What is the National Volunteer Caregiving Network?
The National Volunteer Caregiving Network (NVCN) is a membership network of local community volunteer caregiving programs, regional and state collaboratives, and individuals who support the work of volunteer caregiving. Membership is open to any organization or individual who believes they can benefit from the National Volunteer Caregiving Network.
The purpose of the National Network is to promote the sharing of knowledge, experience and ideas that can help to strengthen and support the hundreds of local volunteer caregiving programs that are currently active throughout the United States, and to foster and support the establishment of new interfaith volunteer caregiving programs in all communities that want and need the services that volunteer caregivers can provide.
Local volunteer caregiving programs bring volunteers of different faiths together to care for their homebound neighbors who may be isolated and living with chronic health conditions or disabilities. These volunteers come from churches, synagogues, and other houses of worship, as well as from the community at large, and provide many forms of non-medical assistance, such as:
- Transportation to medical and other appointments
- Help with shopping, reading or bill-paying
- Minor home repairs
- Light housekeeping or meal preparation
- Friendly visiting and telephone support
- Respite care for family caregivers
Such simple services can 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.