LOOKING FOR WAYS YOU CAN MAKE THE HOLIDAYS BRIGHT THIS YEAR?
Are you looking for ways to make the holidays brighter for others? Hanover County Department of Community Resources has a list of organizations seeking holiday assistance for those they serve. In-person volunteering needs may be limited, but this year’s “wish list” is still full of opportunities to show compassion and bring joy to others.
The Making Holidays Bright wish list provides individuals, businesses and community groups with opportunities and contact information from local agencies that are in need of community support as they serve others during the Holiday season.Click here
to access the 2022 Making Holidays Bright wish list.INTERESTED IN JOINING THE HANOVER COUNCIL ON AGING?
The Hanover Council on Aging is looking for representatives for the Ashland, Chickahominy, Cold Harbor and Henry Districts. The council serves as a consultative and advisory body on issues pertaining to the quality of life of Hanover County citizens age 50 and over. The council plans and hosts several special programs during the year to share information on services and resources for older adults. Visit www.hanovercounty.gov/470/Hanover-County-Council-on-Aging
to learn more.PAPPY’S PANTRY SEEKING DONATIONS OF DIAPERS AND FORMULA!
Pappy’s Pantry, located at 8492 McClellan Road, Mechanicsville, is currently seeking donations of diapers and baby formula to give to their clients. Diapers are needed in sizes ranging from newborn to size 7. Any brands of formula are accepted. For more information on pantry needs and how to donate, visit https://pappyspantryministries.org
or call 804-387-4226.SUPPORT YOUR COMMUNITY
Are you looking to get involved? Here are some ideas for ways you can give back to your community, support local organizations and get community service hours!Ongoing Service OpportunitiesThe Arc of Hanover Thrift Store
is an organization that advocates for the rights and full participation of children and adults with intellectual and other developmental disabilities. They are seeking individuals who want to make a difference in their community to work in their store. Volunteers are needed for cashiering, cleaning and pricing items, replenishing shelves and receiving donations. Store hours are Thursday and Friday 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Arc of Hanover is seeking volunteers to work split shifts or full days, particularly on Saturday. For more information, contact 804-798-2400 or [email protected]
.CJ’s Thumbs Up Foundation
is an organization that provides assistance to families of children with chronic and life threatening illnesses. On the first Tuesday and Wednesday of each month, they make meals for these families. For more information, visit CJ's Thumbs Up Foundation - Home (cjstuf.org)
and CJ's Thumbs Up Foundation: CJ's Sandwich Making Crew (signupgenius.com)
.Hanover Christian Firewood Ministry
is an organization that provides firewood to more than 35 Hanover families who rely on firewood as their primary source of heat. They split and deliver wood every Saturday, from 8:00 a.m.-noon or 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. depending on the time of year. For more information, contact Carl Heckel at 804-559-8824.Hanover and King William Habitat for Humanity Faith Build
is a partnership with local faith-based organizations and businesses. Local churches and friends of the faith community will gather to help build and fund a home for a local family. For more information, visit Faith Build - Hanover & King William Habitat for Humanity (hkwhabitat.org)
or email Amanda Gunter at [email protected]
.Hanover Senior Rides
is a program operated in Mechanicsville by Mechanicsville Churches Emergency Functions (MCEF) and in Ashland by Ashland Christian Emergency Services (ACES). The program gives seniors and people with disabilities the mobility they need to live independently by providing rides to those who can no longer drive. Hanover Senior Rides is seeking ride coordinators and volunteer drivers. These volunteers use their own vehicles to take people to medical appointments, grocery shopping and for personal business. Drivers are paid 50 cents per mile to reimburse them for the cost of gas. For more information contact MCEF at 804-357-9360 or ACES at 804-543-6115 or visit https://4mcef.com
.Databases for Finding Upcoming Service Events in Your CommunityHandsOn Greater Richmond (handsonrva.org)JustServe: HomeOther Ways You Can Get Involved
Inquire about volunteer opportunities at your local nursing home!
Reach out to your local food pantry and ask if they are in need of any specific food items or volunteers!If you are part of a local organization and would like to share your service events in an upcoming Community Resources E-Newsletter, email [email protected].
