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September 2018 Issue
121 W. Nash Street, Wilson, NC 27893 | 252-234-5952 |
Inside This Issue

US Census Bureau Releases American Community Survey
US Census Bureau Opens 2020 Census Jobs Website
Red Cross Shelter Seeking Volunteers

Hurricane Florence Resources
FEMA to Conduct National Wireless Emergency Alert Test

Solar Energy Festival
Google Training is Coming to NC
Southeast Recycling Development Council (SERDC)
NC Rural Assembly

US Department of Transportation Announces $6.3 Funding
USDA Loan and Grant Programs
FY 2018 Disaster Supplemental Notice of Opportunity

New Report on Rural AAA's Housing and Homelessness
Answers on Aging: Why We Do What We Do
Geriatric Adult Specialty Mental Health Team (GAST) Free Training
US Census Bureau Releases
American Community Survey Estimates

The US Census Bureau released the 2017 American Community Survey (ACS) estimates for areas with population over 65,000. The 2013-2017 ACS estimates covering all counties, places, and census tracts and block groups will be released on December 6, 2018. 

All data from this release is available through the American Factfinder tool .
US Census Bureau
Opens 2020 Census Jobs Website

The US Census Bureau has opened the 2020 Census Jobs website. The site provides information on job qualifications, locations, and pay rates. If you’re interested in a 2020 Census job, you can apply online.
Disaster Recovery
Red Cross Shelter Seeking
Volunteers for Hurricane Florence Relief Operation
Are you a CNA or a Nurse, or do you know someone who is? The Red Cross shelter in Wilson, NC could use your help! The shelter is located at 1760 Parkwood Boulevard, West, Wilson, NC 27893 (beside the old mall). If you would like to assist, please register by going to  and clicking on the link for Health and Mental Health Volunteers.

If you have additional questions, please contact Hillary Wanecke at 262-370-6418.
Hurricane Florence Resources
Click Below for Disaster Recovery Resources
Upcoming Events
FEMA will conduct  a nationwide Wireless Emergency Alert test on Oct. 3 at 2:00 p.m. EDT that will be followed by a nationwide emergency alert test on broadcast TV and radio.
“The test will assess the readiness to distribute an emergency message nationwide and determine whether improvements are needed,”  according to FEMA .

The test will read “Presidential Alert” and will include the following text: “THIS IS A TEST of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System. No action is needed.”

  • Your phones and phones around you will make a strange and uncommon sound and will display the alert message on your home screen, according to FEMA
  • No actions are required for the test, which will be similar to the Emergency Alert System messages people commonly hear on the radio or see on television.
  • The test will last about one minute.
  • About 100 mobile carriers will partake in the test.

October 18, 2018

Rocky Mount Mills
1151 Falls Road
Rocky Mount, NC 27804

November 12, 2018, 1 pm - 5:00 pm
Southeast Recycling Development Council (SERDC) Summit in Charleston, SC.

Making the Case for Recycling Trainer Workshop
Recycling has changed dramatically from the revenue-based systems of the past decade. In the face of market uncertainties, recycling program managers are faced with questions and program considerations from various stakeholders from elected officials to finance departments. EPA Region IV offers a half-day interactive workshop about how to best make the case for recycling featuring robust tools to help answer these questions.

There are a myriad of drivers for community recycling programs, including:

  • Environmental
  • Resource Conservation
  • Economic – (investment, job creation, selling recycling commodities for revenues)
  • Preserving landfill space
  • Community Expectation
  • Political Expectation
  • Technological Advances (source separated to single stream)
2018 Awards in Rural Excellence
Nominate a deserving rural town, leader, or entrepreneur
It’s that time of the year again! Join us November 15-16 at the Hilton North Raleigh Midtown for the 2018 NC Rural Assembly!  Revving the Rural Engine: Local Leaders Driving Innovation  is two days full of content and conversations focused on how innovative rural leadership can help local communities get on the road to a better and brighter tomorrow.

