The History of CAN

Since 1993, the Caregiver Action Network (formerly the National Family Caregivers Association) has been working to promote resourcefulness and respect for family caregivers across the country. There is now so much more support for family caregivers than twenty years ago – much of that due to the work of this organization.

CAN Board and Staff


Wes Metheny, Chair
Penn Quarter Partners
Washington, DC

Michael Shaughnessy, Vice Chair
Account Director
TMP Government, LLC
McLean, VA

Marion T.R. Watkins, Treasurer
Alston & Bird, LLP, Office of Senator Robert Dole
Washington, DC

Melissa Rowley, Secretary
Marage, LLC
Chicago, IL

Mission and Goals

Our Mission Statement:

The mission of the Caregiver Action Network (CAN) is to promote resourcefulness and respect for the more than 90 million family caregivers across the country.

Our Goals:

Create Resourceful Caregivers

  • Serve an increasing number of family caregivers with practical help, support and information.

Reduce Caregiver Stress

Become a CCAN Volunteer

Our Caregiver Community Action Network (CCAN) is growing rapidly. You, too, can be a part of this exciting effort. We are looking for new CCAN volunteers. All CCAN volunteers must:

  • be a member of the Caregiver Action Network
  • be a current or former family caregiver
  • have a strong will and fierce desire to:
    • reach out
    • offer support
    • provide education, and
    • be a public voice for family caregivers everywhere.

To find out more information about the CCAN program, please contact:

CAN Internet Privacy Statement

The Caregiver Action Network (CAN) respects the privacy of visitors to our online site. CAN will only collect personally identifiable data, such as your name, address, telephone number, or e-mail address, when it is voluntarily submitted to us at this web site. CAN and/or the companies it hires will use this information to comply with your request for information or as otherwise disclosed to you at the location at which you submit your information. CAN may use that information to contact you.

Reprint Permission Form

Thank you for your interest in reprinting material created by Caregiver Action Network (formerly National Family Caregivers Association). Your request for reprint permission will be considered upon receipt of this form. Please read both pages carefully. For non-profit organizations only, CAN may choose to waive its licensing fees for posting our content to other websites.


Giving a gift to Caregiver Action Network is giving the gift of support, education, and encouragement to family caregivers everywhere.

How to Give

Click here to go to PayPal to make a secure donation.
Or, send a check, payable to Caregiver Action Network to:

Caregiver Action Network
1130 Connecticut Ave NW
Suite 300
Washington, DC 20036

CAN Corporate Partners

CAN is grateful for the generous support of corporate partners who have already joined CAN's Corporate Leadership Council. All members of CAN's Corporate Leadership Council are committed to CAN's goals of creating resourceful and capable caregivers, reducing caregiver stress, and increasing respect for caregivers.

Membership in CAN's Corporate Leadership Council provides your company the opportunity to: 

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