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Alzheimers Association

American Brain Tumor Association

American Lung

American Parkinson Disease Association

Caregiver Action Network

Kidney Cancer Association

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

Muscular Dystrophy Association

National Health Council

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Featured this month:
Chances are your inbox has been full this week with messages about "New Year's Resolutions" — and, chances are, you have made your own. It can be daunting to think about making a big promise to yourself for a whole year — eat well, exercise, rest more. That's a lot of pressure! Here at Lotsa, we’re always thinking about the responsibilities facing our nation’s caregivers. More than 65 million of them care for loved ones with chronic disease or disability. It’s overwhelming. We got to thinking that the best resolution we could make this year was to encourage even more people to make a promise to help a caregiver. That's why we launched a campaign called The Year of Helping Hands. The campaign invites everyone (that means you!) to make a promise to help a caregiver in 2013. For the coming year, promise you will bring a neighbor a meal, offer to pick up groceries for a working caregiver, or even create a Community of Lotsa Helping Hands for the caregiver in your life. Every act of help makes a difference. We've all made promises here at Lotsa and hundreds more are pouring in. Won't you join us? How will you promise to help a caregiver this year?

     From our Community to yours,

          Hal Chapel, Co-Founder & CEO


Lotsa News

New Webinars Now Available

Join Lotsa and guest speaker Shirley Otis-Green, a licensed clinical social worker and Senior Research Specialist in Nursing Research and Education at the City of Hope National Medical Center in Duarte, California, as we take an inspiring look at the experience of caregivers who are caring for a loved one in pain. Viewers will learn:
  • How to recognize when your loved one is experiencing pain
  • Ideas for managing care for loved ones in pain
  • Strategies in self care when caring for a loved one
For more inspiration, check out our archive of caregiving webinars. We have over 15 recordings that can be a great resource to you as you care for your loved one.

New Caregiving Infographic

Learn more about how our 1.3 million members use Lotsa in our caregiving infographic.

New Nonprofit Partners

We are delighted to welcome the American Brain Tumor Association and the Kidney Cancer Association to our Nonprofit Premier Program. Both organizations are offering Lotsa Helping Hands to their constituents.


Lotsa Tips

We’re sharing tips for those Members and Coordinators who are coming together to organize help in Communities. Remember, you can always visit our How it Works Page for ideas about how to get the most from your Lotsa Community web site.

Tip 1 — Our New Groups Feature Did you know you can organize your Community into smaller sub-groups for even easier organization? Community Leaders can use the ‘Add Groups’ and ‘Manage Groups’ links in the Administration tab to segment their helpers into smaller groups who can be contacted directly and organized to participate in select Activities. You can have a rides group or a group dedicated to delivering meals or coordinating child care. You can even turn Community Sections and Activities on or off for certain groups by editing the Permissions of each. There are so many ways to use this feature. Let us know if you need ideas.

Tip 2 — Creative Ways to Use the Help Calendar When organizing support, there are common activities such as delivering meals and coordinating rides that often come to mind, first. But don't hesitate to use your Community in new ways, from organizing volunteers to bake cookies for hospital staff to rallying the neighbors to shovel sidewalks - we are consistently amazed by the creative care and love that Lotsa Members provide. What are some ways you can get inventive in the new year to support those close to you? Share your ideas, and if you need help getting going, let us know. We’re here to help.

Tip 3 — Stay in Touch If you are receiving help from loving members of your Community or you are participating as a volunteer, don’t forget to try out the features that bring much needed emotional support to the family. Family members can stay in touch with volunteers by creating a personal blog, or uploading photos. Volunteers can post on the Message Board or Well Wishes wall. Your Community is yours to stay in touch with those you love and care for.

If you have additional questions, contact us at info@lotsahelpinghands.com.


Join the Conversation on our Lotsa Blog

Want to learn more about Communities at Lotsa, resources from our nonprofit partners, and stories from the people behind Lotsa? Visit our blog and post a comment. And to keep up with our latest posts, you can now subscribe to our blog as well!

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