Island Volunteer Caregivers is very excited to enter the blogging world. Our goal is to provide our readers with interesting stories, facts, links, and tidbits about care giving, care receiving and everything in between. We will feature different guest bloggers, each writing about what is nearest and dearest to their hearts. So stay tuned! We hope this will be both interesting AND informative.

Here are a couple of things we’ve been busy with lately:

This week, IVC participated in the First Annual Kitsap Great Give. We are so grateful to have had this opportunity and are pleased to report that we received a total of $6315 from 40 donors (and this is before any matching money!). As a whole, Kitsap Great Give raised over $539,000 for 200 local non-profits. What a successful debut!

We also wanted to share an article written by IVC Board president, Dick Goff. It was published in The Review on April 27, and highlighted the important role that IVC plays in our community. Since the first of the year, we have received many new requests from people coming on board as care receivers. While we are thrilled to be helping so many people in the community live as independently as possible, we have also been mindful of not wanting to overwork our precious volunteers.  Since The Review article, we have noticed an uptick in requests to volunteer for IVC; we hope this trend continues!

Finally, I will end with a Leo Buscaglia quote which, I think, sums up what so many of our volunteers bring to our care receivers:

Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. ~Leo Buscaglia

 Posted by Robin Gaphni~IVC Program Manager