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October, 2014

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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!

2014 DACCS Officers

President – Nicole Crews
Vice President – J. Adama Vacanti 
Secretary – Clem Oliver
Treasurer – Nicole Crews
Membership/PR – Amy Bracey
Newsletter – J. Adama Vacanti/Clem Oliver
Members at Large - Earl B. Reynolds Jr, Pat Daniel

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DACCS Meeting
October 24, 2014
12:00 pm – 1:00 p.m.
Golden Corral Buffet Restaurant
195 Holt Garrison Pkwy, Danville, VA

Mike Taylor
Sheriff of Pitsylvania County

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January 2015 Speaker
To Be Determined

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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 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: 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 2014 or please contact J. Adama Vacanti or  Clem Oliver

 

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

November is Family Caregiver’s Month, a time to thank and acknowledge all of the people who take care of those in need. If you handle the finances of someone who receives benefits from Social Security, or you know someone who may need help managing his or her benefits, you may want to consider applying to be a representative payee.

A representative payee is someone who receives Social Security or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payments on behalf of a person not capable of managing the funds on his or her own.  A representative payee makes sure an individual’s basic needs are met by using the money to provide food, clothing, and shelter for the person and saving any money left over in an interest-bearing account or via savings bonds for the beneficiary's future needs.

As a representative payee, you must:

  • know the person’s needs so you can decide the best way to meet those needs with the benefits provided;
  • be responsible for letting Social Security know about any changes that may affect the person’s eligibility for benefits or the payment amount; and  
  • complete a yearly report of how the funds were spent. (You can do this online).

If you know somebody who receives Social Security or SSI benefits who is not able to manage his or her own finances, the best thing you can do is become familiar with the responsibilities of a representative payee and consider becoming one. 

To learn more, read our publication, A Guide For Representative Payees, available at www.socialsecurity.gov/pubs and visit the webpage, “When People Need Help Managing Their Money,” at www.socialsecurity.gov/payee. Social Security will work with you to determine if a payee is needed and who would be best suited to act in that capacity.

Thank you to all of the caregivers out there. And, thank you for considering becoming a representative payee for someone in need.

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QUICK! RETIRE ONLINE IN A FLASH

The United States Grand Prix takes place from October 31 to November 2 on the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas. The U.S. Grand Prix, originally known as the American Grand Prize, has been running on and off since 1908. It is part of the Formula One Championship.

Zoom! Whoosh! Was that the sound of cars speeding by? No, it was the sound of more and more people applying for Social Security retirement benefits the quick, convenient, and secure way—at www.socialsecurity.gov.

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 Apps Designed by BGCDA Club Members  
Chatham & Danville Club Members Design Digital Apps
 
Thanks to a grant from the Danville Regional Foundation, BGCDA partnered with Danville Community College to learn how to write html code to design apps. The Code Academy Program provided the members with the opportunity to complete both group and independent projects.

DCC students and staff worked one-on-one with members both on the college campus as well as at the Clubs. The first group of nine graduates of the program received a Samsung Tablet with their app loaded at an awards presentation hosted by DCC.

View Code Academy apps here.

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541 Loyal Street, Danville, VA  24543 (434) 793-0884 www.cfdrr.org

NEWS RELEASE

Duke Energy contributes $250,000 to RiverBank Fund

For release                                                  For more information,
October 2, 2014                                          contact Debra L. Dodson

DANVILLE, VA -- The Community Foundation of the Dan River Region (CFDRR) was recently presented a $250,000 gift from Duke Energy in support of the new RiverBank Fund earmarked for the protection and revitalization of the Dan River. The announcement was one of several gifts announced by Duke from their Water Resources Fund.

"On behalf of the Community Foundation of the Dan River Region, and on behalf of the residents and businesses in the Dan River Basin, all of whom will benefit from our action today, we thank Duke Energy for sharing our vision of a more beautiful, more productive and more user-friendly Dan, said Peter Howard, president of The Community Foundation’s Board.”

The Community Foundation’s RiverBank Fund is a special initiative to celebrate and revitalize the Dan and to offer the long-term care and appreciation the River deserves. Support is being sought from residents and businesses from Patrick, Henry, Pittsylvania, Halifax, Mecklenburg counties (VA) and Stokes, Caswell, Rockingham counties (NC), as well as the City of Danville and beyond, who want the Dan River and its tributaries to thrive. Donations may be made online at www.riverbankfund.org.

The Fund will help in five fundamental ways:

  1. Responsibly address water quality for regional residents and companies.
  2. Encourage new development that ecologically features the River.
  3. Improve the cleanliness of the River and the Basin and help protect it from environmental threats.
  4. Increase access to the River for family-friendly sports, recreation and entertainment.

Effectively promote the River to build regional pride and encourage tourism.A regional advisory committee is being formed to help guide the development of the fund and the strategic disbursement of grant funds.

The Community Foundation of the Dan River Region is a public 501c3 charity that serves a region from Martinsville/Henry County through Mecklenburg County in Virginia as well as the neighboring North Carolina counties. The footprint of the Foundation and its experience in administering grant funds allows the RiverBank Fund to be established quickly and efficiently.

Community Foundation Board Members accept the Duke Energy presentation.

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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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CROP Walk
Communities Responding to Overcome Poverty – neighbors of all ages and different faith and cultures walking together to fight hunger in our world.
Oct 5th  3pm
25% of funds raised are donated to God’s Storehouse
To participate as a team or individual: www.danvillecropwalk.org

Breakfast with Santa
Saturday Nov 15
Kickback Jacks  8am – 10am
$10/person – includes breakfast & visit with Santa
Tickets go on sale Sept 2nd and will be available at God’s Storehouse, Karen’s Hallmark and Woodforest National Bank (in Wal-mart)
Limit of 350 tickets, no tickets sold at the door
All profits benefit God’s Storehouse

Empty Bowls
A fund raiser to benefit God’s Storehouse
Feb 27th 11:30am – 7:00pm
At God’s Storehouse
We are looking for potters and artists to create and donate handcrafted bowls. At the event guests will be served a simple meal of soup, bread and water in a handcrafted bowls. In exchange for a donation, guests can keep the handcrafted bowl.

 

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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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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