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July, 2012


Thank you for 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!

2012 DACCS Officers

President – J. Adama Vacanti
Vice President – Nicole Crews
Secretary – Clem Oliver
Treasurer – Bernice Gammon
Alternative Treasurer - Melinda Dalton
Newsletter – Clem Oliver
Members at Large - Earl B. Reynolds Jr, Van Avery, Pat Daniel
Past President – Pattie DeShazor


DACCS Meeting
Friday, July 27, 2012
 12 noon at Golden Corral Restaurant

John L. Moody, J.D.

Danville Division of Social Services


DACCS Announcements!
August Meeting
Friday, August 24, 2012 
Speaker To Be Announced


If you would like to be our Guest Speaker at one of the DACCS Meetings to discuss your organization, please see Nicole Crews for details. Your lunch will be provided.

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 10th of each month.

If you are interested in being an officer in DACCS for the year 2013 please contact Mrs. Pattie Deshazor


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

Millions of Americans are following the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London.

The last time swimmer Michael Phelps competed, he brought home more gold medals at one time than anyone in the history of the Olympics. Will he do it again?

If there was an Olympics for customer services available online, the services at would be the Michael Phelps of that competition. Over the years, Social Security’s online services have been rated the best in government and the best in all industries.

When it comes to independent customer satisfaction scores, Social Security’s online services consistently bring home the gold, silver, and bronze. The American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI) tracks customer satisfaction and rates websites for their performance.

Out of all online services provided by 101 federal agencies in the running, Social Security took all of the top three spots again in the latest survey.

In third place, the application for Extra Help with Medicare Part D prescription drug costs is rated 89. Bringing home the silver, in second place, the Retirement Estimator scored a 91. And the top-rated online service in government is the online application for Social Security benefits, with a satisfaction score of 92!

It’s worth noting that even our newest online service is already scoring high praise. Since being launched in May, the online Social Security Statement is rated 88, giving this new service one of the highest ratings in government.

Whether you want to plan for or apply for your retirement, look into other benefits available, or learn about the history of the program, you can do it all at Social Security’s website. When you’re taking a break from the Summer Olympics, visit the Olympian of online services at


The Pittsylvania County Health Department is now offering a program called Every Woman’s Life for the both the City and County. See brief description below and visit their website for more information.

Every Woman’s Life (EWL) is a public health program that helps uninsured, low income women gain access to free breast and cervical cancer screening services. Screening and early detection reduces death rates, improves treatment options, and greatly increases survival. In some sites where EWL services are offered, women can also be screened for high blood pressure, cholesterol, and glucose and also learn how to become more physically active, eat healthier foods, and stop smoking.


JULY 9-26

The Danville Reading Center which is now located in the Ascension Lutheran Church on 314 West Main Street will be holding the following classes during the month of July:


These are small classes with 2-4 students that are grouped according to reading level and reading problems. In order for a student to attend classes, he/she must be tested. The fees for the class are on a sliding scale depending on income.

GETTING READY TO READ CLASS- For rising First Graders

This class is for students who have completed kindergarten. It will help to strengthen visual and auditory abilities for success in reading..

For more information or to enroll, please call the Danville Reading Center at 728-5003. If there is no answer, please leave your name and number and you will be contacted as soon as possible.



Families with YOUTH AGES 10-14

FREE Meals and Sessions. You can earn a
For your family if you have no absence.

Sessions start Monday
July 16 - 24, 2012
West Main Baptist Church
Monday thru the next Tuesday
From 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Parents and youth strengthen family bonds through games, activities, discussions and Parents and Children must attend together.

We provide childcare and transportation as needed each night.
TO REGISTER CALL 434-797-3981 ext. 15



You might be rural if…” sounds like the set-up for a joke. But the public health issues facing rural Virginia are no joke. Help the Virginia Public Health Association and the Virginia Rural Health Association identify and prioritize the most relevant issues by participating in our brief survey. The data will be used to inform the discussions at the October 8 -9 Virginia Rural Health Action Conference in Charlottesville. We want to hear from everyone with a stake in the health of rural Virginia: we want to hear from YOU! Your input is highly valued and will help the conference participants identify the priority items for the updated Rural Health Plan. Click here to participate in the survey



Independent Living Services for the Piedmont Area (ILSPA)


Independent Living Services for the Piedmont Area (ILSPA), a satellite of the Blue Ridge Independent Living Center (BRILC) Roanoke, is seeking individuals to serve on a Consumer Advisory Group.

ILSPA assists individuals with disabilities to be independent and also works with the community to ensure that it is accessible to all. The Consumer Advisory Group will participate in activities to assist ILSPA to become a free-standing Center for Independent Living (CIL). CILs are consumer-driven, community based organizations that provide four core services including peer counseling/mentoring, independent living skills training, information and referral, and advocacy

ILSPA and BRILC are looking for individuals with disabilities, family members of individuals with disabilities and other disability advocates that are interested in serving on the Consumer Advisory Group. The Consumer Advisory Group will meet monthly at a central location at a time to be determined.

If you are interested in serving on the ILSPA Consumer Advisory Group or would like additional information, please contact Linda Albrecht in the Martinsville office at (434) 791-2006 or Sto Belongia in the Danville office at (434) 793-2006.


Big Brothers Big Sisters of Danville Area

Fun can make a world of difference for a child in your community. As a Big Brother or Big Sister, you can experience childhood again for a couple of hours a week. All you have to do is be a friend to a child in your community.

Everyone remembers someone special - a neighbor, professor, relative or friend - who broadened our horizons and brought a little magic into our lives. Maybe it was someone who taught you to throw a baseball or ride a bike; or maybe it was someone who helped you make the right decision when you needed direction.

