Volunteer with Seniors!

In addition to our previous opportunities, we now have additional volunteering needs with seniors!

We are looking for someone strong to help a senior to move boxes from one room to another. It should be about 2-3 hours.

Keep checking in to see our volunteer opportunities!

National Council on Aging (NCOA) Call-In Day to protect Medicaid on June 14th & Wisconsin Call-In Day June 15th!

From: Janet Zander, Advocacy & Public Policy Coordinator, Greater WI Agency on Aging Resources, Inc.

Despite earlier reports of U.S. Senators having difficulty getting agreement on their plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), our national advocacy partners are telling us the U.S. Senate is now preparing to fast-track their version of the American Health Care Act (AHCA). Last week, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell implemented a rule allowing the House-passed AHCA to bypass committee discussion and go directly on to the Senate calendar for a vote once the Senate’s revised version is complete.  The latest reports indicate the Senate bill is nearing completion and will soon be sent to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) for evaluation which is expected to take approximately two weeks.  Details of the plan are not expected to be released to the public during this time. The U.S. Senate is hoping to vote on their draft healthcare bill before Congress recesses for the July 4th holiday.

 

Though specific details of the Senate version of the AHCA are not available, we are hearing the Senate intends to keep 80% of the House plan, including substantial cuts to Medicaid.

The CBO evaluation of the House-passed AHCA indicated the proposal would make massive cuts in Medicaid ($834 billion) and cover 14 million fewer people.  The AHCA shifts Medicaid from a federal/state funding partnership to a per capita or block grant structure with capped payments to states and a 25% cut in funding over 10 years. The President’s FY 2018 budget proposes to cut an additional $610 billion from Medicaid benefits creating a combined cut of over $1.4 trillion (45%) over the next 10 years. The impact of these devastating cuts threatens Medicaid programs in Wisconsin such as SeniorCare, Family Care, and IRIS and could result in changes in eligibility and covered services, cuts in service or the reinstatement of waiting lists and/or reductions in provider rates further harming Wisconsin’s long-term care service providers and the people they support.  For more information see the revised Wisconsin Aging Advocacy Network ACA/AHCA Update attached.

Medicaid is the primary payer for long-term services and supports. Approximately two-thirds of Medicaid funding in Wisconsin and nationally is used to provide needed services and supports to low-income older adults and people with disabilities. Contact Senator Tammy Baldwin and Senator Ron Johnson to let them know the American Health Care Act (AHCA) is not good for Wisconsin and ask them to vote NO on the AHCA that cuts Medicaid. 

Below are two options for making calls to Wisconsin’s U.S. Senators. 

1.) The National Council on Aging (NCOA) is offering a toll-free number to connect you with Senators Baldwin and Johnson on Wednesday, June 14th.   See details listed in email  #1 below. 

2.) The Survival Coalition of Wisconsin Disability Organizations is promoting a Wisconsin Call-In Day on Thursday, June 15th. Additional information, phone numbers and a link to Medicaid enrollment data by Wisconsin Congressional district can be found in email #2 below.

Please choose one of these options/dates and make your calls before it is too late!

 

Email #1:

Senate Republicans are trying to fast-track a health care repeal bill that would devastate Medicaid, which 6.9 million seniors rely on.

Medicaid pays for over 60% of the nation’s long-term care costs, and the bill would result in large cuts to optional home and community-based services that help keep people independent and out of institutions.

Call your Senators on Wednesday, June 14 and tell them to vote NO on Medicaid cuts and caps: 1-866-426-2631.

Last month, the House passed a bill that would cut Medicaid by nearly $800 billion and cap payments to states. The Senate is now looking to keep 80% of the House plan, including the Medicaid provisions.

Protect Medicaid! Join us on Wednesday, June 14. Tell your Senators to vote NO on Medicaid cuts and caps: 1-866-426-2631.
Your voice can make a difference!

 Howard Bedlin, Vice President, Public Policy & Advocacy 
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Email #2:

Members of the U.S. Senate are working behind closed doors on their own version of American Health Care Act (AHCA).   The U.S. Senate is preparing to vote on the AHCA within the next two weeks. There is a lot at stake for Wisconsin in this vote. The AHCA cuts federal Medicaid funding by 25% over 10 years and eliminates key health care protections for children and adults with disabilitiesEstimates indicate Wisconsin could lose $1 billion in funding and put many essential programs and supports for children/adults with disabilities and seniors at risk.

 

There have been no public hearings held on these major proposed changes. Join us on June 15 to let the Senate know that Wisconsinites don’t support the AHCA.  

These significant cuts to Medicaid mean cuts to Wisconsin programs like Family Care, IRIS, the Children’s waiver, BadgerCare, mental health programs like CCS, Katie Beckett, autism services, therapies like OT, PT and Speech, personal care, supports provided in schools and even Aging and Disability Resource Centers. Many of these are “optional services” in Medicaid and are at significant risk of being cut or eliminated.

 

The Senate is also debating:

  • Even bigger cuts to Medicaid
  • Weakening protections for people with disabilities and other pre-existing conditions by allowing states to charge them more for health care.
  • Allowing states to stop providing Essential Health Benefits like habilitative/rehabilitative services and devices; mental health services and prescription drug coverage.

 

On June 15, join us in doing these four things:

  1. Call Senators Ron Johnson (202-224-5323) and Tammy Baldwin (202-224-5653) and Ask them to vote NO on the American Health Care act because it:
  2. Includes devastating cuts to Medicaid that will mean cuts to Wisconsin programs that children and adults with disabilities need.
  3. Weakens protections for people with disabilities and other pre-existing conditions by allowing states to charge them more for health care.
  4. Allows states to stop providing Essential Health Benefits like habilitative/rehabilitative services and devices; mental health services and prescription drugs
  5. Is being debated behind closed doors with no public input.

