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February, 2015

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Thank you for your newsletter information. 

REMEMBER TO SEND YOUR NEWS ITEMS NO LATER THAN THE 10TH OF EVERY MONTH!

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 hope that you will come to hear all of the exciting speakers we have scheduled for 2014!

2015 DACCS Officers

President – Earl Reynolds
Vice President – Pat Daniels
Secretary – Tytiana Dennis
Treasurer – Clem Oliver
Membership/PR – Amy Bracey
Newsletter/Website – J. Adama Vacanti
Members at Large - Nicole Crews

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DACCS Meeting
April 23, 2015
12:00 pm – 1:00 p.m.
Golden Corral Buffet Restaurant
195 Holt Garrison Pkwy, Danville, VA

Speaker
To be Announced

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AT THE NEXT DACCS MEETING!

  • MEETING SCHEDULE
  • GREEN BOOK PUBLICATION
  • NEW LOCATION FOR MEETING

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If you would like to be our Guest Speaker at one of the DACCS Meetings to discuss your organization, please see Pat Daniels or J. Adama Vacanti for details. Your lunch will be provided.

Do you have news to share to put in the DACCS newsletter?
If so, please contact: J. Adama Vacanti with your information.
All information is needed by the 10th of each month.

If you are interested in being an officer in DACCS for the year 2015 or please contact J. Adama Vacanti or  Pat Daniels

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

February is the month when we celebrate love and friendship. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has also declared February as American Heart Month to bring awareness to the leading cause of death for both women and men in the United States:  heart disease.

We encourage you to wear red all month to promote cardiovascular disease prevention.

Just as the heart is vital to our emotional and physical well-being, Social Security disability benefits are often a vital lifeline for people who are unable to work due to severe disabilities—whether heart-related or not.

There are numerous ways to protect our hearts, including eating well, exercising, and not smoking. We get checkups, and make sure to keep our cholesterol down.

However, sometimes these measures aren’t enough. In fact, disability will affect one in four of today’s 20 year-olds before reaching retirement age. The Social Security disability program excels in providing financial help to people when they need it most—help they earned by paying Social Security taxes on their earnings or as dependents of someone who paid Social Security taxes.

Social Security pays benefits to covered people who can’t work and whose medical condition meets the strict definition of disability under the Social Security Act. A person is considered disabled under this definition if he or she cannot work due to a severe medical condition that has lasted or is expected to last at least one year or result in death. The person's medical condition must prevent him or her from doing work that he or she did in the past, and it must prevent the person from adjusting to other work based on their age, education, and experience. You can find all the information you need about eligibility and benefits available to you by reading our publication, Disability Benefits, available at www.socialsecurity.gov/pubs.

If you are disabled, and think you are eligible to receive disability benefits, you will need to complete an application for Social Security benefits. It’s easy to apply online at www.socialsecurity.gov/disability.

We also invite you to visit our Faces and Facts of Disability website to watch and read stories about people who have truly benefited from Social Security’s disability program and to get the facts about this very important program. Helping people is at the heart of what we do. You can learn more at www.socialsecurity.gov/disabilityfacts.

During American Heart Month, go ahead and wear your heart on your sleeve. Go red, and go to www.socialsecurity.gov/disabilityfacts.

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Social Security to Expand Field Office Hours Nationwide
Budget for Fiscal Year 2015 Allows Agency to Restore Some Service Hours

Social Security announces as a result of Congress’ approval of the fiscal year 2015 budget, the agency will expand its hours nationwide and offices will be open to the public for an additional hour on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, effective March 16, 2015. A field office that is usually open from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. will remain open until 4:00 p.m. Offices will continue to close to the public at noon every Wednesday so employees have time to complete current work and reduce backlogs.

“This expansion of office hours reaffirms our commitment to providing the people we serve the option of top-notch, face-to-face assistance in field offices even as we work to expand online services for those who prefer that flexibility,” said Carolyn W. Colvin, Acting Commissioner of Social Security. “The public expects and deserves world-class customer service and thanks to approved funding, I am pleased we will continue our tradition of exceptional service.”

In recent years, Social Security reduced public office hours due to congressional budget cuts, growing backlogs and staffing losses. The agency began recovery in fiscal year 2014 by replacing some field office staffing losses and providing overtime support to process critical work. With the commitment of resources in fiscal year 2015, the agency is able to restore some service hours to the public.

Most Social Security business does not require a visit to a local field office. Many services, including applying for retirement, disability and Medicare benefits, creating a my Social Security account, replacing a Medicare card, or reporting a change of address or telephone number are conveniently available anytime at www.socialsecurity.gov. Social Security also offers assistance via a toll-free number, 1-800-772-1213 (Voice) and 1-800-325-0778 (TTY). Representatives are available from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Monday thru Friday.

