Generations is pleased to announce that the Corporation for National and Community Service has approved continued funding of Senior Corps Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) to support senior volunteer services in Greene county.
In these trying times, many of our volunteers are still making emergency food packets, sewing masks, and calling older homebound adults to check on them. If you are over 55 years old and are interested in volunteering through the RSVP program, you can fill out a volunteer application online at www.generationsnetwork.org – just click on the Volunteer tab which will lead you to a link to the online application.
Please, also, feel free to contact us through private message on the Generations’ Facebook page. And, as always, you can give us a call at 1-800-742-9002. Generations is very proud of all of the things that our volunteers accomplish on an ongoing basis, and we are excited to be able to continue to offer these volunteer opportunities to older adults in Greene County.
Generations’ mission is to offer older adults, individuals with disabilities and caregivers options for a better quality of life, and this mission does not change in any situation. You may continue to contact our agency by phone at (800)742-9002 and can access agency information on our website at www.generationsnetwork.org. Referrals may continue to be made by phone or on the Generations’ website.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION ON COVID-19 SCAMS FROM THE FCC
As the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continues to impact the United States, phone scammers have seized the opportunity to prey on consumers.
The FCC has received reports of scam and hoax text message campaigns and scam robocalls offering free home testing kits, promoting bogus cures, selling health insurance, and preying on virus-related fears. A text message scam may falsely advertise a cure or an offer to be tested for coronavirus. Do not click on links in texts related to the virus, and check cdc.gov/coronavirus for the most current information. Text message hoaxes may claim that the government will order a mandatory national two-week quarantine, or instruct you to go out and stock up on supplies. The messages can appear to be from a "next door neighbor." The National Security Council tweeted that these are fake. Scammers are also using robocalls to target consumers during this national emergency.
For example, the World Health Organization recently issued a warning about criminals seeking to take advantage of the pandemic to steal money or sensitive personal information from consumers. It urges people to be wary of phone calls and text messages that purport to be from the WHO, or charity organizations, asking for account information or for money.
The FCC has received reports of robocalls purporting to offer free virus test kits, in an effort to collect consumers' personal and health insurance information. One pernicious version of this scam is targeting higher risk individuals with diabetes, offering a free COVID-19 testing kit along with a free diabetic monitor. Other robocalls are marketing fake cures and asking for payment over the phone. The Federal Trade Commission and the U.S. Food & Drug Administration have posted consumer warnings about fake websites and phishing emails used to promote bogus products.
Opportunists are also making robocalls to offer HVAC duct cleaning as a way to "protect" your home and family from the virus.
Finally, there have been news reports about possible government issued checks being sent to consumers. If that happens, no one will call or text you to verify your personal information or bank account details in order to "release" the funds.
If you think you've been a victim of a coronavirus scam, contact law enforcement immediately.
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Generations, Area 13 Agency on Aging & Disability, is a program of Vincennes University’s Community Services Division. Our agency connects individuals and caregivers to community resources and options for long-term care and in-home services. For more information, call 1-800-742-9002 or 812-888-5880 or visit our website at www.generationsnetwork.org