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February, 2011


Thank you to all organizations for your logo item donations and your newsletter information. 
Keep them coming!

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!

2011 DACCS Officers

President – J. Adama Vacanti
Vice President – LaToiya Whipple
Secretary – Clem Oliver
Treasurer – Bernice Gammon
Membership – Amy Bracey
Newsletter – Clem Oliver
Members at Large - Debbie Flinn, Nicole Crews, Van Avery, Pat Danielse
Past President – Pattie DeShazor


DACCS Meeting
Friday, Febuary 25, 2011

 12 noon at Golden Corral Restaurant


Speaker Lynne Bjarnesen, Executive Director
Danville Museum of Fine Arts and History


DACCS Announcements!
March Meeting
Friday-March 25th

Do you have news to share to put in the DACCS newsletter?
If so, please contact: Clem Oliver with your information.
All information 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 LaToiya Whipple for details. Your lunch will be provided.


Social Security Column
By J. Adama Vacanti
Social Security District Manager in Danville, VA

doctorSometimes people don’t give themselves enough credit. But if you work and pay Social Security taxes, you’re earning credit for yourself every payday -- credit that will pay off later in life when it comes time for retirement, or in the event that you become disabled and are unable to work; credit that can help your family if you die early and need to provide for those who depend on you.

You qualify for Social Security benefits by earning Social Security credits when you work in a job or are self-employed and pay Social Security payroll taxes. In 2011, you receive one credit for each $1,120 of earnings, up to the maximum of four credits per year. Most people need 10 years of work (40 credits) to be eligible for retirement benefits.

The number of credits needed for ¬disability benefits depends on how old you are when you become disabled. For example, if you become disabled before age 24, you generally need 1 1/2 years of work (six credits) in the three years before you became disabled. At age 31 or older, you generally need at least 20 credits in the 10 years immediately before you became disabled.

In most cases, about 10 years of work is needed for a worker’s family to qualify for survivors benefits. Survivors of very young workers may be eligible if the deceased worker was employed for 1½ years during the three years before his or her death

You can find a detailed chart that shows exactly how many credits you would need in the online publication, How You Earn Credits, available at

You also may want to read Understanding the Benefits for more information about Social Security and how it works. You can find it online at

Next time you feel like someone else is taking credit for your hard work, just remember that your hard work is earning you credit in ways you probably don’t even think about — Social Security credit.


Community Mediation Center

The Community Mediation Center offers the following mediation services:

  • Parenting Agreements
  • Separation Agreements
  • Property Settlement Agreements
  • Support Agreements
  • Parent-Child Agreements
  • Cohabitation Agreements
  • Reconciliation Agreements

The mediation is a voluntary and confidential process in which disputing parties work out solutions to their problems with the help of a Virginia Supreme Court Certified Mediator. It is a process that gives the two parties a chance to speak about what is important to them ... sometimes more than a court of law would allow

Most of all, the parties involved are BOTH responsible for a successful resolution and how it will work. Care will be taken to make sure that both sides of the story are heard, and that no one feels left out. The mediator's sole purpose is to make sure clients do not lose sight of their goal -- a satisfying resolution.

Mediators are there, not only to help clients come to a resolution, but also to help them put that resolution to work. Action is the end result of this process, and it is this action that allows both parties to walk away feeling satisfied and ready to move forward.

Contact: Bob Phillips (434) 797-3981 Ext. 12
Community Mediation Center
DPCS Prevention Services
490 Piney Forest Rd.
Danville, VA 24540


Bowl for Kids’ Sake

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Danville Area
308 Craighead Street, Suite 104, Danville VA 24541, 434 792-3700

Saturday, March 19, 2011
1:00-4:00 Riverside Lanesa

Be a Sponsor! Form a Team!

Big Brothers Big Sisters helps children ages 6 through 14 reach their potential through one-to-one relationships with mentors. We currently serve over 200 children in Danville and Pittsylvania County. Help us change the lives of the 3,000 at risk children who need a Big Brother or Big Sister!

For information about how you can help, call Melanie Vaughan,
434-792-3700 ext. 233, or email


Mentoring Children of Prisoners

More than one in every 100 adults in America is in prison or jail. Sixty-three percent of federal prisoners and fifty-five percent of state prisoners are parents of children under the age of 18.

