<![CDATA[SHED - General News and Events]]>Sat, 28 Oct 2017 01:08:30 -0700Weebly<![CDATA[Free Tax Preparation Assistance and Much More!]]>Sat, 06 Feb 2016 23:53:55 GMThttp://shedvolunteers.org/general-news-and-events/free-tax-preparation-assistance-and-much-morePicture
This is the time of the year to begin thinking about income taxes. Many of us can use some help in interpreting the rules, determining what forms are needed, finding the required information and actually entering information into the many tiny boxes on the forms. SHED doesn’t have tax experts to provide such assistance but we can give you some tips on where the elderly and disabled can get free help with preparation of their tax returns.

Wherever you are located you can call 1 (800) 427-4626 to find the nearest AARP tax preparation service. Please note that AARP normally requires appointments. If you are in St. Louis County call the County Library headquarters at (314) 994-3300. They are working with AARP and the County Older Resident Program (CORP) to provide free tax preparation assistance at many library branches located throughout the County. The University City Public Library (314) 727-3150 also hosts tax preparation advisors. If you like to do your own tax preparation on your PC there are several free software services available (including TurboTax). Ask your librarian about those. Remember to be careful when using the free version of TurboTax or other services because at various points in the process they will encourage you to upgrade to a pay version.

As I was preparing this website post I could not help but notice that your public libraries were the most prominent sources for tax preparation assistance. But that’s not all: public libraries are gateways for a wide range of services that can make life easier and more enjoyable. Did you realize that some libraries can deliver reading materials to those who are housebound? That you can get a free health checkup at a library? For those who cannot read libraries have audio books and can help you arrange for you to have news from daily newspapers transmitted over the phone. If you like to read but have poor eyesight, libraries have books with large print. Would you like to make sure that you are receiving all of the Medicare or Medicaid benefits available to you? Yep, that’s right; the library can help with that too! All of these services are available through the St. Louis County and University City Public Libraries but all public libraries have programs to help you. Give them a call. You’ll find that the librarians are knowledgeable, patient and eager to help.

<![CDATA[Use This Guide to Find Out if You Qualify for Programs That Help Pay for Food]]>Wed, 12 Aug 2015 01:09:52 GMThttp://shedvolunteers.org/general-news-and-events/use-this-guide-to-find-out-if-you-qualify-for-programs-that-help-pay-for-foodPicture
The National Council on Aging (NCOA) has recently published a computer questionnaire and guide that will help the elderly determine if they can get help in paying for their food. This questionnaire is not difficult to complete but does require some specific information such as your income and assets. If you need help check with your local senior center, library or AARP chapter.

To access the questionnaire, click on the following Internet address https://www.benefitscheckup.org/cf/frmwelcome2.cfm?subset_id=62&partner_id=0&CFID=5732195&CFTOKEN=95241423

<![CDATA[AARP Presents Tips and a Checklist for Elders to Use in Creating a Comfortable, Safe, Accessible and Livable Home]]>Thu, 16 Jul 2015 03:34:43 GMThttp://shedvolunteers.org/general-news-and-events/aarp-presents-tips-and-a-checklist-for-elders-to-use-in-creating-a-comfortable-safe-accessible-and-livable-homeThe AARP believes that whatever its size, our home is our castle—the place of cherished memories and life experiences, and our refuge where we can be ourselves, relax, raise a family, or plant a garden. Unfortunately, all of us know that as we age our castle may still be dear to us but perhaps not so comfortable as it once was and minor inconveniences may have become safety hazards. AARP understands those challenges and has developed a comprehensive guide for the evaluation of your home so that you can determine if any changes are needed to insure that your home can continue to be your castle.

A representative from AARP Missouri will describe their guidebook and home assessment checklist at the Mid-County Branch of the St. Louis County Library at 10am on Thursday, July 23rd. The Mid-County Branch is located at 7821 Maryland Avenue (at the corner of Maryland and N. Central Avenue, just north of downtown Clayton). The phone number of the branch is 314 994-3300. Free parking is available under the Library building and there is an elevator to the Library lobby.
<![CDATA[Calling All University City Veterans and Active Duty Military Personnel! Register now for special recognition and benefits.]]>Sun, 08 Mar 2015 00:47:49 GMThttp://shedvolunteers.org/general-news-and-events/calling-all-university-city-veterans-and-active-duty-military-personnel-register-now-for-special-recognition-and-benefitsPicture
 A group of U City veterans who understand the contributions of those who serve in our armed forces have come together to seek ways to recognize and, if needed, assist veterans and active duty personnel who reside in University City. They have formed a committee within the Citizen's Volunteer Corps (CVC) that was established by the Mayor Shelley Welsch in 2014. This group is called Veterans Outreach for Information, Communication, and Entitlement Services (Voices for Vets).

Currently Voices for Vets is engaged in four activities: 1)building a list, or registry, of veterans and active duty personnel, 2)collecting the Internet addresses of organizations that offer benefits to veterans, 3)developing the capability to link those who need assistance with organizations offering benefits and 4)working to enhance existing public monuments and other recognitions of our service women and men.

