The Coach Donates His Time to Help Caregiver Volunteers

Posted on April 11, 2011 By

Are you a quiet supporter or an active advocate in the groups to which you belong?  What’s the difference? Chris Ruisi, “The Coach,” Holmdel, the CEO and founder of The Coach’s Zone, a business and leadership coaching company, has volunteered to work with the board members and staff of Caregiver Volunteers of Central Jersey (CVCJ) at their annual retreat April 27 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m., Toms River, to help attendees learn the tools that will move them to the forefront of advocacy.

 Lynette Whiteman, the executive director of CVCJ, says, “We have a wonderful board that is fully committed to helping the elderly and helping our agency achieve our mission. With the help of The Coach, however, we are going to examine how to take that next step from being a solid supporter of CVCJ to being an active advocate.”

CVCJ is an interfaith, nonprofit agency that provides volunteers who assist the homebound elderly in remaining independent in their own homes. Approximately 1000 area volunteers provide services to 2000 senior citizens via medical transportation, grocery shopping, respite for caregivers living with an individual with Alzheimer’s disease, friendly visits to reduce social isolation, and pet therapy.

The Board of Directors is made up of a mix of business people and clergy of all faiths who show their support by attending events and meetings. The annual retreat is an opportunity to renew one’s commitment and expand everyone’s passion in helping the elderly.

Ruisi has actively worked with nonprofits for more than 10 years in developing and rekindling the passion of volunteering. Ruisi was named the 2009 Citizen of the Year by the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce. Recently, the video he created and funded “Faces, Colors and Stories of Cancer” received the Gold Award from the Jersey Shore Public Relations and Advertising Association.

As the Founder and CEO of The Coach’s Zone, Ruisi has coached or mentored hundreds of executives in both large and small businesses. He is an accomplished public speaker, providing his audiences with direction and motivation on what is needed to accomplish their goals.

To contact “The Coach,” call 732-275-9222 or visit  To contact Caregiver Volunteers, call Lynette Whiteman at 732-505-2273.         ###