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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. 

Summary 
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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June 2016 Newsletter

In this Issue:
  • Conference Details!
  • Did you know?
  • Conference registration links
  • Renew Your Membership
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National Volunteer Caregiving Network

June 15, 2016

Connect - Collaborate - Celebrate:
A Message From Board Member, Dr. Oren Renick

 

National Volunteer Caregiving Network & Shepherd's Centers of America Present:

Connect - Collaborate - Celebrate
National Conference
October 25 through 27, 2016
Kansas City, MO


The Early Bird rate of $114 continues through June 15, 2016, but the time to register is now!

The conference will be awesome! Those who attended the 2014 conference at Lake Junaluska, NC remember it as a wonderful event – renewal, reunion and new learning were just some of the outcomes. The 2016 conference in Kansas City will be better.

Featured speakers include Sherry Prindle, a life/executive coach and motivational presenter who is co-author of 15 Winning Ways to Better Living; and Jim Firman, president and CEO of the National Council on Aging who will present NCOA’s Aging Mastery Program and related programs for elders. Sherry will highlight the Tuesday program as Jim will for the Wednesday session.

A highlight of Wednesday morning will be the respective business and networking meetings of NVCN and SCA. Thursday will see the excellence awards presentations for outstanding volunteers and organizations. Also, we want to hear from you. Let us know if your organization or a key person received local, state, regional, or national recognition. We want to also celebrate these achievements on Thursday.

Concurrent workshop sessions will address Age Friendly Communities, Board Development, Caregiving, Marketing, Transportation, Volunteerism and other important topics. The takeaways will be significant.

An impressive array of sponsors like AARP will be present. The opportunity to network and collaborate with like-minded organizations is impressive.

This Connect, Collaborate and Celebrate conference is the right event, at the right time, and for the right people.

Regards,
Oren Renick, Immediate Past Chair
NVCN Board of Directors
 

 
Did You Know?

Caregiver Canines® Visiting Therapy Dog Program partnered with NVCN last year to share our program with all NVCN’s affiliates.  Caregiver Canines and its parent program, Caregiver Volunteers of Central Jersey, are based in Ocean County, NJ.  Our unique program brings certified therapy dogs to visit seniors in their private homes.  This one on one visit allows for a strong bond to form between the senior, the dog and the dog’s handler.  Our Caregiver Canines® help ease the loneliness and depression that so many of our receivers experience on a daily basis.  We are excited to announce that we now partnered with Share Care Faith in Action in Bethlehem, PA; Faith in Action in Medina, OH and Williamsburg Faith in Action in Williamsburg, VA.  If you would like to learn more about our program please contact Danielle Maley atThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 732-505-2273 ext. 202.
 

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.

The deadline for early registration is June 15, 2016. 

Register Now!
 
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. or 210.865.9805. 
 

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