George Anglin joined the Senior Community Services Employment Program (SCSEP) following several years of unemployment. Upon enrollment, Mr. Anglin expressed a willingness to do “anything” as long as it was work. During our assessments we learned that Mr. Anglin had a high mechanical aptitude. We identified UGA as a potential training site, but knew Mr. Anglin would need to obtain a GED in order to be hired as a permanent employee at UGA. When George learned this, he said that he would do what was needed to in order to succeed.
Mr. Anglin reached his employment and educational goals in a far shorter time than we thought possible. In eight months, Mr. Anglin prepared for and passed all sections of the GED. As he worked towards his GED, George impressed his coworkers and supervisors in the Preventive Maintenance Shop, Facilities Maintenance Division at UGA. The culmination of this dedication came in May 2013. On May 8th, George participated in Athens Technical College’s 2012-2013 GED Graduation Ceremony. On May 16th he attended the Finance and Administration Employee Recognition Ceremony, during which he was recognized as one of 16 Merit Award Finalists out of 103 nominations. George was selected from this group of finalists as the Newcomer’s Award recipient. The Newcomer’s award is presented to an employee who has shown initiative, reliability and dedication to the University. (Nominees all have less than two years of service at UGA).
We are so happy for George, and cannot thank everyone at UGA enough for the training, support and opportunities they have provided him. We are proud to partner with UGA and all of the non-profit and governmental agencies that train SCSEP participants.
Happy Friday and Happy Older Americans Month!!
Written and submitted by Carol Ann Adams, SCSEP Program Director.
Caregivers are extremely important people within our community who a do a thankless job for their loved ones or in their job. The Northeast Georgia Care-Net is currently seeking nomination for the Georgia Caregiver of the Year Awards. Nominations will be taken in several areas of caregivers including the Family Caregiver Award, Para-Professional Caregiver Award, and Volunteer Caregiver Award. If you know someone (and we all do) who deserves this recognition, please nominate them today. CLICK HERE FOR THE 2013 NEGA CARE-NET Nomination and Criteria Form for Caregiver of the Year. The deadline to submit regional nominations is Tuesday, July 9, 2013 and should be submitted to:
Attn: Michele Kelley
305 Research Drive
Athens, GA 30605
Every year since 1963, May has been the month to appreciate and celebrate the vitality and aspirations of older adults and their contributions and achievements. It is a proud tradition that shows our nation’s commitment to honor the value that elders continue to contribute to our communities.
This year’s Older Americans Month theme—“Unleash the Power of Age!”—emphasizes the important role of older adults. This May, communities across the nation will recognize older Americans as productive, active, and influential members of society. Older Americans Month celebrations will acknowledge the value that older adults continue to bring to our communities by making an effort to applaud recent achievements of local elders and inviting them to share the activities they do to unleash the power of age.
While Athens Community Council on Aging provides services, support, and resources to older adults year-round, Older Americans Month is a great opportunity to show special appreciation! We will continue to provide opportunities for elders to come together and share their experiences with one another, as well as with individuals of other generations.
Athens Community Council on Aging wants to celebrate the Northeast Georgia older adults that have impacted you. If you have a special story about an older adult who has made a huge contribution to you, please share it with me. We would like to feature them throughout the rest of the month on our website and Facebook page. You can email me a brief 100 word or less story and photo to email@example.com for us to share this Older Americans Month.
The Athens Community Council on Aging (ACCA) would like to congratulate Paige Tidwell on her recent recognition from the University of Georgia as the 2013 School of Social Work BSW Field Instructor of the Year. Maurice C. Daniels, dean and professor at the college, stated the award was given to Tidwell for her “commitment to the School of Social Work and the University of Georgia is greatly appreciated and we would like to publicly recognize you for your achievements and support.”
Tidwell holds a Bachelor (2007) and Masters (2008) of Social Work from the University of Georgia and is currently the program director for the Grandparents Raising Grandchildren program at ACCA. Each semester she engages students from the School of Social Work into her program for real field experience. Tidwell initiated a summer food program during the summer of 2012 providing 4,620 meals to grandfamilies in six Northeast Georgia counties. You can read the whole article in the Athens Banner-Herald by clicking HERE.
