September 20, 2011
Faith in Action National Network - a nonprofit membership organization - is changing its name to National Volunteer Caregiving Network. The new name was adopted to more clearly reflect the organization's mission of supporting volunteer caregiving programs, and its vision of having a program in every community. As Board Chairperson Janet Seckel-Cerrotti says, "This new name better describes what our local member programs do and gives us an improved message about the kind of work that we, as a national network, are promoting."
Faith in Action National Network was founded in 2007 to support interfaith volunteer caregiving programs, which draw volunteers from many faith traditions to provide in-home care to those most vulnerable in our communities. Types of informal care provided by volunteers often include transportation to appointments or shopping, yardwork, minor home repairs, light housekeeping, and friendly visiting. For older adults, these services help them maintain independence and their ability to remain living in their own homes. For people of all ages, the relationships between volunteers and care recipients improve quality of life.
Many of the National Network's member programs were started with seed grants from The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Faith in Action initiative which spanned a thirty year period, ending in 2007. The new name is inclusive to these traditional Faith in Action programs, as well as welcoming to all volunteer caregiving programs. Local program names will not be impacted by the change in the national organization's name. Membership remains open to all who feel they may benefit from membership - individuals as well as programs.