The National Volunteer Caregiving Network (NVCN) exists to promote volunteer caregiving nationally by advocating, supporting, and developing local programs, has named Ashley Payne as its new State Ambassador for CA.

Ms. Payne, is the Executive Director of Community Partners in Caring, and has now been selected to represent NVCN. Ms. Payne joins a select number of outstanding individuals who will spearhead the volunteer caregiving movement statewide.

“The expansion of our national efforts strengthens our ability to meet the needs of our member programs and ultimately the individuals who benefit from their no-charge services,” noted Rhonda Anderson, Executive Director of the National Network. “Ms. Payne’s comprehensive understanding of the volunteer caregiving movement and the efforts of her organization in meeting the needs of isolated and lonely seniors in Santa Maria, Lompoc, and the Santa Ynez Valleys make her the perfect candidate.”

Ms. Payne, will continue to oversee Community Partners in Caring, where oriented, screened and insured volunteers are matched with seniors (62+) who need just a little help to remain independent in their homes where they are happier and healthier. Ms. Payne’s organization has been serving the community since 1997, with no-charge services such as transportation, friendly visits, minor home repairs, and respite care.

The National Volunteer Caregiving Network expands the work began by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation 30 years ago. NVCN continues to expand services to meet the needs of the elderly population. State Ambassadors, in addition to other duties, will help NVCN monitor community needs.