ATTENTION** New Mid-February Update**ATTENTION
I have lots more to share this month, hence the second announcement.
1. 2017 Montgomery County Villages Annual Report is Out
This report was created in collaboration with County villages and County STAT. Please find attached PDF. The report is also available on the website.
2. Media attention!
Villages were featured in ths month's Montgomery Magazine.
3. Save the Date: Montgomery County Villages Meeting: Monday, March 12th, 10am -12noon
Please plan to attend the next villages meeting in Bethesda Chevy Chase Regional Service Center. Due to capacity limitations please send one representative per village.
Address: 4805 Edgemoor Ln # 100, Bethesda, MD 20814
4. Spring 2018 Gathering of Organizations Providing Volunteer Transportation
Let’s share and learn from other county organizations that provide volunteer transportations. We will be discussing suggestions listed in the National Volunteer Transportation Center’s handbook Volunteer Recruitment and Retention Experience and Practice. We will also be focused on answering the question: “What I Learned the Hard Way,” regarding how to run a volunteer transportation program. Enjoy snacks!
If you are interested in attending, please weigh in on the best date and time to meet by going to this Doodle scheduling tool.
To help plan this event, please contact Shawn Brennan at 240-777-1350 or by clicking this email link.
5. Are Your Members Fully Informed About Available Transportation Options?
6. North Chevy Chase Connections is Hosting a Free Event - Monday February 26, 7:00pm
Distinguished Neighbor Speaker Series: ANDY SHOYER: The North American Free Trade Agreement: Origins, Controversies and Next Steps
Venue: North Chevy Chase Christian Church, 8814 Kensington Parkway Chevy Chase, MD 20815 – Community Room
During the first debate of the 2016 Presidential election campaign, then-candidate Donald Trump called the NAFTA “the single worst trade deal ever approved in this country . . . maybe ever signed anywhere.” Now as President, he has threatened to withdraw from NAFTA, then launched renegotiations with Canada and Mexico and restated his threats to withdraw. One of our neighbors, Andy Shoyer, was a U.S. government lawyer who worked on the NAFTA negotiation and might be one of the few individuals who had actually read this more than 1,000 page document (because it was his job, not because it was entertaining). He will discuss the origins of NAFTA, what it is, what it does, or it is supposed to do and why it has been so controversial since its inception. In addition, he will talk about what are some consequences from the current renegotiations and threats of withdrawal.
Andy Shoyer practices international trade law at Sidley Austin LLP. Andy spent seven years at the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR), most recently serving as Legal Advisor in the U.S. Mission to the WTO in Geneva. He was the principal negotiator for the United States in the rules implementing the WTO Dispute Settlement Understanding and has briefed and argued numerous WTO cases before dispute settlement panels and the WTO Appellate Body. Prior to his arrival in Geneva, Andy was Assistant General Counsel at USTR in Washington, D.C., where he served as principal legal counsel in the negotiation of the market access rules of NAFTA, as well as the framework agreements with various Latin American countries. He is an adjunct professor in international trade and investment policy at the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University.
7. Thursday, March 1st, 6:30-8:30: Consumer Protection Forum at Bethesda Chevy Chase RSC
Location: 4805 Edgemoor Ln # 100, Bethesda, MD 20814
Join U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen, Maryland Attorney General, Brian Frosh and the Montgomery County Office of Consumer Protection for a discussion focused on your rights as a consumer. The forum will feature an update from Capitol Hill and the State of Maryland and a question/answer period. Various consumer organizations will be represented to provide important consumer information. Click here to RSVP now!
8. A Message from the National Village to Village Network
As many of you are aware, and as described in our letter dated from January 8, 2018, the Village to Village Network is currently in the process of moving to its next stage of development with our efforts focused on the following goals:
· Building public awareness and recognition of the Village model as a viable option for aging in community.
· Providing more technical assistance to Villages to promote long term growth and financial sustainability.
