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NVC April Newsletter

Ronni D Hoover | Published on 4/1/2022







whew, finally got it!









Julie Kent-Partridge

Happy April Everyone!


Spring certainly snuck up on us and hope that you are all enjoying these beautiful temperatures.

Unfortunately, we had to cancel our Spring fundraiser; however, we will be taking advantage of other fundraiser opportunities that Kathy will mention later on in this newsletter.

I will mention and ask that you all share a little blip about Northwest Valley Connect and ask for support via social media accounts for Arizona Gives Day. This "day" is Tuesday April 5th & 6th, 2022.

Gas prices, as well as other operation expenses, have increased. We also want to be sure that our drivers and volunteers stay well hydrated as we shift to the warmer weather. Every little bit helps! Let's bring awareness to what we do and how we serve!

A couple things that the Board of Directors is currently working on that I wanted to make you all aware of.In May, we will have a Strategic Plan Retreat. All board members will attend and work together to provide strategies for success, assess each other's current strengths/ways we can lead the organization as well as regroup and connect having our mission and vision in mind. The other thing we are working on is the NVC Impact Report. We are very fortunate to have many helping with this report this year. I especially want to thank our interns for assisting with this report by organizing and writing under Bonnie Boyce-Wilson's leadership. I am proud to be part of such a wonderful organization with volunteers like yourselves who are dedicated and supportive.


Have a great month everyone!


Julie Kent-Partridge





Kathy Chandler

Hi All,


As it starts to get warmer, we are working on getting all the NVC vehicles in for air conditioner recharging. We are very happy with the service from Patriot Power Washing & Sanitation, a Veteran owned organization that has been sanitizing our vans monthly. Fuel prices are doubling our cost of fuel so we are looking at ways to cover those costs. If you know of anyone who doesn’t drive but shops at Fry'sor Safeway, we could use their fuel points if they allow us to use their phone number attached to their account. Let us know if you know of anyone who would support this effort. We will also market the need for fuel with our AZ Gives Day campaign.

Our April Motors and Heels event has been cancelled. So many other start up events were in competition with our event and we were having a hard time getting vendors to commit for the event. We will focus our efforts on our big annual event the Motors and Meals event with car show, vendors and food trucks in October. Save the Date – October 23rd at Beardsley Park in Sun City West.


AZ Gives Day is April 5-6.Visit our webpage on



In honor of Moment of Laughter day on April 14:

Why are Elephants afraid of the computer? Because of the mouse!






Please welcome our new Dispatcher, Cliff Levine, when you meet him. He started last week in training with Pat and with Steve. He will be learning about the call center, regular routes like the El Mirage Senior route, and Olive Branch in order to help when needed, and then will be working part-time as the Dispatcher scheduling trips. He lives in Sun City and has experience in transportation and dispatching. So glad to have you on board, Cliff!


Kathryn Chandler,Executive Director






Gail Christianer

Volunteer Spring Plans


More ZOOM training ahead:

We had a late March session for Personal Vehicle Drivers and Call Center staff will be up next in mid-late April. One goal of the ZOOMs is that you will get a better sense of the other people who provide the same services you do and perhaps give you a colleague to ask questions of.

There are plans to make CPR training available later this year and Kathy Chandler has also selected some free on-line classes for drivers on safety issues.

I’ll report on our YAY US Picnic April 2 next month but, with over 20 RSVPS, I think we’ll have a feast. BBQ was supplied by Experience Matters, the partner group that helps us provide support and recognition to our volunteers. Thank you, Jeanne-Marie Hill. Side dishes were provided by us. Recipes will be extorted and shared.

I am developing a presentation that can be taken “on the road” to different groups in the Northwest Valley. The presentation will focus on our mission, history, accomplishments, and challenges. It will be aimed at seeking volunteer drivers and, if appropriate, seeking donations. If your church has an outreach program or your men’s and women’s clubs need speakers, please have them contact me if there is interest.

As always, please know how valuable you are. Without you, our clients’ lives would be significantly diminished. You rock!







Pat Detert

How long have you been volunteering?

I’ve been volunteering 4.5 years

What do you do for NVC?

I am a Call Center Operator, Call Center Trainer and Driver

What do you like about volunteering?

I like volunteering because I have received help and feel that I am giving back/passing it on.

What is a fun fact about you?

I am a Die-Hard Green Bay Packer fan

What advice do you have for other volunteers?

Advice? Stay calm (I’ve found that most people don’t intend to be rude, demanding, insulting, etc., but it happens) and enjoy the ride (pun intended).







Surprise Pie Crust


(Warning: contains nuts)




Preheat oven to 350. Grease a 9” pie pan/dish. 6-8 servings


1. Whip whites of 3 large eggs until stiff.

2. Add 1 cup of sugar slowly beating to incorporate. Stiff peaks will result.

3. Fold in the following:

12 saltine crackers crumbled to fine crumbs in a plastic bag

1/2 cup finely chopped pecans

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 teaspoon baking soda

4. Spread mixture into greased pie dish and bake 30 minutes. Cool to room temperature.

5. Sweeten or macerate fruit of choice like berries or stone fruits, probably not apples.

6. Sweeten 1 cup heavy whipping cream to taste and whip.

7. Put fruit in pie crust and serve with whipped cream





Nutrition Tip of the Month

By Sharon Sass, RDN





Spring is here and it is a good time to try something new, including some new recipes to brighten up your table. It’s easy in Arizona to try a different combo of your fruits and vegetables because fresh fruits and vegetables are harvested every month of the year. You might want to try the recipe for "Orange Glazed Radishes and Spinach"from the AZ Health Zone. Check out the video on how to prepare this colorful and good-for-you dish.

You may think of eating radishes raw or in a salad. Cooking them can be a great new way to enjoy this spring vegetable. Radishes are fat, saturated fat, and cholesterol free. They are highinvitamin Cand low in sodium and calories. Spinach is a nutrition powerhouse and is low in calories and sodium, fat, saturated fat, and cholesterol free. It is high in vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin K, and manganese.

Want more easy-to-make, low-cost recipes? Visit AZ Health Zone, scroll to the bottom of the page, and click the link to sign up for the weekly email to receive healthy recipes free from the Arizona Department of Health Services.





Happy Birthday from all of us at NVC!!

Andrea Hernandez4/9

Jacqueline L Mindling4/23