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NVCN and Texas State University In Service Learning Collaboration

As announced in our Newsletter last spring, NVCN and the TSU  College of Health Professions,  School of Health Administration San Marcos, TX engaged in a collaborative In Service Learning project involving undergraduates and graduates in the Health Services Marketing track. This is the second In Service Learning project between NVCN and TSU, the first project was completed during the 2016 summer session, working with Dr. Cristian Lieneck, Associate Professor. 

Dr. Lenieck worked with Tammy Glenn, Caregivers of Ventura ED and NVCN Board Vice President, and Jim Archer, NVCN Board Secretary. They worked to identify topics and the scope of work for the In Service Learning projects for both the undergraduate and graduate students. Numerous topics were identified and discussed, and settled on two subjects. This first category of subjects for the undergraduate students was to address this question: "Building NVCN Brand Loyalty from Members and non Member VCO’s". There were four teams of students, and each team worked a different topic related to the subject. Each of these topics was intended explore potential areas of improvement in member benefits from NVCN. 

The four topics of investigation were: 

1. National marketing and management the CAREGIVER CANINES Program

2. Marketing the Office Depot initiative to member programs

3. Building an overarching brand and logo for Volunteer Caregiving

4. Uber incentive program for members

The graduate students served as consultants and mentors to the undergraduate students. 

Each project used a variety of methods of discovery, direct contact with programs by email and telephone, surveys, web searches and investigations. For those of you who participated with these students, thank you for your support. Each project met at least three times with Jim and Tammy by teleconference and video-conference. Their final exam was a video-conference final presentation to NVCN. The deliverable was some form of hard copy, ppt, pdf, mpeg. If you wish to receive a copy of any of these, let us know so NVCN can post these in the members section of the website. 

While this is a fourth year course in the Health Services Management and Administration curriculum, this class is the first exposure to marketing for most of the students. In general, the recommendations are good, and can be implemented. The CAREGIVER CANINES project interviewed Caregiver Volunteers of Central Jersey and came to a good understanding of the program. The team provided and end to end set of recommendations, some will be used by CVCJ. Their report out is worth the read. The Office Depot was a strong team with a very good leader. They collaborated with NVCN, Office Depot and conducted an opinion survey of the 25 enrolled programs and other non enrolled programs. They made a number of solid recommendations, such as, Simplify sign-up process, Communicate information regarding initiative regularly, Clarify benefits to both NVCN and member organizations, among other points. The Uber team ran into the difficulty of working with Uber. They have a strong proposal but Uber is probably not the best choice for this study as they were  not consistent in their approach to a rewards program. 

Next Steps 
We are entering the Fall Semester, and will be working with a new set of students starting in mid October. We are in process of developing ideas for topics for this new class. If you have a topic you want these students to study, either for your local program or the National, let us know with comments in the Google Group, or contact Jim Archer at jimbigarch@pacbell.net.


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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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National Volunteer Caregiving Network (NVCN) is pleased to introduce an exciting new member discount program through a partnership with Office Depot/OfficeMax.  Companies currently accessing this collaborative national program have experienced an average savings of 20-30% over their prior office product costs.  Here are just some of the many benefits you’ll receive when you sign up for this program.

Office Depot/OfficeMax Program Benefits

  • Up to 80% off Manufacturer’s Suggested List Price.
  • A core list of 670+ frequently ordered, deeply discounted products.
  • Free, next-day delivery on orders over $50, depending on your location.
  • Access to the award winning Business Services Division website for placement of orders, online catalog, stock availability, order history, product returns, and usage reports.
  • The support of a local account manager who is responsible for total customer satisfaction.
  • In addition to office supplies, you’ll also receive discounts on office furniture, print/copy services, custom business forms, stationery supplies, promotional products, lunchroom provisions, and janitorial supplies.
  • A discount program to extend to all of your employees.
  • The Office Depot team will provide your company with on-going creative and innovative procurement solutions by identifying preferred product and process improvement opportunities.

How does it work?

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Shop in the store: Print your own NVCN Store Purchasing Card or link your favorite business or personal credit card to the special pricing.The SPC is linked to the special pricing. You can take it with you to any store in the country and present it at the register at the time of checkout. Your special pricing will be applied and then you can pay with cash, check, or credit card.

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Shop Online:Create an online account by linking your favorite business or personal credit card to the special pricing or register for an invoice billing account.Receive new account information (subject to credit approval) and have the option to request a Store Purchasing Card that invoices your company for all purchases made in the store.

NVCN is very pleased to make this program available to our members. In addition to saving you money, supporting this program drives an essential stream of support to NVCN.

