SNAP Emergency Allotments
In February, the Virginia Department of Social Services (VDSS) stopped issuing emergency allotment benefits to Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) households. This was in accordance with the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2023. The last benefits were loaded in SNAP customers’ Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) cards on Thursday, Feb. 16.
Beginning in March, households permanently returned to their pre-pandemic allowances and receive their regular SNAP benefits on their usual day of issuance (on the 1st, 4th, or 7th day of the month). VDSS mailed letters directly to SNAP households about this change. To support recipients during this transition, VDSS created a dedicated webpage for more information and resources. Recipients also may contact the temporary information line at 1-855-635-4370, Monday- Friday, 7 a.m.-6 p.m. TTY assistance is available by calling 800-552-7917 or 866-246-9300. SNAP participants also may contact their local department of social services or visit CommonHelp for questions or account information.
For assistance with applying for food benefits, visit the VDSS SNAP webpage. To access information regarding resources statewide and in your local community, please contact 2-1-1 Virginia or visit the VDSS food and other nutritional assistance page.
Hanover County Food Pantry Calendar Now Available
Hanover County has a network of more than 18 non-profit food pantries that provide food to individuals and families in need across the county! Members from the local food pantries meet monthly to address ways to combat food insecurity in Hanover County through collaboration while creating a pathway to enhance food independence for people they serve. To learn more about Food Pantries in Hanover County and how to access their services, view the Hanover Food Pantry Service Day Calendar and Information Sheet on the Community Resources webpage. For more information about the Hanover Food Network, please contact the Department of Community Resources at 804-365-4300 or [email protected].
April is Child Abuse Prevention Month
National Child Abuse Prevention Month recognizes the importance of families and communities working together to prevent child abuse and neglect. To learn more about CASA and Child Abuse Prevention Month, visit their website. To learn about the Hanover CASA program, visit https://www.hanovercounty.gov/369/Court-Appointed-Special-Advocate-CASA or call the Department of Community Resources at 804-365-4300.
Social Security Administration Newsletter and Webpage Updates
To keep up with important updates from the Social Security Administration, subscribe to their newsletter. To view the April 2023 Newsletter, visit https://www.ssa.gov/news/newsletter/.
The Social Security Administration has launched a redesigned website to help clients find what they need more easily. Visit www.SSA.gov to learn more about Social Security programs.
The page includes the following resources and more!
- my Social Security — At www.ssa.gov/myaccount, you can open a personal my Social Security account to verify your earnings, view your Social Security Statement, get benefit estimates and more.
- Social Security blog — This blog at www.blog.ssa.gov is a hub for Social Security news and updates.
- Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) — The Social Security FAQ page at www.ssa.gov/faq provides answers to Social Security-related questions.
- Retirement Application — Go to www.ssa.gov/retirement to complete and submit an online application for retirement benefits in as few as 15 minutes.
- Disability Application — Go to www.ssa.gov/benefits/disability to conveniently apply online for disability benefits.
- Publications — SSA’s online publication library at www.ssa.gov/pubs houses text and audio versions of publications on many subjects.
- Medicare — Sign up for Medicare at www.ssa.gov/medicare/sign-up.
- Online Services — Most Social Security business can be done online through the SSA online services page at www.ssa.gov/onlineservices.
- Forms — Find and fill out Social Security forms easily at www.ssa.gov/forms.
- Fraud and Scam Prevention and Reporting — Learn how to recognize Social Security fraud and scams - and how to report them - at www.ssa.gov/fraud.
Hanover Youth Service Council is Recruiting New Members for the 2023-2024 Membership Term
The Hanover Youth Service Council is seeking 15 new members! Rising 8th through 11th grade students who live in Hanover County and/or attend school in Hanover County are eligible to apply. The Hanover Youth Service Council is a youth-led countywide organization consisting of middle and high school students dedicated to community service and leadership. HYSC members promote service and address needs within Hanover County and beyond by planning and conducting various service projects throughout the year.
