My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Well Spouse Foundation dba Well Spouse Association, Freehold, NJ, USA
The Well Spouse(tm) Association offers peer support to current or former spousal caregivers -- husbands, wives or partners of people with chronic illness and/or disability. As such our goal is to help spousal caregivers offer the best care and support they can to their ill spouse. Where disease orgs offer tips and tricks for caregivers, we offer them motivation -- the glue that helps each one stick to their own personal mission to promote the help of their ill spouse, by paying attention to their own physical, mental and emotional health. And because the intimacy relationship is so much stronger than other family relationship, spousal caregivers need an organization especially for them -- and their ill spouses, friends and family can help the cause of promoting family health for both members of the couple, by urging the spousal caregiver to join the Well Spouse(tm) Association.
What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...
There is great camaraderie amongst the more experienced volunteers, and empathetic support for "newbies," who often come to us in great distress.
The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...
Friendly and caring, who had "Been there, done that," and were ready and willing to lend an ear / give support.
If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...
- Hire an Executive Director - Set up a paid (nonorarium) volunteer coordinator in every state - Recruit many more volunteers, and some paid staff to supervise their efforts. - Build a supportive financial donor base - Provide paid respite care
Ways to make it better...
More coordination of volunteer effort is needed.
In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...
Raising awareness amongst spousal caregivers, their friends, family, workmates and the general public
One thing I'd also say is that...
Among family caregivers, spousal caregivers are the last to self-identify. We need to change this, so that everyone thinks of support for the spousa or partner, as well as for the ill person.
How frequently have you been involved with the organization?
About every week
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