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Dedicated to Creating the Choice of Independent Living Through Volunteer Caregiving

About NVCN

National Volunteer Caregiving Network (NVCN)



Creating Independent Living Through Volunteer Caregiving

  • Aiding Existing Volunteer Caregivng Programs
  • Developing New Programs
  • Evaluating Performance & Outcomes
  • Demonstrating the Value of Volunteer Caregiving in Healthcare
  • Collaborating with Existing National Groups
  • Promoting the Value of Volunteer Caregiving
  • Building an Endowment to Perpetuate Volunteer Caregiving


NVCN is a knowledge leader for aging with dignity and independence via pro-bono services -Volunteer Caregiving.

Community Programming

Volunteer Caregiving Programs bring volunteers together to care for their homebound neighbors who may be isolated and living with chronic health conditions or disabilities. These volunteers come from the community - houses of worship, municipalities, service organizations, etc., and provide services to assist with activities of daily living:

  • Transportation to medical and other appointments
  • Help with shopping, reading or bill-paying
  • Minor home repairs
  • Meal preparation and light housekeeping
  • Friendly visiting and telephone support
  • Respite care for family caregivers

These simple services provide the safety net that makes it possible for those with disabling health conditions or other limitations to enjoy a better quality of life and to maintain their independence in the home of their choice.


Although local volunteer caregiving programs may vary according to local needs and preferences, most programs have five basic building blocks in common (Program Model).  The Faith in Action program initiative began in 1983 with support from The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and today there are more than 500 local programs operating in communities across the nation. You may search by state to find a program in your area.  If there is not a volunteer caregiving program in your area and you are interested in starting one, please contact National Volunteer Caregiving Network by calling 512-582-2197.

National Volunteer Caregiving Network, formerly Faith in Action National Network, was founded upon the completion of the work of Robert Wood Johnson Foundation National Program Office in 1985. Volunteer Caregiving has a thirty year history serving communities around the nation.

Our dedicated volunteer board meets via telephone conference to carry out their fiduciary and strategic mission and twice per year face-to-face. A President, Executive Director and Administrative Assistant carry out the organizational objectives.


The NVCN Governing Board at a recent face-to-face board meeting in Ventura, CA. (Hosted by Caregivers)


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  Left to Right:  Carl Dolezal, Jay Friedman, (Rhonda Anderson, ED), Julie Puryear, Tammy Glenn, Douglass Myers, Judy Tabert, Jan Irish, Jim Archer, (Judy Renick), Oren Renick (not shown Amanda Sokan and Lea Velez)



 Chairman – Rev. Dr. Oren Renick

Oren is the Professor of Health Administration and Director of the Service-Learning Initiative at Texas State University.  He serves as Principal Investigator of the Texas Long Term Care Institute and has 20 years of experience in the health care industry.

Vice-Chair – Ms. Judy Tabert

Judy was a founding Board Member of the Faith in Action National Network, as well as the founder of Interfaith Network of Care in Milltown, NJ.  Judy serves on the Board of the Middlesex County Human Services Advisory Council and the Community House at St. Thomas.

Treasurer – Mr. Jay Friedman, CPA

Certified Public Accountant and Compliance Officer of Sales/Operations for Dassault Systemes Delmia Corp. in Auburn Hills, MI. Mr. Friedman is entering his third year with NVCN.

Secretary – Ms. Tammy Glenn, MA

Ms. Glenn is an informal caregiver, author and professional fundraiser.  She is the founder of the national website, HomeBoundResources.comauthor of The Carefree Caregiver: A Short Course to Peace of Mind, and serves as the Executive Director for Caregivers: Volunteers Assisting the Elderly, one of the original pilot programs in the nation, located in Ventura County, CA.

Mr. Jim Archer

Mr. Archer retired in 2010 after a 38-year career in Sales and Marketing.  Since retiring, he has been an active volunteer, supporting numerous local programs.

Mr. Carl Dolezal


A certified Project Managemnet Professional, Mr. Dolezal, is experienced in marketing, management, budgeting and program design. Mr. Dolezal was first introduced to Volunteer Caregiving while in college at Texas State where he directed MAP a service learning project funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. 

President of NVCN:

Dr. Douglass Myers

Dr. Myers has served as healthcare executive, advisor, and entrepreneur.  He has been the Managing Director of Sunriver Institute since 1988, a venture management firm focused on the health sector.  His current research interests are in the clinical relationship of personal health and spirituality. Douglass is engaged in various charitable activities including Volunteers in Action of Central Oregon.

Ms. Julie Puryear

Ms. Puryear held executive and consultancy positions in the fields of sales and marketing for twenty five years. During her Silicon Valley career she focused on sales strategies in the technology sector that included strategic planning, design and implementation. 

Dr. Amanda Sokan

Dr. Sokan holds a PhD in Gerontology; her experience includes work with elder mistreatment and employee engagement in Health Organizations. Most recnelty Amanda was employed at Texas State as an Assistant Professor

Ms. Lea Velez, MA

Ms. Velez has had a wide range of experience working in both the non-profit and for profit sector. She will begin a full time Assistant Professor at Texas State this fall (2014). Lea's research interests include health, longevity, quality of life and the intergration of physical activity to improve cognitive and physical functioning throughout the lifespan. Lea's passion for health has propelled her to complete 38 full marathons and 6 Ironman distance trathlons (and counting!).