Applications should be mailed, emailed, or dropped off to Morgan Lindsay, Youth Services Specialist for Hanover County’s Department of Community Resources by 5 p.m. on Friday, May 12. For more information about HYSC or to access the application materials, click here. Contact Morgan Lindsay at [email protected] or 804-365-4180 with any questions.
The 2023 Spirit of Volunteerism Awards is on May 16
You’re invited to Hanover County’s 2023 Spirit of Volunteerism Awards Celebration, which will be held on Tuesday, May 16, 2022, 7-9 p.m., at Atlee High School, 9414 Atlee Station Road, Mechanicsville, Va. The guest host will be Simone Cuccurullo from Channel 12’s News Team.
This annual program that recognizes individuals or groups who have made major contributions to the quality of life in Hanover County through their volunteer efforts.
Nominations were submitted in the following eight categories:
Spirit of One
Spirit of Youth
Spirit of Youth – Team
Spirit of Dedication
Spirit of Team
Spirit of Family
Spirit of Inspiration
Commitment to Community
For more information, visit https://www.hanovercounty.gov/1228/spirit-of-volunteerism.
Companion Extraordinaire Home Care Services will be partnering with Produce Source and Mac’s Service Center to collect long-sleeve shirts to give to local farm workers. These workers face long hours of difficult work and put their health and safety at risk due to the pesticides and heat stress. Donations may be new or gently used shirts in any adult size or color. In Hanover County, donations may be dropped off at Cenn Ashland between 8 a.m. and noon. (112-A England Street) or Mac’s Service Center from 7:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. (308 England Street). For more information, call 803-752-2205.
The Hanover Council on Aging Seeks Representatives
The Hanover Council on Aging is looking for representatives for the Beaverdam, 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 ages 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.
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!
April Service Opportunities
Saturday, April 22, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. – Earth Day Trash Clean Up with the Richmond National Battlefield Park –The Richmond National Battlefield Park is seeking volunteers to assist in the cleanup of newly acquired land that has not yet been made accessible to the public. This property contains the fortifications of Fort Fletcher and will be integrated into the Cold Harbor Battlefield. For more information or to sign up, visit HandsOn Greater Richmond | Earth Day Trash Clean Up with the Richmond National Battlefield Park (handsonrva.org).
Sunday, April 23, 4 p.m. – Healthy Kids Running Series –The Healthy Kids Running Series at Pole Green Park (8996 Pole Green Park Lane, Mechanicsville, VA 23116) is seeking volunteers to help the event run smoothly. For more information or to sign up, contact Michael Hobson at [email protected] or 804-442-6099.
Wednesday, April 26, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. – Richmond Community ToolBank General Warehouse and Tool Maintenance – The Richmond Community ToolBank is seeking volunteers to assist with pulling tool orders, restocking tool orders, cleaning/branding/sharpening tools, general tool maintenance, tidying up the warehouse, sorting and taking inventory of overstocked tools and more! They welcome individuals, repeat volunteers, and groups no matter the experience or skill level. For more information or to sign up, visit HandsOn Greater Richmond | Richmond Community ToolBank General Warehouse and Tool Maintenance (handsonrva.org).
Tuesday, May 2, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. – Patrick Henry YMCA Food Distribution – The Patrick Henry YMCA Food Pantry needs volunteers to assist with sorting and distributing food to underserved individuals and families. No special qualifications or skills are needed. For more information or to sign up, visit HandsOn Greater Richmond | Patrick Henry YMCA Food Distribution (handsonrva.org).
Sunday, May 7, 4 p.m. – Healthy Kids Running Series –The Healthy Kids Running Series at Pole Green Park (8996 Pole Green Park Lane, Mechanicsville, VA 23116) is seeking volunteers to help the event run smoothly. For more information or to sign up, contact Michael Hobson at [email protected] or 804-442-6099.
Monday, May 8, 5:30-8:15 p.m. – Assistant for Picnic for Adults with Disabilities – Hanover County Parks and Recreation is seeking volunteers to assist with food preparation, serving food, leading participants in games, unloading and packing up supplies and interacting with adults with special needs at an outdoor picnic at Pole Green Park. For more information or to sign up, visit HandsOn Greater Richmond | Assistant for Picnic for adults with disabilities (handsonrva.org).
