency, and your clients.Enhancing Connections
  1. Take a moment to list the technological applications you currently use to stay connected. Is it email? Pinterest? Facebook? Email?
  2. What tool will you add? If you have limited comfort in adding a technology tool, who can you ask to help you? By asking for help, you are creating an opportunity to connect with someone!
  3. If you are proficient with technology, how can you help others?
  4. How can you use technology to increase outreach? Consider follow-up emails, an updated website, or a Facebook page.
Now that you have taking time to gain an understanding of your attitudes about technology and how you are currently using or plan to use it to develop connections, consider how technology can bridge gaps between your clients and the community.Client and Community Connection
  1. How can you connect your client with technology? Is it with a smartphone, tablet, or laptop lesson with your client?
  2. Is there an opportunity to connect student/community volunteers to spend time with clients to teach basic technology skills?
  3. How can you utilize technology to connect clients with mobility issues with friends and family? Consider Skype, Facetime, and Email.

Technology and volunteer caregiving has the potential to create connections if you are willing to challenge your current assumptions and possible fears associated with it. If you are proficient in technology, consider sharing your expertise with other caregivers and clients to further add support and comfort. Think beyond “the cloud” and consider creating opportunities for growth, connection, and enhanced service delivery for all involved. Good luck on your new techno journey!

 

Did you know? 

NVCN recently announced a new partnership with Office Depot! Save on office supplies & support NVCN by registering for the programhere or by clicking the 'Register' button. 
 

Connect, Collaborate, Celebrate! Have You Registered for Our Conference?


We are hosting a national conference, Connect, Collaborate, Celebrate, in collaboration with the Shepherd's Centers of America! The conference will be held October 25 through 27, 2016 at theEmbassy Suites at the Plaza hotel in Kansas City, Missouri
 
This national conference brings together professionals with different perspectives, different areas of expertise, and different backgrounds together for one purpose: to learn and share the latest and greatest ideas to improve the quality of life for older adults.Early-bird registration has been extended through August 26, 2016. 
Register Now!
Thank you to our conference sponsors!
 
Has your Volunteer Caregiving program recently been presented with an award or received recognition?At our October conference, we will be hosting a ceremony to celebrate the amazing work our Volunteer Caregivers do across the nation. If your program has been presented with any kind of award or recognition, please let us know as we would love to honor you! Please contact Jenna Parro,This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.?subject=Award%2FRecognition%20Submission%20" target="_blank" style="color: #656565;"> This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., by October 1, 2016 with more information about your award or recognition. 
 
Have you renewed your membership yet?Exciting things are coming from NVCN in 2016! If your 2015 NVCN membership has expired, please be sure to renew membership. You can renew now by clicking the PayPal button below. If you have questions about your invoice or membership expiration date, please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
 
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