INFORMATION FOR CONGREGATIONS
(revised 9/20/04)

WHAT IS THE INTERFAITH VOLUNTEER CAREGIVERS PROGRAM?

The MCIVC program is 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that works with local congregations in Macomb County to provide volunteer support for the older and disabled adults in our community who need just a little extra help to get by at home.  Our volunteers:

OUR MISSION:

We work with congregations, community groups, and concerned individuals to further our dual goals:

  1. to respond to the ever-growing needs of older and physically challenged adults living in our communities who struggle daily to maintain their independence at home;&
  2. to provide meaningful opportunities for volunteers of all ages and abilities to enrich their lives and live out their faith by helping others.

WAYS CONGREGATIONS CAN GET INVOLVED WITH THE PROGRAM:

Building a Caregiving Group within your Congregation

Several of our member congregations have identified a "liaison" or two to coordinate these caregiving efforts right within their own community.  This is usually a lay person who takes on the responsibility of matching volunteers from within the congregation with people in need of a little extra help.  Utilizing this lay leadership often frees up the time of congregation staff who usually handle such requests, and it ensures that a single person or two are focusing their energies on this project, so that it can grow and thrive within the congregation.  This method keeps all the ownership and management of the program right in the hands of the congregation to more effectively meet the unique needs of the congregation itself.  IVC staff provide all the training and support needed to equip liaisons for their role during a series of individualized meetings, and the liaisons from all around the community gather regularly with one another for sharing and support. 

Other Ways to be Involved:

Congregations that are not currently in a position to identify “liaisons” can work with us in a variety of other ways:

BENEFITS OF THE PROGRAM:

To congregations:

TO FRAIL, OLDER, AND DISABLED ADULTS:

TO INDIVIDUAL VOLUNTEERS:

TO THE COMMUNITY:

CURRENT EFFORTS IN MACOMB COUNTY:

Many local congregations already have active IVC volunteers within their membership, but may not be aware of it.  Likewise, we have helped hundreds of individuals in the community, some of whom may very well be current members of your congregation.  We have been in existence since 1992, and in that time we have registered nearly 2,000 volunteers and served over 900 older and disabled adults.  This makes our program one of the largest volunteer efforts in the Metropolitan Detroit area.

FINANCES:

Because over half of the individuals we serve live near or below the poverty line, we do not charge for services.  We depend upon the local community for the majority of our income.  Our program is an IRS tax-exempt charitable organization that raises most of its funding from congregational support, individual donations, and local fundraising events.  We also receive grants from the Area Agency on Aging 1-B, MORC and SMART, as well as other local foundations.  We receive donations of professional services, equipment and supplies from many local businesses.  Less than 15% of our budget goes toward fundraising and administration.

HOW TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE PROGRAM:

Program staff are always happy to come out and talk with congregation staff, lay leaders, service commissions, church councils, outreach & mission committees, and any other interested groups to share more information about the program.  We can be reached at (586) 757-5551.