Our team at Hanover Community Resources is here to assist you or your clients in finding available resources. We are here 8:30am-5:00pm Monday-Friday. Call us at 804-365-4300 or email [email protected].
Alzheimer’s Association Support Groups
The Greater Richmond Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association is hosting monthly support groups for friends and family to share valuable information, caregiving tips and concerns throughout the Alzheimer’s journey. The Alzheimer’s Association is an organization that strives to end Alzheimer’s and all other forms of dementia by accelerating global research, driving risk reduction and early detection and maximizing quality care and support. Participants are strongly encouraged to register in advance for every meeting by calling 800-272-3900.
Virtual Hanover Meeting:
- Held the 3rd Monday of every month at 7 p.m. on Zoom
- To join the meeting by phone, call 833-548-0282.
- Meeting ID: 952 7207 6248
- Passcode: 789535
In-Person Hanover Meeting:
Crisis Assistance: Heating
- Held the 2nd Wed. of every month at 9:30 a.m.
- At Hanover Adult Day Center
- 7231 Stonewall Parkway, Mechanicsville
Crisis assistance for heating is intended to meet a household’s emergency heating need, when no other resource is available.
Applications are accepted online https://commonhelp.virginia.gov/access/
, through the Enterprise Customer Service Center, and at local departments of social services from Nov. 1-March 15
for the following: one time only heat security deposit and/or heating equipment repair/purchase. Assistance is based on the availability of funds.
Applications are accepted online https://commonhelp.virginia.gov/access/
, through the Enterprise Customer Service Center, and at local departments of social services from the first workday in January through March 15
for the purchase of home heating fuel and the payment of heat utility bill. Assistance is based on the availability of funds.EnergyShare-HeatingEnergyShare-Heating is a crisis program of last resort that helps pay energy bills for any type of heating (wood, oil, natural gas, propane, kerosene, electric) for those who qualify. EnergyShare is not income based, so any customer in crisis is eligible to apply. Applications for heating are accepted from Oct. 1-May 31. Customer applications are reviewed on a case-by-case basis to determine eligibility. If approved, the benefit is paid directly to the customer’s energy provider. Individuals 60 and older may be eligible for additional assistance. Military veterans and those individuals living with disabilities may qualify for an additional $500 benefit if participating in the voucher programs of the Department of Veteran Services or the Centers for Independent Living.Department of Medical Assistance Services: Cardinal CareOn January 1, 2023, Virginia Medicaid will launch Cardinal Care,
the new brand that includes all health coverage programs for all Virginia Medicaid members. This new program will help connect you to the care you need, when you need it. The single program will also eliminate gaps in care as your health needs change over time. Cardinal Care will also streamline the enrollment process and simplify program information.As a Medicaid member, there is nothing you need to do to take part in this program.
You will continue to have the same benefits and services and will see the same doctors and providers. You may begin to see the Cardinal Care brand on some materials, such as your member ID card, websites, and other materials from your health plan or from Virginia Medicaid.
We want you to know that Cardinal Care is the same Virginia Medicaid program that you currently have, with some improvements to make it easier to understand and access your coverage. We will continue to share more information with you about Cardinal Care soon. To learn more, visit the website for members
.Free In-Home Parenting Education
Do you know a parent or parents who could use additional parenting education and support? In-home parent education and support is available to pregnant women or mothers with children up to 5 years old who live in Hanover County. This service is provided in the family’s own home at no cost to parents. It is designed to offer education related to healthy pregnancies, positive parenting skills, child development activities and knowledge about child developmental stages. The program also assists families to connect with various community resources in order to address the needs of parents and children during the stages of early childhood. The program is a partnership between Hanover County and Family Lifeline. For more information or to make a referral, contact Family Lifeline at 804-249-5414 or [email protected]
.Hanover Community Services Board: Mental Health First Aid Training
Hanover County Community Services Board is offering Mental Health First Aid training for people who work with adults and youth. In the training, you will learn common signs and symptoms of mental health and substance abuse challenges, how to interact with a person in crisis and how to connect a person with help. You will also gain expanded knowledge about trauma, substance use and self-care. For more information, contact Hanover County Community Services Board at 804-365-4222.
