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On Wednesday, June 27th, volunteers in the Retired & Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) were treated to a special recognition luncheon at Tioga Downs Resort & Casino to celebrate the success of the first year of the RSVP grant at Tioga Opportunities, Inc. John Cochran, the Deputy Director of the New York State Office for the Aging, joined the festivities to present Department of Aging staff with a Governor’s proclamation honoring the great contributions of older adult volunteers. There was much to celebrate during the event, including the 34 volunteers who have enrolled in RSVP since its inception in September 2017.

If you are looking for a new volunteer opportunity and are 55 years old or older, please consider joining RSVP! Available volunteer opportunities include Home Delivered Meals and transportation to medical appointments. Volunteers receive pre-service orientation, assignment-specific training, and supplemental insurance while on duty. Mileage and meal reimbursement are also provided.

For more information, contact Christine Shaver, Director of the Department of Aging at 607-687-4120, ext. 313 or cshaver@tiogaopp.org.

TOI & Community Action Month

TOI celebrated Community Action month with days of service including staff working at mobile food pantry, a collection of goods for Stray Haven, and a quilt project.

TOI quilt

Recent research conducted by University College London's Department of Behavioral Science and Health suggests that being poor later in life may increase the risk of dementia by 50 percent.  Please click on the link below to read the full article that was published in the journal JAMA Psychiatry.

Full article

For information on programs and services offered by Tioga Opportunities, Inc. and the Department of Aging, please call 607-687-4120.

 

Did you know that much of your Social Security related business can now be handled online without having to schedule or wait for an appointment?  You can change your address, get copies of benefits statements, report wages, and so much more without having to leave your home.  It's easy!  To find out more and learn how to create an account, follow this link:

www.socialsecurity.gov/myaccount

Please call 607-687-4120, ext. 331 with questions.

 

Tioga Opportunities, Inc. was thrilled to hold its annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon on April 27th at the Countryside Community Center in Owego. The time and energy dedicated by our volunteers is priceless. This event provides us an opportunity to acknowledge, thank, and honor each of the volunteers who do so much for the organization throughout the year.

This year’s theme was “Volunteers Brighten Our Community.” Guests were asked, “How has volunteering brightened YOUR life?” Their responses are a heartwarming reminder of the benefits of giving back to the community, both for the volunteers themselves and those we serve.

Tioga Opportunities, Inc. would like to thank each of our volunteers once again; your value is immeasurable! If you would like more information on becoming a volunteer, please call 607-687-4120, ext. 313.  

Did you miss the recent Veterans’ Services presentations?

Recently, the Department of Aging partnered with the Tioga County Veterans’ Service Agency to present information about services and programs that are available to help local veterans and their families. The seminar (presented by Mike Middaugh) gave attendees insight into benefits available to veterans at the federal, state, and local levels, as well as the many ways the Veterans’ Service Agency works with veterans and their families in Tioga County. A total of 59 guests joined us for presentations in Owego and Spencer.

If you were unable to attend this informational session in person, please click on the link below to view the seminar and learn about benefits to assist you and your family!

Veterans’ Services presentation

 

About Community Action Partnership

America was built on the promise that every family should have an opportunity for success. Yet, today’s uneven economy has put a good quality of life out of reach for too many Americans. National, state, and local responses will be more effective when we tap into the proven expertise of local agencies with real-life experience helping families succeed.

The Community Action Partnership is a national hub that links the nation’s 1,000+ Community Action Agencies to each another – and to leaders looking for solutions that connect Americans to greater opportunity. This includes:

  • • The Community Action Network: The nation’s Community Action Agencies are a robust, state and local force – reaching children and families in 99% of America’s counties with life-changing services, from early childhood education to job training to services for seniors.
  • • Training & Innovation: The Partnership office supports local agency leaders with training and technical assistance so they can apply best practices to their work and pursue innovative strategies that strengthen families and communities.
  • • Community Change: The Partnership works hand in hand with our Network agencies to pursue community-wide solutions to barriers holding families back from success, including through our programs on Community Economic Development program and Racial Equity.
  • • A Voice for Opportunity: The Partnership is a unified voice for our members, shaping smarter federal and state proposals on how to help families succeed by lifting up solutions that work.