Ongoing Service Opportunities
The 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 volunteers to work in their store doing 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. Volunteers are needed to make meals for these families on the first Tuesday and Wednesday of each month. 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 wood to more than 35 families who rely on firewood as their primary source of heat. They split and deliver wood every Saturday, 8 a.m.-noon or 9 a.m.-1 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 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 seeking ride coordinators and volunteer drivers for their program that provides free rides to those who can no longer drive, including seniors and people with disabilities. Volunteers use their own vehicles to take people to medical appointments, grocery shopping and for personal business. Volunteers are paid 50 cents per mile as reimbursement for gas. Hanover Senior Rides is operated in Mechanicsville by the Mechanicsville Churches Emergency Functions (MCEF) and in Ashland by the Ashland Christian Emergency Services (ACES). For more information, contact MCEF at 804-357-9360 or ACES at 804-543-6115 or visit https://4mcef.com and https://aceshanover.org/services.
YMCA Feedmore Food Pantry is seeking volunteers to help with food distribution on the first Tuesday of each month, 10 a.m.-noon. Distribution takes place in the Ashland Junction shopping center (located at 123 Junction Drive, Ashland, VA 23005). For more information, contact Bri Kropinack at [email protected].
Databases for Finding Upcoming Service Events in Your Community
HandsOn Greater Richmond (handsonrva.org)
Other 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].
SERVICES & PROGRAMS
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].
EnergyShare - Heating and Cooling
EnergyShare is a crisis program of last resort that helps pay energy bills for any type of heating (wood, oil, natural gas, propane, kerosene, electric) or cooling for those who qualify. EnergyShare is not income based, so any customer in crisis is eligible to apply. Applications are accepted year round, as long as funding is available. 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 assisted twice up to the $600 maximum benefit. If the full benefit is used during the initial request, clients aren’t eligible again until the next season. Military veterans and those individuals living with disabilities may qualify for up to $500 maximum benefit, annually.
Hanover and King William Habitat for Humanity’s 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 to address safety issues and code violations. Habitat is taking applications for Hanover and King William residents. To learn more, visit https://hkwhabitat.org/critical-repairs or contact Kimberly Bell at 804-569-6108, x105.
Low-Income Household Water Assistance Program
Customers of the Hanover County Department of Public Utilities can apply online for assistance from Virginia’s Low-Income Household Water Assistance Program (LIHWAP), a temporary federal-funded program created to assist low-income households with water and wastewater bills. To be eligible for LIHWAP, your household must have a past due water or wastewater balance and a household income below the LIHWAP guidelines based on household size. Priority will be given to households whose water or wastewater has been disconnected or is at a risk of disconnection.
For more information or to apply online, go to https://virginialihwap.com/lihwap or call Promise at 1-888-373-9908.
Project: HOMES Home Repair Services
Project: HOMES helps to address home health and safety concerns for families who would otherwise not be able to address them on their own. The modifications they provide not only alter the health and safety outcomes for these families but also increase the affordability of remaining in their homes. For more information, visit https://www.projecthomes.org/health-and-safety.
Home Repair Services include:
- Plumbing and electrical work
- Replacing rotted flooring
- Roof repair
- Replacing and/or repairing unsafe porches, steps and railings
- Do you live in the Home Repair service area? (see map on website)
- Are your property taxes current?
- Do you own your home? (If there are multiple owners listed on your Deed, more than half of the listed owners must live in the home. Example: If the Deed lists three (3) owners, at least two (2) owners must live in the home to qualify.)
- Do you income qualify? (see income guidelines on website)
May of the Project: HOMES Home Repair Programs have waiting lists for service. You will not be eligible to receive a Home Repair Program Application until your name reaches the top of the waiting list. The sooner you are added to a waiting list, the sooner Project: HOMES will be able to send you a Program Application. To check your wait time or status on a waiting list, call 804-612-3350. Wait times for Home Repair Program applications depend on locality, funding and county/city rules and may vary greatly depending on the location of your home and program eligibility. To add your name to the waiting list, complete the Preliminary Intake Form, save it to your computer and email the form to [email protected] or fax it to 804-525-7665.
