FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The Center for Volunteer Caregiving Welcomes a New Executive Director
Cary, NC – June 8, 2018 – The Board of Directors of The Center for Volunteer Caregiving is pleased to announce the appointment of Elaine Whitford as the organization’s Executive Director. Elaine succeeds Lynn Templeton who led the vision and mission of the Center for twelve years and retired at the end of 2017. The Center recruits and trains volunteers to provide companionship, caregiver respite, and transportation to seniors and adults with disabilities in Wake County.
Elaine joins the Center after eight years as the Director of Development at Disability Rights North Carolina. She originally began her professional life as an attorney after receiving her undergraduate and law degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Throughout the 16 years that she practiced law, she was heavily involved in her community as a volunteer. Her volunteer roles gave her the opportunity to build expertise in nonprofit governance, volunteer management, event planning, and fundraising. After realizing that working with nonprofits was her real passion, Elaine began working with nonprofits on communications and development projects.
“Elaine’s experience managing teams of volunteers and raising funds for nonprofit programs is the perfect fit for The Center for Volunteer Caregiving,” said Board Chair Sharon Nell. “We expect Elaine to not only continue the Center’s excellent programs, but to work with partners and funders to help expand the Center’s programs to more people in need.”
“I am excited to work with the exceptional team at The Center as well as community partners to help the organization meet the challenges of the next decade and bring the work of this essential organization to more people in our community,” said Elaine.
About The Center for Volunteer Caregiving
The Center for Volunteer Caregiving engages the community in providing volunteer services to improve the lives of seniors, caregivers, and adults with disabilities. Volunteers are matched with older adults and adults with disabilities who need non-medical assistance, such as transportation, shopping and running errands for care receivers, respite and family caregiver support, light housekeeping and yard work, friendly visiting, and help with paperwork. All volunteer caregivers receive training regarding The Center’s services, as well as information about community resources.
In fiscal year 2016-2017, 529 volunteers provided 10,855 hours of volunteer service to 645 seniors and people with disabilities in Wake County.
To learn more about The Center, visit its website at www.volunteercaregiving.org. Submit an online volunteer application at https://volunteercaregiving.org/volunteer-2/ or call 919-460-0567.
Contact: Elaine Whitford, Executive Director