Christmas Mother Applications Due by Oct. 28
The Hanover Christmas Mother provides food, clothes and toys to those in need during the holiday season. Since the 1980's, this project has been sponsored by the Doswell Ruritan Club. The Christmas Mother program is for children ages 17 and under (or 18 if enrolled in high school) and who reside in a Hanover County on a full-time basis. To apply, write a letter to the Hanover Christmas Mother at P.O. Box 39, Doswell, VA 23047. Letters must be received by Saturday, Oct. 28, and should include the child or children's names, ages and dates of birth, as well as the parent(s) name(s), address and two contact phone numbers. The scheduled distribution date is Saturday, Dec. 9. 2023.
Hanover DASH Program Reduces Rates and Expands Hours
On Oct. 1, Hanover County reduced the copay cost to riders enrolled in the Hanover DASH transportation program from $6 to $5 per ride, and the hours were expanded to seven days a week, Monday-Sunday, from 6 a.m.-6 p.m. 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. Destinations can be anywhere in Hanover County or within seven miles of the county boundary. Rides also are given to medical facilities beyond the 7-mile buffer, such as the Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center and the medical offices at Stony Point.
To apply for the program, fill out a short registration form with documentation to confirm Hanover County residency, proof of age (65 or over) or disability (short- or long- term). Rides are offered in collaboration with UZURV, an adaptive transportation network company. For questions, contact Hanover DASH at 804-365- 3274 or visit www.HanoverDASH.org.
New Virginia State Plan for Aging Services
The Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services, DARS, has released the new Virginia State Plan for Aging Services, which examines current and future needs of older Virginians. It conducted a statewide needs assessment to engage with stakeholders and receive public comment. The survey received responses from almost 9,000 older Virginians. DARS used these findings to help obtain a three-year, $1.17 million Department of Housing and Urban Development grant for home modifications for older adults living in rural areas. The plan is effective from Oct. 1-Sept. 30, 2027. To access the State Plan for Aging Services and related materials: https://vda.virginia.gov/stateplans.htm.To learn more about aging services in Virginia or to find your local area agency on aging: https://easyaccess.virginia.gov/ or www.dars.virginia.gov or call 2-1-1.
Virginia Department of Health: Healthy Heart Ambassador Program
The Healthy Heart Ambassador Program teaches the proper way to measure blood pressure. This four-month program includes eight 10-minute, one-on-one consultations with a coach, either in person or virtual, and four monthly nutrition education sessions. The program is free for participants, who will receive blood pressure monitoring cards and additional health resources, including a blood pressure monitor, if needed. 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.
- Do not have atrial fibrillation or other arrythmias (irregular heartbeat).
- Do not have, or not be at risk for, lymphedema (fluid buildup in the lymphatic system).
There is no deadline to apply, admission is ongoing. For more information, contact 804-365-3240 or [email protected].
ASL Services Offered Through the National 988 Crisis Hotline.
The 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline has added American Sign Language (ASL) services for people who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing. To connect directly to a trained 988 Lifeline counselor in ASL, click the "ASL Now" button on 988lifeline.org and follow the prompts. More information about the ASL service is available online if you, or someone you know, is struggling or in crisis.
MEETINGS, TRAININGS AND EVENTS
2nd Annual Hanover Caregiver Expo -Nov. 15th
In honor of National Family Caregivers Month, on Thursday, Nov. 15, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Hanover Council on Aging and Senior Connections, The Capital Area Agency on Aging, will host an educational event for caregivers. The expo will include presentations by Alzheimer’s Association of Greater Richmond, Dowda Senior Consultants, Senior Connections and the Capital Area Agency on Aging. There will more than 20 vendors, door prizes, giveaways and refreshments. This free event will be held at American Legion Post 175, 8700 Bell Creek Rd., Mechanicsville. For more information, contact [email protected] or 804-365-4300.
Communication Workshop for Community Providers and First Responders –
On Thursday, Oct. 26, Hanover County Schools' Inclusive Technology Team is having a workshop for first responders, community agencies and volunteers, healthcare staff and preschool providers. This will be held at the Atlee Branch Public Library, 10:30-11:30 a.m.