Big Brother Big Sister of Danville Area Mentoring Children of Prisoners needs your assistance in recruiting volunteers to mentor youth. The target population is youth between the ages 6-14 who have one or more incarcerated parent in a state or federal institution

The mentor’s role is that of a friend or guide. Volunteers are required to spend a minimum of 2 hours a week with their mentee. Volunteers must be at least 18 years old and must complete a volunteer application. All volunteers must submit to criminal background, child protective services and division of motor vehicles checks.

The benefits of establishing a mentoring relationship are significant. Mentors gain personal fulfillment and have a lot of fun. Children participating in the mentoring of children’s program school performance increase. Their self-confidence and overall classroom behavior improved significantly.

To learn more about the program please contact Sylvia Hairston, MCP Match Specialist at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Danville Area, 308 Craighead Street , Suite 104, Danville, VA 24541. (434)792-3700, ext. 236. You may contact by email at

Members who have paid their 2011 dues:

Danville Area Humane Society
Pittsylvania County Department of Social Services
Danville Reading Center
City of Danville
Free Clinic of Danville
City of Danville Human Services Department
Arlene Creasy
Danville-Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce
CarVaGa Industries, Inc.
Danville Public Library
Dan River Business Development Center
Danville Pittsylvania Community Services
David Abernathy
Abundant Life World Outreach Church
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Danville Area
Melinda Dalton
Danville Cancer Association, Inc.
Danville Parks, Recreation and Tourism
WW Moore Detention Home
Lalor Earle
The Flecter Center
God’s Storehouse
Goodwill Industries of Danville Area, Inc.
Rachel Jackson
Gregg Mason
Meadow View Foundations, Inc
Oak Grove Residential Care
Piney Forest Seventh-Day Adventist Church
Pittsylvania County Dept. Social Services
Pittsylvania County Public Library
Southern Area Agency on Aging
Jeffrey Wright

Questions or corrections about your paid membership for 2011, please e-mail Bernice Gammon at

Please make sure your DACCS membership information includes your most current email address. Effective February will be sending the newsletter out electronically to our members.


Will you be the next GED® success story? Visit the Danville Public Schools Adult & Career Education Center and let us help you find out how to earn a GED certificate!

On Friday mornings at 9:00 a.m. you will be able to:

  • take a FREE Official GED practice test
  • see if you qualify to take the Official GED Test FREE
  • sign up for study classes if needed

Call 799-6471 today to sign up!

GED Study: FREE classes for adults 18 and over Monday – Thursday, 9:00 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.

  • Classes
  • Self-paced Learning
  • Computerized Study
  • Fast Track Workshops
  • Young Adult Classes for adults 18 – 24

Can’t attend classes?

Tune into GED Connection and TV411 on City TV 20 on the Comcast Cable System Monday – Friday, 7:00 to 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. Call 799-6471 for details on purchasing workbooks and taking a pre-test

GED Testing:

  • Small and large group testing
  • Several testing opportunities each month
  • FREE testing for those who qualify

GED® and the GED Testing Service® are registered trademarks of the American Council on Education® and may not be used or reproduced without the express written permission of the American Council on Education.

Adult High School Diploma:

For adults needing three or fewer classes to earn a diploma. Classes are computerized; teachers are available to provide assistance. To Get Started: Send a copy of your transcript to the Adult & Career Education Office at 141 Goode Street, Danville, VA 24541 and set up a meeting to review your course needs.

Brush-Up Class

  • Need to brush up on your reading and math skills? Call 799-6471 to register
  • Class is designed especially for those with a GED certificate or high school diploma who wish to improve their skills to pass tests required for a job or college entrance
  • Class is ongoing and meets Tuesday and Thursday from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Customer Service Training:

  • Interested in working with people? Sign up for the Customer Service Training (May lead to National Retail Federation Certification)
  • Class begins February 28th and meets Monday and Wednesday from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. for 5 weeks
  • Visit 141 Goode Street to register, $5.00 fee due at this time

ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages)

  • Call 799-6471 or 549-8224 and ask for an appointment with Pat Alderson, Case Manager, Virginia Workforce Center Satellite Office
  • Get help with job searches, completing job applications, developing resumes, and exploring training opportunities
  • Office hours on Monday, Thursday and Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • • Jobseekers meets every Tuesday at 8:45 a.m. at VA Workforce Center in Nor Dan Shopping Center- call Christy at 791-2933 for details.
  • Interested in participating in a mock interview to perfect your interview skills? Prepare now to attend Mock Interview Day on February 24th. Registration required. Call Pat for details.

For more information call the Danville Public Schools
Adult & Career Education Office at 799-6471
Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
or visit at 141 Goode Street

The Danville Public Schools does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability or age in its programs or activities.