Mental Health First Aid Training for those who work with Adults:
- Thursday, March 9, 2023, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. (Virtual)
- Monday, May 22, 2023, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. (In-Person)
Mental Health First Aid Training for those who work with Youth:
- Monday, Feb. 13, 2023, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. (Virtual)
- Monday, June 5, 2023, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. (In-Person)
To register for Mental Health First Aid Training, visit www.tinyurl.com/bhwmhfa.
Hanover Community Services Board: Virtual Parent Education Series
Hanover County Community Services Board and Hanover County Public Schools are partnering for a FREE virtual parent education series to take place throughout the 2022-2023 academic year. Registration links for the series are distributed monthly through the E-Connect system. For more information on the series, contact Dana Gaskin, Child and Family Specialist at Hanover Community Services, at 804-365-4238.
Hanover DASH will take you where you want to go this holiday season.
Hanover DASH provides personalized transportation to medical appointments, grocery stores, errands, employment and formal social programs for those aged 60 and up and persons with a disability.
To apply to be a Hanover DASH rider, you only need to fil out a short registration form with documentation to confirm Hanover County residency and proof of age (60 or over) or disability (short – or long term. Rides are offered in collaboration with UZURV, an adaptive transportation network company.
If you have any questions, please contact Hanover DASH at 804-365-3274 or visit www.HanoverDASH.org
Hanover and King William Habitat for Humanity Critical Repair Program
Habitat envisions a world where everyone has a decent place to live - that includes a home that is accessible, dry, safe and energy efficient. Habitat's Critical Repair program offers reduced-cost repairs which address safety issues and code violations. Habitat is actively taking applications for Hanover and King William residents. To learn more about our critical repair program, visit https://hkwhabitat.org/critical-repairs or contact Kimberly Bell at 804-569-6108, x105.
Thrive VA Crisis Assistance
Thrive Virginia is an organization that seeks to empower individuals and families to become self-sufficient, live with dignity and achieve optimum health. They are currently offering utility assistance with limited available funding. Individuals and families are eligible for emergency financial assistance if they have met the income guidelines for the past 30 days. The guidelines are located at https://www.thriveva.org/emergency-financial-assistance. For more information, call 804-966-8770 or email [email protected].
Virginia State Bar: Senior Virginians Handbook
The Senior Virginians Handbook is a resource for seniors, their families, and their caregivers to provide overviews and contact information for issues, opportunities, and choices facing senior citizens today, with summaries of how specific laws affect Virginia’s older citizens and practical advice on issues such as Medicaid, Alzheimer’s Disease, landlord-tenant relations, and much more. There is also an extensive list of community service organizations that provide services to senior Virginians.
Manual para Adultos Mayores de Virginia, the Spanish version of the Senior Virginians Handbook, is also available.
Order the Senior Virginians Handbook singly, or by the box here.
Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP)
The Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) administers the Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP). WAP reduces household energy use through the installation of cost-effective energy savings measures, which also improve resident health and safety. Common measures including sealing air leaks, adding insulation, and repairing heating and cooling systems. DHCD works with a network of nonprofit organizations around the state, who directly implement the program. More information is available at https://www.dhcd.virginia.gov/wx.
Hanover Human Services Network Meeting
The next Hanover Human Services Network meeting will be held on Thursday, January 5, 2023 from 3pm to 5pm at the Hanover Human Services Meeting Room located at 12310 Washington Highway, Ashland, VA (in the back of the complex).
All human service organizations, including governmental, faith-based, non-profit and civic clubs serving the Hanover community are invited to participate in this quarterly collaborative roundtable. Program representatives will have an opportunity to network with one another, present information about their programs, identify common issues and connect to develop solutions.
Click link below to RSVP https://www.cognitoforms.com/DepartmentOfCommunityResources/HanoverHumanServicesNetworkMeetingJanuary52023
For additional questions contact the Department of Community Resources at 804-365-4300 or email at [email protected]Food Network Meeting
The Department of Community Resources is having a Food Network meeting on Tuesday, January, 10, 2023
at 2 p.m. in the DSS conference room. For more information, call 804-365-4300 or email [email protected]
.HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM HANOVER COMMUNITY RESOURCES STAFF!