July’s updates are few but important. Enjoy!
1. Wednesday, July 26 9:30am- 11:30am, Margaret Schweinhaut Senior Center: How to promote your wellness programs and foster partnerships
Get fresh ideas to enhance participation in your physical activity programs for older adults in Montgomery County through increased outreach and productive partnerships. This meeting is organized by the Moving Bodies Committee of the Vital Living Network*. This meeting is the result of a previous discussion that began at a meeting on March 22, of which many of you had attended. We are delighted to hear that some mutually beneficial partnerships have already emerged as result of the previous meeting!
Speakers Shawn Brennan and Tina Purser-Langley from the Montgomery County Area Agency on Aging will share how Bone Builders began as a very small program to a program that is now serving more than 600 participants.Their present achievement was made possible all because of successful outreach.They will be followed by Mary Jane Joseph of the Primary Care Coalition, who will be providing insight into utilizing partnerships to support great programs. Group discussion and sharing will follow the presentations.
2. Thursday, July 27, 2017 10am-12pm @ BCC RSC: Fundraising Fundamentals - Plan Your Work and Work Your Plan, How to Raise Money from Individual Donors with a focus on End-of-Year Giving
This workshop will show you how to develop a fundraising plan for individual donors. The workshop includes a hands-on end-of-year appeal planning exercise that you can use immediately.
To be successful in fundraising, you’ve got to plan your work and work your plan. In order to sustain your fundraising program, you will need to focus on donations from individuals -- 90% of all donations come from individuals.
Please let me know if your village will be sending a representative. I need an estimated head count.
As always, my contact information is at the bottom of the page.
1. Funding alert: National Lutheran Grant Due 8/15/17
National Lutheran Communities & Services (NLCS) is pleased to announce the availability of Community Impact grants for the 2018 year. As a faith-based, not-for-profit ministry that provides an array of services for seniors, NLCS strongly believes that its mission extends beyond the physical boundaries of its residential communities. With funds solely derived from investment earnings, they are committed to supporting the work of other non-profit organizations, including congregations and community-based programs that address the critical needs of seniors who are aging-in-place.
Each year, NLCS awards grants to organizations located in Delaware, Maryland, Washington D.C. and Virginia that share the same passion of serving senior citizens. All grants must address at least one of the following urgent needs faced by seniors:
- Chronic disease management
- Navigating and accessing health care and social services
- Dealing with Alzheimer's disease, dementia and memory loss
- Social isolation
- Poverty and financial insecurity
Proposals will be accepted until August 15, 2017. To learn more about grant proposal submissions
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact them by email through the link below or call 301-354-2703 and ask for Community Impact.
2. Insurance cost at potentially reduced rates:
Please note that I am not endorsing this product but I do wish for all of you to be aware of it, so that you may want to look into this on your own.
3. Media Alert: Media Alert: Montgomery Community Media show on villages:
Donna Savage and I were interviewed last month. If you have a half hour to spare, feel free to watch the video.
4. New Property Tax Credit for people over 65
On March 7, 2017 the Montgomery County Council passed Bill 42-16. This bill will provide a tax credit for people who are over 65 years of age and who either:
- Have owned and lived in the dwelling that they currently occupy for at least 40 consecutive years
- Are retired from one of the United States’ armed forces (Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, Navy).
This bill will provide a 20% credit on county property taxes only. This is only for owner-occupied dwellings for which at least one of the owners meet the eligibility requirements noted above. The credit is granted for 5 consecutive years, and the credit will not available after that 5-year period.
5. National Village to Village Annual Gathering early bird registration ends 7/31
The VTV conference is in Baltimore this year (November 6-8). Many local villages and organizations will be presenting their work at this conference. Check out the website for more information:
Aging and Disability Services
401 Hungerford Drive, 4th floor.
Rockville, MD 20850