Archive for January 2009

Free Tax Assistance

Cortney

Cortney

NESCO is offering free tax assistance to those that qualify. If your income is below $25,000 per year, Liberty Tax can assist at no charge. If your income falls between $25,001-$50,000 the charge is $50. If your income is $50,001 and over then the charge is $100. To qualify you must be age 60 and over and be able to attend 2 scheduled appointments. The first appointment is to present the preparer with needed information and the second is your follow up appointment to go over your return and answer any questions. You will need to bring last year’s return, all retirement, pension and social security payments you have received, documentation regarding mortgage interest, and all medical, pharmacy and other co pays that you have paid out of pocket. To schedule your appointments, call NESCO at 243-5252. Also, AARP and St Paul’s church offers free tax assistance.

Are You Ready for the Switch to Digital?

The Digital Television Transition and Public Safety Act of 2005 requires full-power television stations to cease analog broadcasts and switch to digital after 17 February 2009. Digital broadcast television offers consumers a clearer picture, more programming choices and will free up the airwaves for better communications among emergency first responders and new telecommunications services.

Viewers of over-the-air television need to look at each analog set in their home that is not connected to cable, satellite or other pay television service and make a timely decision. They can connect their television to cable, satellite or pay television service; they can replace it with a digital TV; or they may keep it working with a TV converter box. For consumers choosing the converter box option, the TV Converter Box Coupon Program permits all households to request up to two coupons—each worth $40—toward the purchase of certified converter boxes. Coupons may be requested until 31 March 2009, or while supplies last, and only one coupon can be used to purchase each coupon-eligible converter box. Consumers can purchase a converter box at one of the more than 34,500 participating local, phone, or online retailers. Consumers will receive a list of eligible converter boxes and participating retailers with their coupons. Coupon applications can take 6-weeks to process and mail so consumers opting to purchase a converter box still have time, and should call stores before shopping to ensure the desired converter box is available. Converter boxes generally cost between $40 and $80 and coupons expire 90 days from the date they are mailed.

Households may apply for coupons online at www.DTV2009.gov, by phone at 1-888-DTV-2009 (1-888-388-2009), via fax at 1-877-DTV-4ME2 (1-877-388-4632) or by mail to P.O. Box 2000, Portland, OR 97208-2000. Deaf or hard of hearing callers may dial 1-877-530-2634 (English TTY) or 1-866-495-1161 (Spanish TTY). Nursing home residents may apply with the paper application available downloadable at www.DTV2009.gov.

For more information about the Coupon Program, visit www.DTV2009.gov and for questions about the DTV transition, go to www.dtv.gov or call 1-888-CALL-FCC.

La vida de las Personas de la Tercera Edad en los Estados Unidos.

Yolanda

Yolanda

Por Yolanda Salazar, Especialista de Diversidad Cultural.

Para la mayoría de las personas con las que trabajo, la vida en los Estados Unidos y sobretodo en Madison, es muy difícil.

En primer lugar han dejado sus lugares de origen, su historia, sus familiares y amigos, han tenido que cambiar muchas de sus costumbres y hasta su forma de vestir. Para mi son como pecesitos fuera del agua.

Sus hábitos alimenticios son cambiados también, pues no encuentran las materias primas ( semillas, especies, condimentos especiales) o no tienen para comprarlos.


El idioma y el clíma no ayuda en nada para que ellos se adapten a su nueva residencia, pues el invierno y la falta de comunicación empeora su condición. Es muy difícil para ellos aprender el Inglés y el clíma es muy diferente al que tienen los Países de Latin-América y algunos de ellos vienen de lugares tropicales o con clímas templados.


Ellos han venido siguiendo a sus hijos/as y nietos, pues quieren estar con ellos, pero el precio que pagan es mucho, pues muchas veces no tienen un cuarto para ellos y su privacidad se ve rota totalmente, o no reciben una atención adecuada en la que se les provea de lo más indispensable y de primera necesidad, como es una buena alimentación, cuidado médico o físico así como ropa adecuada y accesorios indispensables para sobrevivir al gélido invierno.


En en esta edad se necesita un lugar cómodo para vivir y mucha comprensión. Desgraciadamente las familias latinas están pasando por mucho estrés y mucha necesidad y a veces no es posible darles a nuestros seres queridos de la tercera edad, una vida digna y se ven seriamente afectados.


Para ayudarlos la North/Eastside Senior Coalition cuenta con personal bilingue. El programa latino ofrece actividades sociales, informativas y de salud, donde ellos pueden venir a compartir con otras personas de su edad y tener una vida más amable.


Si usted necesita información llame al 243-5252 y pida hablar con Rachel o con Yolanda.

2009 Membership

drew-for-webNESCO Friends, Family & Members

Lend me your ears. 2009 is here. It is now time for 2008 members to renew their membership for 2009. Many have already renewed, but we are hoping more people will join our group this year. There are many benefits offered for NESCO members:

  • Cartridge World—Receive 10% off ink refills
  • Culvers’—Receive a free cone or dish of custard with purchase of a cone or dish
  • Esquire Club—Receive a FREE dish of Schoeps flavor of the day ice cream with the purchase of lunch (11 am–2 pm)
  • Golden Times—delivered FREE-Highlights the monthly NESCO menu, activities calendar and programs, and features informative content each month. You can be kept inform of Summer Concerts and AppleFest.
  • Savidusky’s Fur & Leather Shop10% off all fur and leather cleaning charges

The categories of memberships are as follows:

  • $15 Regular Membership
  • $20 Household Membership
  • $25 Silver Membership
  • $50 Golden Membership
  • $100 Patron Membership

Periodically, members and donors are also mentioned in our Golden Times newsletter. If you wish to be a part of a great organization and kept informed of our many great services, pick up a membership form at our office or print one off our website.