ADVERTISEMENT FOR PROPOSALS FOR TRANSPORTATION SERVICE
Chatham County Council on Aging is accepting proposals for assisted group transportation for older adults in Chatham County for fiscal year beginning July 1, 2017. The Council on Aging contracts to provide transportation to the Western Chatham Senior Center in Siler City and Eastern Chatham Senior Center in Pittsboro for activities and lunch as well as weekly trips to the grocery store and pharmacy.
The Council on Aging has about 75 clients on 8 routes that receive transportation. Funding for the program comes from several sources, including the State Department of Transportation, United Way of Chatham, local government, contributions and donations. Businesses submitting a proposal must have been in business and in compliance with all local, state and federal laws for three years. Businesses must show proof of liability and workers compensation insurance. Businesses must be familiar with the State Standards for Transportation under the Home and Community Care Block Grant.
Closing bid date is May 5, 2017 at 5 pm. For more information, contact Brett Moraes, Program Operations Manager, with the Council on Aging at 919-742-3975. The proposal must be received at P.O. Box 715, Pittsboro, NC 27312 or the Eastern Chatham Senior Center, 365 Highway 87 N Pittsboro, or via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Chatham County Council on Aging reserves the right to reject any or all proposals and to waive as an informality any immaterial irregularities or minor errors contained in a proposal.
Chatham County Council on Aging is accepting bids for in-home aide services for older adults in Chatham County for fiscal year beginning July 1, 2017. The Council on Aging has about 75 clients who receive Level II and III in-home aide services.
Funding for the program comes from several sources, including the State Home and Community Care Block Grant (HCCBG), local government, other grants, contributions and donations. Businesses submitting bids must have been in operation and complied with all local, state and federal laws for at least three years, and have a working knowledge of State Rule 10A NCAC 13J and the HCCBG standards for in-home aide services covering such areas as aide competency, training and oversight, assessment and service planning, service priorities, and documentation and quality assurance. HCCBG funding requires adherence to the Expanded Home Care Licensure Rules.
Businesses must submit with the bid proof of liability and workers compensation insurance, proof of licensing by the NC Division of Health Service Regulation, and verification for appropriate criminal background and Nurse Aide certification policies. The specific aide services include personal care, light housekeeping and meal preparation. Closing bid date is May 5, 2017 at 5 pm.
For more information, contact Brett Moraes, Program Operations Manager, with the Council on Aging at 919-742-3975. Bids must be received at P.O. Box 715, Pittsboro, NC 27312 or the Eastern Chatham Senior Center, 365 Highway 87 N Pittsboro, or via email at email@example.com. Chatham County Council on Aging reserves the right to reject any or all proposals and to waive as an informality any immaterial irregularities or minor errors contained in a proposal.
Calling All Cake Bakers and Lovers
PITTSBORO– This year marks the 29th year of the Chatham County Council on Aging’s Cake Bake Off! The Council invites you to come out on Sunday, Feb. 12th, from 3-5pm to the East Chatham Senior Center in Pittsboro (365 Highway 87 N) and enjoy the winning cakes, while supporting programs and services for older adults. For just $5 for adults and $3 for children, you can sample the winners along with milk or coffee. After the sampling, the remaining cakes will be auctioned off which means you can take one home with you just in time for Valentine’s Day!
Are you a baker? Register now! We are going to “mix” it up this year and offer 4 categories for our Chatham bakers. Choose from chocolate, cheesecake, fruit or veggie-based cakes for your entries and tasting! Cakes must be scratch made. Judging is based on originality, taste, texture, and overall appearance. After the judging, the public is invited to taste the winners and bid on others. Bakers who want to enter their favorite delicious cake should do so no later than Monday, Feb. 6th, by 5 pm. Drop off times will be the Friday and Saturday before the event. To enter your cake, contact Emily Foushee at firstname.lastname@example.org or Melanie Girard at 919-542-4512.
Prizes will be awarded. Don’t miss this tasty event! If you are a local business and want to sponsor this event, please call Melanie Girard 919-542-4512.
