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February 2017  

Peters donates to animal shelter
Darcy Peters poses with some of the items she donated to the Chemung County SPCA.

Darcy Peters turns bottles and cans into treats and toys for dogs and cats.

Peters receives self-directed OPWDD services through AIM, and she also volunteers for AIM. 

Once a month, she picks up bottles and cans from  AIM's offices in Corning and Elmira, and returns them to the beverage center for the deposit.

She keeps a ledger to tally the proceeds, which helps with her math and money skills.

When she gets a sizable amount, she goes to the pet store and buys food, treats and toys. 

Then she delivers the items to local animal shelters. So far, her donations have gone to the Chemung County Humane Society and SPCA, but Peters also plans to donate to other shelters, such as the Horseheads Community Animal Shelter, in the future.

Peters' donations are much appreciated, said Arynn Brucie, community engagement manager for the Chemung County SPCA.

"We love when she comes to visit," Brucie said. "She's always smiling, and she loves to go back and visit the kitties when she's here."

Animal shelters rely heavily on the community, so every bit of support helps, she said.

"We're glad that she thinks of us," Brucie said.
Insurance still available at NY State of Health
The open enrollment period just ended, but consumers can still sign up for a 2017 health plan through NY State of Health, and AIM's Navigator Program offers free help.

Enrollment in Medicaid, Child Health Plus and the Essential Plan is year-round through NY State of Health, the state's Affordable Care Act marketplace. Eligibility is based on income and household size.

Those who don't qualify for those programs can still enroll in a health plan for 2017 from a private insurer if they have a special enrollment reason, such as moving, getting married or having a child.

AIM's Navigator Program provides assistance in applying online for coverage, with a team of six navigators covering Steuben, Chemung, Schuyler and Allegany counties. To book an appointment, call AIM at (607) 962-8225.

There are now 3.6 million people covered through NY State of Health, an increase of 28 percent since the close of open enrollment in January 2016, the marketplace announced this week.
AIM is having a winter party
AIM will host a Winter Celebration for its consumers from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 9 at CareFirst, located at 3805 Meads Creek Rd., Painted Post.
 
Lunch will be provided, and people are welcome to bring a dish to pass. There will also be crafts and music.
 
To RSVP, contact Laura Leonard at 962-8225, ext. 216.
Dance the night away at AIM
AIM will host a Valentines Dance from 6-8 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 10 at the agency's Elmira office.

The dance is open to all people ages 14-21. Dress can be formal or casual, and chaperons will be present.

There is a $3 fee to attend. Pizza and drinks will be provided.

Registration is required. Contact Wendy Watkins at wwatkins@aimcil.com or 962-8225, ext. 223 .
AIM golf tourney set for May 7
Save the date: AIM's third annual golf tournament has been set for Sunday, May 7 at Elmira Country Club.
 
The captain-and-crew tournament will feature lunch, dinner, prizes, raffles and contests, including a Million Dollar Hole-In-One Contest. The golf tourney is AIM's major spring fundraiser and proceeds benefit our programs and services for people with disabilities.
 
The entry fee is $320 per team. Incentive packages are available for businesses that sponsor the event. For more details, contact John Zick at jzick@aimcil.com or (607) 962-8225, ext. 116.   
AIM seeks volunteers for Ombudsman Program
Tens of thousands of New Yorkers live in nursing homes and long-term care facilities. They are neighbors, friends and family members.

When their wellbeing is jeopardized, the Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program is there to help.

Volunteer ombudsmen educate, empower and advocate for long-term care residents. They investigate complaints, resolve issues and facilitate improvements.

If you're interested in joining the passionate network of volunteer ombudsmen - or if you need assistance from an ombudsman in Allegany or Steuben counties - call Taryn Roloson, AIM's Ombudsman Program coordinator, at 962-8225, ext. 112.
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