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Dedicated to Creating the Choice of Independent Living Through Volunteer Caregiving

NVCN Round Table Discussion

NVCN Round Table Discussion 
Getting on Message to Demonstrate the Impact of Volunteer Caregiving 

Thursday, July 27, 2017
9- 10:30 a.m. PST 

Program Directors Eric Ehst, Arizona's Neighbors Who Care, and Tammy Glenn, California's CAREGIVERS, can show you how to collect data and do the numbers.  The challenge they wrestle with is how to use the numbers to effectively communicate the value of volunteer caregiving in their respective communities.  Let's talk about it.  If we can perfect our local arguments, then NVCN can make a stronger case for us nationally.  We know that Volunteer Caregiving is one of the oldest and most utilized from Boston to Florida, throughout the heartland to the territories of Guam and Puerto Rico.  We know it.  Now let's find a better way to illustrate our impact and strengthen our ties in new arenas where Volunteer Caregiving remains a hidden secret.  To help us guide this conversation, please submit your questions and thoughts in advance to Eric Ehst <nwcexecdir@gmail.com> and Tammy Glenn <tammy@vccaregivers.org>.

Members Only. 
RSVP by Monday, July 24 to Info@NVCNetwork.org 

A History of Volunteer Caregiving

Officially established in 2007, the National Volunteer Caregiving Network (NVCN) received its 501(c) (3) IRS designation in 2008. Originally designated as the Faith in Action National Network until 2011, when the name was changed in order to advance its enduring mission to support sustainable volunteer caregiving programs.

In the mid-1980’s, interfaith volunteer caregiving programs began with seed grants from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. In 1985, The Foundation established 25 pilot programs to determine if diverse congregations could work together to serve the needs of those with long-term chronic illness, disability or who were aging. The success of that initial effort gave birth to the Faith in Action movement. For the next two decades, the National Program Office of Faith in Action provided technical assistance and mentoring for existing programs and communities that wanted to start volunteer caregiving programs.

In late 2004, recognizing that the National Program Office would be completing their work, a group of stakeholders began to discuss the possibility of creating a national membership organization for Faith in Action programs that would continue the support and technical assistance that the National Program Office had provided.  In pursuit of these goals, NVCN sponsors national conferences, distributes a monthly e-newsletter, holds educational webinars, and maintains a discussion group and a website that is inclusive of all volunteer caregiving programs. In keeping with the NVCN vision, in 2012 six new volunteer caregiving programs were launched in California.*

NVCN continues to examine strategies for engaging with later life in new ways. NVCN provides opportunities to showcase these strategies and to assist local program development in executing these strategies. NVCN is responsive to communities who desire to bring a volunteer caregiving program to their area.

NVCN supports existing volunteer caregiving programs through the development of supporting materials, telephone mentoring, and networking opportunities. Additionally, in support of individuals with long-term chronic illness, disability or those who are aging, NVCN staff looks for opportunities to assist individuals orcommunities who desire to begin a volunteer caregiving program. Local programs assist widows, the home-bound, and elders who need help with small things, like changing a light-bulb or flipping a mattress – these folks make up the fabric of our communities and are the ones who need us the most.

* Supported by The SCAN Foundation