We hope all veterans and active duty personnel will contact us either as applicants for assistance or as volunteers to help with our efforts. Please call Lieutenant Delores McCrea at (314) 652-7932 or Service Officer Rufus Shannon at (314)
437-4769 and don't forget to give us your ideas about the kinds of assistance that are needed and ways to improve public recognition.

<![CDATA[Do You Sometimes Feel Like Your Money Is Flying Away?]]>Fri, 06 Feb 2015 01:17:51 GMThttp://shedvolunteers.org/general-news-and-events/do-you-sometimes-feel-like-your-money-is-flying-awayPicture
Here's a chance to learn how to better manage your money. The Citizen Volunteer Corps of University City will offer a free five-part series that will show you how to create a practical budget, save some of your income, use banks and build your credit.

The weekly meetings will
be held at the Heman Park Community Center starting on Saturday March 14th. The meeting leaders are very knowledgeable and concerned. They will use down-to-earth language and real-life examples that you can immediately put to
use. See below for details and contact information.



For more information:

Bob Baglan
baglrj@sbcglobal.net or (314) 726-5248


<![CDATA[Local Health, Eye and Dental Care for Persons in Difficult Financial Situations]]>Mon, 06 Oct 2014 18:07:18 GMThttp://shedvolunteers.org/general-news-and-events/local-health-eye-and-dental-care-for-persons-in-difficult-financial-situationsPicture
St. Louis County operates three health centers, one in Berkeley at 314 615-0500, one in Pine Lawn at 314 679-7800 and a third in Sunset Hills at 314 615-0400. According to the St. Louis County Health Department website:

“Anyone is welcome in our health centers, regardless of ability to pay. The facilities accept many major types of insurance, including Medicare and Medicaid, and for Saint Louis County residents without health insurance, we offer a sliding fee scale based on several criteria (please call one of the health centers for more information).”

Please note that St. Louis City has a network of similar health centers. The City Health Department phone number is 314 612-5100.

<![CDATA[Lutheran Family Services Can Help Elders Evaluate Needs, Identify Resources and Determine Eligibility for Benefits]]>Tue, 02 Sep 2014 19:45:22 GMThttp://shedvolunteers.org/general-news-and-events/lutheran-family-services-can-help-elders-evaluate-needs-identify-resources-and-determine-eligibility-for-benefits
Lutheran Family Services has announced the availability of case management services to help the elderly and/or their families in evaluating needs, determining the availability of resources and planning for the future. If needed, the services may include provision of advocacy on behalf of the client.

The announcement, which includes more information on eligibility and benefits, is shown below:


Grant Funding for Older Adult Case Management   Lutheran Senior Services Outreach Social Services currently has funding through the Daughters of Charity Foundation of St. Louis to provide free case management for older adults 65 years and older with annual incomes of less than $15,000 in St. Louis city and county as well as St. Charles and Jefferson counties.

    Case Management services may include:

  1. In-home assessment of their environment, personal situation, and other areas of concern including home safety
  2. Determining wants and needs and linking the individual to community services and agencies that can offer help and support
  3. Determining eligibility for VA, Medicaid, and other  benefits
  4. Assisting with the application process for these benefits including phone calls to providers, procurement of supporting documentation and completion of forms
  5. Securing additional services and obtaining equipment
  6. Providing advocacy on behalf of the client
  7. Assistance with finding affordable housing or other alternative living arrangements

      Please call Lutheran Senior Services Aging Answers Line at 314.446.2475 to find out more about this service. 

<![CDATA[September 01st, 2014]]>Tue, 02 Sep 2014 00:14:19 GMThttp://shedvolunteers.org/general-news-and-events/september-01st-2014Picture
Did you know - The University City Library can deliver books to your home?

Call 314 727-3150 and ask to speak to someone about Home Service! You may qualify for this terrific service.

<![CDATA[Behind on Your House Payments? Facing Foreclosure? Here's a Way to Get Help]]>Fri, 11 Jul 2014 00:03:37 GMThttp://shedvolunteers.org/general-news-and-events/behind-on-your-house-payments-facing-foreclosure-heres-a-way-to-get-helpThe U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) provides free or low-cost housing counseling. These professionals can help you understand your options, evaluate your finances and even represent you in your negotiations with lenders. To find a HUD-approved counselor call (800) 569-4287 or TTY (800) 877-8339.
<![CDATA[The University City Public Library Can Help You Learn How to Use a Computer and Access the Internet]]>Fri, 25 Oct 2013 22:56:15 GMThttp://shedvolunteers.org/general-news-and-events/the-university-city-public-library-can-help-you-learn-how-to-use-a-computer-and-access-the-internetThe University City Public Library offers four computer classes at no cost. They are:
  1. Introduction to Computers - Learn the parts of the computer and how to use the mouse.
  2. Introduction to the Internet - Learn how to access the Internet and find information using search engines.
  3. Web E-Mail Accounts - Sign up for a free e-mail account and learn the basics of sending and receiving e-mail.
  4. Introduction to Word 2007 - Learn the basics of this popular word processing system including how to create and modify letters and other documents.
If you have questions on other topics or need help with a specific computer problem just drop in and ask! Library staff can help with job searching, resume preparation, advanced software and other issues.

The library is located at 6701 Delmar Boulevard and their phone number is 314-727-3150.]]>