If you are a Medicare Beneficiary you are eligible to review and/or change your Part D, Drug Coverage, every year between October 15 and December 7. This time is known as the Medicare Annual Election Period.
It is definitely worth taking the time to review and compare your Medicare health plan options, but you don’t have to navigate the system alone. North Carolina Cooperative Extension and the North Carolina Department of Insurance have a wonderful program to help you navigate through the annual election period called SHIIP which stands for Senior Health Insurance Information Program. You have several options:
Call your local counseling site, the Currituck County Cooperative Extension Center at 252-232-2261 to schedule a phone or in-person consultation with one of our trained counselors. Clients are seen by appointment only so make sure to call and reserve your appointment spot today!
Visit medicare.gov/find-a-plan to compare your current coverage with other options that are available in your area, and enroll in a new plan if you decide to make a change.
We need your help. Please consider supporting the 2021 Operation Santa Claus program, administered by the Currituck County Department of Social Services.
Our program serves hundreds of children and families each year, and we know more families will be in need this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
This annual program provides Christmas presents for:
Families with children residing in Currituck,
Currituck children in foster care,
Food baskets for Adults.
* For families requesting assistance from the 2021 Operation Santa, the application period will be October 11 – November 19, 2021.
Applications will be located at the front desk. Completed applications can be returned to the front desk or placed in the lock box after hours. For more information, contact Social Services at 252-232-3083.
Each donation is tax deductible and all proceeds will benefit citizens of Currituck County. All proceeds benefit citizens of Currituck County.
Individuals, community groups, and businesses can help us meet the needs in the community by doing any of the following things:
Sponsor a family with children by purchasing new, unwrapped gifts for the children. Contact Samantha Hurd at 252-232-6040 or Heather Corbell at 252-232-6042, or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Donate money or gift cards to be used by Department of Social Services staff to purchase Christmas gifts for children. These donations can be made as follows:
Come to our front desk during business hours Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
153 Courthouse Road, Suite 400
Currituck, North Carolina 27929
Please make checks payable to “County of Currituck”.
Referral Organization If you are an independent organization and would like to receive referrals from us to help children in need through your own program,To help a child through these programs, please contact Samantha Hurd 252-232-6040 or Heather Corbell 252-232-6042 or via email at Operation.Santa@currituckcountync.gov.
Food Basket Program for Adults You can help by donating food, or gift cards to the Food Basket program which serves disabled and elderly adults in need of extra support. We also accept monetary donations to purchase Christmas gifts for disabled adults which DSS is guardian for. Monetary donations for this program can only be made in person or by mail. To help an adult please contact Lori Langley 252-232-6039 or email Lori.Langley@currituckcountync.gov.
Thank you to everyone in the community who can help other Currituck County citizens have a happy holiday season. Please let us know if you have any questions.
Please NOTE: This year we are NOTaccepting donations of toys due to an abundant reserve supply.
Questions and Answers
How does sponsoring a family work?
Sponsors are responsible for purchasing Christmas gifts for the children within the family. We serve children 0-17 years of age. When considering becoming a sponsor, begin by determining the total number of children you would like to sponsor for Christmas this year. Once you decide, contact us and we will match you with a family. You will receive a wish list for each child that includes ages, sizes and gift suggestions. The wish list will help you shop for the children. Each wish list will be assigned a number to identify the family. The gifts must be labeled with the application number and delivered to Social Services by 5:00 p.m.Monday,December 13, 2021. You may deliver earlier if you would like.
How much money do I need to spend per child?
We do not set contribution guidelines for sponsors; there is no set dollar amount to spend per child. There is also no set amount of toys to purchase. We encourage you to spend as much as you reasonably can to assist a family. Please keep in mind the gifts you provide will be the only gifts some children receive. It would be an amazing contribution if you are able to purchase a few wish list toys for each child and add stocking stuffers to the bag.
Why are the gifts required to be unwrapped? Will you accept gently used toys?
For safety reasons all donated toys and gifts must be unwrapped and new. We cannot accept used toys and sponsors cannot provide used toys to families.
What is a Referral Organization?
These consist of organizations or programs which administer their own Christmas assistance program, but partner with the Department of Social Services (DSS) to receive referrals of families in need. Some referral organizations prefer to handle distribution of the Christmas gifts independently, others deliver the gifts to DSS for distribution. We are happy to accommodate either preference.
