Northwest Valley Connect and The Sun Cities Lions Foundation Sign a Lease

Northwest Valley Connect and The Sun Cities Lions Foundation Sign a Lease

July 11, 2016
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Sun City, Ariz., July 11, 2016 — Northwest Valley Connect (NVC) is relocating from

Surprise to Sun City, where it will be housed in a building owned by the Sun Cities Lions

Foundation at 9445 N 99 th Avenue Peoria, AZ 85345. The Lions Foundation has offered a

low rent three year lease to NVC as an incentive and is very happy to have the

community transportation nonprofit working this Sun City area. NVC will be moving in

August 1 st . The phone numbers and email addresses will remain the same.

“We are so pleased to have a bigger space to grow our programs,”’ said Kathryn

Chandler NVC executive director, “and the Lions are really wonderful to work with! They

understand the need for seniors and persons with disabilities to have the rides they

need for medical appointments, shopping and the very important social trips.”

NVC was jointly launched by Benevilla and Sun Health in 2014 and has been operating

out of space in the Benevilla facility on Greasewood Street in Surprise.

Since it opened, NVC has launched a Call-Click- Connect Center (623-282- 9300) operated

by volunteer operators, hired and trained sixteen volunteer drivers for the Ride Connect

program, accumulated three vans – two of which are wheel –chair-accessible and

started providing Group Connect trips to malls and other area locations.

The Call Center answered 1,457 calls in 2015 and has answered 1,909 calls in the first

half of 2016. The new office provides much-needed space for two call operators to

answer phones during the peak times of the day. It also has a fenced area, a garage, and

meeting space for training, volunteer recognition events, community and board

meetings.

Front L to R...Lions Foundation Treasurer Bill Wentling, Lions Foundation Executive Director John Bliss, Kathryn Chandler Northwest Valley Connect Executive Director, Lions Foundation Secretary Myles Daitzman. Back Row L to R...Lions Past District Governor Ed Lydon, Lions Past District Governor Ann Roberts, Lions Past District Governor Susan Lydon, Lions Past International Director Dave Roberts

Front L to R…Lions Foundation Treasurer Bill Wentling, Lions Foundation
Executive Director John Bliss, Kathryn Chandler Northwest Valley Connect Executive
Director, Lions Foundation Secretary Myles Daitzman.
 Back Row L to R…Lions Past District Governor Ed Lydon, Lions Past
District Governor Ann Roberts, Lions Past District Governor Susan Lydon, Lions Past
International Director Dave Roberts

About Northwest Valley Connect

Northwest Valley Connect (NVC) is a nonprofit transportation coordination service for

residents of the northwest region of the Phoenix metropolitan area. NVC was formed

through a partnership of local nonprofits Sun Health and Benevilla to address the gaps

in transportation services in the area. Working with government, private, nonprofit and

volunteer transportation providers, NVC aims to educate the population it serves on

existing transportation resources as well as provide new senior transportation options

to service unmet needs. With 100,000 seniors living in the area, and a rapidly aging

population, NVC is not only meeting a demand, but it is an essential ingredient to ensure

citizens of the Northwest Valley are able to maintain a vibrant and independent quality

of life.