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Come celebrate National Adoption Day in Chatham County! The special event is Sat., Nov. 23, 10am-noon at the Justice Center in Pittsboro. Info available on foster & adoption programs as well as organizations that support children in need. More info ➡️ http://bit.ly/2XghyLH
Give the Gift of Reading! Chatham Reads is hosting a book drive for less fortunate children in Chatham County. We hope to instill the love of reading within them! There are 4 convenient drop off locations: 501 Pharmacy, McIntyre's Books, 7 Dance, and Briar Chapel Clubhouse. Thank you!
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The Chatham Education Foundation has opened our board member applications process. We are seeking board members, dedicated to our local public schools, to join our team. Our board meets every other month and not during the summer. In the off months, we work together to plan events, etc.

Please follow this link to submit your application for review and thanks for considering.
http://www.chathameducationfoundation.org/support-us/apply-for-cef-board-member
Medicare beneficiaries are encouraged to compare and evaluate their current plans and make necessary changes during the annual Open Enrollment Period. Medicare plans and prices change. It is important for Medicare beneficiaries to take advantage of the Open Enrollment Period by contacting local Seniors’ Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP) counselors to save money, improve your coverage or both.

The Open Enrollment Period begins on Oct. 15, 2019 and runs for eight weeks to give you enough time to review and make changes to your Medicare coverage. Changes must be made by Dec. 7, 2019 to guarantee your coverage will begin without interruption on Jan. 1, 2020.

Get one-on-one help from SHIIP, the Seniors’ Health Insurance Information Program, by calling Chatham County Council on Aging at 919-742-3975 to make an appointment with a SHIIP counselor. Appointments are available at Siler City and Pittsboro Senior Centers.

It’s important to contact your local SHIIP counselor before making a decision about coverage because you may be able to receive more affordable and better Medicare health and/or drug plan options in your area. For example, even if you are satisfied with your current Medicare Advantage or Part D plan, there may be another plan in your area that covers your health care and/or drugs at a better price.

SHIIP is a division of the North Carolina Department of Insurance and offers free, unbiased information about Medicare, Medicare prescription drug coverage, Medicare Advantage, long-term care insurance and other health insurance issues. In addition to helping Medicare beneficiaries compare and enroll in plans during the Open Enrollment Period, SHIIP counselors can help people find out if they are eligible for Medicare cost savings programs.
We are looking for people willing to volunteer as tutors for high school students on Tuesday afternoons from 4-6pm in Siler City. Youth need help in History, English, Math, Civics & Economics, Biology, & Chemistry.
Contact Hispanic Liaison
info@evhnc.org
200 N. Chatham Avenue
Siler City, NC27312
We are now open for 5 days a week!!

Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm.

Come volunteer and shop with us!
United Way of Chatham County is accepting nominations for the Chatham County Outstanding Volunteer Awards. If you know a volunteer who selflessly gives their time, talent and expertise to benefit Chatham residents, please consider nominating them for this special recognition. Nomination forms must be submitted online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NFYQLHX by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, January 3, 2020. Individuals may be nominated for volunteer service in the following categories: Verteran/Military Families, Youth, Disaster, Animals, NC Preservation, Environment and Health & Human Services.

Every day in Chatham County hundreds of volunteers donate their time and talent through nonprofit organizations, churches and schools. “The amount of hours served by volunteers of United Way and its member agencies totaled an astonishing 81,179 last year,” said Alane Coore, United Way Volunteer Center Coordinator. “This results in over 2 million dollars saved in salaries. It is important to recognize volunteers for their efforts because they help nonprofit agencies to provide a level of service that they otherwise may not be able to provide.”

Chatham County community members make up the local advisory committee that reviews the nomination forms, selects the honorees and plans local recognition activities. All nominees selected by the advisory committee will be recognized at the 2020 Chatham County Outstanding Volunteer Awards Ceremony, which is scheduled for Thursday, May 7, 2020.

The local advisory committee will also select Chatham County nominees to be considered for recognition on the state level. The United Way of Chatham County Volunteer Center coordinates this effort with the NC Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service. Those selected will receive recognition from the Governor, in addition to being considered for the Governor’s Medallion Award. The Governor’s Office honors only twenty volunteers with the Medallion Award statewide and selects from nominees submitted by 100 counties. A minimum of one year of volunteer service is required to be eligible to receive the Governor's Volunteer Service Award.

For more information about the Volunteer Recognition Program, please contact United Way Volunteer Center Coordinator Alane Coore by phone at: 542-1110 or by email at: alane@unitedwayofchathamcounty.
Help is available for ACA (Affordable Care Act health exchange insurance), Medicaid Managed Care enrollment and Medicare. Our Outreach & Enrollment Coordinators (Chastity Lindsey in Moncure and Karen Frazier in Siler City) are working with the community on these 3 insurance products full time during Open Enrollment. If anyone needs help, a person can make a one-on-one appointment with them. Chastity’s # is (919) 542-4991 and Karen’s # is (919) 663-1744.
For ACA assistance: please bring documents to verify a person’s annual income, Drivers license or other government-issued photo ID.

For Medicare: Please bring a person’s Medicare Card and medication list to the FREE Enrollment session.

For Medicaid Managed Care, people have until December 13 to enroll in this program. If people do not enroll in this plan and identify the center where they receive their medical care, Medicaid will automatically enroll a person with a particular provider and insurance product. They will be able to change if it is not the correct location. As of this writing, Medicaid Managed Care will be implemented February 1, 2020.
For Medicaid Managed Care, Piedmont Health has signed contracts with all 5 insurance companies that will offer Medicaid Managed Care.
Our consultative services for different insurance products are FREE and a person does not need to be a patient at one of the Health Centers to receive advice and assistance.