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.

Sincerely,
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

 

Upcoming Events

23 Mar
For Family Caregivers: Learn how unpaid, live-in, primary caregivers can get short term, occasional relief from their caregiving duties and other support. Meet potential respite care providers and learn more about how respite care works.

Respite is funded primarily through a contract with the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services.
26 Mar
Village Café
03/26 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Please note change in the schedule. The Village Café usually takes place on the second Tuesday of the month but due to the Commission on Aging Public forum, I am moving it to the forth Tuesday this month. If you cannot find free parking near the building, county parking is available across from Rockville Memorial Library.
27 Mar
Helpful Village Users Group Webinar
03/27 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
This is the regular monthly meeting of the Helpful Village Users Group (HVUG). Their purpose is to provide a national forum for HV Users where they can share best village practices using HV, collect requests for updates to the HV system, coordinate with Helpful Village staff, and distribute HV training materials and software updates.  For more information please email Andy at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

You need to log on to the Village to Village Network to register for and to view this webinar.

Be sure to register for these webinars today so you do not miss out on the opportunity to participate! Make sure you are LOGGED IN to the VtVN website before you try to register. When you click on each of the title links below to register, scroll up to the top of the screen and make sure your full name appears in the top right hand corner of the screen above the blue toolbar. This means that you are logged in and you can successfully register for these member only webinars. If you are NOT logged in, all you will see is "Add to my Calendar" instead of "Click Here to Register." Once you are logged in, click the "Click Here to Register" button and it will walk you through a few quick steps to register.

Click on:   NEW DAY! Helpful Village Users Group 2 PM ET/ 1 PM CT/ 12 PM MT/ 11 AM PT - 1/24/2018
29 Mar
Rethinking How We Age in a Changing World
03/29 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Featuring Howard Gleckman, Suburban Hospital Board Chair & Senior Fellow at The Urban Institute

90% of older adults say they want to age in place in their own homes for as long as possible. Join Howard Gleckman, author of Caring for Our Parents, as he shares how we can take advantage of community resources to age at home while navigating the
increasingly complex healthcare system.
3 Apr
This call is run by Katie Garber, Capitol Hill Village's Director of Volunteer and Care Services and licensed clinical social worker.  She will take questions and moderate the monthly call. Topics open to discussion include, but are not limited to: developing a volunteer-based care coordination system, creating healthy boundaries for member service delivery, setting realistic expectations for members and their families, coordinating with local community resources, when to make a referral to Adult Protective Services, etc. Be sure to email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with topics you want covered at any upcoming call!  Please direct all follow up questions to Nisha or Natalie by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We will try to assist you as best we can until the next month's call with Katie.

You need to log on to the Village to Village Network to register for and to view this webinar.

Be sure to register for these webinars today so you do not miss out on the opportunity to participate! Make sure you are LOGGED IN to the VtVN website before you try to register. When you click on each of the title links below to register, scroll up to the top of the screen and make sure your full name appears in the top right hand corner of the screen above the blue toolbar. This means that you are logged in and you can successfully register for these member only webinars. If you are NOT logged in, all you will see is "Add to my Calendar" instead of "Click Here to Register." Once you are logged in, click the "Click Here to Register" button and it will walk you through a few quick steps to register.

Click on: NEW DAY! Caring For Our Frailest Members: A Monthly Idea Exchange - 1:00 PM EST/10:00 AM PST - 1/3/2018
4 Apr
• A conversation about Collaboration & Program Innovations
• News from the Baltimore Engagement Group & our statewide leaders
• Information Exchange with Statewide Leaders at Our Networking Lunch

Chava Ball, the Village Engagement Director, is this meeting’s host. Complimentary purified water, morning tea, coffee or hot chocolate will be available when you arrive.
Plan to stay for our 12-1 networking Brown Bag Lunch. Bring your own lunch. Fruit and desert provided.

RSVP
10 Apr
New Member Orientation Webinar
04/10 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
This is for new members to get accustomed to the website and learn how to find and use all the resources VTVN has to offer. Nisha will show members how to navigate the website as well as take care of renewals, payments, registrations, etc. She will also go over all of the member benefits, where to find them, and share any current information about the Network. This call is primarily for new members, but anyone is welcome to come with any questions about membership to VTVN or anything Village related!

You need to log on to the Village to Village Network to register for and to view this webinar.

Be sure to register for these webinars today so you do not miss out on the opportunity to participate! Make sure you are LOGGED IN to the VtVN website before you try to register. When you click on each of the title links below to register, scroll up to the top of the screen and make sure your full name appears in the top right hand corner of the screen above the blue toolbar. This means that you are logged in and you can successfully register for these member only webinars. If you are NOT logged in, all you will see is "Add to my Calendar" instead of "Click Here to Register." Once you are logged in, click the "Click Here to Register" button and it will walk you through a few quick steps to register.

Click on: NEW TIME! New Member Orientation 2 PM ET/ 1 PM CT/ 12 PM MT/ 11 AM PT - 1/10/2018
16 Apr
Healthcare Decisions Day
04/16 8:30 am - 11:00 am
Healthcare Decisions Day is a national campaign to raise awareness about the needs of those with serious illness. Events are held annually across the country on or around April 16, following Tax Day.
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