The nation’s Community Action Agencies embody our nation’s spirit of hope, change people’s lives, and improve communities. When national, state and local leaders tap into these agencies’ experience, they can promote workable solutions that connect more families to opportunity – and make America a better place to live for everyone.

Community Action Partnership is a national, 501(c)3 nonprofit membership organization that provides technical assistance, training and other resources to Community Action Agencies, nonprofit and public groups funded by the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG), a federal program that allocates funding to states to move people and families to self-sufficiency across the United States. The resources provided to Community Action Agencies across the country by Community Action Partnership allow our Agencies to stay up to date on the latest best practices to empower low-income individuals and families to achieve self-sufficiency. We are committed to strengthening, promoting, representing and serving our Network of Agencies to assure that the issues of poverty are effectively presented and addressed. 

Community Action comes out of President Lyndon B. Johnson's War on Poverty and from the advocacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The Economic Opportunity Act of 1964 created the Network of locally-focused Agencies serving low-income populations. True to our history, Community Action Partnership remains committed to addressing the root causes and conditions of poverty in the United States, as demonstrated by the diversity of programs provided by our Community Action Agencies, which offer services from Head Start and other child development programs to Weatherization Assistance, job training and education support and elder care programs, among many others. Our Community Action Agencies are diverse in their service and programs, since they tailor their approaches to meet the specific needs of the communities they serve, and they put a human face on poverty while advocating for those who do not have a voice and providing opportunities for self-sufficiency. Community Action Partnership is dedicated to serving the entire community, as stated in the Promise of Community Action

Guests recently gathered at the Countryside Community Center to enjoy two entertaining events.  On Thursday, February 15th, almost 100 people came to the Department of Aging’s “Dinner with Friends” Valentine’s Day dinner.  Ryan Wilson treated the crowd to lively music while diners dug into a spaghetti and meatballs dinner.  These events are held quarterly and normally include live entertainment.  It’s a great opportunity to bring a friend or meet some new ones! 

An “Armchair Tour” of Italy allowed over 40 attendees to visit Italy vicariously on March 1st.  Pat Kane presented a slideshow of pictures from his past trips to the country.  The audience enjoyed his stories about Italian culture while munching on snacks including meatballs, bruschetta, and caprese skewers.  We are already looking forward to Pat’s next presentation on Northern Ireland and Scotland on May 17th from 1:00 to 3:00 PM.  We’d love for you to join us!  Please call 607-687-4120, ext. 331 to reserve your seat.

Price Chopper

42 West Main St.

Owego, NY

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

10am - 2pm

DIGITAL SCREENING MAMMOGRAMS

We’ll be providing digital screening mammograms for women 35 years and older.

Owego United Methodist Church

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

10am - 2pm

Full Service

We’ll be providing clinical breast exams, digital screening mammograms and pelvic exams with our Nurse Practitioner for women 35 years and older.

If you have an order from your healthcare provider and would like to schedule an appointment, please call Lourdes Central Scheduling: (607)798-5723

*You do not need an order if it has been over one year since your last mammogram*

Are you without insurance?

You may be eligible for no cost, or low cost, cancer screenings. To find out if you qualify, or if you’d like more information, please call Cancer Services Program: (607)778-3900

Lourdes also offers a financial assistance program – for more information, please call Lourdes Financial Assistance: (607)584-5522

Do you know where to find help and information on services and supports in your community?  NY Connects is a trusted place that gives you information about available options whether you are paying for services yourself, through insurance, or are eligible for a government program.  NY Connects serves anyone who needs information on long term services and supports, such as older adults, a child or adult with a disability, family members or caregivers, friends or neighbors, and helping professionals.

 Click on the link below to learn more:

https://youtu.be/2bGCpSwYs9w


For more information, call NY Connects at Tioga Opportunities, Inc. at 607-687-4120, ext. 331.

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