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March 2015

In this Issue:

Role of NVCN & Fundraising

Webinars by Demand

Volunteer Positions



Issue No. 58 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.


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Program renewals and new members since January:
Thank You!


Knowledge Leader for Volunteer Caregiving
Dear Reader

Role of NVCN and Fundraising
This year, NVCN has undertaken a major effort to attract resources to allow for the continuation of its mission. This mission is, fundamentally, to:

• Support the local programs engaged in Volunteer

• Establish programs in communities where none exist; and
• Advocate for the national Voluntary Caregiving movement to 
  meet burgeoning needs.

The resources we believe to be important to the programs, whether established or new, are:

(i) Funding;
(ii) Expertise; and
(iii) Systems of value to be as effective and efficient as possible.

NVCN feels it has been a failure each time a local program closes its doors. The community loses a valuable resource, and the cost to the individual, the family, the community, and healthcare increases.  

We believe that with a certain amount of additional expertise, capital, and strategies, NVCN could play a meaningful role in sustaining local programs. At present, we are in the process of assisting certain local programs whose existence is not assured.

The need for expertise so often cited for smaller programs is fund development. NVCN seeks strategies both to raise national-level funding to support local programs with systematic solutions and to supplement the abilities of local boards and staff by helping to implement these solutions.

NVCN can never replace local relationships, but perhaps we can enhance them in ways that support the program. As we have previously observed, having information and data on effective voluntary caregiving methods and impact is at the core of fund development. 

NVCN anticipates conducting a series of simple program surveys to support the local programs and provide the NATIONAL VOLUNTEER CAREGIVING NETWORK data to further propel the voluntary caregiving movement. A key part of this effort is to understand local program needs and desires. We hope that through your responses and the work of the Ambassadors, our collective knowledge will continue to grow, as well as the effectiveness and value of NVCN for you.



Douglass Myers

Survey Request

It is critical that you and the network can express to individuals and foundations the difference that Volunteer Caregiving is making in our communities. With this in mind, if you have not already completed our survey request, please do so, today! This data will be shared with all, both member and non-member programs. Thank you to those who have responded, and in advance for those of you who do!

Link to NVCN Survey

Webinars by Demand!

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.

In order to meet your needs, at the completion of this training, please take a moment to complete this quick survey

If you would like to contribute a presentation, please submit an application here.

It's completely free for our members. Not a member?
Join now!

Volunteer Position Descriptions

Is it time to revive your volunteer position descriptions?

You might want to try a different approach, such as the one below from Dr. Judy Esmond's book, 501 Ideas for Recruiting Volunteers:

"What would my role be?
How would my role support the organization?
How would the bulk of my time be spent?
What skills and experience do I need?
Will I have access to supervision and training?
How will my performance be evaluated?

When compiling job descriptions, check whether some of the tasks being performed by volunteers are truly essential.

Sometimes we keep doing something, or doing it the same way, out of tradition or habit. The time spent in these tasks might be better utilized elsewhere."

Volunteer Match has developed 101 Volunteer Recruitment Secrets

Network News:

  • Congratulations to Karen Krupa and Interfaith Caregivers of Polk County, WIfor obtaining a $24,000 grant to support operational expenses!
  • NVCN Board Chair and Program Lead at the Mutual Adoption Pact, Texas State, Rev. Dr. Oren Renick, releases Smoke Over Mississippi
  • We invite you to like the Network Facebook page in order to read the feed from your colleagues.
  • We would love to learn about your successes, please keep us in the loop
Our database has recently been updated and we would like to keep it that way. 

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

Data Base Statistics

From our recent updates we have culled these stats:

  • Number of programs in our Data Base:  480
  • Member programs:  135
  • Faith in Action in the name:  158
  • Interfaith Volunteer Caregivers in the name:  13
  • Total NVCN members:  162 (member programs, individuals and corporate)

Our database serves to market member and non-member programs, to accept volunteers for member agencies, and to provide referrals to the general public.

We receive weekly requests from families/friends who are looking for VCO services. Unfortunately, there are many communities without help. If you are aware of a VCO in your area that does not appear in our database, please bring them to our attention! 



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