February, 2016

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Thank you for your newsletter information. 

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

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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 2016!

2016 DACCS Officers

President – Earl Reynolds
Vice President – Pat Daniels
Secretary – Tytiana Dennis
Treasurer – Clem Oliver
Newsletter – J. Adama Vacanti
Communication & Public Relations Representative - Brooke Saunders
Members at Large - Nicole Crews, Brooke Saunders

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Danville Area Council of Community Services (DACCS) Meeting

Friday, February 26th
12:00 pm – 1:00 p.m.
Golden Corral Buffet Restaurant
195 Holt Garrison Pkwy, Danville, VA

Linda Owens
Hughes Memorial Foundation
Secondary educational scholarship funding

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  • DACCS NEW QUARTERLY MEETINGS
    • January 22, 2016 - canceled
    • February 26, 2016
    • April 22, 2016
    • July 22, 2016
    • October 28, 2016
  • THE GREEN BOOK IS PUBLISHED ONLINE @ www.daccs.org!
  • THE ONLINE GREEN BOOK WILL BE UPDATED QUARTERLY.
  • WITH THE ONLINE GREEN BOOK YOU WILL ABLE TO:
    • DOWNLOAD IN PDF
    • VIEW IT ON YOUR MOBILE DEVICE
    • PRINT IT
    • SEARCH THE ENTIRE BOOK
    • SHARE ON SOCIAL MEDIA (Facebook, Twitter, Google +, etc.)
    • SEND THROUGH EMAIL
    • ADD BOOKMARKS, NOTES, AND HIGHLIGHT ONLINE (viewable only by the one that adds them)
    • YOU'RE JUST A CLICK AWAY FROM WHAT YOU ARE LOOKING FOR

    PLEASE CHECK YOUR LISTING @ www.daccs.org
    SUBMIT ANY CHANGES VIA THE CHANGE REQUEST FORM.

    THE GREEN BOOK in paper
    IS READY!

REMINDER: IN ORDER TO SECURE YOUR
FREE
GREEN BOOKS,YOUR DUES FOR
2016 MUST BE PAID !

Two free books for individual members
Five free books for organizations

Pick-up Locations:

  • Virginia Department of Veterans Services
  • Danville Social Security Office
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Danville Area

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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 2016 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

Basketball fans are gearing up for March Madness, which will culminate when the final four teams in the NCAA fight for the title of national champion. Fans wait in eager anticipation to see whether their favorite team or alma mater will be included in the “final four.” While basketball fans are excited about March Madness, Social Security already has its own winning “final four” to help you this season.

Now, let’s turn to the action!

  1. The online services you can put into play with a my Social Security account are like free-throws. They’re quick and easier than muscling your way to the basket (or field office). My Social Security is an online account that allows you quick and secure access to your personal Social Security information. During your working years, once you create your online account, you can use my Social Security to obtain a copy of your Social Security Statement; verify your earnings record; and see estimates of the future retirement, disability, and survivor benefits you and your family may receive. If you already receive Social Security benefits, you can sign into your account to view, save, and print your benefit verification letter; check your benefit payment information; request a replacement Medicare card; get a replacement SSA-1099/1042S for tax season; and even change your address and phone number in our records. You can also start or change your direct deposit information. In some states and the District of Columbia, you may also be able to request a replacement Social Security card online. Check it out at www.socialsecurity.gov/myaccount.
  2. One of the most important fouls you might want to avoid is not signing up for Medicare Part B. Enrollment begins January 1 and ends March 31. Medicare Part B covers two types of services: medically necessary services — services or supplies that are needed to diagnose or treat your medical condition and that meet accepted standards of medical practices. Medicare Part B also covers preventive services — healthcare to prevent illness (like the flu) or detect it at an early stage when treatment is most likely to work best. You can avoid that foul (as well as the penalty you must pay for not signing up during the enrollment period) and sign up for Medicare Part B when you turn 65 at www.socialsecurity.gov/medicare.
  3. From a quick pass aimed at a well-positioned three-point shooter to an alley-oop that ends in a game-winning score, assists are one of the main ways a team wins. Two of the primary ways we assist people are with disability benefits and survivors benefits. Disability is something most people don’t like to think about, but the chances that you’ll become disabled are probably greater than you realize. Studies show that a 20-year-old worker has a 1-in-4 chance of becoming disabled before reaching full retirement age. The loss of a key family wage earner is another event that can be devastating both emotionally and financially.  You can learn more about how we assist millions of people each year at www.socialsecurity.gov/disabilityssi and www.socialsecurity.gov/survivors.
  4. A winning retirement plan is your slam dunk! At www.socialsecurity.gov/retire you’ll find retirement planners, ways to estimate your potential benefits and your full retirement age, as well as other helpful resources. When you are ready to retire, apply for benefits online in as little as 15 minutes. At www.socialsecurity.gov, you’ll be hitting slam dunk after slam dunk and ensure your championship retirement.

As you can see, there’s no need for excess madness this March if you use our “final four.” Social Security is on your team and we’re here when you need us.

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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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Attention Nonprofit Network members!

The following is a message circulated from the Better Business Bureau about a scam operation targeting Central Virginia nonprofits. They have attempted the same scam in the Dan River Region as well. Please spread the word and be aware.

For the full text of the notice on BBB's website: http://www.bbb.org/richmond/news-events/news-releases/20162/01/bogus-donation-scam-targeting-local-nonprofits/#sthash.WUgXwlvt.eaz6eIVy.dpuf

Bogus Donation Scam Targeting Local Nonprofits

Updated: February 1, 2016

Better Business Bureau serving Central Virginia is issuing an alert about a scam artist alleging to be a philanthropist in London, England. Eighteen Richmond-area charitable organizations have reported to BBB being emailed by “Ken McFarlane” or “Kenneth McFarlane”, with offers of 5-figure donations.

Three local charities received and deposited $39,850 checks. They were each contacted by “McFarlane” immediately claiming that a mistake had been made and asking them to return $10,000 as soon as possible. The checks turned out to be worthless.

Had these charities followed through with the request, they would have lost a significant amount of money. Charities have reported complications from the scam, including bank fees associated with depositing the fraudulent check. BBB urges any charity that receives these emails not to respond or engage in any way.

“This is really an old twist on an old scam. We’ve seen this same kind of scam for years, just not lately. It’s sickening that charities which serve youth, veterans, and those needing health care in our community are being targeted,” said Tom Gallagher, president & CEO of BBB serving Central Virginia.

The name & contact info in emails received by local charities mirrors an architectural firm in the UK. The scam artists have copied the UK firm’s website in an attempt to legitimize themselves.

BBB urges charities to use extreme caution if they are contacted in any way by “Ken McFarlane” or other unknown parties. If you receive this check, do not deposit it. Even more, it’s extremely unlikely that a huge donation will appear out of thin air.

Thanks for your continued efforts to better our communities,

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It is that time a year again, don’t forget to pay your
DACCS dues for 2016.

GREEN BOOK UPDATE!

REMEMBER THE GREEN BOOK IS
ONLINE WITH CURRENT
INFORMATION.

CHECK US OUT @ The Green Book

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

Go to the Change Request form and submit your changes.

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ALSO PAY WITH A SUBSCRIPTION!

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