Can I enclose a note to the family I am sponsoring, or could I meet the family?
No, in order to preserve and protect the confidentiality of children and their families, we are unable to allow sponsors to enclose notes, cards or meet the family.
If I cannot sponsor a family, are there other ways I can help?
Yes, donations of money and gift cards are always welcome! Please make checks payable to “County of Currituck”. Separate donations can be made to provide gifts for disabled adult wards.
What is the Food Basket Program?
This program provides groceries to disabled and/or elderly adults receiving services through the Currituck County Department of Social Services. Non-perishable food items and canned goods are always needed. Additional perishable items such as frozen turkey and ham can also be donated. Please contact Lori Langley to coordinate at252-232-6039 or email Lori.Langley@currituckcountync.gov
In an effort to maximize the number of families served, the Currituck County Department of Social Services partners with other community organizations to avoid duplication of sponsorships and contributions. For any other questions, please contact DSS Director Samantha Hurd 252-232-6040 or DSS Administrative Officer Heather Corbell 252-232-6042 or contact us via email at Operation.Santa@currituckcountync.gov
The team at 911 Communications provide vital, life-saving services for the public and are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. This short video provides some insight into what it means to be a 911 telecommunicator for Currituck County.
Did you know, Currituck’s Soil & Water Conservation District Office works to protect natural resources in the county. This includes initiatives such as preventing the loss of valuable farmland topsoil and keeping storm water drainage ditches clear from obstructions.
In this short video, Soil/Storm Water Manager, Dylan Lloyd explains how they can help farmers, developers, and private property owners in Currituck County.
Currituck County Emergency Management is pleased to launch www.SafeCorolla.com, a one-stop site for local beach conditions and safety information. Currituck County includes 24 miles of oceanfront beaches and SafeCorolla.com will provide county residents and vacationers with important real-time data to help them plan their beach visit.
SafeCorolla.com is a mobile and tablet friendly site. Users can easily navigate different sections by clicking on the individual “headers” near the top of the page. The webpage provides information on current weather forecasts, beach conditions, rip currents, locations for public beach access, locations of lifeguard stands, beach regulations, and more.
As part of the SafeCorolla program, residents and guests may also receive notifications directly to their phone by texting SafeCorolla to 888-777. For more information on SafeCorolla.com, contact Currituck Emergency Management at 252-232-2115.
Currituck County is looking for two (2) citizens who resides on the Currituck Outer Banks that are willing to serve their community by participating on the Wild Horse Advisory Board. If you are interested submit a Statement of Interest online to be considered by the Currituck County Board of Commissioners.
The wild horses are an integral part of the history and tradition of the Currituck Outer Banks and are culturally and economically significant to the County of Currituck.
The Wild Horse Advisory Board is committed to managing the wild horse population in a manner that establishes a sustainable equilibrium between the wild horse population, development, wildlife, and the environment.
The Currituck County Wild Horse Advisory Board is composed of 6 voting members:
One member from North Carolina National Estuarine Research Reserve
Currituck County Manager or designee
United States Fish & Wildlife Service, Currituck National Wildlife Refuge Manager or designee
Two at large members who reside on the Currituck Outer Banks appointed by the Currituck County Board of Commissioners
The Currituck County Wild Horse Advisory Board typically holds quarterly meetings on the third Thursday of February, May, August and November at 1:00 p.m. in the Currituck County Historic Courthouse Conference room.
For more information email Samantha Evans, clerk to the Wild Horse Advisory Board or call 252-232-2075.
Now that Currituck senior centers are open again our need for volunteers is greater than ever. Covid–19 impacted everyone and everything, the home delivered meals program is no different. With a significant loss in volunteers due to varying reasons and staff returning to more normal daily operations, we are left with a HUGE hole that can be filled by folks in our community.
You can volunteer as little or as much as your want. Don’t want to commit to a certain day and time? No problem – be an alternate and volunteer when it’s the right time for you. The average time it takes to deliver a meal is 1 hour, unless you become attached…then it may take a little longer!
The decal is not a sticker, but a static cling that will not leave adhesive residue on the windshield. Decals should be applied to the inside of the vehicle’s windshield in the lower corner on the windshield.