Who we are

Mission

 Verde Valley Caregivers Coalition provides accessible transportation and programs, through volunteer services, to support adults in need of assistance to maintain their independence and quality of life at home.


Who We Are​

Verde Valley Caregivers Coalition is a community-based 501 (c) (3) nonprofit established in 1992 to solve the critical social issue of older adults living alone without family or friends to help assist them with activities crucial to their independence so they can remain in their homes.

All of VVCC's services to its clients are provided at no cost to them by dedicated volunteers throughout the Verde Valley. Over 300 volunteers provide assistive services that include: transportation to medical and other appointments, rides to the grocery store, shopping, and other errands, business assistance such as bill paying and sorting, and handy person help. Volunteers also provide respite assistance to in-home caregivers and patient scribe assistance during medical appointments.

Volunteers also conduct activities to ensure clients are regularly visited and stay connected through friendly visits, phone calling, and e-mail buddy. Guardian Angel Medical Alert units are loaned to nearly 920 households, helping older adults, helping them stay connected in case of an emergency.


VVCC Serves Neighbors in Your Community including:

  • Camp Verde
  • Clarkdale
  • Cornville
  • ​Cottonwood
  • Jerome
  • Lake Montezuma
  • McGuireville
  • Rimrock
  • Sedona
  • Village of Oak Creek


Leadership of the organization is provided by its Board of Directors and Executive Director. 

Facts

  • In 1992, VVCC began providing volunteers, programs and services to older adults and adults with disabilities.
  • In the first year of service, 50 volunteers provided transportation and visitation to 80 adults in need.
  • In 2015, 350 volunteers provided services to over 2,300 adults in need, 1,700 of which live alone.
  • In 2015, volunteers delivered 45,000 hours of service and 28,000 individual services. 
  • ​In 2015, volunteers provided 14,000 unique rides and nearly 2,000 friendly visits. 
  • 50% of the older adults we serve are living at or below the poverty level.
  • 65% of the older adults we serve are 85 years and older.

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Community Tapestry of Caring

Creating a caring community for older adults in need

At  Verde Valley Caregivers, we are connecting the thread of our  communities to create a tapestry of caring to assist the very senior  members of our Verde Valley. We call them our "neighbors."


We  are engaging individuals, businesses, local governments, organizations,  and schools, to help provide  assistive services so our neighbors can  live independently in their homes for as long as possible. 


All  of our neighbor services are provided by over 300 dedicated volunteers  throughout the Verde Valley. In addition to individuals, we have  engaged church groups and high school students.


Services Provided

Call Center

  • Matching volunteers with neighbor requests
  • Providing information and referrals
  • Determining eligibility

​Mobility Management

  • In-home assessments
  • Explaining services and resources
  • Transporting neighbors to medical appointments and grocery store

​​Guardian Angel Medical Alert Units

  • Helping neighbors stay connected in case of an emergency

​Assistant Services

  • Friendly visits and phone calls
  • Email buddy
  • Handy person assistance
  • Business assistance
  • Respite assistance
  • Patient scribe
  • ​Pet assistance

Verde Valley Caregivers Coalition Volunteer opportunities

Verde Valley Caregivers provides older adults with independence and a greater quality of life.

Verde Valley Caregivers provides older adults with independence and a greater quality of life.

Message from Kent Ellsworth

All of us at Verde Valley Caregivers Coalition – staff, board, and volunteers – are driven by a passion for our purpose; to serve older adults who need assistance to maintain connected independence as they experience the challenges of aging in place in our communities. No senior will be left in isolation to face the challenges presented by advanced age, health conditions, and socio-economic struggles. We are here and we pledge to do all we can to find solutions to bring dignity and quality back into their lives.


We all exist in a world of difficult and seemingly insurmountable challenges, a world where most focus on limitations as a rationale for doing nothing to solve problems. Not here – not at Verde Valley Caregivers! We listen and we respond. Every dollar contributed by our donors, every dollar from foundations and other grantors, support changing the lives of the older adults we serve.


Our magnificent staff and volunteer team, with 375 volunteers, multiplies the benefits your donations can achieve many times over. We are passionate about our mission, we are efficient, and most importantly, we are highly effective in bettering the lives of over 2,000 older adults every year!


I invite you to choose the difference you would like to make through your support and/or volunteerism. Please take a moment to learn more about us and let us know how you can help.


We look forward to hearing from you!

With kind regards,

Kent Ellsworth    

Kent Ellsworth, Director,
Verde Valley Caregivers Coalition

Kent Ellsworth, Director, Verde Valley Caregivers Coalition