Caregiver Volunteers of Central Jersey

Lynette Whiteman

Executive Director of Caregiver Volunteers of Central Jersey (CVCJ), is known throughout Ocean and Monmouth Counties for her tireless work to end senior isolation in our community.

THE IDEA

CVCJ’s remarkable mission came to our attention through word of mouth. We quickly found out that even though their work is done with a relatively small budget and a simple Excel database, they are able to mobilize over 1000 volunteers every single week to help provide services to over 2200 senior citizens in Ocean County. This help allows seniors to stay healthy and continue living independently for as long as possible.

With one of the largest senior populations in the state of New Jersey, we recognize that Ocean County must be a senior friendly community – one that values senior’s input, their health and their quality of life.  CVCJ is the natural organization to help achieve this goal.

We worked with Lynette, the executive team and the board after they completed their Core Capacity Assessment Tool (CCAT).  The CCAT showed that without addressing the need for a full governance review and a highly functional volunteer and fundraising database, their goal of helping all 40,000 isolated seniors would not be reached.

The Foundation worked with Lynette to find the right consultant to review the organization’s governance with the vision of creating a fundraising board. CVCJ also received financial help from the Foundation to bring in a Salesforce consultant to create a highly functional database which also included training for all staff.

THE IMPACT

For the first time in the agency’s history, they have 100% board participation in their three annual events and have implemented new committees and policies that have created a highly empowered Board of Directors. In early 2016, they applied for and received a $500K grant from the Hovnanian Foundation to expand their great work into Monmouth County.

THE UPDATE

Lynette is a true partner of the Foundation. We reach out to one another when we are stumped on an issue, and can feel confident of a frank and honest reply with an offer of help, whenever possible.  When CVCJ needed a new Ocean County location, we introduced Lynette to RWJBarnabas’s Community Medical Center.  CVCJ is now situated on its campus, in the center of healthcare services for Ocean County.

Lynette brought the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and NJ Health Initiative’s Culture of Health RFP to our attention and was instrumental in our success as we were awarded a $200,000 grant in May 2016.  Lynette has stepped forward to be the Chair of Senior Isolation as well as participate on the Boundary Spanning Leadership team for the Toms River Family Health and Support Coalition.

For more information about CVCJ, visit www.caregivervolunteers.org.