Scott Hamilton, Executive Director of the Appalachian Regional Commission, to speak at two-day event focused on the importance of regional collaboration for rural communities.  
Grant Opportunities
U.S. Department of Transportation Announces $6.3 Million Funding Opportunity to Improve Access to Healthcare

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has announced the availability of $6.3 million in competitive grant funds for transit coordination projects that improve access to healthcare.

Applications due: November 13, 2018

FTA’s Access and Mobility Partnership Grants focus on transportation solutions to medical appointments and other non-emergency healthcare services. The grants will help improve options for people with limited transportation choices and bridge the gap between service providers in the transportation and health sectors.

Funding is available under two programs: the Innovative Coordinated Access and Mobility (ICAM) Pilot Program, which supports projects focused on non-emergency healthcare travel needs, and the Human Services Coordination Research (HSCR) program, which funds research to reduce gaps in services to provide safe, affordable and reliable mobility options to seniors, people with disabilities, and low-income individuals.

For more information
Kelly Tyler, FTA Office of Program Management,

USDA Loan & Grant Programs for Rural Broadband

Community Connect Grants  help rural communities extend access where broadband service is least likely to be commercially available, but where it can make a tremendous difference in the quality of life for people and businesses. The projects funded by these grants help rural residents tap into the enormous potential of the Internet for jobs, education, healthcare, public safety and community development.

Distance Learning and Telemedicine Grants  help rural residents tap into the enormous potential of modern telecommunications and the Internet for education and health care, two of the keys to economic and community development.

Rural Broadband Access Loan and Loan Guarantee  furnishes loans and loan guarantees to provide funds for the costs of construction, improvement, or acquisition of facilities and equipment needed to provide service at the broadband lending speed in eligible rural areas.

Telecommunications Infrastructure Loans and Guarantees  provides financing for the construction, maintenance, improvement and expansion of telephone service and broadband in rural areas.
Fiscal Year 2018 Disaster Supplemental Notice of Funding Opportunity

The Economic Development Administration (EDA) has published the  Fiscal Year 2018 (FY2018) Disaster Supplemental Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO)  making $587 million available to eligible grantees in communities impacted by natural disasters in 2017.

Current Closing Date for Applications: There are no application deadlines and the agency will accept proposals on a rolling basis until the publication of a new Disaster Supplemental NOFO, cancellation of this NOFO, or all funds are obligated.
Senior Corner
New Reports on Rural AAAs , Housing and Homelessness

I n two new reports, n4a demonstrates how Area Agencies on Aging are leading innovations to meet the unique needs of rural communities and helping older adults secure safe and affordable housing.

A second report based on data from the  National Survey of Area Agencies on Aging: 2017 Report Rural AAAs: Structure and Services , focuses on the structure and programs offered by AAAs that serve rural geographic areas—and the unique challenges they face in meeting the needs of older adults in their regions.
Both reports feature examples of innovative programs offered by AAAs from across the country to meet the needs of their communities.

By:  n4a On: 08/24/2018 15:05:40In:  Hot Topics in Aging
Why We Do What We Do (Hint, It’s You!)  

Our 2017-2018 Annual Report showcases our mission-focused accomplishments of the last year, including efforts around advocacy, business acumen, access to resources/I&R, transportation, social engagement and much more. These accomplishments are grounded in the work YOU, our members, do every day to ensure that older adults live with dignity and independence in their homes and communities.



The Geriatric/Adult Mental Health Specialty Team (GAST) contracted by Eastpointe LME/MCO to provide FREE professional, high quality IN-SERVICE education in the community to include Faith Based Organizations, Homeless Shelters, DSS, Law Enforcement Agencies, Adult care homes, Family Care Homes, Senior Centers, home health agencies, adult day cares, and adult day health and other community organizations!

How Much Does Our Training Cost?
GAST services are state-supported and ALWAYS at NO cost to you or your staff .

  • Mental Health 101
  • Depression
  • Dementia
  • Substance Abuse 101
  • Psychotropic Medications
  • Schizophrenia and other Psychotic Disorders

TO further discuss your organization’s training needs or to schedule a FREE TRAINING, call or email us.  
Melissa Lyde, Team Lead

British Clemons, MSW
Please Note: Classes are 1 -2 hours and participants must be present for the entire class to receive credit for participation.