· Establishing strategic partnerships with other organizations to broaden support of the Village Movement.
With these goals in mind, the Village to Village Network Board of Directors have made some organizational changes. We are beginning our search for a new Executive Director. We are seeking an individual with fundraising and partnership building experience, has a passion for the Village Movement and the vision and leadership skills to help us meet our organizational goals and expand the impact of Villages in the U.S. and around the world.
Please DO NOT contact the Village to Village Network office with questions.
1. Maryland Smoke Alarm Law is in Effect as of January 1, 2018
Contact Jim Resnik if you would like Fire Dep reps to present on this law or if you want to coordinate a fire safety check for your village members.
2. The Montgomery County Police Department is Seeking Feedback from Residents
The Montgomery County Police Department (MCP), in partnership with the University of Maryland (UMD), is asking residents to participate in a short, anonymous survey about their opinions regarding MCP’s services and functions as well as neighborhood crime and safety.
This study is conducted by a UMD student as part of her Policy Engagement Project course. The research project is being overseen by MCP’s Policy and Planning Division. The survey is available in both Spanish and English.
Click this link for the Montgomery County Crime and Public Safety Survey.
3. Montgomery Serves Volunteer Award: Nominate your Volunteer(s)
This annual event held near the end of April, recognizes extraordinary volunteers and community leaders in Montgomery County Maryland. Nominate your candidates for the Neal Potter Path of Achievement Award which recognizes a life time of service to the community. The Montgomery Serves Award recognizes volunteers of the year. At this event, County Executive Ike Leggett will present the Roscoe R. Nix Community Distinguished Leadership Award.
4. Caregiver Support Coordinator Offers Community Outreach Events
Lylie Fisher, the Caregiver Support Coordinator is offering community outreach events at various locations. These informal events are open to all community members who provide care for their loved one. Come with your questions and learn about:
- County resources for caregivers
- Tools to help navigate through local supports
- How caregivers can maintain a healthy mind, body and soul
- Planning ahead as a caregiver
and much more.
Events are listed on the February Caregiver eNewsletter.
To register to one of these events, please follow this link.
5. New County Program Seeks Skilled Volunteers 50+
The Montgomery County Volunteer Center's new 50+ Volunteer Network connects skilled volunteers with nonprofits and government agencies that need assistance. This unique program is perfect for those who are age 50+ and want to make a significant contribution of time and talent to the community, while still retaining flexibility.
Personal consultations and trained advisors are ready to help volunteers find opportunities that match their particular areas of interests, skills and availability. Options may include ongoing programs, management and support, as well as short-term consulting projects that utilize professional skills and direct services to clients.
For more information,
Contact 50plus at Montgomery County MD
OR Click this link for more information.
6. Village Rides Funding Approved Through 2021
A message from Sara Fought regarding JCA’s Village Rides program.
I want to announce the news that I just shared with our participating villages. JCA recently learned that MWCOG approved funding for the next grant cycle so VillageRides will continue in 2019 until early 2021. We will be working through 2018 and beyond to reach out to villages, community organizations and non-profits that might benefit from this program. Thank you for your support as our partners in Montgomery County and Prince George's County government.
7. Montgomery County Received Funds to Subsidize Taxi Cab Rides
The Montgomery County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) received $544,430 in federal funding for its Call-n-Ride taxi service. This program provides taxi trips for low-income seniors and individuals with disabilities. The two-year grant will allow MCDOT to reduce the monthly co-pay for the lowest income Call-n-Ride participants, which comprise 85.7 percent of program users.
8. Share with your Members: The CFPB Recently Released Two New Resources on Reverse Mortgages to help older homeowners. A short video will provide key information about the features of reverse mortgages and a Discussion Guide has been created to help homeowners who are considering taking one out.
The Discussion Guide is now available to order in bulk at no charge. It can also be used as a handout or as a coaching tool to help consumers understand many key concepts of reverse mortgages. If you serve older homeowners who might be considering taking out a reverse mortgage, share this easy-to-understand educational tool.
