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NVC November Newsletter

 | Published on 11/8/2020



As we anticipate the season of Thanksgiving, we are reminded to count our blessings, and we are so very grateful to have many blessings at Northwest Valley Connect. Even in this year of unprecedented change, NVC volunteers and staff have stayed on track to meet the needs of our clients. We have been safe and COVID-free.

Volunteers are a gift in every season and we appreciate you every day, yet Thanksgiving causes us to pause to reflect, to recognize your unique contributions and express special appreciation to you. People volunteer for many reasons. In today’s fast paced life, many of us found ourselves asking profound questions such as’ “What is lacking in my life?” And you found answers by looking outward from your own needs and desires and looking instead to your neighbors and community.

People volunteer because they want to! There is something deep inside which is calling to them to give of their time and talents for the benefit of others. They have big hearts and want to make a difference in other people’s lives. They derive a personal sense of satisfaction from completing a task of giving service. That intrinsic motivation is the ultimate reward. They get to do something they are passionate about. It makes them feel good.

But beyond that, we all want and need to be acknowledged and appreciated for what we do. That is the purpose of my letter to you as volunteers this month. I am writing to say, “Thank you” and “I appreciate all you do.” You are an essential member of the NVC team. Your talents are needed. We depend on you. We would notice if you weren’t there. You are reliable and dependable and what you do contributes to the success of the whole organization. Thank you!

Bonnie Boyce-Wilson

Board chair, NVC

Thanks Giving is my favorite holiday of the year. I love the color Orange, Pumpkin Spice is my favorite coffee, and I have much to be thankful for. I am thankful for NVC and all of our generous, caring volunteers, our kind clients and our supportive communities. Thank you for your continued support in helping those most in need to get where they need to go! I wish for you a Happy Healthy Thanksgiving!

Tuesday November 3rd is voting day. I have volunteered to drive a small group from the Solstice Senior Center to the polling place at RH Johnson Rec Center in Sun City West. If anyone needs a ride, please let me know. It is important to make sure that everyone who needs a ride to vote is able get a ride.

Just a reminder: For your health - mask up, wash your hands often, and stay away from crowds. For our clients health - continue to clean your vehicle between clients, wear a mask, wear gloves and distance as much as possible. Thank you for all you do!!

With Respect – Kathryn Chandler/Executive Director

VOLUNTEER NEWS by Libby Christianson

November NVC Volunteer Newsletter from Volunteer Coordinator

Hello and Happy Fall to the fantastic NVC Volunteer Team,

We can only hope that we have seen the last of our 100 degree temperatures until well into 2021. Setting the record of 144 days over 100 degrees is not something we’re going for!

NVC Volunteers have all been hard at work as usual. In September you provided 567 volunteer hours devoted to our clients. NVC drivers drove over 3405 miles and together we served 383 clients. That’s pretty impressive!

If you would like to put an NVC magnet on your car when you are driving clients they are available at the NVC office. Just call Kim Johnson, dispatcher at 623-282-9300 to arrange to pick one up.  It can provide peace of mind for clients to see you identified as a driver with NVC. Just as important is wearing your name badge. Libby is catching up on name badges for new volunteers. We’ll get your NVC name badge to you soon.

We appreciate how you continue to follow CDC guidelines when interacting with clients. Masks and sanitizer are available from the NVC office. 

If you enjoy creating unique posts on social media maybe you would like to work on creating followers and drawing attention to Northwest Valley Connect on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and/or Twitter. This remote opportunity is available NOW!

Other opportunities to get your creative juices going are available! Will you help us plan our upcoming annual fundraiser newly named – Motors and Heels, a virtual walkathon? The date for this event is Saturday, January 16, 2021. Needed now are volunteers willing to contact local businesses for sponsorship of our event or to ask for donations for a raffle. Don’t miss this chance to join the fun-loving committee that is destined to make this event a great success! Questions or wish to volunteer? Contact Sharon Ward, NVC Board

Speaking of Board Member Sharon Ward:

Assistant Controller with Cornerstone Advisors Inc. based out of Scottsdale Arizona since August 2018. Prior to this role, she worked in the banking industry for 30 years in multiple areas including retail sales and operations management.

She is married, has two grown children, and three grandchildren. She was a past member of the Surprise Chamber of Commerce, and worked for many years with Eve's Place as a volunteer fundraiser. She loves traveling especially with her family and is a fan of all things Disney.

Please like Northwest Valley Connect on Facebook and share with your friends and family. Once there you’ll be able to view our new video ad!

Our clients appreciate you. Staff and fellow volunteers appreciate you. We give thanks this month and every month for your dedication to Northwest Valley Connect.

Libby Christianson, NVC Volunteer Coordinator


How long have you been volunteering at NVC?
About 2 years
What do you do at NVC?
I do a little bit of everything. I like to do events, marketing meetings, and just supporting Northwest Valley Connect with whatever I can. I also do calls for wellness checks.
What do you like about volunteering at NVC?
The volunteers are my favorite part. I also have really enjoyed talking to people through wellness calls, these people are amazing and you just feel so great when you get off of the phone with them.
What is a fun fact about you?
I recently got a bicycle and I am going to start doing that. I also used to spend Thanksgiving in London every year with my daughter.
What advice do you have for other volunteers?
I recommend to everyone to volunteer because what you receive is so much more that what you get. When you volunteer you will always get so much in return and it is so worth it.

I love sweet potatoes and soup, so when I saw this recipe, I had to try it. It's great-like eating dessert for dinner. Happy Thanksgiving!

Creamy Sweet Potato Soup

1 large onion, chopped (1 cup)
2 stalks celery, chopped (1 cup)
1 medium leek or 3 green onions, either thinly sliced
1 large clove garlic, minced
2 tablespoons butter
1 1/2 pounds sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed (more does not hurt)
4 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
1 3 inch cinnamon stick (I usually just sprinkle in some ground cinnamon)
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
1 1/2 c half-and-half or light cream
2 tablespoonfuls maple syrup
In Dutch oven, cook onion, celery, leeks and garlic in hot butter until onion is tender but not brown.

Add sweet potato, broth, cinnamon and nutmeg. Bring to boiling. Reduce heat and simmer, covered, for 20 min or until potato is tender. Remove from heat and cool part way (you don't want it to blow up in the next step). Remove cinnamon stick if you used that.

Transfer mixture, about 1/3 at a time, to blender container or food processor bowl. Cover and blend/process until smooth. When all processed, return to Dutch oven. Stir in half-and-half and maple syrup, heat through.

Happy Birthday fromall of us at Northwest Valley Connect!!

Gary Hale
Susan Bowen
Patricia Detert
Thomas Doty
Mark Chandler