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SEPTEMBER 2020 NEWSLETTER

 


 

LETTER FROM BOARD CHAIR- Bonnie Boyce-Wilson

 

September Greetings!

 

We are excited to be celebrating the arrival of our shiny new van! Great news indeed! It is so new, we have not yet had time to wrap it with the NVC logo, but it is here for our use. These vans are made available through a grant application process. The funding is 80% federal and 20% NVC. That means we had to come up with our share to submit with the application and then wait to see whether we were selected. It is a long process requiring patience. Even once we knew we would be receiving the van it still took months to be delivered. But the waiting time is over, and it is indeed time to celebrate! Wa-hoo!

 

Another reason for celebration is the 3089.5 miles driven by volunteers during July, (the most recent month for which numbers are available.) Just think! Even during record-breaking temperatures and the pandemic, NVC volunteers keep the wheels turning and clients are being served. Thank you for your dedication, your time and energy, and facing the blasts of hot air when you open your car doors. You mean the world to the clients you serve. Your service is so appreciated. Thank you!

 

So, you may wonder how I knew about the miles driven during July. It is no secret, and you yourself can go to the NVC website at Northwestvalleyconnect.org and look under “news” to find the statistics about our service delivery. Not only can you see the miles driven, but also the hours donated by volunteers and the areas of work assigned as well as the number of clients served. Our dedicated team of volunteers contributes their skills and time in a wide variety of ways.

 

Our website is a wealth of information and resources for our board members, volunteers, clients, and the general population. We thank our dedicated webmaster, Ronni, for her commitment to excellence and her countless hours of work as she continues to develop this amazing resource for NVC. Please take a moment to check it out!

 

Stay safe!

 

Bonnie Boyce-Wilson

 

 

 

 


 

VOLUNTEER SPOTLIGHT- Stella Ardire

Stella is a retired nurse who has lived in several places across the US but wound up heading west to Arizona to be closer to other members of her family. She lived in Flagstaff near her daughter and granddaughter for a few years before moving to the west valley. Stella retired from nursing in October of 2019 and quickly began considering how to give back to the community. She loves to drive, knows the west valley area, and decided driving for NVC would be a good fit.

 

Volunteering at NVC has been a good choice for her. She is having fun and enjoys meeting fascinating new people. She was impacted by the reality of so many folks who live alone with no one to depend on and no one to talk to.

 

 

Stella uses her listening skills, developed as a nurse, to hear the great life stories of clients she is transporting.She says, “These folks have had such interesting lives and they love having someone to tell about it.” Her own life is made fuller and richer from that experience. “Everyone is so friendly and appreciative”, she continued. “It really makes driving a rewarding experience.”

 

While Stella exercises appropriate COVID cautions, she believes an important part of staying healthy herself is having a strong immune system and washing hands often. She feels comfortable driving during the pandemic and is glad she can help clients who must have transportation.

 

 


 

MESSAGE FROM THE VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR-

Libby Christianson

Hello NVC Volunteers, Alumni and Friends,

 

We hope that you are safe and well. September marks six months since our country has been experiencing a global pandemic. Weathering this storm is challenging even for those who have resources. Our clients need our support and NVC volunteers are connecting with them.

 

We continue to send our love and support to the Chandler family during this difficult time after the loss of their son and brother, Troy. His presence at NVC will be missed. You may send condolences for Kathy and her family to Northwest Valley Connect, PO Box 9303, Surprise, AZ 85374.

 

Calls to clients who have asked for regular wellness check ins has been going on since March. Wellness Check Volunteers have a regular list of about 60 clients they keep in touch with. These volunteers include: Mickey, Pherne, Elaine, Anita, Pam, Karen, Celia, Sherry, and Andi. Each volunteer calls about 8 clients. It may just be to chat about how they are doing and providing reassurance. It may include references to other services they may need. It might be a grocery order or a ride. Callers assist clients in getting what they need.

 

Some clients continue to schedule rides through our call center. A few dedicated call center operators, Pat and Greg, plus Kim our dispatcher handle the calls and do their best to connect riders with a ride or one of our volunteer drivers. In addition, call center volunteers continue to register new clients for NVC services.

