Adoption is a Family Matter!
Virginia One Church- One Child advocates the recruitment of African-American families for Adoption Grants. Please contact for Sis. Charlene White at (804) 440-5090 if interested in participating or go to their website: www.vaonechurchonechild.org. Presently, there are approximately 1,362 Afro-American, children who are awaiting placement with wholesome families in Virginia. Parents (through adoption) are desperately needed ASAP.
I AM A 21st CENTURY LEADER PROGRAM PROVIDES TUTORING & LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT
AN INNOVATIVE, PEPRSONALIZED LEARNING, & YOUTH LEADERSHIP PROGRAM
FOCUSING ON MATH, LANGUAGE ARTS, ENGLISH, SOCIAL STUDIES, SCIENCE, WORLD LANGUAGES, SOL, SAT/ACT/ASVAB,
& GED PREPARATION
MISSION: I Am a 21st Centure Leader Program is a program sponsored by Empowering the Poor, a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering poor communities to self-reliance through education, healthcare, and micro loans programs in the United States and around the world. The mission of the I Am a 21st Century Leader Program is to enhance the academic achievement and leadership skills of all students attending the local 1st through 12th grades by providing special emphasis on empowering economically disadvantaged students and their parents to become accountable for learning and long-term academic successes by matching students, parents with caring teachers to:
Remediate academic gaps and help student to master concepts taught at their current grade levels;
Teach independent study skills and test-taking strategies;
Provide assistance with homework completion;
Increase the literacy skills of students with limited English proficiency; and
Prepare students to pass the SOLS, SAT/ACT. ASVAB, and GED tests.
The program's aim is "to help students understand what is means and takes to become a leader in today's 21st century global village, while promoting perssonal and community responsibility." The leadership aspect of the program's audience is limited to 9th - 12th grade students and provides leadership activities that inlcude local and global service-learning projects, field trips, college tours, etc.
To seek assistance, obtain more information, or donate to this very worthwhile program, please contact Darius Coulibaly, Program Founder & Chief Executive Servant at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To donate to this very worthwhile cause, you may donate online at www.empoweringthepoor.org or mail your tax-deductible donation to:
EMPOWERING THE POOR
P O BOX 42031
FREDERICKSBURG VA 22404
SEPTEMBER IS PROSTRATE CANCER AWARENESS MONTH
INDUSTRY NEWS-Shared by the BBC:
Research out of England suggests a regular diet of tomatoes will reduce the risk of prostate cancer in men.
Exciting research was announced on Wednesday, suggesting that a regular diet of tomatoes may help in the fight to lower the risk of prostate cancer in men. A study out of the United Kingdom (UK) says that men who consume at least 10 portions of tomatoes in their diet each week reduce their risk for prostate cancer by nearly 20 percent.
Worldwide, prostate cancer is the second most common cancer among males. In the UK, there are around 35,000 new cases and nearly 10,000 deaths each year. Nutrition and cancer experts believe that a high-salt/high-fat Westernized diet is linked to the higher prostate cancer rate in developed countries like the UK and the United States. To lower the risk of cancer, health and nutrition experts state that a diet low in fat, salt, and processed and red meats and high in vegetables and fruits, including tomatoes may help.
Researchers from the Universities of Cambridge, Oxford, and Bristol studied the diets of 12,005 men without cancer and 1,806 men with prostate cancer between the age of 50 and 69. By following the diet and lifestyle of the 20,000 men, researchers were able to determine that a weekly diet that included 10 portions of tomatoes, along with other fruits and vegetables reduced the cancer risk in the cancer free men in the study.
To read the full story, visit the BBC's website.
TAX RELIEF FOR SPOTSYLVANIA SENIORS
Spotsylvania County provides an exemption of taxes on real property for the elderly and/or totally disabled persons.
GENERAL INFORMATION If you are disabled, one letter from Social Security or one letter from two separate doctors has to be provided at the time of application stating the total disability and the date the applicant was declared disabled. The disability date has to be before January 1 of the tax year. The disability statements only need to be provided if you are a first time applicant and are not over sixty-five (65) years old. The exemption is for the dwelling and up to one (1) acre of land. Applicants are required to own and occupy the property currently and before January 1 of the current tax year for which the exemption is applied. An exemption may be given for the prior tax year if the applicant meets the qualifications and an application is submitted before the March 1 deadline anniversary date. The prior year gross income and net worth totals are used to determine if the applicant qualifies. A maximum amount of up to $1,200 in taxes may be exempted.
The exemption is granted on an annual basis and a renewal application has to be filed each year.
1) All information on the application is confidential and not open to public inspection.
2) Current exempted taxes are due upon the sale of the exempted property and/or death of the applicant if there is no surviving qualifying co-applicant, or if the applicant(s) no longer resides on the exempted property for any reasons other than occupying a nursing home/hospital.
Age 65 years or older or totally disabled before January 1st
Income of $50,000 or less
Net worth less than $200,000 (excluding home and up to 10 acres)
Reside in Spotsylvania County at the exempted home
Application forms are available at: http://www.spotsylvania.va.us/content/2614/147/2740/165/713/722.aspx
TIPS FOR FAMILIES
Providing Additional Funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program. Under the law, states will receive two more years of funding to continue coverage for children not eligible for Medicaid.
If your children need health coverage, they may be eligible for the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP). If they qualify, you won't need to buy a Marketplace plan to cover them.
CHIP provides low-cost health coverage to children in families that earn too much money to qualify for Medicaid. In some states, CHIP covers parents and pregnant women. Each state offers CHIP coverage, and works closely with its state Medicaid program.
The benefits covered through CHIP are different in each state, but all states provide comprehensive coverage, including:
Dental and vision care
Inpatient and outpatient hospital care
Laboratory and X-ray services
States may choose to provide additional CHIP benefits. Check with your state for more information about covered services.
Routine "well child" doctor and dental visits are provided free of charge. But there may be copayments for certain other services. Some states charge a monthly premium for coverage. The costs you'll have to pay are different in each state, but you can't be asked to pay more than 5% of your family's income for the year.
Each state program has its own rules about who qualifies for CHIP. There are 2 ways to see if your children qualify:
Visit www.insurekidsnow.gov, or call 1-877-543-7669.
Fill out the Marketplace application when enrollment opens October 1, 2013. When you finish this application, we'll tell you which programs you and your family qualify for. If it looks like anyone is eligible for CHIP, we'll let the CHIP agency know so that your coverage can start right away.