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Hanover Tomato Festival is Friday, July 14 and Saturday, July 15!
Celebrate Hanover’s favorite fruit at the Hanover Tomato Festival at Pole Green Park on Friday, July 14 and Saturday, July 15. The family-friendly event will feature a host of children’s activities, nearly 100 handcraft and artisan vendors, agricultural displays, live entertainment, food and scores of tasty Hanover Tomatoes.
On Friday evening, the En’Novation Band will perform classic and modern hits at the main stage. Beer and wine sales will be available with all proceeds benefitting the Hanover CREW Foundation. On Saturday, there will be performances from country artist Danny Kensy and Jonathan Austin’s 24-Hour Emergency Juggling and Magic Services.
The Hanover Tomato Festival is free and open to the public from 5-9 p.m. on Friday, July 14 and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, July 15. The event is pet-friendly, but animals must be on a leash. The festival will offer large cooling stations, expanded shaded seating areas and improved traffic flow in and out of the event.
Social Security Administration has Resources in Languages other than English
The Social Security Administration is implementing a Language Access Plan to increase access to benefits and services for people who use a language other than English. For more information on the plan, visit www.ssa.gov/pubs/LAP2022-23.pdf.
The Social Security Administration provides benefit information, including information about Retirement, Disability, and Supplemental Security Income (SSI), online in Spanish at SeguroSocial.gov. Social Security publications are available in more than 12 languages at www.ssa.gov/multilanguage.
They also provide free interpreter services, by telephone and in person, in more than 200 languages. These services are accessible by calling their toll-free number at 1-800-772-1213 or by visiting a local office and asking for an interpreter.
Virginia Department of Health Launches Healthy Heart Ambassador Program
The Virginia Healthy Heart Ambassador Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring program is designed to teach participants the proper way to measure their blood pressure. This program is free for eligible participants. Participants will receive blood pressure monitoring cards, additional health resources and a blood pressure monitor, if needed.
The 4-month program includes eight 10 minute 1-on-1 consultations with a coach, either in person or virtual, and four monthly nutrition education sessions.
To be eligible for the program, you must:
- Be a resident or community member of Charles City, Goochland, Hanover, or New Kent
- Be at least 18 years of age or older
- Be diagnosed with high blood pressure and/or be on anti-hypertensive (blood pressure) medication
- Have not experienced a cardiac event within the last 12 months
- Not have atrial fibrillation or other arrythmias (irregular heartbeat)
- Not have or not be at risk for lymphedema (fluid buildup in the lymphatic system)
For more information, contact the Chickahominy Health District Reach Line at 804-365-3240 or [email protected].
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].
Cardinal Care: Virginia’s Medicaid Program
Effective June 1, 2023, Commonwealth Coordinated Care Plus (CCC Plus) members will use a new website to choose a Medicaid health plan, learn about benefits, and search for in-network providers. The website, VirginiaManagedCare.com, will replace the existing CCCPlusVA.com website. As of June 1, 2023, CCCPlusVA.com will automatically redirect members to the new website.
The Enrollment Helpline is also changing for CCC Plus members to 1-800- 643-2273 (TTY: 1-800-817-6608). The current phone number will forward members to the new helpline during this transition. The helpline hours remain the same: Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. DMAS will use the VirginiaManagedCare.com address and 1-800-643-2273 (TTY: 1-800-817-6608) phone number on CCC Plus materials in the future.
HCPS Seeking Donations of Clothing Items for Start in Style Events
Hanover County Public Schools are seeking donations of new and gently used clothes from size Child XS to Adult XL for this year’s Start in Style Events! Start in Style is a special opportunity for Hanover County Public School students who may never have had an opportunity to pick out a first day of school outfit. Students and families will also receive school and community resources, free toiletry items, and other surprises! Donations are requested by Friday, July 14. For more information, contact Carrie Cicuto at [email protected].
The Hanover Council on Aging Seeks Representatives
The Hanover Council on Aging is looking for representatives for the Cold Harbor, Beaverdam 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!
July Service Opportunities
Tuesday, July 11, 9:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m. – Assist with Recreational Activities in Mechanicsville for Adults with Disabilities – Hanover County Parks and Recreation is seeking caring, patient, and enthusiastic volunteers to assist with leading participants in activities such as chair fitness exercises, games, music and movement, and more! For more information or to sign up, visit HandsOn Greater Richmond | Assist adults with disabilities in recreational activities (Mechanicsville, VA) (handsonrva.org).
Friday, July 14, 4-10 p.m. – Hanover Tomato Festival Volunteer – Hanover County Parks and Recreation is seeking volunteers to help with setup, takedown, traffic control, tomato sales, activity areas, and more at the Hanover Tomato Festival! For more information or to sign up, visit HandsOn Greater Richmond | Festival Volunteer - Hanover Tomato Festival (handsonrva.org).
Monday, July 17, 2:45-4:15 p.m. – Assist with Recreational Activities in Ashland for Adults with Disabilities – Hanover County Parks and Recreation is seeking caring, patient, and enthusiastic volunteers to assist with leading participants in activities such as chair fitness exercises, games, music and movement, and more! For more information or to sign up, visit HandsOn Greater Richmond | Assist adults with disabilities in recreational activities (handsonrva.org).
Tuesday, July 18, 9:45-12:30 p.m. – Assist with Recreational Activities in Mechanicsville for Adults with Disabilities – Hanover County Parks and Recreation is seeking caring, patient, and enthusiastic volunteers to assist with leading participants in activities such as chair fitness exercises, games, music and movement, and more! For more information or to sign up, visit HandsOn Greater Richmond | Assist adults with disabilities in recreational activities (Mechanicsville, VA) (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].
