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Montgomery Update 2015-01-12

Please enjoy January's updates:

1. Social Security survey
2. BCC meeting highlights
3. WAVE meeting reminder 1.26 9:30-12:00
4. Grant opportunity
5. Request from Carderock re: programs and speakers
6. Montgomery County villages Conference: save the date
7. Pro bono consultants available
8. VTV forums summaries
9. Federal and State budget cuts
10. Creating an interactive village map
11. Intergenerational Work
12. Volunteer Maryland

1. Social Security Survey
Social Security is developing a long-range vision and strategic plan, called Vision 2025, and we want to hear from you.

Vision 2025 represents our efforts to ensure that we continue to provide excellent service to our customers today, tomorrow, 10 years from now, and beyond.

We would like you to participate in an online survey to tell us how we can best serve the American public in the future. The survey should only take a few minutes to complete.

Please help us spread the word by letting your members, associates, and colleagues know about this exciting opportunity to help Social Security shape its future of customer service. 

Here’s how you can help: Complete our survey  and tell us how you would prefer to conduct business with us in the next 10 to 15 years.

Maria Artista-Cuchna

2. BCC meeting highlights
Bethesda Chevy Chase area villages meet quarterly to discuss issues of shared interest. The December's meeting was dedicated to a conversation with local hospitals (Suburban and Sibley) on ways that villages and hospitals can partner and collaborate. The ideas that came up in the meeting ranged from health and wellness related workshops and events to successful post discharge care for village members. A small work group is forming to further develop this relationship. If you are interested in learning more or to join the group please contact me.

3.WAVE meeting 1.26.15
On the same vein as item #2, WAVE is holding its quarterly meeting on 1.26.15, 9:30-12:00 at the BCC Regional Service Center. The topic of conversation is: Village-Hospital Partnerships: How we can work together to provide services and foster shared goals. The panel includes representatives of hospitals from MD DC and VA. All are welcome, please RSVP: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

4. Grant opportunity
Community Action Grants (The Gannett Foundation). Funding is available to support community organizations that provide assistance to individuals in the area of social and human services. Deadlines: February 28, 2015; August 29, 2015.  Tor more information: http://www.gannettfoundation.org/guidelines.htm

5. Request from Carderock
Mary Lou Shannon is seeking a way for villages to share ideas about "tried and true" programming ideas and recommended speakers. This idea came up at the BCC villages meeting as well. This is a great way to share wisdom and offer mutual support. Please connect with Mary Lou Shannon: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you are interested. She is happy to start the conversation going and I can help facilitate it.

Additionally, I can compile these ideas and speaker's suggestions in an accessible format and post them on the WAVE and the County's website. Please forward this request to your programs and events coordinator.

6. Montgomery County villages conference: save the date
Mark your calendars: 5.12.2015, 9-2pm @ White Oak Community Center.
This conference will offer active and emerging villages an opportunity to connect, get inspired and gain relevant skills through a day of workshops and presentations. the conference is open to everyone and each village should bring as many people as they would like to (there will be concurrent workshops on various topics).
Please spread the word to communities that are considering starting a village as well.
Also, we are still developing the workshop offerings - email me if you are interested in a specific workshop.

7. Pro bono consultants available
Thanks to the Volunteer Center, we now have a great cadre of pro bono consultant for grant writing, strategic planning, marketing, board development, volunteer management and legal consult. Please contact me if your village would like to access any of these great professionals. You will have the chance to meet a few of them at the village conference as well.

8. VTV forums summaries
Thanks to the painstaking work of my wonderful volunteer, Gillian Marcus, we now have a summary of VTV forums from the past few years by topic. I will post this on the County's website and WAVE can do the same. She also made sure to include reference to the sources of the information so that you can follow up on with a specific village if interested.

9. Federal and state budget cuts
There are many budget cuts looming over the horizon. Cuts on the federal, state and local level will have an impact on the availability of various programs and services (meals on wheels has suffered cuts and Medicaid reimbursement rates, just to name a couple of examples). If you would like to learn more, please let me know.

10. Creating an interactive village map

Some of you have suggested that the County website should have an interactive map that would feature active and emerging villages. In addition, I receive calls from residents of various communities wondering if a village exists in their community.

To that end, my intern, Gilbert Dzakpasu or my volunteer, Gillian Marcus, may contact you to confirm your villages' boundary. I will let you know when this nifty resources is ready to access.

May 2015 be a year of great friendships and strong communities.

11. Intergenerational Work
JCA's Interages is holding an event on February 11th, 2015. The topic is intergenerational work within villages. Flyer for event. Please call to Interages RSVP. This meeting is free and open to the public so please spread the word.

12. Volunteer Maryland
Volunteer Maryland is offering a webinar on to inform nonprofits on ways they can access their resources. This is the local arm of AmeriCorps and you may be able to get a full time volunteer (paid a humble stipend) to work with your village. Please see blurb below:

What's on your volunteer program wish list?
Please join Volunteer Maryland for a webinar to learn about our program and how partnership with Volunteer Maryland could help your organization recruit and retain volunteers who make a genuine difference.

Register now!

Volunteer Maryland Partnership Webinar
Tuesday, January 20, 2015
11:00 am - 11:45 am

Volunteer Maryland, an AmeriCorps program, builds stronger communities by developing effective volunteer programs. Since 1992, Volunteer Maryland has worked with organizations across the State to better mobilize volunteers, and create structures to retain volunteers and show results. On average, each Volunteer Maryland partnership yields over 180 new volunteers and each volunteer provides at least 15 hours of service. Volunteer Maryland has the expertise to help create a volunteer program that works.


Pazit Aviv
Village Coordinator, Aging and Disability Services
Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services
401 Hungerford Drive, 4th floor
Rockville, MD 20850
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
phone: 240-777-1231
fax: 240-777-1436


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