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January 1 2017 Update

Hello everyone,

As 2016 comes to a close, I would like to express my sincerest gratitude to all of you for the truly remarkable work that you have all performed away from the limelight. The attached 2016 Montgomery County Villages Report demonstrates the impact villages have on their communities. I hope you will all share this document with your friends, family and community. It will also be available on the website.

You will find the updates for the new year below. I am excited to announce that we are starting this year with a BIG BANG! The updates include a combination of events and new resources that will be available. Please READ and SHARE widely.

Click here to see report.


1. Capacity building for villages meeting – January 10th, 2-4pm @ BCC RSC.

Todd Smith from Little Falls Village ED is leading an effort to identify tangible ways for villages to partner together in order to increase their capacities and efficiency. The next meeting will take place at the BCC RSC (4805 Edgemoor La., Bethesda). This meeting is open to all villages interested in joining. Attached is the survey your village should fill out about village operations costs.

Click here to see survey.


2. WAVE quarterly meeting January 23th 9-12 @ BCC RSC.

If you plan to attend, please RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Your response will help us select better refreshments and meeting spaces in the future. 

9:00 – 9:30         Coffee and Refreshments 
9:30 - 10:30        Program: Elder Mistreatment: Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation in an Aging America.
10:30 - 10:40      Break
10:40 - 11:10      WAVE Business Meeting
11:10 - Noon       Discussion Groups for Executive Directors, Developing Villages and Operating Villages.
11:10 - Noon       Election of WAVE Board of Directors. *


3.  Villages fundraising workshop, 1/9/17 10:30-12:00 @ 8401 Connecticut Ave, Chevy Chase.

Capital Nursing Care is sponsoring a special session on fundraising for villages with Paige Hahn, one of the country's leading political fundraisers. She will show you:

  •        What to do and what not to do when raising funds for your organization
  •        How to approach individuals and corporate donors
  •        Best practices for management of events, online and direct marketing campaigns.

 Please RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  by Wednesday January 4, 2017.


4. Kensington Senior Living invites villages to their community breakfast Thursday, January 12, 2017, 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Please join us to see our community first-hand as we kick-off the new year at Kensington Park Senior Living. We strive to partner with and empower our interfaith community leaders, public servants who support our residents on a daily basis and leaders in dementia and Alzheimer's awareness and education. This breakfast is to honor YOU!  For your support and service to our community, we are so grateful. For more info please do not hesitate to call:(301) 946-7700.


5. Save the date! Suburban’s Village Alliance planning session Friday, 2.24.17, 11:00-12:30pm

Suburban had a very successful meeting with county villages back in November. They created the attached summary of the potential for collaboration between hospitals and villages. They are planning their next meeting in February to prioritize and design the next steps. All villages are highly encouraged to attend!

Click here to see summary.


6. Energy saving measures that will also put more money in your pocket!

The Department of Environmental Protection’s Residential Energy program has hired Larissa Johnson, a new and dynamic manager. She would make a fabulous speaker and you are welcome to invite her to your village. So feel free to email her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., if you wish to contact her. 

She would also like to share monthly tips with you and your family. For this month, they are focusing on AIR GAPS. It may seem insignificant, but even a 1/8 inch air gap under an exterior door will let as much cold air into or out of your home as a four-inch-diameter hole punched in the wall! Now that's a lot of air! So during this winter, plan to weather strip your doors and windows to help keep energy costs down. Visit your local hardware store to purchase the materials you need or visit My Green Montgomery for more tips

If you need help paying your home energy bill this month, there is help! The Maryland Office of Home Energy Programs (OHEP) helps Montgomery County residents pay electric and heating bills. They prevent utility cut-offs, and also weatherize homes. This new video talks about the program in more detail. You can visit the website for more information and apply.


7. MLK Day 2017: Monday, Jan. 16th:  Make it a Day ON, Not a Day Off

Villages can choose to become a part of this day by organizing volunteers for specific projects. If you do not have an idea for a project, please encourage people to sign up today to join thousands of other residents in honoring the life and teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by participating in this year's Montgomery County's MLK Day of Service. Monday, Jan. 16, 2017 (also some projects are set for Saturday and Sunday, Jan.14-15).

This annual event will feature a wide variety of family-friendly service projects at locations across the county, providing residents of all ages with simple ways to help our community. Space is limited at some sites, so be sure to register now!


8. Adult grief support groups forming NOW!

Hospice Caring’s safe, confidential peer support groups are composed of caring people who are grieving a similar loss. All groups are facilitated by trained volunteers and are provided at no cost. To view the schedule of groups beginning in January 2017, please visit this link. Registration is required. For more information or to register, please contact Anne Baker at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 301-990-0854. County residency is not required to participate.

Hospice Caring can also help your village members. Contact Anne Baker to find out ways that you can partner with them to bring this and other forms of recourse to your community.


9. UNITED SENIORS OF MARYLAND Legislative Forum, Wednesday, January 25, 2017, 8am-1:30pm.

(Miller Senate Building, East & West Wings, First Floor, 11 Bladen Street, Annapolis)

For all you political animals out there, this forum is a fantastic way to get to know what is happening on the MD Hill as well as meeting with legislators and be engaged in the current conversation about aging polices on the state government level.


10.  New resource for nonprofit boards. FYI

Miriam Kelty asked me to share this link, which was sent through the VTV listserv. This is a summary of insurance needs and definitions as well as the questions and answers that follow it. This is for general reference and clarification of terminology.

Click this link to see.

11. Older Driver Resource Guide

Maryland Department of Transportation / Motor Vehicle Administration (MDOT/MVA) are very pleased to announce the first ever Maryland’s Resource Guide for Aging Drivers

You can download the pdf on our website by clicking this link. Please also take a minute to answer the less than 10 questions survey linked on the same page – the survey responses will be a great help in understanding the needs of our aging drivers. 


Lastly, I will be away from the office next week and will return on the 3rd. See you all next year.


  Happy 2017!                ATT00001


Pazit Aviv
Village Coordinator, Aging and Disability Services
Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services
401 Hungerford Drive, 4th floor
Rockville, MD 20850
phone: 240-777-1231
fax:  240-777-1436
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