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                      Hanover County Department of Community Resources
In This Issue:
                 Donations Available
                 Donations Sought
                 Volunteer Opportunity Sought
                 Volunteers Needed
                 Hanover AARP will Host “Meet the Candidates” Panel
                 LINC Offers Two Upcoming Workshops for Those Touched by Cancer
                 Free Family Caregiver Seminar Offered
                 Gates Millennium Scholarship Program Seeks Applicants
                 Winterization Program Still Accepting Applications
                 Making the Holidays Bright
                 Three Thanksgiving Community Dinners Now Offered
                 Special Needs 411 Conference and Resource Fair
                 November Dates

Volunteer Needs/In Kind Donations
        Please note the following reminder about the use of the Volunteer Needs/In-Kind
Donation postings. The listings are designed to highlight just a few new or short-term volunteer
or in-kind donation needs. Please give us feedback on the results you receive.
        Also, we encourage organizations to post all short-term and on-going opportunities,
as well as special events on HandsOn Connect via

       Donations Available:
              Several FREE give away items are available to any local non-
                 profit/community organizations that can make good use of them. Items
                 available include: 200 blue sports drawstring bags, 200 cage bells (rattles)
                 and approximately 800 handheld calculators that could be used for financial
                 planning, afterschool, or budgeting/shopping trainings or giveaways. For
                 more information contact Kathleen Gibson, Chickahominy Health District
                 WIC        Program       Coordinator,     804-365-4321       or       email

       Donations Sought:
              Donations to support local Thanksgiving Community Dinners are invited. See
                 contact information within the posting below.

       Volunteer Opportunity Sought:
              No postings this issue.

       Volunteers Needed:
              Visit to view an array of volunteer opportunities
       throughout the Greater Richmond area. Here are just a few local opportunities…

                    OAR (Offender Aid & Restoration) seeks volunteer group facilitators to
                     facilitate one or more groups at the Pamunkey Regional Jail in Hanover.
                     Facilitators must be at least 21 years of age, possess skills necessary to lead a
                  group and agree to criminal background checks. Group topics include Anger
                  Management, Healthy Relationships, Impact of Crime on Victims, Life
                  Without A Crutch, Parenting, Productive Citizenship, Fatherhood and Resume
                  Writing. Curriculum is available for these sessions. For more information
                  about making a difference through this role, contact Calvin Weaver at OAR,
                  804-643-2746 or email
                 ElderFriends seeks Friendly Visitor volunteers to match with elders in the
                  Hanover area. Currently two new Hanover elders are awaiting matches. The
                  following is just a sentence or two about each of the elders interested in the
                  friendship and support of a visiting volunteer:
                     Mechanicsville Area (23111): Ms. C. is 69 years old and is looking for
                     a friendly visiting volunteer who can visit in the late afternoon. She would
                     like a visitor who is talkative, fun, loves to laugh and be silly. She would
                     also like a volunteer who would encourage her to get up and walk.
                     Ms. C can only walk for a few minutes at a time, and she would like to
                     work on increasing this. She enjoys home cooking and decorating shows.
                     She used to sew. She would enjoy having help to get her old machine out
                     and start sewing again.

                     Mechanicsville Area (23116): Ms. M is an active 79 year old woman
                     who loves cats. She has one cat. She enjoys knitting and crocheting,
                     reading her bible and walking. She would like a friendly visiting
                     volunteer who is talkative and has a good sense of humor and enjoys
                     talking politics.

                     For more information about becoming an ElderFriends volunteer contact
                     Ruth Anne Young at 804-249-5415 or email

                 Hanover 4-H Mentoring Program seeks dedicated adults for the following:

                     Club Mentors caring adult volunteers are needed to be mentors for
                     middle/high school youth through friendship based mentoring. Mentors
                     must be at least 21 years of age, pass a background check and meet with
                     their assigned youth at least four hours a month. The program
                     commitment is for 12 months.