9. Another Item to Share with Everyone: Maryland Dep of Aging’s Video on Living Wills
Living Wills are essential to spelling out your end of life decisions. David Pessin of PK Law Maryland Public Television News discusses living wills and other important elder law planning documents. Please feel free to watch this video on our Youtube Channel. This is a continuing series produced by MPT and Maryland Access Point (MAP) to promote healthy and independent living
10. Recycle my Computer: Refurbished Computers for Those who Cannot Afford it
Recycle my Computer is a tenant organization at the BCC Regional Services Center and they refurbish donated PCs and provide them to low income families and seniors.
Gary Cahn who runs Recycle my Computer tells me that although they have delivered a total of 81 PCs in 2017, they still have several dozen computers left in their inventory. Gary would really like to get those PCs out to whoever needs them.
1. Sunday, February 11th, 4-6pm: Bradly Hills Village Hosting Brian Frosh
County villages’ members are invited to attend Bradly Hills Village's annual meeting on 2/11/2018 at Women's Club of Bethesda located on
5500 Sonoma Road, Bethesda, MD 20817 (corner of Old Georgetown Road)
Bradley Hills Village is honored to host our Attorney General. It was requested that he will brief us on what the state is doing in areas of consumer protection and environmental concern. You will also have an opportunity to ask questions.
2. Monday, February 26th, 9:30-12:00pm: Washington Area Villages Exchange
The next WAVE Meeting will be on Monday, February 26 in Bethesda at the Bethesda Chevy Chase Regional Services Center, 4805 Edgemoor Lane, Bethesda, MD 20814 from 9:30-Noon. You can Google Montgomery County BCC Regional Services Center for directions. The closest Metro stop is Bethesda on the red line. We look forward to seeing you there! Feel free to invite new staff or board members from your village to join us.
3. Monday March 5th, 9:30-12:00: GATHERING WITH THE MARYLAND COMMUNITY OF PRACTICE (CoP) For LEADERS OF VILLAGES AND AGING IN COMMUNITY PROGRAMS
Location: The Beacon Institute of Life Span
7090 Samuel Morse Drive Columbia, MD 21046
TIME: 9:30 Networking coffee, 10:00AM-12:00 Program
*plus brown bag lunch & networking 12 noon until 1:00PM
- Join our statewide leaders as we discuss innovative strategies to deepen community & personal connections. Learn about potent brain wellness behaviors to share as a community connection strategy.
- Statewide program updates & idea exchange from our leaders
- Learn from a brain health educator Roger Anusen, who will share strategies used in AARP and Met Life Projects and reveal dynamic, positive self-care for your Brain.
- Explore how practicing brain healthy (i.e. reserve-enhancing) behaviors can help you age well. Roger will talk about how people who engage in stimulating leisure & learning activities get results.
Note: Future opportunities to learn additional healthy brain strategies are planned for later this year.
4. Wednesday, March 7, 10:30-12:00 Redefining Aging: A Caregiver’s Guide to Living Your Best Life
Suburban is pleased to bring you another open-to-all and FREE event focused on healthy aging. On Wednesday March 7, we will host guest speaker Dr. Ann Kaiser Stearns, who will speak about her newest best-selling book Redefining Aging: A Caregiver’s Guide to Living Your Best Life. Topics this presentation will include are:
- How to resist the “stereotype threat” of ageism
- How to embrace fulfilling life experiences despite the fatigue and stress of caregiving
- How to distinguish between normal aging vs the early signs of dementia
The event is open to all community members, including Village members. We also hope that you will promote this event widely in your local networks. It will be held at the Kenwood Golf & Country Club in Bethesda from 10:30am – 12:00pm. Light refreshments will be served. Please see the attached flyer for additional details. Registration is required.
Location: 5601 River Road, Bethesda, MD 20816.
Aging and Disability Services
401 Hungerford Drive, 4th floor.
Rockville, MD 20850