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NVC May Newsletter

Ronni D Hoover | Published on 5/14/2022











Julie Kent-Partridge

Welcome to the beautiful month of May everyone!

Summer is definitely on the horizon and hopefully everyone will stay hydrated and emotionally well as we transition in to the warmer weather. Speaking of staying hydrated, Northwest Valley Connect is taking donations that will go towards buying drinks and snacks to support our drivers during the summer months. Fuel cards are also being graciously accepted by the organization. NVC appreciates anything you can offer due to this fuel cost increase. You can drop these items off at the NVC office.

We will be having our Board of Director Strategic Planning Retreat in the next couple of weeks. I am super excited to share the details after we all meet. Coming together with exciting new ideas that will help our organization will be a great way for us to connect after the pandemic.

Northwest Valley Connect has been doing a fabulous job serving many people within local communities. Without volunteers and as well as all of your support, we could not serve in the capacity that we do. As I close for the month of May, I want to welcome two new members to our Board of Directors. Please join me in giving a very big welcome to Jeannine Kincade and Kate King! They will help us to do marvelous things along with all of your help! Have a great month everyone!

Julie Kent-Partridge





Kathy Chandler

Hi All,

May brings happy Mother’s Day memories, pretty flowers blooming and the promise of hot weather. Rich has been getting all of our vehicles re-conditioned so the much needed air conditioning works as the need for it is already here. Don’t forget to do this for your own vehicles also. Rich has also been working on getting signage in the accessible vehicles with tips on the quirks for each that has a lift and new tires for those in need. I feel like the buses are fun to drive but there are challenges sometimes and we want to deal with those challenges as they come up. Thank you to all the accessible bus drivers! And Rich! And thank you to all drivers for all you give for our clients!!

I really enjoy my time in the office when I get to hear how wonderfully nice and considerate all of our Call Center Operators are to callers. Some want to talk your ear off but always remember they may just need someone kind to speak to. A kind word goes a long way. Thank you because you wouldn’t be doing this job if you didn’t have a big heart.

As summer gets closer more and more of our regular volunteers are getting ready to either snow bird or go on vacation. It is a wonderful time to rest, see family and have some fun. It usually slows down a bit in the summer in the call center and for rides but we continue to recruit volunteers to make sure the work load is covered so if you know of anyone who may be interested in helping out please let Gail, Steve or myself know.

We are working now on the next 3 – 5 year Strategic Plan and have a Board of Directors retreat coming up in May. The Strategic Plan outlines our vision goals for solid governance, financial security, operational efficiency, community engagement and a plan of growth. If you have any interest in working on any of the board committees please give me a call or stop in my office. Or if you just want to stop in and chat about your ideas or what is in the strategic plan. As Rich tells me all the time – this is his/your company too.

Happy Mother’s Day to all the Moms!



Kathryn Chandler

Executive Director

Northwest Valley Connect







Gail Christianer

Hello Volunteers,

Our pool of drivers is uncomfortably low at the moment. If any of you know of friends or family who might volunteer, please encourage them to talk to me! Have them call 623-282-9300 and ask for the Volunteer Coordinator.

Group activities, Fairs and Community meetings are opening up again, and we are preparing to speak at as many as we can book. If your church or organization needs speakers for luncheons, please consider having a Northwest Valley Connect representative come to speak. We talk about transportation issues here in the Northwest Valley and how our merry band of volunteers helps fill the transport needs of one of the most vulnerable groups in our communities. We recruit volunteers and happily take donations.

Again, please contact me at 623-282-9300.

We had a great "YayUs" picnic April 2. Thanks to everyone who came and brought all the terrific side dishes and desserts. I learned something about my dessert, which was last month’s recipe. DON’T put the fruit on the meringue crust until you serve it. Oops! When I had served this in the past, the fruit juices didn’t have a chance to soak the meringue.






Linda Campbell

How long have you been volunteering?

Three months.

What do you do for NVC?

I work a Call Center shift from my home on Monday afternoons. I’ve been doing this for about 3 months now. I have to admit I was nervous about ‘being on my own’ but I haven’t felt adrift or out of the NVC Ioop. If I get to a point where I feel out of my depth, someone has always been available by phone to help me through the snag. As you can probably imagine, the best part of working remotely is no travel time to or from anywhere. I just sit in the chair, wake up my computer, open all the screens I will need to access in order to help clients with their ride requests and plug in my NVC phone. I am so glad that NVC has this option available for the Call Center. I’m often not quite ready for ‘prime time’ but working from home makes it possible to help out a little more (even in the AM) than I would be able to otherwise.

