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Email March 17, 2015

Please enjoy March's updates:

1. Maryland villages Community of Practice meeting - March 23rd

2. BCC villages quarterly meeting update


1. Maryland villages Community of Practice meeting - March 23rd:

Maryland has a community of practice forum that meets a few times a year in Annapolis. Please see attached flyer for more details. The main topic of this upcoming meeting is intergenerational work. Please RSVP to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

2. BCC villages quarterly meeting update

BCC villages meet quarterly to discuss shared issues and concerns. This past meeting (which took place on 3.9.15) the conversation focused on ways to share ideas on programming and good speakers. many villages have "in-house" talents who love to speak to their neighbors alone but if you have had a good speaker or a topic that was a smashing success please let me know. I plan to compile a list of ideas so that it can be enjoyed by all.

Another topic covered was working with local hospitals. If your village is interested in learning more about this particular subject, please call me.

3. WAVE meeting April 26th

The next WAVE meeting will be held at BCC Regional Service Center 9:30-12:00. The presenters will talk about villages working with local hospitals.

for more information, please visit WAVE website: http://www.wavevillages.org/index.php/meetings

4. Website changes:

If you have not visited the County's village website you may want to check it out. I have recently changed it and added more content. For example, with the help of my wonderful intern and volunteer we have developed an interactive map of County villages. Please visit the website, try out the map and let me know what you think. In addition, I have placed some photos from Silver Spring Village and Little Falls Village. If you would like your village to be represented, send me your photos (after each person in it have given their permission!). Also, I have created an easy URL to share, so please update it on your website (or add it if you have not done so yet) montgomerycountymd.gov/village

 5. Village Gathering May12th 2015 9am-2pm @ White Oak Community Center

I will not stop harassing you with this event until May 12th. Please RSVP and spread the word. We are developing workshops based on the great feedback we got from the survey in February. Here is the list of workshops:

  • Volunteer recruitment and sustainability
  • Successful strategies for partnerships development
  • communicating your village to your community (marketing oriented)
  • How to identify vulnerable people in your community and reach out to them
  • Risk management tools (insurances, vetting services)
  • Survey of village practices in the county tips for successful launch

The flyer is attached. Feel free to print it. Also, I have a tab on the website with information about the event.

6. Ethic Committee at IONA

At times your board or volunteers may encounter an ethical issue. for example, you may struggle with a person who is facing challenges that he does not want to let his children know about or share it with anyone and keeps saying everything is fine. How do you manage the conflict between their need for privacy and confidentially and the risk involved?

IONA is serving as the host for a new ethics committee and Miriam Kelty is a part of it. Please connect with her if you like to use this forum to bring up your ethical issue for a consult. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

7. ‚ÄčSave the date: April 16th: National Healthcare Decision Day

On April 16, the Montgomery County Coalition on End of Life Care is sponsoring a free program, open to the public, in honor of National Healthcare Decisions Day (www.nhdd.org). It will be held at the Silver Spring Civic Center and will feature the documentary film, "Consider the Conversation" (www.considertheconversation.org), followed by a panel of experts. You do not need to RSVP to this event. Alternatively, you may want to organize your own event that day.

8. Training DVD on signs of mental health concerns and when to call Adult Protective Services now available

The Village of Takoma Park and County HHS staff partnered together to produce this DVD which talks about important mental health warning signs, and who to turn to as well as when to contact Adult Protective Services. Sybil Greenhut and Bonnie Klem had presented in the past at WAVE but this DVD will allow you to share this important information with your volunteers on your own time. Please contact me if you would like to borrow it.
Happy Spring!

Pazit Aviv

Village Coordinator

Aging and Disability Services

Montgomery County Health and Human Services

401 Hungerford Dr. 4th floor

Rockville MD 20850

phone: 240-777-1231

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