The workshop will provide tips for communicating with non-speaking children or adults, and the tools used to communicate with them. Participants can explore low-tech core boards, as well as AAC (Augmentative & Alternative Communication) devices and IPads for communication. For more information, call 804-365-4596 or visit [email protected].
2023 Harvest Festival
Brown Gove Baptist Church’s Youth Ministry is hosting a free harvest festival on Saturday, Oct. 28, noon-4:30 p.m. Lunch is served from noon-2 p.m. Activities include hayrides, a petting zoo, arts and crafts, games, a pumpkin patch, inflatables, and a car show. The event will be held at 9328 Ashcake Road, Ashland.
Hickory Hill Slave & African- American Cemetery Historical Presentation
On Monday, October 30th, guest speaker Jean Folly will share a Historical Presentation on Hickory Hill Slave & African American Cemetery, located in Ashland, VA. Light refreshments will be provided by the Friends of the Mechanicsville Branch Library. The event will be held at the Mechanicsville Branch Library located at 7461 Sherwood Crossing Place, Mechanicsville, VA 23111 (located behind Arby’s and Cookout). For more information or if you have a special physical or communication need, please contact [email protected] or call the Mechanicsville Branch Library at 804-746-9615.
The Big Event
The Big Event at Randolph-Macon College is a nationwide service day that fosters unity and service by engaging both the campus and the community. This one-day service event will be held on Sunday, Nov. 5, 1-5 p.m. Students are available to perform various community-service projects, such as window washing, yard work, gardening, and interior or exterior painting. Job request forms are due Oct. 24. Visit here for more information and forms: Service Events | Randolph-Macon College (rmc.edu).
Chickahominy Health District Offers Naloxone Training and Education
The Hanover Health Department is offering naloxone training at 12312 Washington Hwy., Ashland, on Mondays, 1-3 p.m. and Thursdays 8:30-11:30 a.m. Naloxone is life-saving prescription medicine that can save a life in cases of opioid overdose. Learn how to recognize, and respond, to an opioid overdose emergency and receive free naloxone nasal spray. No appointment needed. For questions or more information, call the Chickahominy Health District at 804-365-3240 or email [email protected].
Poll Workers Needed
The General Election and 2024 Presidential Primary are fast approaching. Officers of Election/poll workers are needed to help the election run smoothly during early voting and on Election Day. Roles include:
- Pollbook Officer
- Ballot Officer
- Voting Equipment and Booth Officer
- Chief Officer
- Assistant Chief Officer
Any employee can be a poll worker without penalty, as they are protected under Virginia State Law § 24.2-119.1. Apply today at: Career Opportunities | Sorted by Relevance ascending | Hanover County Government (governmentjobs.com).
Take a Survey to Help With High School Transitions Research
High School Transitions is a program to help high school seniors that is being developed at the Campus Suicide Prevention Center of Virginia. Whether a student feels scared or excited about life after high school, this program will help them navigate challenges while enhancing their mental well-being. Recent or current high school students (ages 18+), high school counselors or administrators, college counselors or advisors, and workforce HR professionals are invited to participate in a survey to shape how youth are supported as they move on to college or the workforce. All responses and data collected by this survey will remain confidential and anonymous.
Take the survey at: https://jmu.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_aWZcuCQE5TMjzRs. To participate in a focus group or one-on-one interview, fill out this form:
https://forms.gle/pymSgKhr19mhqh8c6. For questions, email [email protected] or [email protected].
Circles Ashland launches Fall Recruitment for Leaders and Allies
Circles Ashland is dedicated to empowering individuals and families facing socio-economic struggles. They are recruiting Leaders or Allies to help create a more inclusive and prosperous community. Leaders receive comprehensive training and mentorship to guide and inspire families towards self-sufficiency. Allies give their time, skills and networks to help support families working toward economic stability.
The fall recruitment for Leaders and Allies is now open and a new class is expected to begin on Nov. 2. If interested, email [email protected] by Oct. 31. For more information, visit the Circles Ashland Website or call 804-551-3298.
