Part of ACCA’s mission is advocacy and it is more important now than ever. With the looming government shutdown and debt ceiling expansion, it is so important to call your representatives and let them know how important funding is to keep our older adults healthy, fed, and services to them. ACCA is happy to provide any information needed to further your understanding of the urgency of this issue. If you have questions or concerns, please give us a call at 706-549-4850. We have several events scheduled to take place where our local, state, and national legislators can hear from you and where you can learn how to let our government hear your voice now and in the future.
Check out this video about the shutdowns effects on local programs by clicking HERE.
Legislative Breakfast: Athens Community Council on Aging (ACCA) has invited national, state, and local legislative leaders to the agency for a breakfast with the management and administrative team, the community, and representatives of the Athens Senior Resources Network on Friday, October 25, 2013 from 9:00 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. Jennie Deese, CEO/President of ACCA will welcome attendees and open the floor for quick introductions and a short question/answer session. The outcome of the meeting will be to address funding cuts and how they have impacted the older adults in the area.
Advocacy Training: Athens Community Council on Aging (ACCA) will host Kathryn Fowler, Executive Director for the Georgia Council on Aging, to the agency on Wednesday, November 6, 2013 from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. for a lunch and learn for the Citizen Advocacy Workshop. The event will not have a cost but community members who wish to attend need to RSVP to KaDee Holt at 706-549-4850 or email her at email@example.com by Monday, November 4.
For more information on contacting your local representatives, click to download a Legislative Packet.
ACCA’s offices will be closed on Monday, September 2 in observance of Labor Day. We will look forward to seeing you on Tuesday!
ACCA is hosted a lunch, catered by White Tiger, at 12:30 p.m. on Friday, August 30 in the Harris Room at the Athens Community Council on Aging as an official launch for the new “Helping Hands” volunteer program. Service-minded adults age 55 and up who are ready to “get involved, give back, and make an impact” are encouraged to attend. Attendees at the lunch learned more about the need, available opportunities, and how they can lend a helping hand and change someone’s life.
Helping Hands connects adult volunteers with homebound older adults or individuals with disabilities – which the program refers to as “neighbors” – who need additional support. Helping Hands offers volunteers several options for service.
- With “Helping Hands Giving a Ride,” volunteers use their own vehicles to drive transportation-dependent neighbors to grocery stores, pharmacies, the bank, or social events.
- “Helping Hands Being a Friend” matches volunteers with socially isolated neighbors for regular friendly in-home visits and telephone reassurance.
- In partnership with ACCA’s Squash Senior Hunger Coalition, “Helping Hands Providing Food” allows volunteers to serve food insecure neighbors through food delivery routes, a bi-monthly mobile food pantry, or sharing a meal together.
In providing these services, Helping Hands volunteers support the capacity of these neighbors to continue living independently. Please contact Erin Beasley at 706-549-4850 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
Check out pictures of today’s event by clicking HERE.
Driver of the No. 24 Drive to End Hunger Chevrolet to help Campus Kitchens at UGA prepare and deliver meals for local seniors. Four-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Jeff Gordon will visit the Athens Community Council on Aging on Thursday, August 29th, to work alongside student volunteers from the Campus Kitchen at UGA (CKUGA), part of the nationwide Campus Kitchens network that rescues excess food to provide healthy meals to older adults in need. Gordon will be joined by leaders from AARP Foundation, which leads Drive to End Hunger; and from The Campus Kitchens Project and the Campus Kitchen at UGA, whose senior hunger outreach work is supported by the Foundation. UPDATE: After helping pack and prepare meals, Gordon will join two student-volunteers to deliver meals to two area families as part of the Grandparents Raising Grandchildren program.
*This event is not open to the public.
We have an idea!! We want you to share your lunch this week. Instead of going out for lunch, donate that $7 to ACCA and let us know about it. Share your pictures on our Facebook page, Twitter (@councilonaging), or Instagram (@accaging) or hashtag #ACCA365. We want YOU to share 500 meals with us between now and next Tuesday… we will use these donations to provide meals to our older adults. Please share and get your friends to help! We will be posting our progress until Tuesday, August 27.
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The Fred A. Birchmore Award for Active Aging honors a resident of the Athens area who exemplifies the goals of the Athens Area Active Aging Coalition – to enjoy life and enhance health by being physically and socially active after age 50. The award will be presented at the Athens Senior Expo on Tuesday, September 17, 2013, at the Oconee County Civic Center located at 2661 Hog Mountain Road in Watkinsville. The award will be presented at 11:00 a.m. Everyone is invited.
Click the following link for the Birchmore Award Nomination Form 2013
The award is named in honor of Fred Birchmore, an Athenian who gained world renown when he bicycled around the earth in the 1930s. Fred passed away early in 2012 at the age of 100. During his long life, he inspired thousands of people with his energy, enthusiasm and positive outlook. He gave of himself to promote wellness and physical activity, including the donation of land to Athens-Clarke County for the expansion of Memorial Park. We are honored that Fred gave us permission to name this award in his honor, and hope it will inspire others to follow his example for many years to come.