Villages are local, geographically-centered, volunteer-led organizations that bring people together and coordinate volunteer help to support aging-in-place using a neighbor-helping-neighbor model. Villages create a space for members to stay connected, engaged, and active in the community.
Examples of how village volunteers support their members may include:
The Village Ambassador Alliance has created a space for Villages to support health and well-being through: creating communication channels, delivering health education and training, and the effective utilization of community resources. Since its inception, the VAA has issued two rounds of Wellness Grant funding and offered six forums during which speakers from specialty health fields provided educational lectures in support of topics to help adults age independently and gracefully in their own homes.
Examples of forum topics are below.
In addition to Suburban Hospital’s Village Ambassador Alliance, Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services has a robust set of resources on the Village movement in the county. If you or someone you know would like to know if their neighborhood already has a Village in existence, please type your address in the map.
Read the latest issue of the Village Ambassador Alliance COVID-19 Resource Newsletter for the latest news, events and activities for Montgomery County village members and older adults. For COVID-19 Resources for older adults in Prince George’s County, read the recent newsletter issue.
Are you worried about security and privacy as you use your computer, phone and tablet for online connections?
Together with AARP, our friends at OASIS will present a program designed to help you avoid scams and other risks to your online privacy
Interested? Please register for the event by clicking here.
Queen Anne's at Home "Ready or Not Workshop"
Presentation Materials Are Available:
- Presentation Video Recording
- Workshop Materials
October 10th, 12 noon - 1 p.m.: Queen Anne’s at Home: “Ready or Not Workshop.”
Though most seniors want to age in place, most lack a concrete plan for making that happen. The Ready or Not program, designed by and for the members of the Queen Anne Village, is a planning tool and 3-4 session workshop that builds on the Village’s three quality of life pillars: connection, purpose and empowerment. It provides a tool to help members organize and plan for aging in place; an educational program to provide members with knowledge they’ll need to thrive; and an opportunity to collaborate and develop practical strategies for staying healthy, safe, connected and independent at home.
For session presentation materials, click HERE. and then
Scroll down for the October 10 session listing.
Dave Prescott, WAVE Corresponding Secretary
Montgomery County's Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program Offers Free Tax Help for Income-Eligible Residents
The Montgomery County Community Action Agency's Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program is offering free tax help through the end of October for current year (2021), prior years (2018 – 2020), and amended tax returns. Virtual and in-person appointments are available for County residents with household incomes of $58,000 or less.
In-person appointments are available Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Community Action Agency office, located at 1401 Rockville Pike, Suite 320 in Rockville. Walk-in appointments are available on a first come, first served basis in Rockville on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2 to 4 p.m.
Virtual appointments are available Mondays and Fridays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Assistance with individual tax identification number (ITIN) applications is available on Thursdays. Visit the CASHBACK scheduling page to schedule an appointment or call 240-777-1123.
VITA helps ensure that resident receive all the credits they are eligible for. This brings individuals and families thousands of dollars in refunds and credits, including the Federal and State Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), Child Tax Credit, and County’s Working Families Income Supplement (WFIS). County residents filing with ITINs are newly eligible for the State EITC and County WFIS.
Information is available on the CASHBACK website in English, Spanish, Amharic, Chinese, French, Korean, and Vietnamese.
Community Action VITA is currently recruiting volunteers to serve as tax preparers, schedulers, greeters, interpreters, and quality reviewers for the upcoming tax season. Learn more and complete a volunteer application online.
Source: Mid-County newsletter, July 1, 2022
The Montgomery County Council this week approved an extension of the Senior Tax Credit. Its vote extends the length of time that seniors and retired military members are eligible to apply for a 20 percent tax break on their homes. The extension from five years to seven years was made possible by a change in Maryland law during the most recent legislative session.
The Senior Tax Credit is available to homeowners who are at least 65 years old if the property is in their name and it is their main residence. All applicants for any Homeowners Tax Credit must be approved by the Maryland State Department of Assessments and Taxation. It applies to a homeowner's property tax bill if the property taxes exceed a fixed percentage of the person's gross income.
For more information on this tax credit and others, please click here.
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