Hanover Community Service Board
Volunteer as an individual or group to coordinate gifts for individuals with developmental or intellectual disabilities who may not otherwise receive gifts this holiday season. Call 804-365-6578. For more information, go to www.hanovercounty.gov/358/Community-Services-Board.
SUPPORT YOUR COMMUNITY
Are you looking to get involved? Here are some ways you can give back to your community, support local organizations and get community service hours!
Ongoing Service Opportunities
The Arc of Hanover Thrift Store is an organization that advocates for children and adults with intellectual and other developmental disabilities. Volunteers are needed to: cashier, clean and price items, replenish shelves and receive donations. Hours are Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., and Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Volunteers work split shifts or full days. For more information, contact 804-798-2400 or [email protected].
CJ’s Thumbs Up Foundation is an organization that helps families of children with chronic and life-threatening illnesses. Volunteers 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 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, call 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 [email protected].
Hanover Senior Rides needs ride coordinators and volunteer drivers for a program that provides free rides to those who can no longer drive, including seniors and those with disabilities. Volunteers use their own vehicles to take riders 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 needs volunteers to help on the first Tuesday of each month, 10 a.m.-noon, at the Ashland Junction shopping center,123 Junction Drive, Ashland. For more information, contact [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
Emergency Housing Options
- EmpowerNet Hotline (for a referral to Hanover Safe Place emergency shelter) - Call 804-612-6126.
- Eligibility for emergency shelter: survivor of intimate partner violence, experiencing homelessness because of the IPV.
- HSP Shelter is a temporary solution to help survivors identify permanent/temporary housing options. Case management centered.
- Calvary Pentecostal Tabernacle Campground (for stays for up to a week depending on space availability) - Call 804-798-7756 or visit: https://www.calvarycampground.org/food-lodging
- Provides dormitory-style accommodations at no cost. Due to a Health Department requirement that linens be on all occupied beds, bring your own linens and towels. Those unable to bring their linens can rent them at $15 per set. A $2 key deposit is required and is refunded when the key is turned in at check out. (Registration is required.)
- Offers two meals daily, breakfast and lunch, at no charge. Breakfast is served from 7-7:45 a.m. and lunch is served from 1:30-2:30 p.m. A snack bar is stocked with burgers, chips, sodas, ice cream and candies.
- If accommodations are needed, call the Registration Office at 804-798-7756, 8 a.m.-6 p.m., or send an email to [email protected]. Be prepared with the following information: Full name(s), date of arrival, date of departure (seven days max), household size, minors (under 18) names and ages and DOB, and phone number.
- Crisis Stabilization Services: Mental health stability is prioritized over other aspects of life (such as housing). The following organizations believe that when people are in crisis, they are unable to participate in case management successfully and solve the circumstances that contributed to the crisis. Therefore, they may be able to help those people secure hotel rooms during the times they are being served for their mental health crisis. Once that need is addressed, hotel rooms are not available.
- They may be able to book a hotel room and pay through Medicaid benefits. Participants must have Medicaid benefits to qualify. Medicaid does limit the amount of hotel support they offer.
- Participants must be in a mental health crisis. Those who are unhoused can be identified as being in a mental health crisis.
Guided Paths - 804-510-4521
Second Chances - Hopewell 804-733-1180 or Petersburg 804-732-1737
Family Guidance of VA - 804-447-3403
Soaring for Change - (804) 222 – 8294
Comprehensive Counseling Solutions - 804-621-4249
Foundations for Care - 804-668-5480
- Moments of Hope Outreach – 804-913-9118 Conducts weekly outreach to homeless camps and panhandlers. Provides tents, sleeping bags and guidance on building camps for the newly homeless. Conducts wellness checks and provides vital supplies. Conducts brief emergency motel stays during dangerous weather (temperatures below 40° or above 95°). Provides monthly two-night dignity motel stays for those who have not bathed in weeks. Host's “Room in the Inn” each year at Christmas to provide two nights in a motel, meals, gifts and more for every unsheltered neighbor they can shelter..
