Montgomery County Village Coordinator
Monthly Update for November 5, 2015
please find the following November updates:
1. Update on the meeting with HEALTH Partners:
We had a very productive meeting with HEALTH Partners, a consortium of health care providers, and villages on October on 15th at the Silver Spring library. There is tremendous interest on both sides in partnership but also some concerns. The group decided to continue this dialogue and perhaps have some pilot programs with interested villages. I will be sending out an announcement for the next meeting in the following few weeks.
2. Homes Renewed - Seeking your insights:
3. National Village to Village looking for success stories:
Please put "Village Story" in the Subject Line Thanks so much for all your good work!
4. (VITA) partnership is seeking volunteers
The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) partnership is seeking volunteers to assist eligible residents with free income tax preparation. VITA is sponsored by the County Community Action Agency, part of the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services. Volunteers work during the tax season, from late January to mid-April, as tax preparers, greeters, screeners, interpreters, and resource navigators, with flexible hours at convenient locations in East Silver Spring/Takoma Park, Gaithersburg, Rockville, and Wheaton. Free training is provided on-site and online.
The VITA Program will host open houses for prospective volunteers on November 9, 13, and 18. Please see the attached flier for more information.
5. Little Falls Village featured in MD AARP:
1. Montgomery County grants - early reminder:
Each year Montgomery County offers community grants through a variety of programs: The deadline is in early January but application process begins on November 17th. If you are considering an application now is the time to obtain your board/leadership approval and plan your proposal. I will send out reminders in December and January as well. Follow this link for more information: http://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/government/grants.html
2. Villages in diverse communities:
I would also like to remind you that I have a small fund to support emerging villages in diverse and low income communities. Please let me know if you are interested in accessing this fund.
Village specific events:
1. Monday, November 9th 10-12pm: MD Communities of Practice semi-annual meeting:
Maryland villages meet twice a year in Annapolis to share experiences and hear a talk about a specific topic of interest. Location and RSVP information:
Department of Aging in Anne Arundel County
2664 Riva Rd Annapolis, MD 21401
2. Tuesday, November 10th, 7-9pm: - Poolesville Aging in Place community pot luck:
Tim Shaw, Senior Connection ED and I are going to talk at a community event in Poolesville. The goal is to start a conversation on aging in place/villages in Western Upper County (Poolesville, Beallsville, Dickerson, Martinsburg). If you know of anyone who lives in that area, please forward the attached flyer to them.
Events of interest
1. Senator Van Hollen forum on Healthcare plans for federal employees:
Senator Van Hollen will hold two events on this topic in partnership with NARFE: November 12th 7-9 pm at the Executive Office Building and November 23rd 9-11am at Holiday Park Senior Center. for more information. For additional information or directions, please call 301-424-3501.
Aging and Disability Services
Montgomery County Health and Human Services
401 Hungerford Dr. 4th floor
Rockville MD 20850