Volunteer and Faith-Based Respite Learning Collaborative Meeting

November 9, 2023
The National Volunteer Caregiving Network: Celebrating 40 Years of Volunteer Service to the Nation’s Caregivers


The original Volunteer Caregiving initiative, Faith in Action, now overseen by the National Volunteer Caregiving Network (NVCN), was launched in 1984 by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, which offered start-up funding to 25 pilots, the success of which resulted in a $50 – $75 million investment that ultimately funded programs to serve upwards of 2,000 communities. Today, an average of 18 volunteer programs that serve aging and disabled populations have been sustained in every state. In 2024, Volunteer Caregiving will celebrate 40 years of demonstrated success, a model that has continued to be replicated around the country. Presenters from the National Volunteer Caregiving Network will describe the building blocks of volunteer caregiving and share their years of experience in growing and sustaining faith-based and community volunteer caregiving programs.


Tammy Glenn, Executive Director, National Volunteer Caregiving Network

Jo Cooper, Board of Trustees, National Volunteer Caregiving Network and former director, Friends in Action, a coalition of 14 churches and 10 community organizations that provide volunteer caregiving services in Ellsworth, Maine

Wendy LeVigne, Member, Task Force 40,  a group of volunteer professionals from around the nation preparing to mark the 40th anniversary of the National Volunteer Caregiving Network