Last year Melia, a beautiful 20 year old in Kauai, Hawaii experienced the horrible results (both physical and emotional) of a drug overdose.
Though her family rallied around her in hospital and rehab they were quickly overwhelmed, not only with all the care required, but also with the devastating financial burdens that came with it. They were burning out fast and didn’t know where to turn.
A friend of the family heard about the Share The Care™ Program that was initiated in 2012 through Kauai Hospice following a Share The Care training for 54 professionals and volunteers. Today, they have become known throughout the island as a valuable, viable community resource that offers support to people with all kinds of caregiving challenges.
Melia’s “Funny Family” offers an abundance of love and support. They help with daily activities and care as she is unable to speak or move without assistance.
Melia’s mom is passionate about helping others and shares a video that was shot during her daughter’s initial hospital stay as it illustrates how a drug overdose changed life for Melia and her entire family in just the blink of an eye.
Praying for Melia’s Recovery
This is a video link and will take you to YouTube to view it.
PLEASE SUPPORT OUR WORK TO TEACH PEOPLE ABOUT SHARE THE CARE™
Please consider a tax-deductible donation of $50, $100 or $1,000 to help us continue to grow and expand our reach and help more caregivers. You can designate your gift in honor of a friend or loved one.
If you prefer to give by check…
Please make checks payable to ShareTheCaregiving/NCCI, and send to:
C/o The National Center for Civic Innovation – 6th floor
121 Avenue of the America’s
New York, NY 10013-1590
We welcome your photos and stories for our web site. You can also visit and like us on and .
THANK YOU your contributions to make Share The Care a caregiving solution for people everywhere.
Just last weekend, prior to starting my Share The Care™ presentation, I asked the audience to raise their hand if they were, had been, or anticipated being a caregiver in the near future. EVERY SINGLE PERSON had a hand up.
Most of them were unaware that nearly one third of our population (65 million people) are serving in a caregiving role and burning out fast. Or that many more caregivers will be needed as our aging Baby Boomer population doubles in size to 71 million by 2030, or that the number of younger people who might serve as caregivers is dwindling. And to make matters worse, that there won’t be enough professionals to care for everyone in need.
As our government continues to seek ways of slicing budget spending, any help that might have been available is fast disappearing. Every day brings another threat that Medicare and Medicaid could be downsized or that other much – needed programs will end.
The caregiving crisis isn’t coming…it is here.
Our work is crystal clear: The Share The Care™ model must be made much more visible and accessible for the people who are new to caregiving and to those struggling without help. We are the original “voice of group caregiving.” However, for us to sustain our efforts to help caregivers through our educational programs and advocacy - WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT.
Are you aware that we are a totally volunteer driven organization? We work on a shoestring budget and with outdated technical equipment so that making advancements takes much longer than it need be. It took years to raise the money to start to rebuild our home website, And we are still seeking funding to finalize the Journey Dashboard that will allow individual Share The Care groups to communicate and operate online. People often ask us “Don’t book sales cover your costs?” Absolutely not. Celebrities and popular authors get handsome royalties, not a guidebook for caregivers.
Every day health professionals and the clergy tell us that the work we are doing is increasingly valuable and of huge social importance. They see, firsthand, the need for us to continue to expand our programs into many more communities. As one participant from a recent training wrote in his evaluation:
“Such a wonderful experience in caring for our fellow human beings. An outstanding example of
high quality human service .”
- G. Pestow, RN
The good news is that work has commenced on a totally new home website (due to debut in 2014) that will target our diverse audiences more effectively: caregivers and concerned friends, health professionals, faith communities, and corporations. Combined with the powerful word-of-mouth marketing that you and others can generate, and with your generous financial support, Share The Care can continue to support individual caregivers in need and be part of the solution to the caregiving crisis.
Please consider a tax-deductible donation of $100, $500 or $1,000 to help us grow and expand our reach. If you are part of a Share The Care group, please reflect on your experience, and the value of having a ready-made plan
to get up and running to help with your care recipient’s challenges. If we have made a difference in your experience as a caregiver, please forward this appeal to all of your group members and ask them to donate, or consider pooling your funds to make one large donation.
GIFTS ARE TAX DEDUCTIBLE – EVERY DOLLAR COUNTS.
HOW YOU CAN GIVE:
You may donate online at: www.sharethecare.orgor if you prefer by check. We also invite you to designate your gift in honor of a friend or loved one.
Please make checks payable to ShareTheCaregiving/NCCI, and send to:
c/o The National Center for Civic Innovation – 6th floor
121 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10013-1590
Please continue to tell others about your experience with the model – your Share The Care group photos and stories are always welcome for our website. These do much to inspire others. Also, do visit and “LIKE US” on
All of us at ShareTheCaregiving wish you and yours A Happy Holiday Season.