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Monday, February 16th, 12-2pm – Innovators Expo – This free event is sponsored by Danville Parks and Recreation, the Institute for Advanced Learning & Research and the Wendell Scott Foundation celebrating Black History Month 2015 with an exhibition of African American innovators who changed history. The Kuumba Dancers will perform and refreshments served. Bring the entire family to this educational exhibit.

Tuesday, February 24th, 12pm, $7 – Ladies Luncheon – Enjoy tea, heavy hors d’oeuvres and a classical pianist at this Ladies Only event.

In January, Ballou launched its updated newsletter. To receive a copy, please stop by the center Monday-Friday 9am-5pm or contact us to be placed on the mailing or email list. Thank you for your time and interest in the programs at Ballou Recreation Center, 760 West Main Street. It is greatly appreciated. Have a great day!

Sincerely,
Linda Jones
Administrative Specialist
Danville Parks & Recreation
Ballou Recreation Center  (434) 799-5216
Stonewall Therapeutic Recreation Center (434) 799-5199

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ATTENTION VETERANS

If your DD214 has been lost, misplaced or destroyed, we can order a copy for you at no charge. Come by our office for assistance.
Vietnam veterans may be eligible for disability compensation and health care benefits for diseases that VA has recognized as associated with exposure to Agent Orange and other herbicides. For a list of these diseases or to discuss eligibility and the application process, please come by our office.

Monday – Friday 8:30AM – 4:30PM
Virginia Department of Veterans Services
139A Deer Run Road
Danville, VA  24540

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God’s Storehouse Annual Meeting

Empty Bowls – a fund-raiser for God’s Storehouse
Friday, February 27, 2015, from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.  and 4:30 to 7:00 p.m.
at God’s Storehouse.
Tickets will be $15 per person and will be available after Jan 15th at God’s Storehouse, Karen’s Hallmark, Betsy’s Place (Riverside Drive), Woodforest Bank (inside Walmart) and God’s Storehouse Board Members
Dinner will include a simple meal of soup, crackers and water
Entertainment provided throughout the day.
Each person will receive a beautiful, hand-made pottery bowl.  The bowls were created by George Washington High Schools students and Swanson Studio Potters part of the Danville Museum of Fine Arts and History.
The event is co-sponsored by the Danville Register and Bee
Empty Bowls is an international grassroots effort to fight hunger. The basic premise is simple: Potters and artists of the community work together to create handcrafted bowls for the event which will be held at God’s Storehouse. The empty bowl you keep is to serve as a reminder of all the empty bowls in our community.  Join us!

Karen Harris
Executive Director
God’s Storehouse
P.O. Box  2600 | Danville, VA  24541
Office: 434-793-3663
Email: Karen@Godsstorehouse.org

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DANVILLE CANCER ASSOCIATION

The Danville Cancer Association's COPING Cancer Support Group "night-time" meeting will be held on Thursday, February 12th at 7:00 P.M. at The Cancer Research and Resource Center, 103 South Main Street (Kennedy Hall), Danville, VA. The topic for this meeting will be "Dealing with Stress and Fatigue during Cancer". Anyone that has been affected by cancer is welcome and encouraged to come. Call 434-791-3227 with questions.

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It is that time a year again, don’t forget to pay your
DACCS dues for 2014.

We are once again accepting your generous contributions towards the printing of the

GREEN BOOK!

IT IS UP TO YOU TO MAKE IT HAPPEN!

GREEN BOOK UPDATE!

REMEMBER THE GREEN BOOK IS
ONLINE WITH CURRENT
INFORMATION.

CHECK US OUT @ WWW.DACCS.ORG

DO YOU NEED TO UPDATE YOUR INFORMATION IN THE GREEN BOOK?

Go To www.daccs.org, click on the Contact Us button and submit your changes.

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DACCS SURVEY QUESTIONS

As we all know, most agencies and facilities are suffering from a staff shortage and therefore are reluctant to allow their employees extra time to attend outside community activities.

DACCS continues to be a platform for Non-profit, Federal, City and State employees to meet and network. In order to make it more convenient for all members to attend the meetings on a consistent basis we are considering changing the frequency of the DACCS meeting. The DACCS newsletter will continue to be published on a monthly basis.

Please visit www.daccs.org, click “contact us” or write j.adama.vacanti@ssa.gov and submit your choice of the following meeting times for the Danville Area Council of Community Services In 2014.

  • Every three months

  • Every other month

  • Monthly

WE VALUE YOUR OPINION

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