DSS, Press Releases

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Posted on: February 6, 2014

Senior Awareness Day is coming

You can volunteer to help with Senior Awareness Day

Wilson County’s 21st Annual Senior Awareness Day is Friday, May 9, 2014 at Farmington Heights Church during Older American's Month.

“It is an exciting time as we plan for this special day. We encourage and welcome our senior and disabled population to get involved in planning this wonderful event,” said Candice Rountree, Social Work Program Manager.

The Senior Awareness Day committee meets the third Wednesday of each month at 3:00 p.m. at the department of social services’ multipurpose room.

Individuals that are interested in volunteering may call 252-265-8338. Senior Awareness Day aims to educate Wilson County seniors and disabled adults about federal, state and local services and to celebrate their lives by showing seniors appreciation for their contributions to the our community. The Wilson County Department of Social Services and community partners proudly sponsor this eventRead on...

Posted on: April 15, 2014

VITA Tax Services - Another successful year

DSS helped Wilson County's families save more of their money

Wilson County’s VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) helped Wilson County's families again in 2014. April 10th finished the eleventh year that volunteers provided free tax preparation services for low-to-moderate income families in our community. Our DSS staff & volunteers assisted with basic tax returns for family income levels under $51,000* a year.

This year VITA offered individuals the option of filing their own taxes online at www.myfreetaxes.com/wilson
(you will have to type this in as an internet search will not find this site).

You can file your state and federal returns on this site. There is a fee if your income is over $56,000. This site is not owned and operated by Wilson County DSS. “Services will take place at the Career Plus office, 114 Pine St., NE, Wilson, NC.

In the weeks ahead we look forward to reporting our results of helping families to save more of their own money.

Income based on 2012 IRS income guidelines subject to change

Call 252.293.4305Read on...

Posted on: July 26, 2013

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Posted on: February 6, 2014

Local partnership spreads Christmas cheer

DSS & Smithfield-Farmland partner for children

January 9, 2014 - Wilson, NC -The Smithfield-Farmland company and the Wilson County Department of Social Services' Faith Connections program recently teamed up to give Christmas cheer to many needy children and families. Through the company's sponsorship, DSS was able to assist families with over 135 toys that were given by the Smithfield-Farmland employees. Toys were given to families that were referred by DSS social workers.

"This sponsorship was a blessing to so many families," said Becky Stottlemyre, DSS Faith Connections Coordinator. "It brought a lot of smiles."

"This is a great example of a partnership directly benefiting those in need and a great Wilson employer giving back to our community," said Glenn Osborne, DSS Director.

Smithfield-Farmland plans to continue to work with the DSS' Faith Connections program for some ongoing community projects in 2014.Read on...