The Washington Area Villages Exchange (WAVE) is a forum through which nonprofit villages in the Washington D.C metropolitan area share experience and ideas. It works with senior serving and inter-generational organizations and agencies, and encourages the growth and improvement of the village movement within the Washington area.
WAVE has quarterly meetings hosted by member organizations on a rotating basis in the three jurisdictions. The meeting include speaker covering a topic of interest to the member organizations with time for questions (several recent topics are listed below). After the main presentation, specific time is provided for a couple of concurrent discussion groups focusing on areas of interest to member villages.
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August 2016 updates. Lots of great information!
1. Friends Club - a program for men with early stage dementia
2. Widow Care
3. Leadership Montgomery is seeking nonprofits to support
4. JCA Village Rides is seeking a Coordinator
5. National Lutheran Community & Service Community Impact Grant - Deadline 8.15.16
6. Maryland Care Act signed into law
7. Bethesda Chevy Chase Villages Quarterly Meeting & Needs Assessment
8. Time off
1. Friends Club - a program for men with early stages of dementia:
Friends Club is a non-profit social therapeutic day program for men in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. The Club is similar to any men’s organizations that a member may have once belonged to earlier in life; it provides a safe, familiar and non-institutional setting for members. Participants will gather with trained staff and committed peer volunteers 3 days a week to socialize, engage in lively current events discussions, listen to live music, attend lectures, play brain games and exercise. The Club hours are on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 a.m - 1:30 p.m. The cost is $75 per session. Scholarships are available. Friends Club also offers a free bi-monthly Caregivers’ Support Group. For more information, Call 301-469-0070 or Visit www.friendsclubbethesda.org.
2. Widow Care:
Widow Care is a local nonprofit that supports widowed individuals through referrals, resources and volunteer matches. They have social events as well. http://www.widowcare.com/.
3. Leadership Montgomery is seeking nonprofits to support:
I had a team from senior leadership Montgomery visit last year and I would be happy to share my experience with anyone.
4. JCA Village Rides seeking a Coordinator:
JCA is seeking a part time Coordinator for its Village Rides program. Click here for job description.
5. National Lutheran Community & Service Community Impact Grant - Deadline 8.15.16:
(If anyone needs help with this grant application, please let me know by 8.10.)
Does your agency or organization offer a program or service that helps to address these issues? If not, are you interested in doing so? Perhaps you know other groups in your community that are looking to enhance their services to seniors? Information regarding the submission of grant proposals, including the application form, timeline, recipient eligibility and grant reporting requirements, can all be found at www.nationallutheran.org/impactgrants. Proposals will be accepted between June 1, 2016–August 15, 2016.
6. Maryland Care Act signed into law:
Tending to the needs of an aging parent or other frail adult is challenging at best—and can be a daunting task, if the caregiver isn’t sure of what to do. Maryland legislators remedied that uncertainty in April by passing a law that will improve communication between hospitals and family caregivers in order to make the transition back home process easier for patients.
The law gives every hospital patient an opportunity to designate a family caregiver. The hospital must record the caregiver’s name in the patient’s chart and reach out to inform the caregiver when the patient will be released. In addition, hospital staff must meet with the caregiver as soon as possible to discuss follow-up care the patient will need after discharge from the hospital.
Maryland—the 25th state to pass such a law—is home to about 771,000 family caregivers who provide 717 million hours of unpaid services a year. For more information, go to aarp.org/md.
7. Bethesda Chevy Chase Villages Quarterly Meeting & Needs Assessment:
The BCC RSC villages are meeting next Monday, August 8th at the BCC Regional Service Center from 10-12. We will be discussing a plan to organize all county villages as a nonprofit that would allow us to apply for grants, receive discounts and more. You have received the needs assessment before. I have attached it here again. Please offer your feedback. If you would like to join the meeting, please let me know! Click here for Needs Assessment.
8. Time off:
A FEW MORE THINGS!!!!!
9. Next Monday, East County Village Seniors are hosting an information session on the County priority tax credits for seniors at the East County Community Center. The deadline to apply for this credit is next month. Please see attached flyer for information and spread the word. Click here for flyer.
10. Carl M. Freeman Foundation has come out with a call for proposals. The deadline is 9/8/16. In the past, villages have had good experience with this foundation. All the information you need is right here. Click here for more information. I would say, give it a go!
11. City of Rockville has posted its job announcement for a Village Facilitator. This will close on 8/21/16. http://www.rockvillemd.gov/index.aspx?nid=1243
12. Bethesda Metro Area Village is also seeking to hire. I do not have the job announcement yet, but keep an eye on that as well.
PS. for all you worried souls, I am not really going into the wilderness, just a family camping trip to lovely Vermont
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