                     These clubs provide leadership training, social interaction and lots of fun
                     for the youth participating in the 4-H Mentoring: Youth and Families with
                     Promise program. This rewarding opportunity includes training in youth
                     development and on-going support from Hanover Extension staff. This
                     pilot program will offer enrichment activities for youth and for their
                     families in the context of 4-H clubs located around the county. For more
                     information about volunteering or supporting this effort, contact Debbie
                     Agnew at or call 804-365-7193.

Hanover AARP will Host “Meet the Candidates” Panel
       Hanover AARP will host a political candidates panel presentation on Tuesday, November
1, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. at the Hanover Arts and Activities Center, 500 S. Center St. Ashland, VA
23005. Candidates scheduled to appear include Senators Ryan McDougle, Donald McEachin,
and Walter Stosch; Delegates John Cox and Christopher Peace; Supervisors John
Gordon, Aubrey "Buckey" Stanley and G.E. "Ed" Via; Candidates Kevin Damian, Sean Davis,
Patti   Jackson     and    Wayne      Hazzard.     The     public    is   invited    to    attend.

LINC Offers Two Upcoming Workshops for Those Touched by Cancer
The following free seminars are offered to cancer patients, survivors, their families caregivers
and service professionals:
       Legal & Financial Planning Seminar for Cancer Patients
       LINC and the Massey Cancer Center will present a free legal and financial planning
       seminar on Wednesday, November 2nd from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The program will be
       held at the Larrick Student Center-MCV campus downtown at 900 Turpin St. (9th St and
       Turpin St), Richmond, Va. Topics to be discussed include: What’s the 411 on Social
       Security Disability?; Financial Planning – It’s for Everyone; Debt Management and
       Being a Wise Consumer. Lunch will be offered at 11:30 a.m.. Door prizes will be given.

        Insurance and Cancer Patients
        LINC and the Massey Cancer Center at Memorial Regional Hospital will present an
        evening seminar related to communicating with insurance companies and available life
        insurance for cancer patients and survivors. The program will be held on Monday,
        November 14, 2011 from 6:00 – 8:00 Memorial Regional Hospital, Medical Office
        Building I, First floor Conference Room, 8269 Atlee Rd, Mechanicsville, VA. Topics
        will include: Life Insurance for Cancer Survivors- some new options Dealing with your
        Insurance Company-a discussion with the Virginia State Omsbudsman for Consumer
        Insurance, State Corporation Commission.Refreshments and door prizes will be offered.

        Pre-registration for one or both sessions is requested. Contact 804-562-0592 ext. 2 or

Free Family Caregiver Seminar Offered
        The VCU Dept. of Gerontology and Senior Connections will host a two day seminar for
family caregivers focusing on resources in the community, Medicare and Medicaid benefits,
caregiver support and well being, as well as hands on training for safe practices as a caregiver.
The program will include demonstrations by a licensed Occupational and Physical Therapist to
offer practical approaches and individualized problem solving of care giving issues. The program
will be held November 10th and 11th from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Health South Rehabilitation
Hospital, 5700 Fitzhugh Avenue. A continental breakfast, lunch and materials will be provided.
Advanced registration is required. To register or to learn more, contact Judy Nelson at, 804-343-3035 or Marian Dolliver at, 804-343-

Gates Millennium Scholarship Program Seeks Applicants
        Bill Gates, founder of Microsoft Nationwide is supporting The Gates Millennium
Scholarship Program (GMS). The program will select 1,000 talented students next year to
receive a good-through-graduation scholarship to use at any college or university of their choice.
Scholars will also be provided with personal and professional development through their
leadership programs, along with academic support throughout their college career.
        The program, funded by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, was
established to provide outstanding low income minority students with an opportunity to complete
an undergraduate college education in any discipline area of interest. To date, the program has
given scholarships to more than 15,000 students. Continuing scholars may request funding for a
graduate degree program in one of the following discipline areas: education, engineering, library
science, mathematics, public health or science. The deadline for submitting an application is
Wednesday, January 11, 2012. To apply, visit
Winterization Program Still Accepting Applications
        Hanover County’s annual Winterization Program helps low-income, disabled and/or
elderly county residents by placing plastic over windows, wrapping water pipes and weather-
stripping doors. Work is performed by volunteer crews. The program is supported through
financial contributions for supplies.
        Volunteer groups from throughout Hanover register with the Winterization Program to
conduct one or more of these projects. The program then assigns the available groups to
independently complete the winterization tasks for eligible low-income families, elderly or
disabled homeowners. The goal of the program is to ensure that every eligible household has this
minimal level of protection from the winter weather.
        Requests for assistance are still being taken in order to accommodate as many households
as possible. All projects will be accepted and assigned based on the availability of volunteers.
Persons interested in volunteering, contributing funds for supplies or who are in need of
Winterization should contact Lisa Adkins at the Hanover County Department of Community
Resources at 804-365-4302 or e-mail

