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December, 2010


A big thanks to all who contributed to this Newsletter!

The Board is working hard to build up DACCS membership at the meetings. We know that you have a busy schedule but we are hoping you will be at as many meetings this year as possible!

2010 DACCS Officers

President – Pattie DeShazor
Vice President – J. Adama Vacanti
Secretary – Andrea Robbins
Treasurer – Melinda Dalton
Membership – Amy Bracey
Newsletter – Andrea Robbins
Members at Large - Nicole Crews,
Debbie Flinn, Bernice Gammon
Program/Education – J. Adama Vacanti

There will be no December meeting. We look forward to seeing you in January!!

Do you have news to share to put in the DACCS newsletter? If so, please contact: Andrea Robbins with your information. It is needed by the 2nd Friday of each month. If you would like to be our Guest Speaker at one of the DACCS Meetings to discuss your organization, please see Adama Vacanti for details. Your lunch will be provided.

Social Security Column
By J. Adama Vacanti
Social Security Danville in Virginia


There’s a lot to do during the holiday season. Probably the last thing on your list is spending precious time at a Social Security office, waiting to conduct business, especially if you don’t need to.

The busiest times for Social Security field offices and the agency’s toll free telephone number are early in the week and early in the month. So if your business can wait, it’s best to contact us at other times. The same is true during the holiday season — especially the week between Christmas and New Year’s. If you must do business with Social Security during the holidays, you may experience more busy signals on the telephone and longer wait times in local offices.

There’s an even better way to conduct your business: online at  There you’ll find a wealth of information and online services. For example, you can apply online for Social Security benefits or for Medicare, and then you can check on the status of your pending application. If you’re already a Social Security beneficiary, you can go online to change your address, phone number, or your direct deposit information, get a replacement Medicare card, or request a proof of income letter.

Visit our website at and save yourself a call or a trip to our office. But if you do need to speak to a Social Security representative one-on-one, we’ll be there for you.

Speaker for January, 2011

Dr. Aline Kent, Assistant Director
Board Certified Pastoral Counselor, IBCC
Cross Roads Christian Counseling Center

Grant Awarded

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Danville Area has been awarded an MCP (Mentoring Children of Prisoners) grant. Our agency is one of the nine agencies in Virginia to receive funding. This grant will address the growing need in our community for mentoring children with incarcerated parent(s).

We are seeking applications for a Match Specialist. A qualified applicant must have a BA or BS degree in social science, human resources, or related field. Customer service and people skills are a must. Position will be open until filled.

In addition, we are currently recruiting volunteers for this program. If you would to be a mentor or would like to give the name of a mentee, call our office, 434-792-3700, ext. 234 or 235 for more information.

Congratulations to the 2011 DACCS board members!!

President: Adama Vacanti
Vice President: LaToiya Whipple
Secretary: Clem Oliver
Treasurer: Bernice Gammon
Members-at-Large: Debbie Flinn, Nicole Crews, Van Avery, Pat Danielse
Past President: Pattie DeShazor

DACCS membership dues are due January 1, 2011. If you need an invoice for your business or company, please request one.

Membership Paid for 2011

Arlene Creasy
Danville-Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce
CarVaGa Industries, Inc
Danville Public Library
Dan River Business Development Center
Danville Pittsylvania Community Services

Thank you to the above members for their prompt payment of dues!

Please make sure your DACCS membership information includes your most current email address. Click here for the membership form.

May you have a safe and blessed new year!