Income, property tax and ownership requirements will be evaluated when you are eligible to receive your Program Application, not when your name is added to the waiting list.
Thrive Virginia 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 offer 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].
Weatherization Assistance Program
The Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development 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.
Parent and Youth Resources
Free In-Home Parenting Education
Do you know a parent or parents who could use additional parenting education and support? This service is available to pregnant women or mothers with children up to 5 years old who live in Hanover County and is provided in the family’s own home at no cost. 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 to help 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: Virtual Parent Education Series
Hanover County Community Services Board and Hanover County Public Schools are partnering on a free virtual parent education series that takes place throughout the 2022-2023 academic year. Registration links for the series are distributed monthly through the E-Connect system.
April’s workshop, “Peer Pressure and Healthy Decision Making,” will be held on Tuesday, April 25 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. In this workshop, parents and youth will learn the effects of peer pressure and develop skills to make healthy choices. To register, visit www.tinyurl.com/parentedu2223. For more information, contact Dana Gaskin, Child and Family Specialist at Hanover Community Services, at 804-365-4238.
More than Sad: Understanding Teen Depression Virtual Program
Hanover County’s Behavioral Health and Wellness Team is offering a free program for parents and guardians aged 18 and older. The program teaches adults how to recognize signs of depression and risk for suicide, initiate a conversation about mental health with the young people in their lives, and get help. The program will be virtual through zoom on Tuesday, May 9 from 9-11:30 a.m.
To sign up for the program, visit www.tinyurl.com/mtsmay. For more information, contact [email protected].
The WIC program is for pregnant, breastfeeding and non-breastfeeding postpartum women, and for women with infants and children up to age five. The program provides nutrition education, breastfeeding promotion and support, as well as access to nutritious foods and formula. To be eligible for the WIC program, applicants must meet residential, income and nutrition requirements. Mothers and children with active Medicaid or SNAP are automatically eligible. To apply or schedule an appointment, call 804-365-4335.
SpeakUp LightUp the Night
The Cameron K. Gallagher Foundation presents a free, fun evening for teens to socialize and celebrate mental health on Friday, April 28 from 6-8 p.m. at the Dewey Gottwald Center (2301 West Leigh Street Richmond, VA 23220).
The event will include two keynote speakers: Camille Schrier, Miss America 2020 and Rob Brandenberg, a member of the 2011 Final Four VCU Men’s Basketball team. Myles Brown, singer, songwriter and film producer will narrate the evening, and Richmond Urban Dance will perform to honor mental health.
There will be food, music and “experiences,” including Live ArtMaking, self-care station, Get Connected social media station, SpeakUp Pledge, and a special experience for parents and guardians that choose to accompany their teen.
This event is free for all 8th through 12th graders. To register, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/speakup-lightup-the-night-tickets-569889182887.
Senior and Caregiver Resources
DARS DRAFT State Plan for Aging Services is Open for Public Comment through May 5th
The Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services (DARS) has posted the DRAFT State Plan for Aging Services (October 1, 2023 – September 30, 2027) on its website for public comment.
Guided by federal requirements and grounded in a comprehensive needs assessment process, DARS developed the DRAFT State Plan for Aging Services in collaboration with older Virginians and caregivers as well as the state's aging network, state agencies, Virginia universities, and stakeholder organizations.
To review the DRAFT State Plan for Aging Services (October 1, 2023 – September 30, 2027), please visit: https://vda.virginia.gov/stateplans.htm.
Public comments on the DRAFT State Plan for Aging Services can be submitted the following ways:
- Email: [email protected]
- Mail: DARS, C/O Charlotte Arbogast, 8004 Franklin Farms Drive, Henrico, VA 23229
- Fax: 804-662-7663
The deadline to submit public comments on the DRAFT State Plan for Aging Services is May 5, 2023.
The final State Plan for Aging Services must be submitted to ACL by July 1, 2023, and to the Governor and General Assembly by October 1, 2023.