With gratitude for your much needed support,
Founder & President
HOW YOUR DONATIONS CAN HELP:
Donations will go towards the cost of books, and creating, printing, and mailing our other training and educational program materials. Routinely, when contacted by a health organization or a faith community interested in using the model to help their population, or seeking to host our professional training, we mail them A PACKET of our materials.
Currently the equipment used for trainings and presentations is over 11 years old. Since our focus is teaching and presenting (often travelling to do so) updated technology is critical.
2013 Share The Care™ Highlights
56 health professionals attended our training for the Department of Veterans Affairs in Oahu. Left to right: Joan Foley, Hospice & Palliative Care Coordinator, Sheila, and Kimi Chun (Pegs Legs) STC Outreach Director.
With Herb Weatherwax
a WWII Pearl Harbor Veteran
A Meaningful Award!
The Care Crew at The First Presbyterian Church of Forest Hills
is going strong with 40 active members. sharing the care.
Sheila was named The Local East Coast Fall 2012 Lady Godiva Honoree with her is Lauren Bush Lauren, The First National Lady Godiva Honoree and Founder of FEED.org
The NYC Partnership 4 Family Caregiving Corps
(Share The Care is one of the founding members)
We will participate in Caregiving Summits at Fordham University.
The STC Stations Program in rural Wisconsin funded by GWAAR now has12 STC Stations operational and 3 more in the works. STC Stations provide information and coaching for anyone wanting to start a STC group.
The STC program through Kauai Hospice is helping families island wide. Mary Ann Nordwall on her weekly visit to provide support for Melia.
Manning the table at a church event
STC Administrator, Phyllis Waisman
and Office Manager, Betty Himmelsbach
2013 TEDMED. We won a scholarship to attend this amazing
3-day event at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. and participate in the discussions on the caregiving crisis.
Program from a luncheon hosted by Caregivers Outreach Ministry Empowerment (in honor of National Family Caregivers Month)
“Community Service Award” presented to Sheila at the event in November
~ Wounded veterans require family caregivers, too. As many as 1 million Americans are caring in their homes for service members from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars who are suffering from traumatic brain injury, post-traumatic stress disorder, or other wounds and illnesses.
~ And it’s not just women doing the caregiving. Men are now almost as likely to say they are family caregivers as women are (37% of men; 40% of women). And 36% of younger Americans between ages 18 and 29 are family caregivers as well, including 1 million young people who care for loved ones with Alzheimer’s.
~ Family caregiving is serious work. Almost half of family caregivers perform complex medical/nursing tasks for their loved ones – such as managing multiple medications, providing wound care, and operating specialized medical equipment.
It was a day to reflect on the past, look to the future and honor the countless contributions volunteers make daily in every corner of America.
President Barack Obama and Points of Light Founder President George H. W. Bush joined dozens of service leaders from throughout the country at a White House event on July 15 to present the 5,000th Daily Point of Light Award to Floyd Hammer and Kathy Hamilton of Union, Iowa. Hammer and Hamilton are the founders of Outreach, Inc., which provides safe water, food, medical care and education to children and those in need at home and abroad.
President George H. W. Bush and President Barack Obama present the 5,000th Daily Point of Light Award
“If the purpose of this award is to celebrate Americans who work to make our country and world a better place – not for their own advantage or for any ulterior motive, but just to serve, pure and simple – I cannot think of anyone more deserving than Kathy Hamilton and Floyd Hammer,” said President Obama, who also took a moment to honor youth service leaders like Yash Gupta of California, who earned a Daily Point of Light Award for founding an organization to provide eyeglasses to the needy.
The Daily Point of Light Award – established in 1989 by President Bush – celebrates the power of individuals, alone and working together, to spark change and improve the world. The White House event was attended by past Daily Points of Light from across the United States who were on hand to pay tribute to the award’s lasting legacy.
The event drew widespread national media coverage, and participation from thousands on social media. It was broadcast live by CNN and C-SPAN, and covered by national news outlets, including the CBS Evening News, the New York Times, USA Today and Politico.
President Bush, who continued his tradition of delighting crowds with colorful socks, introduced his son, Points of Light Chairman Neil Bush, praising him for his commitment to volunteering and service. Neil Bush lauded the ability of Americans to set aside differences and unite for a common purpose.
“Service is one of the things that truly brings our nation together. It transcends politics and addresses problems that government alone cannot solve,” he said.
