SEPTEMBER 2021 NEWSLETTER
SEPTEMBER IS FRUITS & VEGATABLES MONTH
BOARD CHAIR LETTER-Julie Kent-Partridge
Happy September Everyone!
Finally, we are starting to have some cooler weather! Fall is around the corner and this year we have even more to celebrate! As most of you might already be aware of,our Motors and Meals fundraiser will be held on October 30th, 2021. We are in need of volunteers for this event. I know you all would love to be involved as well as bring family members to also help! The more the merrier! Please let us know if you can help!This event is going to be fabulous and can't wait to see all of you there!
I have a couple items I wanted to mention as I feel it is important to share new partnerships that our organization has recently made. Kathy and I participated in a collaboration effort with a non-profit called: Sounds of Autism a couple weeks ago. NVC isgoing to assist this non-profit with providing transportation solutions for transitioning young adults with Autism as well assist with training that will help them better acclimate to their new livingenvironments. The best part of this partnership is that the Sounds of Autism's marketing team will help us by creating the material we need as well as create the Public Service Announcements (PSA) that we can share with the public and on our website. All NVC has to do is share the expertise that is necessary to educate these transitioning adults. There might be some opportunities for transportation later on down the line so I felt it was necessary to share this information because if you feel serving this population is your calling, please let Kathy know now so we have an idea who to call first!
The second item I wanted to share was the Vetlink Foundation Organization partnership that hosts the monthly Coffee with Vets events located at the West Valley Veterans Success Center, address 12425 W. Bell Rd Suite 124 Surprise, Az.This month on August 28th, Congresswoman Debbie Lesko will be speaking. Northwest Valley Connect has been asked to help with transportation to this event and their monthly meetings moving forward. City of Surprise Councilwoman Aly Cline, was excited to hear that we could help with this type of transportation. She mentioned to me that a Senior Citizen who was a Veteran contacted her because he needed wheelchair accessible transportation to get to these events. I am glad we are able to offer assistance by providing transportation especially as it applies to Veterans, Seniors and riders who are disabled. If any of you would like to attend these monthly meetings please be sure to contact Vetlink Foundation at 623 303 4355 or sign up via their website:www.vetlinkfoundation.org
Thank you to everyone who volunteers their time to support Northwest Valley Connect's efforts. We couldn't do what we do without YOU! You are the gems that we need to shine and serve our community.
Closing out my part of this month's newsletter, I wanted to share another tool that I use occasionally for myself and with my clients. Music can definitelybe helpful when it comes to self regulation as well as calming the mind and body. This month I will share this link as it includes a lovely piano piece that I find to be very relaxing. I hope you enjoy it as much as I have!
Have a great month!
Julie Kent-Partridge, NVC Board Chair
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR MONTHLY MESSAGE - Kathy Chandler
Dear Volunteers and Staff,
Please join me in congratulating Steve Royer on his promotion to Transit Manager! Steve has been doing such an amazing job and will be responsible for the Ride Connect Volunteer program, the contract programs, supervising all drivers and will be working closely with the Fleet Manager Rich Greene on vehicle scheduling and safety training.
We are searching for a Volunteer Coordinator at this time and until we find our person I am filling in. The articles that went out recently to recruit volunteers for the call center have been fruitful! We have now filled all shifts in the call center. I sent out the same article making changes to recruit volunteer drivers so fingers crossed.
In the meantime, our Board, myself, and some volunteers are working on planning our annual fundraising event Motors and Meals. We are still in need of Sponsors, Raffle items, and Vendor booth participants. And,we are in need of volunteers to work the day of the event, Saturday October 30th. We need volunteers to help set up the tables and chairs for the vendors, to sit at our NVC tables to greet and direct people, at the beer and wine tent, at the raffle booth, at the entertainment stage, in the parking lot directing traffic, driving one of our vehicles to shuttle people from the overload parking lot, and to sell raffle tickets. Please send me an email if you would like to volunteer at the fundraiser.
Thank you all for your contributions to our mission to provide personalized support to connect area residents with available transportation services while developing new transportation options for seniors to overcome existing service gaps. Calls for rides are increasing and trips are picking up so, with our continued efforts to bring in more volunteers and funds to help, we will be able to keep up with the growing capacity.
NVCTRANSIT MANNAGER - Steve Royer
We are so thankful for all the hard work that Pat Detert has done recently to train our newest volunteer, Kathy Mindling, in our call center. She has fit-in so nicely with all of us and has already received many nice compliments from our clients. It’s fantastic to have such a wonderful and experienced trainer with Pat who keeps teaching all of us how to continually exceed our clients’ expectations! Pat also helps us in dispatching from time-to-time to cover days-off and vacations. Pat’s expertise and knowledge of our clients is extremely valuable to all of us! Thank you, Pat and welcome, Kathy!