What do you like about volunteering?

I’m not a very social person but I do care about people and my community quite a bit. I get a great deal of happiness out knowing that I helped make a few people’s day a little easier or better in some way, especially when they are folks with limited options. After having worked in customer service, with sheltered workshops and vocational rehabilitation clients in the past, I’ve seen how what seem to be minor dilemmas or small actions can have a big impact.

What is a fun fact about you?

There are a few quirky things about me but I’m not sure how many of them would be considered fun. I guess the most fun thing lately is that, after years of the pandemic, I decided my life would be enriched by adopting a puppy from a rescue shelter. My intentions were to get a little cuddle muffin that grew into about 20lbs. I now have a rowdy 14 month old dog that weighs almost 60lbs. I love her, of course, and like my daughter said….”mom, it’s not like you would return her even if you could!” BUT Kismet (my cat) is NOT amused.

What advice do you have for other volunteers?

When you start feeling overwhelmed, take a breath and recognize that every small fire that needs to be dealt with isn’t an out of control forest fire. The words at the end of the Serenity Prayer “ …. and the wisdom to know the difference.” have helped me keep things in perspective a few times. Still working on that one ! Most of all, remember why you volunteered for this particular organization in the first place.











Make two 9” pie crusts from scratch or soften 1 refrigerated pie crust.Roll out to pizza pan size and put in pizza pan.

Peel, core, and slice apples (Any apple will do but more tart is better). Arrange on crust in pan.


1/2 c sugar

3/4 tsp cinnamon

2 tbsp flour

Sprinkle over apples.

Mix until crumbly:

3/4 c cold butter/margarine

3/4 c flour

1/2 c sugar.

I use a pastry blender for this. Work quickly so the butter doesn't get soft. Sprinkle evenly over apples in pan.

Bake at 425 for 20-30 minutes.

Enjoy (still warm with ice cream is delicious)





Nutrition Tip of the Month

By Sharon Sass, RDN




May is Osteoporosis Awareness and Prevention Month. The Bone Health and Osteoporosis Foundation can provide you with tools and resources to achieve better bone health. Check out their calendar for daily tips to maximize your bone health.

Osteoporosis is a bone disease that occurs when the body loses too much bone, makes too little bone or both. Bone become weak and may break from a fall or, in serious cases, from sneezing or minor bumps. Eating a healthy diet and exercising regularly can help slow or stop the loss of bone mass and help prevent fractures. It is never too late to take steps to protect your bones and prevent fractures.

Two types of exercise are important for building and maintaining strong bones. Weight-bearing exercises like dancing or fast walking and muscle-strengthening exercises such as lifting weights or using exercise bands. Find more information on exercise and bone health.

The food you eat can affect your bones. Foods that are rich in calcium, Vitamin D, and other nutrients are important for your bone health. Take time to learn more in “Your Guide to a Bone Healthy Diet”. Be sure to try the online interactive “Calcium Calculator”.

Food is the best source of calcium. Dairy products, such as milk, yogurt, and cheese are high in calcium. Certain green vegetables and other foods contain calcium in smaller amounts. Some juices, breakfast foods, soymilk, cereals, snacks, breads and bottled water have added calcium. If you drink soymilk or another liquid that is fortified with calcium, be sure to shake the container well as calcium can settle to the bottom. A simple way to add calcium to many foods is to add a single tablespoon of nonfat powdered milk, which contains about 50 mg of calcium. It is easy to add a few tablespoons to almost any recipe.

There are three ways to get vitamin D – sunlight, food, and supplements. Vitamin D is found in few foods. Sources include fatty fish like wild-caught mackerel, salmon, and tuna. Vitamin D is added to milk and other dairy products, orange juice, soymilk, and fortified cereals. It may be difficult to get all the vitamin D you need from food alone and a Vitamin D supplement may be needed support bone health.

Looking for even more information on calcium and Vitamin D?You can count on the Bone Health and Osteoporosis Foundation to have reliable and practical information for you.





Happy Birthday from all of us at NVC!!

Alan Goff - 5/2

Roger A Ball - 5/7

Richard A Green - 5/11

Brian Huebner - 5/14

Marc Newell - 5/17

Sylvia S Meredith - 5/20

Kathleen M Mindling - 5/25

Donald L King - 5/28