Members can register for this program at the “Register” button. 

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May 2015 Newsletter

            NEWS YOU CAN USE  
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May 2015

In this Issue:

NVCN Initiatives




Issue No. 60 News You Can Use is a publication of NVCN. Mission to promote volunteer caregiving through advocacy and the support and development of local programs. Vision Every community deserves an interfaith volunteer caregiving program; we are working to make that a reality. Mention of any company name or product does not constitute an endorsement by NVCN.


A proud sponsor of the 2014 Conference.



Dedicated to Creating the Choice of Independent Living Through Voluntary Caregiving
NVCN Initiatives
Dear Colleagues in Caregiving, 

In the last newsletter, the Established Program Support Initiative was presented. As you may recall, our purpose in supporting established local programs is to have no attrition in the number of programs in operation. It is also to help with sustainability and funding strategies so they may continue to provide services into the future. Finally, it is to help enhance their operating and cost efficiency for increased capacity:  the ability to serve more individuals and their families.


Recent results of pursuing this initiative have been phenomenal toward one of the original Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) seeded programs. It is the aim of NVCN to learn of other established programs that would like to have an assessment and possibly direct assistance from the national office. Please let us know!


Allow me to continue describing another of the key initiatives for 2015-2020Here we will discuss the establishment of new programs. Developing new programs is key to the NVCN mission of promoting independent living through voluntary caregiving. Having been blessed with more than three decades of experience through the first RWJF era of this endeavor, we have all learned things that work well, and others that need improvement. Taking this information and placing it in the context of 2015, we are developing a turnkey operation that can be initiated in new communities.  


Over time, programs begin to look different, tailored to their unique circumstances. NVCN embraces this diversity in form and function, and this year plans to introduce a core program in new communities. We are exploring an opportunity on the Gulf Coast, and one in the Southwest, for new program feasibility. If you are aware of any communities that want such a program, please let us know. Once we have success with this pilot initiative, it is our hope and plan to introduce new programs on a large scale. It is our intent that this becomes a significant focus of NVCN in order to distribute the kind of wonderful work you all do.


We are in the process of defining the core model, identifying new communities with an interest, and developing strategies for attracting volunteers and funding--locally and nationally--to impact our mission. In every case, it is essential to have a local champion which, together with NVCN, can drive the implementation of the program. Many of you have served as this champion and brought this wonderful movement of volunteer caregiving to where we are now. If NVCN can figure out how to clone you, our job would be well-underway.  


Thank you for all you do for your communities. I look forward to sharing with you in the joy of reaching and touching the lives of others.




Douglass Myers



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Tune into our latest webinar here. We suggest that you jot down any comments or suggestions that you have. At the beginning and end of each presentation, you will find the presenter's information provided. Each presenter has agreed to respond to inquiries regarding their presentation.


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Monthly Matters:  Volunteer Recruitment 


Network News:

Rev. Dr. Oren Renick, San Marcos, Texas,  NVCN Board Chair; Founder and Director of Mutual Adoption Pact, Texas State Intergenerational Learning Project has written and published, "A-Model-for-Volunteer-Caregiving-Intergenerational-Service-Learning."

Caregivers, Ventura, California, has provided a copy of the 1998 National Directory of VCO programs. This may provide information about your founding director or other personnel. We thought member programs might like to have a copy to help locate founders for anniversary celebrations. 

...And don't forget our "Display NVCN and Win" contest.

NVCN Membership benefits YOU & YOUR organization:
  • Establish your credibility and professionalism
  • Enhance your network
  • Expand your knowledge
  • Exposure nationally
Display with pride and win!

How is "Display NVCN and Win" administrated?

When NVCN staff are surfing affiliate web sites, we will look for the NVCN Logo. If you would like to notify us that you have the logo displayed, we will verify it and enter your name in the quarterly drawing.

What is the reward?

The program will be awarded pro-bono support from a consultant, designer, or a tangible item with NPO tips.  For more details see the NVCN news flash recently distributed.

Has your program moved?
Are you a newly hired executive director?
Has your web site or email changed?
Let us know about it, please.

Our Partners Understand VCOs
We are pleased to announce a collaboration with BIB - Background Investigation Bureau. Volunteers are provided a thorough nationwide screen and issued an ID card with the BIB name as well as your organization's name, and you never have to collect sensitive information. Click on the BIB Logo to request a demo.

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You may want to re-examine some of your current vendors; if you have found a "gem" of a vendor, why not This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to share with the network?

BIB (Background Checks)
CIMA (Volunteer Insurance)
Kate Tolliver & Associates (virtual office support)
RideScheduler (they are more than transportation)



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