Greg Cravens has been doing a great job volunteering in our call center from home over the past few months; his phone rings the same at home as it does in our office and he has network access to all of our systems. He volunteers each Tuesday morning and enters all of our Lyft rides for the following week, answers our clients’ calls and schedules trips. He is very flexible and also helps to answer the phones from home when we need additional coverage due to meetings or appointments. Thank you, Greg!
VOLUNTEER DRIVERS LOVE TO PLEASE OUR CLIENTS!
We receive so many nice comments and kudos from our clients for our volunteer drivers who go out of their way to do the little things that many transportation companies never imagine doing – like taking flowers to a client or preparing them a meal or their favorite cookies or dessert. Our volunteers genuinely have a heart for others.
Our clients appreciate the many efforts all of our drivers take to make a safe and comfortable environment in their vehicles. Our volunteers wash their cars inside and out before their scheduled rides, then, sanitize the inside of their vehicles after each ride.
EL MIRAGE SENIOR CENTER OPENS
Eva Podbielski, another one of our dedicated drivers, began transporting clients on August 23rd to the El Mirage Senior Center now that it has re-opened. The clients are thrilled to see one another again and be transported for breakfast, lunch and social activities. Thank you, Eva, for helping our clients safely maneuver through these pandemic times and driving them so safely!
Classic Cars, Fun Food, Creative Raffle
NVC will be holding another Motors and Meals fundraiser in October. It’s a great event featuring classic cars, fun food and a raffle for some exciting items. We are hoping you can you help us with donations for the raffle.
Are you an artist, sculptor, crafter, weaver, quilter, jewelry maker, clothes designer…..or do you know someone who is? We would love to have an original creation. If you have your own business….shop, restaurant, coffee shop, catering, personal chef, hair salon, esthetician, auto repair, or any other service….or know someone who has, a gift certificate would be a wonderful addition to the raffle.
Please let us know if you can contribute something to the raffle or if you have the time to make contacts for donations. We cannot thank you enough for your help!
VOLUNTEER SPOTLIGHT -Sylvia Meredith
How long have you been volunteering?
I began volunteering with NWVC in early June of this year. I have also volunteered for a crisis pregnancy home in the East Valley for over 20 years.
What do you do for NVC?
I am currently doing data entry and driving clients.
What do you like about volunteering?
I love meeting new people and hearing their stories and helping where and when needed.
What is a fun fact about you?
I was in the education field for 34 years teaching elementary and middle school as well as director of several child care/preschool centers. One of my passions is working with children and their families.
What advice do you have for other volunteers?
Call your clients from your manifest the day before and introduce yourself, help them in and out of your vehicle, let them share about themselves - listen. Thank them for using NWVC and let them know you hope to see them again.
By Ronni Hoover
Saltimbocca is a long time Hoover family favorite! In fact, my grandson just texted me yesterday asking for the recipe so he could be sure he's been making it properly.
Saltimbocca's name means to "jump in the mouth" with flavor! It is an easy and elegant restaurant dinner but, at home on a weeknight, the chopped chicken breast version makes a very tasty meal. Serve with a beautiful green salad on the side.
1stick butter1tsp basil
1 tsp Dijon mustard (or 2) ½tsp poultry seasoning
1lb chicken breasts or cutlets ¼lb. prosciutto, thin slices
¼lb Jarlsberg, Gruyere, or Swiss cheese Dry white wine
DIRECTIONS - Restaurant Styl
1. Cut cheese into 2 x ¼ “ rectangles.
2. Cut chicken breasts into 4 oz pieces, pound pieces/cutlets to same thickness, if necessary
3. Lay prosciutto on cutlet, top with cheese and roll. Fasten with toothpick.
4. Make sauce of the first four ingredients.
5. Brown rolled cutlets at medium heat in sauce then add wine to depth of ½” and simmer approximately 20 minutes.
Serve over ziti or rigatoni pasta.
For quicker family version:
Do not create rolls. Cut chicken meat into 2” pieces, brown chicken (and prosciutto - optional) in the sauce, and simmer with wine 20 minutes. Shred cheese and sprinkle over meat and sauce before serving over pasta.
Nutrition Tip of the Month
By Sharon Sass, RDN
September is National Fruits & Veggies Month. We all know that eating more fruits and vegetables is a good thing to do. Many of us need help in making it happen. Here are some ideas to get you started:
- Add dried fruit to your oatmeal at breakfast.
- Drink a glass of 100% fruit juice.
- Throw some frozen vegetables into your morning scrambled eggs.
- Snack on some fresh carrots, bell peppers, or cherry tomatoes.
- Top your green salad with some canned fruit.
Here in Arizona, it is easy to eat lots of fruits and vegetables because fresh fruits and vegetables are harvested every month of the year. To celebrate National Fruits & Veggies Month, take the "Have a Plant Pledge" below.It is easy! Add one more fruit or veggie to what you eat every day for a month. It can be any fruit or vegetable. Looking for ideas? VisitFruits and Vegies page below.
Happy Birthday from all of us at NVC!!
Sally Erickson - 8th
Karen Rezny - 16th
Mickey Dorathy - 18th