 

  1. Call Governor Walker: 608-266-1212 and tell him the AHCA will hurt Wisconsinites.

 

  1. Call your local radio/TV stations and ask to be interviewed about how the health care reform bill hurts children and adults with disabilities.

 

  1. Tell two of your friends what cuts to Medicaid would mean for you and your family. Ask them to call their two U.S. Senators!

Information on Medicaid enrollment in your Congressional District can be found here: http://www.survivalcoalitionwi.org/index.php/2017/updates/results-and-stories-from-survival-coalitions-am-i-impacted-by-medicaid-survey/

Volunteer Opportunity with Seniors!

We are looking for volunteers to help with packing, shopping for a car and moving a couch.

We have a client who needs to buy a new car, something inexpensive and efficient and we are looking for someone who knows cars to help with this process.

In addition, we need lots of help packing, and also help moving a couch.

If you are able to help, please contact Maya Garbuz


Be sure to keep checking our blog for further Volunteer Opportunity Updates!

Volunteer Opportunities for Refugee Resettlement

We are pleased to announce that we have set the dates and times for refugee resettlement volunteer orientations for the rest of the summer. Please do your best to come to one of them if you didn’t make either of the first two in April. As of September 1, all resettlement volunteers will need to have attended an orientation. We want to give everyone ample options to get to one. These will be held at our office at 6434 Enterprise Lane and snacks will be provided. Here are the upcoming dates:
  • Volunteer orientations: 
    –         May 22nd, 9:30am – 11:30am
    –         June 22nd, 5:30pm – 7:30pm
    –         July 19th, 9:30am – 11:30am
    –         August 21st, 5:30pm – 7:30pm
    All of these will take place in the JSS conference room and snacks will be provided.
    RSVP to Becca
  • Donate to the newly arrived families. See this link for current needs: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090445aca92aabfb6-jssrefugeeasylee.You can also use this link to donate toward helping pay two months of rent for each family. The JSS team and board have decided that we want to raise these funds to help the families a bit longer while they get acclimated.As part of this, we plan to cover two months rent for each refugee family that we resettle. The donations that we receive from the community will help us to reach our goals.
  • Advocate for Refugees by calling your senators and representatives to show your support for the federal refugee program. See details here “How to Stand Up and Fight Back for Refugees”.

Latest Volunteer Opportunities!

Here are some volunteer opportunities working with older adults that JSS really needs right now:

  • Small plumbing task (taking a nozzle off the bath tub)
  • Someone tax-savvy to help with some tax questions and direct the senior on where to get help with taxes
  • Working with a senior on planning, cooking and organizing meals, so that all she needs is to microwave them when she needs to eat.
  • Taking a senior to a bookstore

Keep an eye out, there will be more coming soon!

Volunteer Opportunities: Refugee Resettlement Program

Many people have been asking, “How can I  help?” We’ve put together a list of opportunities that will really have a significant impact on the lives of our new community members. Please take a look and contact Becca or Paul if you can help us.

We have four families in Madison already, and it now looks like there will be more on the way.With the newest executive order on hold, the State Department is actually picking up the pace of moving refugees to the United States. We need your help to be ready.

Transportation Management Volunteer Lead – help schedule rides and lessons about biking, bussing and walking in Madison

 

Housing Volunteer Lead – help to find affordable, safe apartments with access to public transportation and services

 

Employment/Education Volunteer Lead – help our families to find appropriate employment and education for long-term success

 

Please don’t forget that we still need you to advocate for refugees:

Call your legislators and let them know that you support refugee program and oppose the executive orders banning refugees. Go to www.rcusa.org/advocate-now  for information of how to advocate.

Thank you to everyone working with JSS and the new families and for making them feel welcome.

New Volunteer Opportunities!

Here are some volunteer opportunities working with older adults that JSS really needs right now:

  • Hanging pictures
  • Hanging shelves
  • Fixing a shower
  • Light cleaning
  • Friendly visitors, someone to play some games with, go for a walk
  • Help with organizing paperwork, paying bills
  • Help with figuring out iPhone and downloading pictures
  • Small house repairs

Current Volunteer Opportunities

CURRENT VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES  
Contact Paul Borowsky at 608-278-4083 or pborowsky@jssmadison.org
We are currently seeking volunteers in the following areas. Don’t see what you were looking for? Contact us and we will try and find that perfect fit!

Bikur Cholim/Friendly Visitor – Visitors make brief visits, does not have to be on a regular basis but can be when convenient for you.

Youth Volunteering, Youth Group Projects, and B’nai Mitzvah Projects – Come talk to us about doing a Bar or Bat Mitzvah project with Jewish Social Services. There are also opportunities for older youth and youth group to volunteer and contribute to the community, develop new skills, and have fun.
Double your Volunteering Mitzvah – Check with your human resources department to see if your company has a policy of matching employees’ community volunteer hours with a monetary donation to the agency for whom the employee volunteers.
Refugee Resettlement Volunteers – Our Refugee Resettlement program relies heavily on volunteers. For more information, see this list of Refugee Resettlement Volunteer Needs.

Menorah Delivery Volunteers Needed!

Menorah Delivery for Hanukkah – Celebrate the Festival of Lights by bringing some light to seniors in nursing homes and assisted living facilities. Volunteers deliver and set up electric menorahs, return once or twice to “light” the candles and pick up the menorah at the end of the holiday. Have a little visit and share the holiday! The first candle is December 24th, 2016. To sign up, contact Jewish Social Services at 608-278-1808, or at office@jssmadison.org by December 15 or submit a volunteer application listing the names and ages of all participants.