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CCF in the News

As an active part of the Lewisville Clemmons Community, the following articles highlight the Clemmons Community Foundation in the news. If you would like any additional information regarding our work in the community, our logo, or our logo print guidelines, please contact the foundation's President and CEO, Sandi Scannelli.

Yadkin County Schools' teachers recognized

Yadkin County Schools' teachers recognized

This week, with thanks to Indera Mills Co. and Yadkin County’s COVID-19 Response Team, every public school teacher in Yadkin County will receive a face mask with the Yadkin County Schools’ logo.

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May 6, 2020
First round of COVID-19 grants awarded

First round of COVID-19 grants awarded

Nearly $10,000 has been awarded to organizations in Clemmons-Lewisville and Yadkin County for emerging needs due to the impact of COVID-19.

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May 5, 2020
Clemmons Feeds Clemmons — and beyond

Clemmons Feeds Clemmons — and beyond

A resident-led initiative is assisting neighbors and supporting locally owned restaurants.

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April 30, 2020
Help for local small businesses, nonprofits and self-employed

Help for local small businesses, nonprofits and self-employed

Together with the Forsyth Tech Small Business Center and the Lewisville-Clemmons Chamber of Commerce, we've put together a team of business professionals from a variety of fields, as well as Small Business mentors, to offer assistance navigating COVID-19 resources.

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April 22, 2020
Foundation awards more than $80,000 in community grants

Foundation awards more than $80,000 in community grants

$82,709 in grants have been awarded to twelve nonprofit organizations through the foundation's recent community grant awards cycle.

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April 7, 2020
COVID-19 Local Response Funds established

COVID-19 Local Response Funds established

We value our nonprofit community and the work they do every day. We also understand that the impact of the pandemic is hitting hard. We have established two COVID-19 local response funds to help the communities we serve – a fund serving Clemmons and Lewisville and a fund serving Yadkin County.

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March 17, 2020

Grantees in the News

A collection of news articles and features that show the work of our community’s non-profits that are collaborating with the Clemmons Community Foundation and making a difference.

Senior Services’ Help Line Reminds the Community that Help is Here

by Stephanie Ntim, Senior Services Staff Writer

The Senior Services’ Help Line helps to meet the needs of an aging and more diverse Forsyth County, by identifying community resources to support seniors and their loved ones as they move through their daily lives. The Help Line service is a direct community resource that provides information and referrals to older adults in the Forsyth County area, their caregivers, and professionals.

For the past 32 years, individuals in Forsyth County have contacted the Help Line to seek assistance and information from Aging Resource specialists. The staff has grown – in part to a grant from the Clemmons Community Foundation - to three full-time specialists dedicated to connecting users to various human service agencies and organizations in Forsyth County. In addition, Help Line publishes the Senior Services’ Directory of Services for Older Adults in Forsyth County, a print and online guide to local resources in the Forsyth County community.  In the 20th edition residents will find organizations and resources listed that specialize in transportation, personal care, meals, nutrition programs, long-term care facilities, home repair services and more.

Aging Resource specialists help users understand eligibility and coverage for Medicare and Medicaid, explore options to help seniors stay in their home for as long as possible, and identify resources to solve challenges and answer questions related to aging for older adults and their caregivers. As the coronavirus pandemic continues to significantly impact Forsyth County communities, the Help Line also connects users to COVID-19 resources as they become available.

As communities all over the United States first grappled with one of the largest public health crises in history, here in Forsyth County, the Senior Services Help Line was already in place, prepared to assist seniors in finding answers to many of the common questions related to the pandemic.  Even though Senior Services closed their building to the public in March when North Carolina Governor, Roy Cooper, issued shelter in place orders to prevent community spread of COVID-19, The Help Line staff continued to be there for the community. “Our staff didn’t miss a beat,” said Sandra Rinaldi, vice president of Aging Resources at Senior Services.  “We seamlessly transitioned to remote work and continued to be fully operational and address user’s concerns.”

As the pandemic has evolved, so has the type of questions asked by individuals in Forsyth County. Rinaldi mentioned that her staff had received calls asking where to acquire masks and contact health professionals for medical advice. With many community members battling nutritional disparities, the Help Line staff also continued to connect seniors to food pantries and the Senior Services Meals-on-Wheels program.

The impact of Senior Services’ Help Lines goes beyond what one might expect of a direct service line. The service is essential to helping seniors maintain their independence to live at home, and age as they choose, as long as possible. “The service allows our aging resource specialist to identify the caller’s needs through a comprehensive assessment, which in turn gives them the ability to connect callers to programs/agencies that help address their current concern and assist in exploring future options,” said Rinaldi.

The Senior Services Help Line Satisfaction Survey shows that users are responding positively to the service. 100% of those surveyed reported getting a timely response, helpful information, and either agreed or strongly agreed that they would use the Senior Services’ Help Line again if needed. One user said, “I reached out to several organizations. Senior Services was the only organization to provide me with a two-page list of resources. The other two gave me one response each.” The Senior Services Help Line remains committed to offering needed resources to the aging population of Forsyth County. It is important to note the Help Line is a resource and referral service and not a crisis line, in the event of an emergency you should call 911 or another appropriate urgent response agency. Help Line Specialists respond to inquiries Monday thru Friday, 8am – 5pm and while you will be directed to leave a detailed message when you first call the Help Line, the team will return your call within one to two business day to offer assistance.

For assistance from the Senior Services Help Line, individuals may call 336.724.2040, email Help Line at helpline@seniorservicesinc.org; or request help here, https://www.seniorservicesinc.org/ask-for-help/. And for more information on Senior Services operational updates related to Coronavirus, visit: https://www.seniorservicesinc.org/coronavirus-recommendations/.

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Clemmons Feeds Clemmons distributes gift cards to individuals and families in need

Clemmons Feeds Clemmons is a resident-led initiative that will help support our independent, locally owned restaurants in western Forsyth and Davidson counties while also providing meals to our resident families that need it the most. Small businesses are the heart of our towns and will need as much support as we can provide in this difficult time. The foundation will be working to collect donations that will then be used to purchase gift cards to these restaurants.

For the first round of distribution, in May of 2020, the foundation partnered with Cancer Services and public school social workers of schools located in Clemmons and Lewisville to identify need. Seven eateries were supported with the purchase of 60 gift cards totaling $1,300. Individuals and families were donated gift cards that provided the equivalency of 119 meals.

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Lexi Scoggin: Clemmons and Lewisville's New Community Engagement Facilitator

Lexi Scoggin is hitting the ground running in her new position as community engagement facilitator in a grant-funded partnership between the Clemmons Community Foundation, the Interfaith Alliance, and Faith Health Innovations. She works closely with schools and faith organizations in the Clemmons-Lewisville area to establish community relationships in order to better meet the food, clothing, mentoring, and education needs in the area.

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