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Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)
The VITA Program offers free tax help to low-and moderate-income taxpayers with a focus on those 60 and older. IRS-certified volunteers provide free, basic income tax return preparation with electronic filing to qualified individuals in New Hanover County. Volunteers are able to inform taxpayers about special tax credits, such as Earned Income Tax Credit, Child Tax Credit, and Credit for the Elderly or the Disabled.
Please call the Senior Resource Center at 798-6406 or 798-6407 with questions.
When coming to the Senior Resource Center to get your taxes done, the line forms at the front door by 8 a.m., Monday through Friday, to receive a time slot for that day only, so please plan accordingly.
If utilizing this service, taxpayers need to bring the following items:
The Senior Resource Center provides education and guidance on Medicare prescription drug plans and assists seniors who may be unable to afford medications by obtaining medications at no cost from pharmaceutical companies, subsidy programs, physician samples, and other resources. In the last year, more than 660 seniors were assisted by the Senior Resource Center through this program, helping them to save over $605,800 on prescription costs.
If you need assistance, the Senior Resource Center will work you to evaluate your medication needs and help you get your medicines at the lowest possible cost. Your cooperation is essential and will require a signed partnership agreement. For more information, contact Pam Wall at 910-798-6422.
SHIIP: Seniors’ Health Insurance Information Program
The Seniors’ Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP) is a division of North Carolina Department of Insurance (DOI) which strives to assist Medicare beneficiaries in making well-informed health insurance choices. The New Hanover County Senior Resource Center SHIIP volunteers offer free unbiased health information to person in need of such information in our state. Topics to discuss are Medicare Supplement Plans, Medicare Advantage Options, Medicare Prescription Drug Plans, Medicare Summary Notices, Medigap, Medicare Patrol, Billing errors, waste, or fraud and abuse.
Please call Allie Hernandez to make an appointment to discuss Medicare (SHIIP). 798-6406.
SHIIP offices are appointment only.
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The Registry is a computer list of individuals who live in New Hanover County and have special physical, medical or functional disabilities that would place them at higher risk in an emergency event such as a hurricane.
Individuals who are on the registry will be contacted by one of our trained RSVP volunteers 72 to 36 hours before a hurricane (or other known disaster) is expected to hit our area. The volunteer will review their Personal Disaster Plan and notify the Special Needs Task Force Team* if additional assistance or evaluation is needed.
To be put on the registry call 798-6407. If you would like to volunteer to help us with a Call-Down, please call 910-798-6400.
Click below to view and print the Special Needs Registry Form.
The Senior Resource Center offers absorbent underwear at a senior discount, through a collaboration with a local medical supplier. Hours for pickup are: Monday 9am-10:30am, Wednesday 3:30pm – 4:30pm, and Friday 9am – 10:30am. Contact Valorie Hatten at 910-798-6485.
On December 1st of each year, the Department of Social Services will be taking applications to get help paying for heating bills.
A copy of your heating bill and verification of ALL household income must be provided at application.
December 1st through 31st – Applications will be taken only for households with an elderly person, age 60 and above OR a DISABLED person receiving benefits AND services through the Division of Aging.
As long as funds are available, the program will be extended for all households beginning January 2.
The energy payments will be paid directly to the heating provider/company.
For more information, contact Becky at 910-798-6435.
Family Caregivers meet on the 3rd Monday of the month at 1:30pm at the Senior Resource Center. NOTE: January’s meeting is different due to the holiday.
Caregiving with Art is a group that supports caregivers while painting, drawing, or creating art. You do not need to be an artist to come on out and join other caregivers. Supplies are provided. Meetings are 2nd Tuesdays at 1pm.
There is also a Caregiver Mental Health Support Group. It may be such issues as grief, loneliness, personal health issues, etc. Meetings are the 4th Tuesday of the month at 1:30pm.
For more information on all caregiver meetings, call Andrew at 910-798-6445.
Grant funds are available to eligible caregivers to provide them with a break from their everyday caregiving duties.
If funding allows, caregivers may be eligible for supplemental services such as help in purchasing nutritional supplements (Boost, Ensure) or incontinence supplies (Depends).
A Social Worker will meet with you to evaluate your specific needs and identify available resources. Please contact Andrew for more information at 910-798-6445.