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11th Annual NVC

Connecting Generations
September 18-20, 2019  |  Chicago, IL

Announcement


The 2019 National Village Conference will be
September 18-20 in Chicago!
We will share more as details are solidified.
We hope to see you there!


 

Registration


2019 Registration Rates:
Type Early Bird Pricing
(through May 31, 2019)
Regular Pricing
(after May 31, 2019)
Pre-Conference (Village 101 Session) $75 $100
One Day Registration Member $300 $350
One Day Registration Non-member $350 $400
Full-Conference (All 3 Days) Member $375 $450
Full-Conference (All 3 Days) Non-member $450 $550
Group Rate (4+ people) Member $350 N/A
Group Rate (4+ people) Non-member $425 N/A


REGISTRATION NOW OPEN!



GROUP REGISTRATION:
Please email vtv@vtvnetwork.org to register a group of four or more. vtv@vtvnetwork.org.

Group Registration Closes on June 1, 2019.
*Group rates are only available for groups of 4 or more.*



Agenda


The National Village Gathering Planning Committee is hard at work filling out the agenda for this year's conference. Stay tuned for updates on keynote speakers, general sessions and breakouts to be announced soon! Check back often as new versions of the agenda will be added as they become available.


Hotel Information


All conference activities will be held at:

Sheraton Grand Chicago
301 East North Water Street
Chicago, IL 60611


A special room block is reserved at a rate of $195 per night. All reservations can be made online. Click here to reserve your room today! Space is limited. This rate will be available until August 18, 2019 or until the block is full, whichever comes first.

 


Sponsors


Sponsorship and Exhibitor opportunities are available for the 2019 National Village Conference. Click the button below to view the Sponsor & Exhibitor Prospectus.

Please contact barbara.sullivan@vtvnetwork.org if you have any questions.

 

2019 Sponsor Prospectus (PDF)

Presentations



2018 NVG Sponsors & Exhibitors

Gold Level:

 

    


Bronze Level:

     ClubExpress       

         IAmFine logo 
 

Cuida Health         silvernet


Session Sponsor:

                     

Lunch Sponsor:

      

Exhibitors:


     Dependable Daughter 2                          Verified Volunteers   

                         



2018 Volunteer of the Year!


Elsa Bengel, JP@Home

Elsa has been a pioneer of new programs for decades, so creating a village in her community was a natural next step following her retirement. JP@Home was established five years ago. Under Elsa’s leadership, JP@Home has a unique partnership with a state and federal funded elder home care agency, Ethos in Jamaica Plain, a neighborhood of Boston.

Elsa is most proud of the partnership with Ethos, because several staff are available to handle the administrative side of the program, while members have time to enjoy activities and forge new and lasting friendships. Members also have the comfort of knowing that they will have ready access to resources and services as they age in the community. Dale Mitchell, Executive Director of Ethos, welcomed the opportunity to support the development of a village in Jamaica Plain. JP@Home, which has since expanded to other neighborhoods, now has 120 members and a high retention rate.

Mr. Mitchell states, “What is special about Elsa is that she is a consensus builder and natural recruiter. She truly enjoys what she is doing and sharing her life and wisdom with others. She is real and extremely thoughtful and knows that it ‘takes a village’ through each stage of life.”

Elsa has served on JP@Home’s Advisory Council since the program’s inception where she was the first Co-Chair. She currently chairs two committees that are critical to the program’s sustainability: 1) Recruitment, Outreach, and Communication and 2) Fundraising and Finance.

Elsa is a mother, grandmother, and caregiver of her husband John who experienced significant health issues this year. Members rally around one another during personal crises—walking with them post-surgery or providing meals, rides, or simply being present during these hard moments; this was Elsa’s hope in creating JP@Home. She and other members serve on support teams for those experiencing significant caregiving responsibilities. She sees that caregiving is a privilege that can help us become stronger and wiser; her latest initiative is the creation of a caregiver support group to help reduce social isolation and burnout. She is an active leader and participant in a host of JP@Home groups, including memoir writing, Dining Out, and Tai Chi. JP@Home is continuously expanding its membership and the depth and breadth of its offerings with Elsa thoughtfully leading the way.

In speaking with Elsa’s husband John about this nomination, we discovered more important facts about her talents and dedication. He explained the underpinnings of her success with JP@Home: “Elsa has done a lot of important things outside of her 28-year career at the YMCA.” She has been a teacher throughout her professional life, and her work abroad in the Philippines, India, Indonesia, and Scotland has only broadened her skills and compassion.

“Through her church, she oversaw the development of a domestic violence initiative, Safe Havens which today has a five million dollar annual budget, and another organization that helps underemployed and low-income workers secure training to build strong careers, Training, Inc. (Boston office); both programs have been in operation for nearly 30 years.”
“What sets her apart is that she never does it by herself,” John continued. “Elsa can find champions. She has lots of creativity, organizing skills, and the most outstanding thing is her commitment and ability to role with the punches; she often does it better than other structures.”