Points of Light CEO Michelle Nunn announced during the event that The Walt Disney Company will become a founding sponsor of the Daily Points of Light Trust, continuing a legacy of support that began in 1991, when Disney hosted and celebrated the first 575 Daily Point of Light honorees. Disney’s support will help the Daily Point of Light Award move into the future with a special emphasis on honoring individuals and organizations that support and promote volunteering for kids and families.
“It was President Bush’s genius to put a daily spotlight on these individuals and actions that embody the very best of our nation,” said Nunn. “The award is an antidote to the dispiriting cynicism that too often pervades our news and our discourse. It reminds us that people care and that hope is the story — the true story of America.”
Dear Sheila Warnock – Daily Point of Light Honoree,
This Monday, July 15, will be a special moment for Points of Light and the entire service movement. President and Mrs. Obama will host President George H. W. Bush and Mrs. Bush at a special White House ceremony to honor the 5,000th person to receive the Daily Point of Light Award, which recognizes people like you who embrace the challenge of tackling a community need through volunteer service.As a past winner of this award, we would love to have you assist with the Points of Light social media campaign in support of the event. The goal is to show that there are people making a difference everywhere, in every part of the world.
Twitter: We are requesting that people tweet on July 15 about someone who has made an impact on their community or lives using the #mypointoflight hashtag.
Facebook: Copy the image above and post it to your Facebook page on July 15. “Tag” Facebook friends who have been points of light in your life or community, so the image will display proudly on their profile pages. And ask them to keep passing the image along, adding their own points of light.
Thank you for all you have done — and continue to do — as a Daily Point of Light!
With best regards,
Points of Light
I am a reporter with Workforce, a publication and website for human resource professionals based in Chicago.
Iâ€™m looking for stories for the article that Iâ€™m writing on the â€œsandwich generationâ€â€”those who are juggling jobs and caregiving for kids, parents or other relatives. My goal is to shed light on the challenges that these caregivers face in the workplace and on why employers should care.
Iâ€™d like to talk with employees about the challenges and rewards of caregiving. Iâ€™m interested in talking to folks of all ages and situations. The only requirement is that they have a caregiving story that pertains to work, whether itâ€™s about juggling a job, quitting, losing or changing a job, having supportive bosses or unsupportive, it doesnâ€™t matter.
Please forward this query to anyone who might be interested in sharing their stories.
Wednesday April 10th 2013, 10:53 pm
Filed under: News
We want to share with all who voted for Sheila in the Lady Godiva Program contest the final outcome. Today, April 10th, we attended an special luncheon to learn who had won the Annual Lady Godiva award. See Video and Photos below.
Thank you again for your support and votes for Sheila.Â We are thrilled with the awareness the LADY GODIVA program has given ShareTheCaregiving.Â Many more people have and will continue to learn about our work to teach people to share the care. Now, that’s SWEET!!!Â THANK YOU EVERYONE AT GODIVA CHOCOLATIER!!!!
GODIVA CHOCOLATIER ANNOUNCES HEIDI MARKOW, FOUNDER OF THE BEGINNING OVER FOUNDATION AS 2012 ANNUAL LOCAL LADY GODIVA HONOREE.
Heidi is honored for Standing Up to Domestic Violence. The organization provides shelter, counseling and educational programs as well as financial and legal support to victims and their families.Â Her organization will receive $10,000 grant. The other honorees’ organizations will receive a $1,000 grant.
Fellow 2012 Local Lady Godiva Honorees included:
* Shari Caffrey, Founder of Taylor’s Wish, Anaheim Hills, CA
* Kristina Saffran, Co-founder of Project HEAL from Douglaston, NY
* Jenette Meldrum, co-founder of PORCH-Durham, from Durham, NC
* Cora While, founder of Foster Care Children and Family Fund, from Madison, WI
* Cheryl Jackson, founder of Minnie’s Food Pantry, from Plano, TX
* Emily Auerbach, director of the UW-Odyssey Project, from Madison, WI
* Molly Breitenfeld, founder of SPARK Ministry, from Plano, TX
* Sheila Warnock, founder of ShareTheCaregiving Inc. from NY, NY
Sheila Warnock (left) with Lauren Bush Lauren, Co-Founder and CEO of Social Business, FEED Projects LLC is the Program’s First National Honoree for her work to create good products that help FEED the world.Â To date, FEED Projects have provided over 60 million school meals to children living in 62 of the poorest countries in the world through the UN World Food Programme.
“We are overwhelmed with the positive response we have had from the Local Lady GODIVA Program.Â The cause marketing initiative was launched last April to celebrate inspirational women around the world who embody the attributes of Lady Godiva through selflessness, generosity, leadership and the spirit of giving back to their community.”Â Â Â Jeri Finard, President, North America At GODIVA Chocolatier.