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Dear Friend,


Featured this month:

Can you believe that 2013 is coming to a close? As we reflect on how challenging this year has been for many of you in caregiving roles, we also take time to remember how fortunate many of us are, too. Here at Lotsa it’s been a very satisfying year. We’ve welcomed new partners, launched the free Lotsa mobile app and watched as nearly 1.7 million people signed into Lotsa Communities and offered their helping hands.

This time last year we launched The Promise Campaign, declaring 2013 The Year of Helping Hands in an effort to support our nation’s more than 65 million caregivers. Thousands of you joined in and promised to help a caregiver, from offering to bring a meal to a neighbor to volunteering at a local senior home. We were touched to read about all the ways you offered to help, constantly reminded of the generous spirits in Lotsa Helping Hands communities.

As we wrap up this year, take a moment to share your experience as you reflect on the past year. We want to hear how you offered to help a caregiver, how you volunteered in your community or who inspired you this past year.

     From our Community to yours,

          Hal Chapel, Co-Founder & CEO


Partner Spotlight

Caregiver Action Network

The Caregiver Action Network is the nation’s leading family caregiver organization working to improve the quality of life for the 90 million Americans who care for loved ones with chronic conditions, disabilities, disease, or the frailties of old age. CAN serves a broad spectrum of family caregivers ranging from the parents of children with special needs, to the families and friends of wounded soldiers; from a young couple dealing with a diagnosis of MS, to adult children caring for parents with Alzheimer’s disease. Create a community with the Caregiver Action Network today!


Lotsa Tips — Create a Fundraiser in your Community

We are excited to offer GiveForward to new communities at Lotsa. GiveForward provides an easy way to raise money online — whether it is to raise money for medical bills, gas to and from treatment, or to offset household bills during caregiving, GiveForward offers personal fundraising pages to help with those financial stresses. Soon, the GiveForward link will be available in all our communities. Until then, you can follow these steps.

1. Visit GiveForward — If you’re a Lotsa Coordinator, visit www.giveforward.com/lotsa and click the Create a Fundraiser button. You will need to create your own account with GiveForward. Fill out the form to create your fundraiser. Once your fundraiser is complete, make note of the shortened URL (address) on the GiveForward Dashboard. You will need to have that when adding the fundraiser to your Lotsa Community.

2. Add your Fundraiser to your Lotsa Community — To add your fundraiser to your community, click ‘Add a Section’ in the upper right corner of your screen. Select ‘Button’ in the list of options and click ‘Continue’. Next you can add a title that will be visible in the Navigation Bar of your community, for example "Funds for Smith Family," then enter the unique URL (address) of your GiveForward Fundraiser. Lastly, click 'Save Changes'. For a more detailed description of how to create a fundraiser, view our tip sheet PDF.


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