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March, 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
Newsletter/Website – J. Adama Vacanti
Members at Large - Nicole Crews, Brooke Saunders

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DACCS Meeting
April 24, 2015
12:00 pm – 1:00 p.m.
Golden Corral Buffet Restaurant
195 Holt Garrison Pkwy, Danville, VA

Speaker
Robin W. Young
Director of Admissions
Riverside Health and Rehabilitation Center

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BREAKING NEWS!

  • DACCS NEW QUARTERLY MEETINGS
  • GREEN BOOK TO BE PUBLISHED on the DACCS Website-www.daccs.org—SOON!
  • WITH THE ONLINE GREEN BOOK YOU WILL ABLE TO:
    • DOWNLOAD IN PDF
    • PRINT
    • 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)
  • GREEN BOOK TO BE PUBLISHED BY April 2015

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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

Since 1939, March has meant one thing in the world of sports: March Madness. In this tournament, 68 college basketball teams compete through the month until only the final four teams remain. Coaches gather their teams to drive home the gravity of the moment, reminding them that they’ve worked hard and that how they respond to the pressure directly determines the outcome.

When it comes to retirement, you can secure your own winning outcome by teaming up with Social Security and taking advantage of services offered online. Start by opening a my Social Security account at www.socialsecurity.gov/myaccount. What can you do with a my Social Security account? Allow us to introduce you to my Social Security’s own final four.

  • Use your account to view your Social Security Statement and verify your earnings history each year. Your future benefits are based on your recorded earnings.
  • Stay focused on your financial future by getting estimates of your retirement, disability, and survivor benefits, if you are still working.
  • Keep up the full-court press by managing your benefits, if you already receive them.
  • Get immediate proof of your current Social Security benefits or a replacement SSA-1099 or SSA-1042S for tax purposes.

While everyone focuses on college basketball, create your own March Madness with Social Security. You can open your online my Social Security account during one of the commercial breaks.

Don’t wait until crunch time. Your moment is now. Take advantage of your own personal my Social Security account to stay on top of your annual earnings history and future benefit estimates. Staying ahead of the game is key to having a winning future in retirement. Social Security is a dependable team player, assisting you to your retirement championship, and my Social Security is the Most Valuable Player on the court. Check out your final four at www.socialsecurity.gov/myaccount.

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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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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
God’s Storehouse fund-raiser on Feb 27th was a huge success.  Tickets were sold out two weeks prior to the event.  It was a wonderful event.  We greatly appreciate ALL the support from the community, the Danville Register & Bee, the restaurants that donated soup, Diamond Paper, Dan Valley Foods, WSET-Channel 13 and the individuals and businesses that donated to the silent auction and all the volunteers, staff and board members who helped that day. THANK YOU for supporting God’s Storehouse.

National Volunteer Appreciation Week – April 12th – 18th
Eat Out to Help Out – fund-raiser May 5th
Mark your calendars…Eat Out to Help Out will be May 5th. Participating area restaurants will be donating 10% of sales (not include alcohol) to God’s Storehouse. Look for list of restaurants in next month’s newsletter and on www.godsstorehouse.org and God’s Storehouse Facebook page.

Letter Carrier Food Drive May 9th
Place non-perishables (no glass please) beside your mailbox for postal workers/volunteers to pick-up.  God’s Storehouse depends on this food drive to help us get through the summer months. 

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MARCH EVENTS
BALLOU RECREATION CENTER

Spring is in the air; so, now is the time to get out and enjoy both the beautiful weather and the fun and informative events at Ballou Recreation Center.

Tuesday, March 17th, 11am-12pm – Memory Café is a new social support program to serve our community’s caregivers and those loved ones living with Alzheimer’s Disease and related Dementias. Refreshments, social time and activities. This is a free program sponsored by the Alzheimer’s Association.

Tuesday, March 17th, 12-1:30pm – Elder Law is a series of informative seminars conducted by CELA Attorney Robert Haley. March’s topic is Medicaid. This is a free program and lunch is provided by the Stratford House. Please call Ballou 799-5216 to register.

Wednesday, March 18th, 1-3pm – Spring Fling Bingo – join us for free Bingo play and refreshments. Please bring an exchangeable gift!

Friday, March 20th, 1-4pm – Painting in a Day – Artist Pepper Martin guides you through the completion of an acrylic painting in just three hours. All materials and refreshments are included in the fee of $30. Call Ballou by 5pm Wednesday, March 18 to register.

Saturday, March 21st, 12-1:30pm – Medicare Seminar and Lunch sponsored by Humana. This seminar explains Medicare and the coverage options available. This a a free program. Call Ballou 799-5216 to register.

Sunday, March 22nd, 2-5pm – Lily Wine Glass Painting – Artist Kathy Anthony instructs this class in hand painting a set of four wine glasses. All materials are included in the $35 fee. Call Ballou by 5pm Wednesday, March 18 to register.

Saturday, March 28th, 10am-2pm – Spring Rectacular! Danville Parks and Recreation’s Open House at Squire Recreation Center, North Main Street, Danville. Free admission, prize giveaways, activities, food and discounts. Learn about the programs and activities provided by all the departments of Danville Parks and Recreation.

Tuesday, March 31st, 8am-12pm – Virginia Department of Health Blood Screenings at Ballou – Receive a $240 value blood screening for just $10. Limited to the first fifty to register. Screenings by appointment only. Please call Ballou 799-5216. Blood pressure and body mass checks also available.

Join us on our new “Trip in a Day!” Take a mini-vacation with Ballou as we travel by van to destinations within a 90-minute drive. The cost is just $25 (meals not included). Departure from Ballou at 8:30am and return to Ballou at 2:30pm.
April 28 – Durham, NC to the Sarah P. Duke Gardens & lunch at the Nasher Museum Café.
May 28 – Kernersville, NC to Körners Folly Museum, Ciener Botanical Gardens & lunch at a local tea room.

There are still a few seats available for our 3-day motor coach trip to Baltimore/Annapolis, Maryland April 8-10, 2015. Registration and payment deadline is 5pm on Friday, March 13th!

There is always a program or event happening at Ballou Recreation Center. We hope to see you here soon!

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PINEY FOREST HEALTH & REHABILITATION

Piney Forest Health & Rehab will be hosting the Business After Hours on March 19th and all are welcome to attend.  If DACCS is ever  in need of a speaker for the monthly meeting, please let me know.

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It is that time a year again, don’t forget to pay your
DACCS dues for 2015.

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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