When I see the Reevettes (my sister’s Share The Care group,) I will thank them, for their help. I know I will hear in their response: “gift, privilege, honor. One group member told me recently, it’s one of the best things I’ve done with my life.”
“Maybe my sister is living longer because of us. I know we are living better because of her.”
Sharing The Care by Carry Marriot, ALS Independence
Dear Share The Care Supporters,
People in Share The Care groups invariably express their experience as a gift for everyone involved. Over the years, we hear about gifts in the form of personal satisfaction. We hear about meaningful insights into what really matters and how caregiving leads people to realign with their life priorities. New relationships, important life lessons, meaningful memories and all sorts of rich human connections and rewards are the gifts of Share The Care.
Many more caregivers, communities, organizations and places of worship need to learn about the Share The Care model. Our job is to keep offering information and resources through our web site; educational programs and materials; and providing email and telephone support to care recipients, caregivers, and their concerned friends. To keep doing what we do – ¦we need your gift of financial support.
Please consider a tax-deductible donation of $100, $500 or $1000 to help us grow and expand our reach. (See highlights of our latest efforts) If you are part of a Share The Care Group, you might consider pooling your funds to make a meaningful donation. Your show of support will also assist in attracting needed foundation and corporate sponsors. If you or someone you know can help us find sponsors, please let us know.
GIFTS ARE TAX DEDUCTIBLE. EVERY DOLLAR COUNTS IN THESE DIFFICULT TIMES.
We also invite you to donate in honor of a friend or loved one. You may donate online at: (www.sharethecare.org) or if you prefer 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 Americaâ€™s
New York, NY 10013-1590
If you are involved in a Share The Care group, tell us about it. We welcome your pictures and stories for our web site. Now, you can also visit us on Facebook to add your group’™s photo.
With deepest appreciation from our Board of Directors and staff.
Founder & President
Share The Care Highlights
* Work has begun on our Individual Group Sites Project, for caregiving groups to use our forms, communicate and coordinate action online. Funded by The Milbank Foundation for Rehabilitation, EmblemHealth, and private donations, the project is due to launch in early 2011. It is being built through Learning Worlds Institute, a non-profit with a focus on the development of breakthrough models for social change, especially as they relate to caregiving, long-term and home care: www.learningworldsinstitute.org
* We have completed our Share The Care Station Managerâ€™s manual and Share The Care advertising (posters, ads, flyers and newspaper ads) for use in Share The Care Stations in the field. A Share The Care Station is a place where people can get information and coaching from a health professional or trained volunteer to start their own Share The Care group. The initial production costs were funded by the Laura B. Volger Foundation. For more information about Stations, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
* We have an exciting project kicking off in February 2011, in Monterey County, CA. Seeding the Share The Care Model in Monterey County will be launched with a presentation at the Carmel Foundation, followed by a Share The Care training for health professionals at California State University at Monterey Bay. The training, funded by the Arkay Foundation, is already filled to capacity, due to the incredible efforts of our local Carmel/Monterey community partners. The pilot will eventually include: a local Share The Care coordinator; several Share The Care Stations; and a Share The Care Council to be made up of local professionals, clergy and laypeople. Additional trainings are also planned.
* Share The Care made its first presentation that was streamed live over the internet this year. We hope this will become a model for reaching large audiences in the future. The opportunity was provided by Marble Collegiate Church. ShareTheCaregiving was also selected to be a grant recipient of the church.
* The South West Ontario Share The Care™ Program is going full-force with great success. The Share The Care Coordinator has made 200 presentations to other Local Health Integration Networks within and outside the province, health organizations and places of worship, establishing a presence through workshops, conferences (local and national) as well as health fairs. The next stage will include the establishment of several Share The Care Stations.
* We continue to benefit from guidance and capacity-building supports offered by SEED (www.seedimpact.org). As its name suggests, SEED is assisting our organization to Stretch our view of what is possible, Enliven our work with more of what we do best, Ennoble more talents and energies to share ownership in growing our organization, and Discover more of our potential. We are currently forming a steering committee and a fund development team that will be developing innovative approaches to make our work sustainable. To consider what role you might play and explore possibilities, please contact Sheila: email@example.com.