The Council will also be drawing the winner for its canoe raffle during the event. Tickets are still for sale for $5 each and are sold at each senior center location. All proceeds from the event and the raffle go to programs and services for Chatham seniors.
The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program opens for registration. Call 919-542-4512 ext. 225 and leave a message, someone will call you back to make the appointment details. This service is free and for the completion of simple tax returns.
Subaru owners come park your car and walk to the Pittsboro Christmas Parade! Come to the Council on Aging’s “Subaru Rodeo” for a pre-parade party for promotion of the Share the Love/Meals on Wheels campaign December 11th from 1:30pm-3:30pm at the Pittsboro Senior Center at 365 NC 87 N., Pittsboro.
Join us for some rodeo entertainment (rope tricks), hot chocolate and corn hole! We will be selling raffle tickets for a Mad River Canoe Journey 156 (donated by the Great Outdoor Provision Company, drawing in February) and a group photo at 2:30pm with your car. Johnson Subaru of Cary will also have a new car on display!
From November 17, 2016 to January 3, 2017, Subaru will donate $250 for every new Subaru sold or leased to one of Subaru’s charitable partners. Designate Meals on Wheels as your charity, so the Council can receive a portion of the benefit.
Click here to see the official proclamation: September Senior Center Month Proclamation
The Chatham County Board of Commissioners has joined communities across the state and nation in designating September as Senior Center Month. As Commissioner Chairman Jim Crawford noted in the proclamation, “We urge all residents of Chatham County to take time this month to discover the offerings of Chatham’s two outstanding Senior Centers and the Chatham County Council on Aging. We are proud that Chatham has two State-designated Senior Centers of Excellence, and we hope all will explore ways to further support their work.”
The 2016 national theme for this special month is “Find Balance at Your Center.” This theme reflects the wide array of opportunities offered at Chatham’s two Centers for residents all across the county.
As Lindsay Hickling, coordinator of the Eastern Center in Pittsboro, notes: “Our programs include senior meals, exercise classes (including arthritis exercise), Tai Chi, Mah Jongg, line dancing, quilting, needlework, field trips, falls prevention and other educational classes. Faye Tillman, coordinator of the Western Center in Siler City, added “Participants of our Centers also enjoy walking and travel groups, Friday night dances, basket weaving and photography groups, fitness rooms, as well as Senior Games and Silver Arts—and recently we started a choral group. With the support of Carolina Meadows, we also now have computer tablets for use by those attending our Centers.”
This is just a sampling of what is available through the Council on Aging. Other services range from health insurance/Medicare and tax assistance counseling, information about community resources, help with learning about long-term care services, respite and support groups for family caregivers, help with transportation to medical appointments, in-home personal care, and Meals-on-Wheels.
“What makes much of this possible is the great support from our large corps of volunteers,” said Rhonda Hampton, the Council’s Volunteer Coordinator.
To learn more about the Centers’ programs and to explore ways to volunteer and otherwise support the work of the Council on Aging, you can visit or call the Centers. The Eastern Chatham Senior Center is in Pittsboro at 365 Highway 87 N, next to the Community Library and Community College campus. The Western Chatham Senior Center in Siler City is located at 112 Village Lake Road in Siler City. Their respective phone numbers are 919-542-4512 and 919-742-3975. You can also visit the Council’s website at www.chathamcoa.org to learn about programs, activities and special events by accessing the calendar under the Activities tab.
Clearly, there is much to enjoy and gain from becoming associated with Chatham’s Senior Centers.
Join us on the courts behind the Sheriff’s office at 9am on Tuesday mornings. Loaner paddles and balls and instruction will be provided.
Ann Kissell with Senior Tar Heel Legislature came to visit and talk to us in our Western Chatham Senior Center. She talks to seniors about project care, medicare, medicaid, more funding for senior day care and other senior-related topics. She encouraged the seniors to email and call their representatives and to let their voices be heard and to be sure to vote!