COMMUNITY PROGRAMS & SERVICES
Our team at Hanover Community Resources is here to assist you or your clients in finding available resources. We are located in the Human Services Complex on Route 1 at 12310 Washington Highway, Ashland VA 23005, Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Call 804-365-4300 or email [email protected].
Hanover Social Services: Cooling Assistance Program for Vulnerable Residents
The Hanover County Department of Social Services offers cooling assistance for households with individuals aged 60 or older, disabled residents, or children under 6. The application period for this program begins June 15 with funds expected to be available through August 15.
Cooling assistance can include:
- Payment of electric bills to operate cooling equipment
- Payment of security deposits for electricity to operate cooling equipment
- Repair of a central air conditioning system or heat pump
- Purchase of a whole-house fan, including ceiling or attic fans
- The purchase and installation of one window unit air condition for households where there is no unit or where the unit needs to be replaced
Assistance is based on the availability of funds and is first come, first served. Renters must have written permission from their landlord to make alterations or improvements to the property to be eligible.
Financial eligibility is based on income only. Applicants must provide proof of income for all household members. Electric utility bills must be in the name of a household member, or the service address must be the same as the applicant’s address.
Residents can apply for Cooling Assistance online at www.commonhelp.virginia.gov, or by calling 855-635-4370 toll-free. Printed applications can be found online at http://dss.virginia.gov/benefit/ea/index.cgi or in the Hanover Department of Social Services (12304 Washington HWY, Ashland, VA 23005).
For more information about the Cooling Assistance Program, call 804-365-4100.
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.
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
United Way of Virginia launches EveryDay Strong in Hanover
EveryDay Strong is one of the newest United Way programs. It is a research-based framework which boosts youth resiliency by offering tips and tricks to foster safety, connection and confidence. Any caring adult can implement the EveryDay Strong framework with the youth in their lives. You can learn more about EveryDay Strong by reviewing the resources on the EveryDay Strong Website or by attending a free training session.
There are two upcoming training sessions in Hanover.
- Tuesday, July 18 from 2-3 p.m. at the Ashland Branch Library (201 S Railroad Avenue, Ashland, VA 23005)
- Wednesday, August 2 from 6-7 p.m. at the Ashland Branch Library (201 S Railroad Avenue, Ashland, VA 23005)
To register for a training, visit www.EveryDayStrongVA.org - Trainings.
Hanover County Public Schools offers Neighborhood Summer Events
Join HCPS staff and volunteers in free summer fun. Arts, crafts, games and snacks are provided. All HCPS students are invited to attend. Children under the age of 8 must be accompanied by an adult.
The Neighborhood Summer Event is offered at the following neighborhoods:
- The Pines (7202 Garden Park Ln., Mechanicsville, VA 23111) on Wednesday July 19 from 10-11 a.m.
- Hunter Woods (7438 Tack Room Dr. #1952, Mechanicsville, VA 23111) on Wednesday, July 12 and Wednesday, July 26 from 10-11 a.m.
- Stone Run Village (11197 Washington HWY, Glen Allen, VA 23059) on Wednesday, July 12 from 10-11 a.m.
- Ashland Woods (11197 Washington HWY, Glen Allen, VA 23059) on Wednesday, July 19 from 10-11 a.m.
- Sedgefield (102 Water Oak Ln., Ashland, VA 23005) on Wednesday, July 26 from 10-11 a.m.
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].
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.
Senior and Caregiver Resources
Hanover DASH Provides Reliable Transportation to a Healthy Lifestyle
Hanover DASH provides personalized transportation to for those aged 65 and up and persons with a disability.
Rides can take you to:
- Farmers Markets
- Community Pickle Ball Tournaments
- Friendship Cafés
- Group Exercise Classes
- Community Health Forums
- Grocery Shopping
- Medical Appointments
- And More!
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: Senior Cool Care Assistance Program
Senior Connections’ Senior Cool Care Assistance Program provides a free box fan or A.C. unit to eligible seniors. To be eligible for the program, you must be over the age of 60, need additional cooling in your home, and meet household income requirements (less than $1,823/month for a household of 1 person; less than $2,465 for a household of 2 people).
Seniors who fit the program requirements are eligible for a fan every other year and an A.C. unit every three years. For more information, or to apply visit www.seniorconnections-va.org or call 804-343-3005.
Advance Planning Guides for Dementia
The Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services has four new guides for advance planning for dementia. Advance planning empowers people to make their own decisions about important topics like finances, health care, and living arrangements before the need arises. These guides help people living with dementia and their family members or other care partners know what to plan for and how to get started. The guides cover 4 topics: health care planning, financial planning, care planning, and supporting someone living with dementia in making decisions. The guides are available to download from Dementia Capable Virginia. Hard copies can be ordered by emailing the Dementia Services Coordinator at [email protected] or by phone at 804-662-9154.
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].
New Streamlined Process Simplifies SNAP Application for Seniors
In March 2022, the Department of Social Services (DSS) launched the Elderly Simplified Application Process (ESAP) for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits. This streamlined application and recertification process seeks to increase participation for SNAP benefits among the older adult (60+), low-income population.
In Virginia, ESAP will extend the certification from 12 to 36 months for ESAP households, remove the requirement of interim reporting and simplify the reporting process. Older Virginians who may be eligible for SNAP benefits may apply online through CommonHelp by completing and submitting the “ESAP Application for Benefits” form on the VDSS website and returning it to their local Department of Social Services or by calling the Enterprise Call Center at 1-855-635-4370.
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/.
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.
MEETINGS, TRAININGS AND EVENTS
Hanover Human Services Network Meeting
The next Hanover Human Services Network meeting will be held on Thursday, October 5, 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. RSVP for the October Hanover Human Services Networking Meeting here.
For additional questions contact the Department of Community Resources at 804-365-4300 or [email protected].