Hanover County Food Pantry Calendar
Hanover County has more than 18 non-profit food pantries that provide food to individuals and families in need. Members of these pantries meet monthly to address ways to combat food insecurity while creating a pathway to enhance food independence. To learn more, view the Hanover Food Pantry Service Day Calendar and Information Sheet on the Community Resources webpage. For more information, call 804-365-4300 or visit [email protected].
Fuel Assistance Applications Open Oct. 10
The Hanover County Department of Social Services has begun accepting applications for the Fuel Assistance Program, which is a temporary program that helps eligible households with the costs of heating their homes. The amount received is a supplement and does not necessarily cover all winter heating costs. Those who have been accepted in past years may have been automatically registered for this year’s program. Benefits are based on the availability of funds and the number of applications received. To be eligible for fuel or utility assistance, a household’s income must be less than the maximum allowed for the number of people in the home, and residents are responsible for paying the heating bill. Applications must be received no later than Friday, Nov. 10. A face-to-face interview is not required. Funds are sent directly to the vendor beginning the first week in January. Applications for Fuel Assistance can be submitted through:
- CommonHelp (www.commonhelp.virginia.gov),
- The Enterprise Customer Service Center (1-855-635-4370)r
- A paper application from the local agency. Call 840-365-4100 to have an application mailed.
Hanover and King William Habitat for Humanity’s Critical Repair Program
Habitat for Humanity’s Critical Repair Program is taking applications for Hanover County and King William County residents. This program offers reduced-cost repairs to address safety issues and code violations. 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 Hanover County’s Department of Public Utilities can apply online for assistance from Virginia’s Low-Income Household Water Assistance Program (LIHWAP). This federal-funded program provides temporary assistance to low-income households for their water and wastewater bills. For more information or to apply online, visit https://virginialihwap.com/lihwap or call 1-888-373-9908.
Project: HOMES Home Repair Services
Project: HOMES helps to address health and safety concerns for families who cannot address them on their own. They provide home modifications that can improve the health and safety for these families, and 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 has emergency financial assistance for individuals and families who have met the income guidelines for the past 30 days. These 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. This program helps reduce energy use through the installation of cost-effective energy-savings measures, such as sealing air leaks, adding insulation, and repairing heating and cooling systems. DHCD works with a network of nonprofit organizations around the state. For more information, visit https://www.dhcd.virginia.gov/wx.
Parent and Youth Resources
Free In-Home Parenting Education
Family Lifeline provides free In-home services to pregnant women or mothers with children (up to five years old) who live in Hanover County. It offers educational material related to healthy pregnancies, positive parenting skills, child-development activities and knowledge about child developmental stages. Assistance in connecting to other community resources for parents during the early stages of their children’s lives also is provided. For more information, 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. For more information about program eligibility, call 804-365-4335. Mothers and children with active Medicaid or SNAP are automatically eligible.
Senior and Caregiver Resources
The Alter Program
The Virginia Center on Aging recently launched the Alter Program to create dementia-friendly congregations and increase awareness of dementia in African-American and faith-based communities. Together, with their colleagues at VCU, church partners and the Alter team at Emory, they are working to:
- Create inclusive congregations
- Reduce dementia stigma
- Enhance empathy
- Connect people socially and spiritually in a nation full of loneliness
- Provide resources for caregivers and congregations
To learn more, visit https://alterdementia.com/ or contact Andrea Price at [email protected].
National Institute on Aging: Caregiver Worksheets
The National Institute on Aging has created caregiver worksheets designed to assist caregivers with organizing and managing their responsibilities. The worksheets include: coordinating caregiving tasks, ensuring home safety, hiring care providers, considering the option of moving an older adult into one’s home, managing medications, and organizing important documents. Click here to view the resources.
Advance Planning Guides for Dementia
The Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services has four new guides for advance planning for dementia. The guides help people living with dementia, and their families or other care partners, know what to plan for and how to get started. They cover the topics of health care planning, financial planning, care planning and supporting someone living with dementia in making decisions. Download the guides at Dementia Capable Virginia, order copies at [email protected] or call 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 a grant, contact the Senior Connections Caregiver Support Specialist at 804-672-4498 or [email protected].
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.
For additional questions contact the Department of Community Resources at 804-365-4300 or [email protected].