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DSS programs may provide heating bill assistance
to qualified Orange County residents

The Orange County Department of Social Services is currently taking applications for seasonal energy programs. County residents may be eligible for assistance with heating bills through the Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP) and the Crisis Intervention Program (CIP).

The LIEAP program provides a payment directly to the heating vendor that will be credited to the resident’s bill and will help offset the costs of heating the resident’s home.  The bill does not need to be past-due or in potential cut-off status. 

The CIP program is for families experiencing crisis.  For this program, a household is in a crisis if it is currently experiencing or is in danger of experiencing a life-threatening or health-related emergency and sufficient, timely, and appropriate assistance is not available from any other source. Life-threatening is defined as a household which has no heating or cooling source or has a disconnect notice for their primary heating or cooling service and the health or well-being of a household member would be in danger if the heating or cooling crisis was not alleviated.

Eligibility for both programs is also based on income and other household characteristics such as family size and age of applicants. 
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Orange County Department on Aging accepting nominations for 2019 Direct Care Worker Awards

Orange County Department on Aging and the community group, Senior Health Advocacy and Resource Partners of Orange County (SHARP), will host the fifth annual SHARP Direct Care Worker Awards.

Nominations will be accepted from Feb. 15 – April 15. A recognition ceremony will be held for award winners on Thursday, May 9.

This event honors Direct Care Workers (nurse aides, personal care aides, companion caregivers, etc.) who affect their clients’ lives on a daily basis and make a difference in the Orange County community. Awards will be presented in the following categories: Client Impact, Longevity, Leadership, Going the Extra Mile, and Rising Star. One person will be chosen as the “Direct Care Worker of the Year.”

To be eligible, direct care workers must have served clients in Orange County within the past year. Each person may be nominated in two categories. Nominees must have provided direct care to clients and have at least six consecutive months of service in the past year.

For more information about the awards and to nominate a direct care worker, please complete the online nomination form.
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Public invited to Pauli Murray Awards program in February

The Orange County Human Relations Commission is holding the 29th Annual Pauli Murray Awards on Sunday, Feb. 24, from 3-5 p.m. at the Whitted Building (300 W. Tryon St. in Hillsborough). The award is presented annually to an Orange County adult, business and/or youth that embody the attributes and spirit of Dr. Pauli Murray by serving the community with distinction in the pursuit of equality, justice and human rights for all citizens.

This year’s ceremony will honor Lorie Clark as the adult awardee and Joe Van Gogh as the business awardee. Ms. Clark has spent a large portion of her career as staff with the Blue Ribbon Mentor Advocate Program of the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools, where she provides students opportunities, resources, and enrichment to be successful in high school and beyond. Joe Van Gogh is owned by Robbie Roberts, who values diversity in his establishment and shows appreciation for employees by being certified as an Orange County Living Wage employer.

The keynote address will be given by Dr. Blair L.M. Kelley, Assistant Dean for Interdisciplinary Studies and International Programs for the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at North Carolina State University. The event is free.
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