From L to R; Sunita Singh (LEAD mentor), Sarah Freeman, Jarrod Prickett, KaDee Holt, Erin Podvin, and Jeff Brown
On Thursday, April 11, KaDee Holt, Director of Marketing and Communications at ACCA graduated from the 2013 LEAD Athens program. The class is divided into teams of 5 people and each team is responsible for identifying a need in the community and implementing a project that addresses that need. KaDee’s team started READ Athens (CLICK HERE) which is installing Little Free Libraries throughout Athens to promote the illiteracy issues and to provide books to the general public. READ Athens won the Best Project and the Best Video (CLICK HERE) award and KaDee and Erin Barger tied for LEAD Actress. LEAD Actress is given to one female (in this case, two females) and one male in the class that best demonstrate the pillars of the program which are leadership, education, awareness and development and the award is voted on by the leadership class. For more pictures of the graduation by Blane Marable at OnlineAthens.com, CLICK HERE.
LEAD Athens was started in 1982 with the mission to develop effective leaders committed to building a vibrant community. The vision of LEAD Athens is to become the premier community leadership program inspiring leaders to exceed both their individual and collective potential. Through Leadership, Education, Awareness and Development, participants are heavily immersed in community issues including but not limited to economic development, health and human services, education and local and state government. Team building, problem solving and decision making are also part of the program which yields a class of leaders ready to LEAD Athens. The program is sponsored by the Athens Area Chamber of Commerce.
Photo Courtesy Stephanie Bergamo
Athens Community Council on Aging recently had some of David Berle’s Horticulture 2000 class participants come out to the ACCA Community Gardens to get in some mandatory community volunteer hours. The latest project involved planting tomatoes, driving t-posts into the ground for securing the tomato cages with bamboo poles, planting petunias, and watering. We think UGA football stars Todd Gurley and Quayvon Hicks along with Thomas Hennessey and Dylan Orr had the job under control. Thanks so much for coming out to work in our community garden. All of the produce from our garden will go to the ACCA clients. Last year over 277 pounds of fresh produce came out of our community gardens for the ACCA clients. Thanks so much for all of your hard work. We couldn’t do it without the community members that come out and volunteer with us! Thanks to Stephanie Bergamo from the Athens Land Trust for taking the pictures and providing the update to us.
Photo courtesy of OnlineAthens.com
Yesterday was a great celebration of living well and aging well. We had over 200 people come out to the Athens Country Club for our annual Ms. Senior Athens Celebration. 14 of the Northeast Georgia’s best women were celebrated. ACCA would like to congratulate Fay Davis as she was crowned the new Ms. Senior Athens. We would also like to congratulate Louise Davis, Annette Barfield People’s Choice Winner; Debra Simpkins, 1st Runner Up; and Mary Thrasher, 2nd Runner Up.
We were thrilled with the response and so happy to have a successful fundraiser thanks to the community that we serve. Check out today’s article in the Athens Banner-Herald HERE and check back often for the specific amounts that we raised!
CLICK HERE to see if you were “Spotted” at the event.
This past Monday night, some of Athens finest agencies and community leaders got together to thank many volunteers for their efforts in our community. ACCA had 4 volunteers that were nominated for awards… those nominated for volunteer of the year included Tapley Bennett (Meals on Wheels), Lew Frazer (Senior Corps), and Dr. Joan Berryman (Ombudsman). In addition, Madeline Van Dyck (Athens Area Village) was nominated for the Lifetime Achievement Award. It was great for all of these volunteers to get recognition for the jobs they do even though they don’t do them for the recognition. ACCA wouldn’t be where it is today without our wonderful volunteers and we want to thank you all!
ACCA would also like to congratulate Tapley for winning the Athens Volunteer of the Year award for her work with the Meals on Wheels program. Congratulations Tapley from everyone at ACCA!!
Were you “spotted” at the event? See all of the photos HERE.