Celebrating 40 years of helping elders, persons with disabilities, and caregivers lead independent lives.

Volume 6 | Issue 8 | January 2015

When an older adult makes the choice to live at home for as long as possible, they often face a maze of guidelines and applications that accompany the many programs and services that can support this decision.

If this situation relates to your life right now, we can help. Our free Options Counseling program is available to help you access these programs and funds, making getting what you need that much easier... [read more]

If you're looking for something else, read on. We have lots of opportunities in this new year for you to find help, start volunteering, or get involved in your own way.
Benefits Counseling Open House for Volunteers
Tuesday, January 13, 4 p.m.
Franklin County Home Care Corporation
Turners Falls, MA (directions)
Gretchen Smith, Benefits Counseling Program Coordinator
413-773-5555 x2258
978-544-2259 x2258
Benefits Counselors
Do you want to help others in your community? Become a volunteer Benefits Counselor! 

As a Benefits Counselor, you will set your own schedule and help local elders with applications for weatherization, fuel assistance, utility discounts, and food stamps and work with agencies that provide grants and 0% interest loans for small and large home repairs and disability modifications.

Learn about the most commonly used applications and services. No commitment required: just come and learn... [read more]
A little love for Meals on WheelsMOW
Our Meals on Wheels program received $3,500 thanks to the Subaru Share the Love event. We purchased 10 new thermal bags from the Meals on Wheels store to keep meals hot on the long deliveries to towns across our rural region.

Follow our volunteer driver, Doug, as he uses the new bags to make deliveries to local elders.
Volunteer Driver Doug
Everyone depends on someone important to them to deliver this meal, says Doug, but the impact often goes even deeper.

"Sometimes, for a few of them, I'm the only person they see all day." [read more]

Watch the video here.

You can make a difference as a volunteer driver! Gives us a call at 413-773-5555 x2272 or 978-544-2259 x2272 or email info@fchcc.org.
Have you ever attended the Meals on Wheels Walkathon? The event is entering its 23rd year, and we're excited to be planning another fun event to celebrate our local elders and raise money for the Meals on Wheels program. We want to make this the best year yet, so we'd like to hear from you!

We'd love to know why you come to the Walkathon - and, if you don't, why not? Which was your favorite year? What makes it a fun event? How could we make the day even better?

If you'd like to give more than your thoughts, your time spent volunteering is also valued: a couple of hours a week anytime between now and the day of the event. 


Contact Lisa Middents, Development Coordinator and organizer of the Walkathon, by calling 413-773-5555 x2225 or 978-544-2259 x2225 or email her at lmiddents@fchcc.org.


Read more about the Meals on Wheels Walkathon.

The 2015 Meals on Wheels Walkathon will take place on Saturday, May 2, at the Franklin County Technical School in Turners Falls. We are currently accepting business sponsors for the event. 

New this year! Sponsor forms are available online.
Baystate Health
Your donation could offer you the opportunity to record radio ads, share your story in The Good Life, and feature your logo in Walkathon ads, print, posters, t-shirts and more, directly connecting you to thousands of area residents. 

For more information, contact Lisa Middents, Development Coordinator, by phone (413-773-5555 x2225 or 978-544-2259 x2225) or email. 
Thank you for an amazing Valley Gives Day!

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The communities we want to live in are made by people who care about people. Thank you for being a part of our community in 2014. We hope that you will continue to be part of our community in 2015, whether by offering your own skills as a volunteer, sharing your ideas, or turning to us in times of need.

If you or your loved ones are seeking information or support, we're here to provide unbiased assistance. The Information & Caregiver Resource Center offers timely, relevant answers to your questions. Call 413-773-5555 or 978-544-2259 during normal business hours or email info@fchcc.org anytime.

You can read more about our programs at www.fchcc.org




Roseann Martoccia
Franklin County Home Care Corporation

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