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May, 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, May 27, 2011

 12 noon at Golden Corral Restaurant


Mayor Sherman Saunders
Pittsylvania County Community Action Chatham, Virginia


DACCS Announcements!
June Meeting
Friday-June 24, 2011
Guest Speaker:
Kathie Tune, Vice President of HRAverett University

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.

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.


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

Father’s Day is right around the corner. Perhaps you’ll give Dad the usual gift: a necktie, shaving set, leather wallet, or new fishing lure. But there’s something he may appreciate even more. People all over the country are helping their dads save nearly $4,000 a year on the cost of prescription drugs. You can help your dad too — and it won’t cost you a dime.

The high cost of prescription medication can be a burden on fathers (or anyone) who have limited income and resources. But there is Extra Help — available through Social Security — that could pay part of his monthly premiums, annual deductibles, and prescription co-payments. That Extra Help is worth an average of almost $4,000 a year.

To figure out whether your father is eligible, Social Security needs to know his income and the value of his savings, investments, and real estate (other than the home he lives in). To qualify for the Extra Help, he must be enrolled in Medicare and have:

Annual income limited to $16,335 for an individual or $22,065 for a married couple living together. Even if his income is higher, he still may be able to get some help with monthly premiums, annual deductibles, and prescription co-payments. Some examples where income may be higher include if he or his spouse:

  • Support other family members who live with them;
  • Have earnings from work; or
  • Live in Alaska or Hawaii; and

Resources limited to $12,640 for an individual or $25,260 for a married couple living together. Resources include such things as bank accounts, stocks, and bonds. We do not count his house and car as resources.

Social Security has an easy-to-use online application that you can help complete for your dad. You can find it at Just select the link on the left of the page that says, “Get extra help with Medicare prescription drug costs.” To apply by phone or have an application mailed to you, call Social Security at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778) and ask for the Application for Help with Medicare Prescription Drug Plan Costs (SSA-1020). Or go to the nearest Social Security office.

To learn more about the Medicare prescription drug plans and special enrollment periods, visit or call 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227; TTY 1-877-486-2048).

Of course, the Extra Help is not just for fathers. Anyone who is entitled to Medicare and has limited income and resources may be eligible.


By Debbie Flinn

Yes, the events in Japan, Haiti, New Zealand and around the world are devastating. However, you don’t have to go around the world to make a difference – you can just go around the corner.

In our region, we have one of the highest rates of unemployment in the state. One in five families lives in poverty. Local businesses are in need of support and area non-profit organizations, whose missions are to help residents of our community, are struggling.

Did you know …

  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Danville provides mentors and positive role models to hundreds of youth in our area; but, they have a waiting of list of children in need of a strong influence.
  • The Danville LifeSaving Crew travels more than 10,000 miles each year across our region, helping folks in need of emergency EMS services for FREE; but, they need volunteer workers to respond to those calls.
  • God’s Storehouse feeds hungry families and children; but, every day someone goes to bed hungry in our town.

We can be that difference in the lives of our neighbors.



Helping our community is not just work but play as well. To that end, the MBA class will host “ Zumba in the Bay” featuring Danya Zuniga, conducting two sessions of Zumba exercise and dance at the LifeSaving Crew during the Volunteer Fair May 14th. We invite those interested in coming out to have fun, be together, get fit, and participate in this event. Cost is $10 per person to benefit the Danville LifeSaving Crew. Draws for door prizes and goody-bags will be conducted throughout the day.

A further Averett MBA project is a variety show called "Krazy Country Comedy" to be held on Friday, May 20th, at 8:00 p.m. at George Washington High School Auditorium. The cost of admission is $15.00 and it benefits the Miss Danville-Pittsylvania County Scholarship Pageant. It will feature Backstreet as the house band as well as other local artists.

Finally, Averett MBA classes will be taking collections for the Faith & Hope Clothing Distribution. If you have donations of gently used clothing, please call either 434-792 0859, or 336-447-8068.

We hope you will come out and support Averett MBA projects in helping to keep this a great community to live in!


Yard Sale

Cross Roads Reconciliation Services will be having a YARD SALE Saturday, May 21st starting at 7 a.m. at 625 Piney Forest Road (the big yellow building). Hot dogs will be available for purchase beginning around 10:30. We will also be selling Krispy Kreme doughnuts and coffees!!! You can call the office at 791.2767 to preorder these or stop by and see what we have available. All proceeds benefit the Walthall Client Sponsorship Fund - ensuring that no one is turned away because of inability to pay for services. Stop by and see us!!


Danville Cancer Association Announces

June 23, 2011 AT 7PM
Stratford Courtyard Conference Center
Old Piney Forest Rd.
Guest Speaker, Dr. Timothy Brotherton.

Great Food, Door Prizes, and Lots of Fun
Call DCA 791-3227 for more information


New Members

Emeritus of Danville
Hatcher Center
Roman Eagle Memorial Home, Inc.