Sharing every day experiences with a child is the premise on which Big Brothers Big Sisters of Danville Area is based. We have been transforming lives since 1973, and have developed several successful programs proven to make a BIG difference in the life of a child.

Becoming a Big is a fun and easy way to volunteer in your community. We have several program options that fit your schedule and interests. We also offer a variety of agency-planned activities for Big and Little, like having a Big Brothers Big Sisters Night at a Braves Game.

We currently have 23 children on the waiting list, ready to be matched with a volunteer mentor.  If you would like more information about our programs and how you can make a difference, contact Pat Daniel, Program Director, 434-792-3700 ext. 234 or email patbbbs@dancomcom.


Keeping Well in Mind, Body & Spirit
Programs for those concerned with cancer prevention & survivorship

This popular FREE series brought to the community by the Cancer Resource Center of Southern Virginia in Danville and with the support of Danville’s Cancer Task Force continues in July with Types of Breast Cancer and How Treatment Choices are Made. Surgeon, Thomas Boro, Jr., MD, will present the program and answer your questions on Thursday, July 19, from 11:30 am-1:00 pm at First Presbyterian Church, 937 Main Street, Danville. Do you know how many types of breast cancer there are and that the symptoms can vary? Come and find out. Brining your lunch and a friend! Drinks and dessert will be provided. Call to make a reservation 434-766-6650, Charlotte Litzenberg or Melanie Vaughan, or email

This FREE series brought to the community by the Cancer Resource Center of Southern Virginia in Danville and with the support of Danville’s Cancer Task Force continues in August with Surviving Cancer: Quality of Life and Your Relationship with Your Doctor, presented by Saria Saccocio, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Danville regional Medical Center. Dr. Saccocio was a popular speaker at the May 5 Conference, Connected by Cancer & Beyond: A Program for Survivors in the Dan River Region. Find out how to enhance your quality of life and maximize the relationship with your health care team. Join us on Thursday, August 16, from 11:30-1:00 at First Presbyterian Church, 937 Main Street, Danville. Bring your lunch and a friend! Drinks and dessert will be provided. Call to make a reservation 434-766-6650, Charlotte Litzenberg or Melanie Vaughan, or email


Governor McDonnell Announces New Virginia Veterans ID Card

RICHMOND - Governor Bob McDonnell today launched the new Virginia Veterans ID Card available from the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) in partnership with the Department of Veterans Services (DVS) during an afternoon event at the McGuire Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Richmond. The card will help thousands of Virginia veterans identify themselves as veterans and obtain retail and restaurant discounts around the state. The DMV 2 Go mobile office was present to process veterans' applications for the cards onsite this afternoon. Governor McDonnell, a U.S. Army veteran who served for a total of 21 years in active duty and reserve roles, visited the mobile office at today's event and was one of the first to apply for the new ID card.

Speaking about the launch of the Virginia Veterans ID Card, Governor McDonnell said, "Virginia is home to 823,000 veterans who have protected and served our great nation. It is Virginia's duty to serve them. The launch of the Virginia Veterans ID card will provide a new state resource to aid in obtaining discounts and other services from the Commonwealth's retail community, as well as providing convenient identification for Veterans. This initiative is a perfect example of state agencies working together to assist those individuals who have served and sacrificed for our great nation. We take seriously our responsibility to provide resources and support to our veterans. This is an important step towards reaching our goal of making Virginia the 'most Veteran friendly state in the nation.'"

Currently, retired military and veterans with a service-connected disability rating from the U. S. Department of Veterans Affairs are issued ID cards. These men and women comprise just a fraction of the state's veteran population. The remainder of Virginia's 823,000 veterans have no way to show veteran status other than by presenting their discharge documents. The new Virginia Veterans ID Card is convenient and fits in a wallet, cutting down on Veterans having to carry the DD 214 military discharge document as identification.

Paul Galanti, Commissioner of the Virginia Department of Veterans Services, added, "Retailers and restaurants across the state offer discounts and other special promotions to veterans and military, especially around Memorial Day and Veterans Day. This is a winning situation for both veterans and retailers."

Veterans may apply for the cards in person at any DMV customer service center, DMV 2 Go mobile office, or online at Each applicant needs to present an unexpired Virginia driver's license or DMV-issued ID card, the veterans ID card application, his or her DD214, DD 256 or WD AGO document, and $10. The card, which does not expire, will be mailed to the veteran and should arrive within a week. In the meantime, the temporary veterans ID card received at the time of the in-person application can be used as proof of veteran status.

DMV Commissioner Richard D. Holcomb stated, "We are proud to partner with the Department of Veterans Services to further Governor McDonnell's vision for more veteran-friendly programs in the Commonwealth. Most Virginians interact with DMV, whether through our website or by visiting a customer service center. And when they do, we hope Virginia's veterans take advantage of this convenient unique service for them."

Additional Contact for this release:
Department of Veterans Services
Contact: Anne Atkins
Phone: (804) 371-0441


We will have 5 questions each month. The answers will be in next months newsletter

  1. Which state is to the west of Virginia?
  2. What is the motto of Virginia?
  3. When was Jamestown founded?
  4. Who married Pocahontas in 1614?
  5. Which is the capital of Virginia?
    • Hampton
    • Richmond
    • Portsmouth
    • Danville

Last month's trivia!

  1. How many movie theaters are located in the city of Danville? - ONE
  2. The Festival in the Park event is held at what location in Danville? -Ballou Park
  3. There are 4 trails linked together located in Dan Daniel Park, what are the names of the trails? -Turkey Trot, Doe Run, Hidden Hollow, and Grassy Knoll
  4. How long is each of the walking trails at Dan Daniel Park? -½ mile
  5. How many Museums are in Danville, VA and what are their names? -Three, Danville Museum of Fine Arts & History, Danville Science Center, and AAF Tank Museum

Answers next month!