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

Volume 6 | Issue 10 |  March 2015

This Sunday, March 8, is International Women's Day, an opportunity to recognize both the challenges and the accomplishments by and for women.

Women caregivers have a unique role in our society. Many women who provide care for a loved one also work, and their devotion to their caregiving can impact their professional decisions. Read more about this impact on our blog.

We celebrate the important work of all caregivers, both women and men, as well as that of our many volunteers. We have lots of opportunities this spring to get involved as a volunteer here at FCHCC, and we hope you will join us for our upcoming Volunteer Open House on March 4 or sign up for one of the Spring Trainings. Read on for details. 
Find your path at our Volunteer Open House 
Volunteer Open House
Wednesday, March 4, at  3 p.m.
Franklin County Home Care Corp.
330 Montague City Road
Turners Falls, MA ( directions)
Lynne Feldman
Director of Community Services
413-773-5555 x2215
978-544-2229 x2215
Volunteering with FCHCC
Are you looking for a way to meet new people, enjoy new experiences, and give back to the community? We have a volunteer opportunity for you!

At the open house, you'll hear what it's like to volunteer and discover the many vibrant opportunities to use your skills and passion to serve our area's elders and persons with disabilities. 


No commitment is required: just come, enjoy free refreshments, and learn.... [read more]

It only happens once each year!
Sign up now for the 2015 SHINE Spring Training SpringTraining
Spring Training for Volunteer Counselors
March 24 to June 18
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Franklin County Home Care
Turners Falls, MA
Lorraine York-Edberg
Regional SHINE Program Director
413-773-5555 x2275
978-544-2259 x2275
A re you interested in healthcare? Looking for a volunteer opportunity? Become a SHINE Counselor with Franklin County Home Care. With the 2015 Spring Training coming up next month, there's no better time to get started!

SHINE Counselors work one-on-one with individuals in their own communities, providing free, confidential, and unbiased information, counseling, and assistance for all Medicare beneficiaries.

SHINE Counselor Larry Bezio enjoys the volunteer work the program offers, adding that he finds "personal satisfaction to be able to help someone" and "good socialization" with other counselors....[read more]

Ombudsman = Advocate!
Spring Training for Ombudsman Volunteers Announced
Spring Training for Volunteers
April 15-17, 2015
9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
WestMass ElderCare
Holyoke, MA
Trevor Boeding
Program Director
Long-Term Care Ombudsman
413-773-5555 x2241
978-544-2259 x2241
Are you concerned about the status of elders and people with disabilities in our community?  Do you consider yourself to be an advocate, or have the desire to develop advocacy skills?  Do you have a few hours a week to devote to visiting residents living in local nursing and rest homes and help them to resolve issues affecting quality of care and quality of life?

Attend this free training and develop the skills necessary to serve as a volunteer advocate for residents living in nursing and rest homes in Franklin County and the North Quabbin region. Volunteers are particularly needed for facilities in Shelburne Falls, Greenfield, and Sunderland.

Interested parties must successfully complete application process before attending the training. Download the volunteer application and CORI form (include a copy of driver's license or other government issued photographic identification), complete, and return to:
Trevor Boeding
Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program
Franklin County Home Care Corporation
330 Montague City Road, Suite 1
Turners Falls, MA 01376

Community members send love to homebound elders
On Friday, February 13, hundreds of homebound elders across Franklin County and the North Quabbin region warmed their hearts with a hot meal and a handmade Valentine's Day card.

Meals on Wheels received over 400 handmade valentines as part of a Love Letters campaign put together by DoSomething.org, AARP Foundation's Mentor Up, and the Meals On Wheels Association of America.
After Meals on Wheels kitchen staff packed the valentines alongside that day's meals, volunteer drivers delivered the cards on their normal Friday morning routes.... [ read more]

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Here at FCHCC, we offer many different programs and services designed to meet your unique needs.  Think of us as the guide to what you need. We don't know all of the answers, but we know who to ask. If we can't help you, we'll tell you who can. It all starts with the Information & Caregiver Resource Center. 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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