Making the Holidays Bright
       The Hanover County Departments of Community Resources compiles an array of wide
ranging approaches to assist Hanover residents in need during the holiday season. Individuals,
businesses and community groups seeking ideas and local contacts seeking community support
to help others this holiday season can download the 2011 “Making Holidays Bright” holiday
“wish list”. The document is available online at or or by calling 804-365-4300.

Three Thanksgiving Community Dinners Now Offered
       Three local Community Thanksgiving Dinners are offered to the public. Details are as
follows and are listed in the “Making the Holidays Bright” document mentioned above.

       Beaverdam Baptist Church, 19110 Beaver Dam Road, Beaverdam, VA 23015, will
       host a community Thanksgiving Dinner from Noon to 2:00 p.m. Reservations
       required.    Contact (804) 449-0055.

       The Giving Heart’s Annual Community Thanksgiving Feast will be held on
       Thursday, November 24th from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Greater Richmond
       Convention Center. This non-profit organization offers a free meal and fellowship for
       all. The event is designed with special emphasis on the homeless, less fortunate, elderly
       and those who would otherwise spend the holiday alone.

       Note to human service organizations, The Giving Heart invites any non-profit agency
       to have a presence at the event. Each year an area is set aside for guests to meet service
       contacts, obtain resource materials, medical screenings or to receive items of interest.

       For information contact Vicki Hillegass Neilson, Founding and Executive Director
       804-749-4726 or visit

       The First Baptist Church in Ashland will host a Free Community Thanksgiving
       Dinner on Thursday, November 24th from Noon to 3:00 p.m. This dinner to open to
       individuals and families that are struggling financially or who are alone and seeking
       fellowship and a hot meal. Limited transportation from the Ashland area is available. All
       guests must RSVP to reserve their seats. Call Pat at 804-746-5983.
Special Needs 411 Conference and Resource Fair
       Hanover Arc and Hanover County School’s Parent Resource Center will host a life
planning conference and resource fair for families, teachers, service providers and persons with
developmental disabilities. The fair will be held on Saturday November 12, 2011 from 9:00 a.m.
to 2:00 p.m. at the Atlee High School, 9414 Atlee Station Road, Mechanicsville, VA 23116.
Legal and disability experts will present workshops on Special Needs Trust Options, Social
Security, Virginia Medicaid Waivers and Legal Authority such as Guardianship, Conservatorship
and more. To RSVP contact Kelly Jones at 804-365-4596 or email

                                       November Dates

11/1                         Hanover AARP “Meet the Candidates”

11/2                         LINC Legal & Financial Planning Seminar

11/10-11                     Family Caregiver Seminar

11/12                        Special Needs 411 Conference and Resource Fair

11/14                        LINC Insurance & Cancer Patients Seminar

11/24                        The Giving Heart’s Thanksgiving Feast

11/24                        Ashland First Baptist Church Thanksgiving Dinner

11/24                        Beaverdam Baptist Church Thanksgiving Dinner

To submit a posting for future issues of the Community Resources Updates or to be added to the
monthly distribution list, submit your request to Lisa Adkins at or
call 804-365-4302.

                                Hanover County
                        Department of Community Resources
                                        P.O. Box 470
                                     Hanover, VA 23069

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