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Montgomery Update 2015-09-01

Montgomery County Village Coordinator
Monthly Update for September 1, 2015

Hello everyone,

Please find Septembers' updates below:

1. FACES grant opportunity
2. JCA employment program
3. Fall Prevention - list of events
4. Frame Works Institution report on attitude toward aging - Gauging Aging
5. Senior Connection announces Senior Rides
6. Community Forums on Health in the County
7.  Alzheimer's Association classes

1. FACES grant opportunity

The Carl M. Freeman Foundation is proud to announce the 2015 FACES Grant Cycle for Montgomery County is now open. Grant guidelines and applications can be found on www.carlfreemanfoundation.org.  

The grant cycle is now open and applications are due by September 25th at 5 pm.  The winners will be announced in November.  As well, before the grant cycle opens, a Meet the Funder Workshop will take place on Wednesday, September 2nd from 9-10:30 a.m. at the Silver Spring Civic Building at Veterans Plaza in Silver Spring. This workshop will focus on the E-Grant system, which is used during the FACES grant application process.  Those with questions about the application process may contact Melissa Rizer at 302-436-3015 orThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Applicants should apply online at www.carlfreemanfoundation.org/faces between August 24th and September 25th. 

2. The Career Gateway! a Job Search Training Program for Seniors

Please share this time sensitive information with your membership:

Are you over age 50 and frustrated by your job search? JCA’s Career Gateway Program can help you hone your resume, polish your networking and interviewing skills, use Internet job search resources more effectively, and turn your age and experience to your advantage. Each session of the Career Gateway features 30 hours of small-group classroom instruction over five days, comprehensive take-home materials, practical exercises, and a long-term mentor – all for only $75! Sessions run from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. and are as follows:

Session I September 8,10,11,16 and 17, 2015
Session II October 12, 14, 16, 21 and 22, 2015
Session III November 9, 10, 13, 16 and 18, 2015
Session IV January 20, 22, 25, 27 and 29, 2016
Session V February 22, 24, 26, 29 and March 2, 2016

For more information, call Ellen Greenberg at 301-255-4215 or email her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

3. Falls Prevention Campaign this month

If your village has not planned an event, and even if you did, please share this list of free events with your village members. There are more than 30 free activities throughout the County.  For a listing of these free programs open to the public, look in the September issue of The Beacon newspaper which can also be accessed online at The Beacon Newspapers Washington Edition. Or visit the website of GROWS (Grass Roots Organization for the Well-being of Seniors) at GROWS.

4. Frame Works Institution report on attitude toward aging

For all of you big thinkers out there: Louis Tenebaum shared with me the attached report on the gaps between public and expert attitude toward aging. This report articulates well the some of the challenges village leaders encounter in the community and has implications on communication strategies you may choose to implement. I hope you benefit for its insights.

After you read the report, you may want to explore the presentation which was a follow up to the report and offered some hands-on strategies to address the public attitudes.https://fwi.app.box.com/s/8f82odzzlp9ox1wdccs8vfa0vbok0yu3

5. Senior Connection announces Senior Rides

Senior Connection Announces Senior Rides – Coming in  September: Senior Connection invites organizations in the county who currently provide or would like to provide senior transportation to partner with them. Through this program, volunteers and requests will be shared with all participating groups, increasing volunteer drive capacity for everyone and reduce the ride request lead times so that more seniors can benefit from the service.  Press release for more information.  

6. County Hosts Community Conversations to Seek Public Input about Health and Quality of Life Issues

County residents are invited to participate in community conversations sponsored by Healthy Montgomery, a community-based effort to improve the health and well-being of Montgomery County residents. The “conversations” will help provide input and feedback to complete a community health needs assessment. Attendees will have an opportunity to share their views about how Montgomery County can be a healthier place to live.

Each session will last approximately two hours and refreshments will be served.

Thursday, September 10 - 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.  
Silver Spring Civic Center
1 Veterans Plaza, Spring Room
Silver Spring Hosted by African American Health Program and African Advisory Group

Saturday, September 19 - 10 a.m. to 12 noon
UpCounty Regional Services Center
12900 Middlebrook Road, (Conf. Room A) Germantown

Wednesday, September 23 - 2 to 4 p.m.  
Unitarian Universalist Congregation (Founders Hall)
100 Welsh Park Drive, Rockville      
Faith-based conversation

Saturday, September 26 - 10 a.m. to 12 noon
Robert Frost Middle School (Rm. 220)
9201 Scott Drive, Rockville

To register for one of the sessions, please call 240-777-3860 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  

Healthy Montgomery, the County’s Community Health Improvement Process, was launched in 2009 and is an ongoing effort that brings together a broad range of individuals representing County government agencies, the six community hospitals, minority health programs/initiatives, advocacy groups, academic institutions and the health insurance community to develop action plans to improve the health and well-being of all Montgomery County residents, especially groups most at risk for poor health.

7.  Alzheimer's Association Classes
Lindsey Vajpei from the Alzheimer's Association has put together a very rich education program for September. You can either promote existing classes or invite her to present at your village. Flyer.

Thank you for your hard work and dedication. I receive many calls from hospitals, community members, local nonprofits and businesses who are seeking to connect with local villages in the County. The word is certainly out there!

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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