Friday – April 10th 2020 – Join us for this update while all Covid-19 precautions are in effect as Kerry Fink updates including information on Covid-19 scams, from State Attorney Phil Archer, AJ Hier’s promo on the Helping Seniors Car Raffle and a special update from Jennifer Helin (Seniors Helping Seniors). (Seniors Helping Seniors).
Join us for Helping Seniors Update – a special outreach of the Helping Seniors of Brevard organization – designed to keep you up-to-date on services and happenings in Brevard County. Join Helping Seniors Media & Marketing Director Kerry Fink for this ongoing conversation about all things Seniors.
More News & Information
From State Attorney Phil Archer regarding Covid-19 Scams:
From State Attorney Phil Archer
COVID-19 was naturally too big an opportunity for scammers. Let’s review the ones seen so far;
Phone calls are being made offering to help you be tested for the virus and, if you provide them with the information on the phone, you will be scheduled. No legitimate companies are making that call. That includes your own insurance company. If you feel the need or desire to be tested, call your doctor or your insurance carrier to find out where they will have testing done.
Same scam, but contacts via email. Same answer. Don’t provide any information as, just like above, the information will be used against you. All requests for testing will originate from you.
Email offers for medications that will either protect you from the virus or will cure it. Well, you know that there is no such thing, but they will try.
Calls from your physician to reschedule an appointment. These are happening, but make sure they provide you with the name of the doctor before you tell them and the date they are asking to reschedule actually exists.. If you accept the call as legitimate, they may ask you your date of birth, but no other information. If you are at all concerned, find the phone number and call your doctor back.
There is an old scam that is being updated. You get a phone call saying “Grandma, I am sick” and want you to assume it is a grandson or granddaughter and you give them a name. Since they are the expert manipulators they are, you could be in trouble.
GOOD TIME TO DONATE TO HELPING SENIORS!
The federal stimulus bill is encouraging as well. Here are some tips about this bill that relate to non-profits, such as Helping Seniors, struggling to keep their doors open.
Donations must be made by cash, check or credit card to qualify:
A donation of $300 or less. Whether or not you itemize for your taxes, you will be able to deduct your donation to a non-profit for your federal taxes from here on out for 2020.
Higher value donations. An individual can make a cash only gift and deduct it up to 100% of their Adjusted Gross Income for the year. This is only valid for 2020 due to the Stimulus Package.
Corporate giving. There’s also a substantial benefit for corporate charitable gifts.The benefit for corporate charitable gifts is usually limited to 10% of taxable income for the corporation. This has been increased to 25% of the taxable income, making 2020 charitable gifts much more attractive to many companies.
Please consult your tax professional for details.
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RESOURCES FOR SENIORS
From the Desk of Kim Bernrad, Helping Seniors Education Specialist:
Brevard County Government Coronavirus Covid-19 Page
U.S. Congressman Bill Posey Constituent Services Coronavirus Covid-19 Resource Page
To Reach Dr. Sheldon’s Office for Dental Emergencies:
Helping Seniors Car Raffle
“UPDATES REGARDING HELPING SENIORS CAR RAFFLE & HELPING SENIORS OPERATIONS”
Quite the week and quite the month! Just like you, we’re keeping up with news, watching what’s happening in our country/world and then, within the last few days, we’ve gone from our normal routine to stepping up to assist Seniors over the next period when social distancing is the most recommended way that we keep our Seniors safe.
Given the situation facing all of us, here’s what to expect from Helping Seniors as we move forward in this unprecedented time:
We have made the decision to postpone the Helping Seniors Car Raffle Grand Drawing event from its originally scheduled April 25th date. The landscape is changing daily, even hourly, and at this time it wouldn’t be prudent to forecast a new Grand Drawing date just yet but rest assured that our President Joe Steckler is working with American Muscle Car Museum Owner Mark Pieloch – and this is event is at the top of the reschedule date list as soon as we get approval from government officials that it is safe to do so.
Ticket sales remain open during this time – both online and also by telephone at 321-473-7770 – and the Helping Seniors Car Raffle Grand Drawing will take place, as planned, at the American Muscle Car Museum, at a to-be-determined date as soon as reasonably practical following lifting of government restrictions on larger gatherings. We pledge to update you no later than every 10 days regarding the status for this event.
Meanwhile, on our service as a non-profit organization, dedicated to operating the County’s Senior Information Helpline (now entering its 10th year of service) and providing outbound information services to Seniors in Brevard through print, TV, and Radio, we continue our services, actually, at an accelerated pace.
Our Senior Information Helpline (321-473-7770) remains open during this time and we have implemented contingencies to ensure we are able to continue to provide support and information to Seniors and their families in our area.
In addition, our Radio and TV broadcasts continue as scheduled, as do our print and digital outbound information efforts and our team is organizing a Senior Information update service via Social Media that you will be hearing more about during this week.
We thank you for your continued trust and support of Helping Seniors of Brevard – one thing this health crisis has made abundantly clear is that we need to really look after our Seniors and ensure their protection and safety during this time. Thank you for your interest and support in Helping Seniors of Brevard.”