 

Our summer drivers include: Rich, Tom, Mary, Pat, Dave, Stella and Jim. The hot summer months can be a challenge. The record setting heat is oppressive and since we are no longer able to wait indoors for clients this can mean finding a cool place to wait or running your car for long periods to remain cool. Driving clients is the core of our mission and we are grateful that with the help of a few dedicated volunteer drivers we can continue to serve those most vulnerable.

 

The operation of NVC continues as well. The bills need to be paid, much needed funds need to be found, the offices need to be cleaned, vehicles need upkeep, our new website demands attention and the board of directors is working for our future. We thank all those volunteers who continue our mission.

 

Please check out our new website at northwestvalleyconnect.org and like us on Facebook. If you need help inputting your volunteer hours and mileage to the website please contact Libby Christianson at vcoordinator@northwestvalleyconnect.org.

 

 

Speaking of the NVC Board of Directors, board member Sharon Hettick and Bonnie Boyce Wilson continue to work to bring transportation services and funding to the west valley. Sharon was very involved in getting residents to respond to the transportation survey provided by Valley Metro. Thank you! The results of the survey are in and a Zoom meeting has been scheduled to share information with residents. Use the information below to join the meeting and share your thoughts and concerns. Your advocacy for our clients is most needed!

 

 

 

 

FUNDRAISER TIME- Get your walking shoes ready!

 

Coming soon to the NVC community: our annual fundraiser reframed.

 

Normally in October 2020 NVC would be hosting our annual Motors and Wheels mega fundraiser. Since this is not currently possible the NVC fundraising committee has a new, brilliant idea – a virtual walkathon!

 

Our proposed date for this event is the second weekend in January 2021. This leaves us plenty of time to plan and execute a fun, creative event that will draw in beaucoup buck$.

 

Here’s where you come in…

 

Do you know a business that would like to be a named sponsor for our event?

 

Maybe you enjoy putting together baskets full of goodies to raffle off?

 

Are you an event planner who would like to leave their mark on this event?

 

Worker bees are always welcome for planning and on the day of the event.

 

Virtual walkers are needed too!

 

So, pencil us in for the second Sunday in January 2021 and let Libby know if want to join the planning team for our annual NVC Motors and Wheels Virtual Walkathon. Contact Libby at vcoordinator@northwestvalleyconnect.org

 

 

 

 


 

RECIPE AND STORY- Pat Detert

 

When I was growing up, every Saturday my mother would bake 1 recipe of cookies and 1 13x9 cake. We all had a sweet tooth, and my father took a big handful of cookies and 1 apple for his lunch everyday. Then at night he had to have a large serving of cake,so what was baked on Saturday just lasted the week. This was one of my father's (and mine and my sister's) favorites..

I don't know where this recipe came from. My mother was not adventurous in the kitchen so I am guessing that she tasted this at some potluck or another (we had many of these when I was in grade school) and then asked for the recipe. It came with very basic instructions-it originally said "mix ingredients together", and that was all.. Back then I guess females were born with the knowledge of how to put ingredients together, because many recipes only had a list of ingredients. I didn't inherit that gene.

 

Hope you like it!

 

 

 

CHOCOLATE MARASCHINO CHERRY CAKE
Copy?   Chocolate Maraschino Cherry Cake

 

CAKE INGREDIENTS


1 c sugar
1/2 c shortening
1 egg
1 c sour milk
1 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 c flour
1 square melted baking chocolate (That is 1 ounce today, semisweet)
Jar of maraschino cherries with juice

 

DIRECTIONS

Combine sugar and shortening in a large bowl. Add 1 egg. Put the soda into the sour milk-it will foam up-then add to the bowl. Stir in the flour. Stir in 1/4 cup of the cherry juice and mix thoroughly. Fold in 1/2 cup cherries that you have cut into small pieces.. (You can add nuts here if you wish). Bake in a 13x9 pan at 350 for about 40 minutes. Let it cool before frosting.

 

FROSTING INGREDIENTS

3 oz cream cheese, softened
1 tbsp milk
2 1/2 c powdered sugar
1 square melted chocolate (same as before)
1 tsp vanilla
pinch of salt

 

 

DIRECTIONS

 

Combine cream cheese and milk. Add sugar gradually. Add chocolate, vanilla and salt and stir well. Frost cake.

 


 

 

Happy Birthday fromall of us at Northwest Valley Connect!!

Lois Brechner

Sheryl Gustafson

Karen Rezny

Lynette Dorathy

Daniel Conry

Mary Kelley

 



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