Hanover DASH- Specialized Transportation
Hanover DASH provides personalized transportation to medical appointments, grocery stores, errands, employment and formal social programs for those aged 65 and up and persons with a disability. To apply to be a Hanover DASH rider, simply fill out a short registration form with documentation to confirm Hanover County residency and proof of age (65 or over) or disability (short or long term). Rides are offered in collaboration with UZURV, an adaptive transportation network company.
Contact Hanover DASH with questions at 804-365-3274 or visit www.HanoverDASH.org for more information.
Senior Connections: Caregiver Directed Respite Support
Senior Connections now offers a Caregiver Directed Respite Support program to provide a caregiver the opportunity to focus on their own well-being. The program includes consultation for emotional support and education, assistance in developing a Long-Term Care plan, a financial stipend designated to get the plan in action and resources for supplemental services. To see if you qualify for the Caregiver Directed Respite Support grant, contact the Senior Connections Caregiver Support Specialist at 804-672-4498 or [email protected].
Senior Connections: Friendship Café
Senior Connections invites you to the open house for the new Friendship Café at Mechanicsville United Methodist Church (7356 Atlee Rd., Mechanicsville, VA 23116) on May 1 from 10-11:30 a.m. The open house is an opportunity to learn about the Friendship Café and other services offered by Senior Connections. There will be refreshments and door prizes.
Senior Connections’ Friendship Cafés are neighborhood gathering places for seniors to enjoy a hot midday meal, good friends, and activities to keep them connected to the community. Seniors who are 60 or older and who are able to participate without the help of additional private caregivers or family members (unless family members are also eligible to attend) are able to attend.
For more information, visit www.seniorconnections-va.org or call 804-343-3000.
Hanover Health Department: Vital Records
The Hanover Health Department Provides certified copies of birth, marriage, divorce, and death certificates (as long as the event occurred in Virginia) Monday-Friday from 9am-3pm. These can be obtained for and are available to immediate family members only (mothers, fathers, spouses, children, siblings, and grandparents with valid ID). Birth records can also be issued to the legal guardian with proof of custody papers. For more information on associated fees, health department locations, and more, please visit: https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/chickahominy/vital-records-birth-marriage-divorce-and-death-certificates/.
Hanover Safe Place Support Groups
Hanover Safe place now offers two new 10-week support groups.
Domestic Violence Support Group
Hanover Safe Place is offering an in-person 10-week support group for adult female survivors of domestic or intimate partner violence. The group provides a confidential space to find support, process experiences, and explore the dynamics and impact of domestic violence and trauma. The group will be held on Tuesday evenings starting April 11 at Hanover Safe Place's community office. For more information, contact Jessica at [email protected] or 804-752-2728.
Weekly Healthy Relationship Group
Hanover Safe Place is offering a 10-week in-person support group for young girls, ages 11-13, who have witnessed or experienced domestic violence. The group offers a confidential space to process experiences with domestic violence, learn about healthy relationships, and gain ways to cope and heal from trauma. The group will meet on Thursday evenings starting April 13 at Hanover Safe Place's community office. For more information, contact Grace at [email protected] or 804-275-2728.
YMCA Social Needs Navigator
The YMCA’s Social Needs Navigator shares information about free and reduced-price resources in Hanover, such as food, clothes, childcare, housing and healthcare. For more information, visit https://help1rva.org or call 804-798-0057.
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. Participants 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 also will gain expanded knowledge about trauma, substance use and self-care. For more information, contact Hanover County Community Services Board at 804-365-4222. To register for Mental Health First Aid Training, visit www.tinyurl.com/bhwmhfa.
Mental Health First Aid Training for those who work with Adults:
- Monday, May 22, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. (In-Person)
Mental Health First Aid Training for those who work with Youth:
- Monday, June 5, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. (In-Person)
Hanover Human Services Network Meeting
The next Hanover Human Services Network meeting will be held on Thursday, July 6, 3-5 p.m., 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 HERE to RSVP.
For additional questions contact the Department of Community Resources at 804-365-4300 or [email protected].