Steamboat briefs: Centennial Bank takes part in statewide book drive

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Centennial Bank is participating in a statewide book drive through Executives Partnering to Invest in Children.

Centennial Bank will host a donation center for new and gently used books for children from birth to 8 years old. Donations may be dropped off Monday through Friday during the month of April at Centennial Bank at 635 Marketplace Plaza in Wildhorse Marketplace.

For more information, visit www.coloradoepic.org or call Mary Simmins at Centennial Bank at 970-870-9990.

Deadline is April 30 for energy assistance program

Colorado’s Low-income Energy Assistance Program, which provides financial assistance with home heating bills, has announced an increase to the minimum and maximum benefit levels for residents who qualify. Residents are encouraged to apply before the due date, April 30.

LEAP is a federally funded program that provides cash assistance to help families and individuals pay a portion of winter home heating costs. The program pays the highest benefits to those with the highest heating bills and lowest incomes by family size. Applicant income cannot exceed 150 percent of the federal poverty index, which equals a maximum income of $2,944 per month for a household of four people. The average LEAP benefit is estimated to be $440 per household.

Eligibility requirements:

■ Applicants must be Colorado residents and U.S. citizens or legal aliens.

■ Applicants must provide a copy of a valid identification. Valid forms of ID include a Colorado driver’s license or ID card; a U.S. Military ID card or Military Dependent’s ID card; a U.S. Coast Guard Merchant Mariner card; or a Native American Tribal document. Other forms of I.D. may be accepted, as well.

■ Applicants must have a completed affidavit to comply with Colorado Revised Statutes regarding documentation of lawful presence.

■ Applicants must be responsible for paying heating costs, either directly to a utility company or to a landlord as part of rent.

People interested in applying can call 1-866-432-8435 to order a mailed application. Alternatively, applications are available at every county department of social or human services, most utility companies and community agencies. Applications also can be downloaded from www.colorado.gov/cdhs/leap.

Applicants can fax the completed application to their appropriate county office or mail it to the county at the address available on the website.

Dan Shields elected vice chair of professional group

Dan Shields, the chief executive director of Casey’s Pond Senior Living in Steamboat Springs, has been elected vice chair of the American College of Health Care Administrator, the nation’s leading professional society of long-term care administrators, according to a news release. He was installed April 8 at ACHCA’s 48th annual Convocation and Exposition in Las Vegas.

Shields has been a member of ACHCA since 1991 and is a certified Fellow in ACHCA, which represents the highest level of achievement within ACHCA. He also is a life member in the Academy of Long Term Care Leadership and Development. He recently served as treasurer of the board of ACHCA. Shields has worked in senior living for nearly 25 years and he was named chief executive director of Casey’s Pond Senior Living in 2013.

“The ACHCA represents senior living administrators and executives all across the U.S. It’s an association that really sets the tone for professionals working in senior care,” Shields said. “It’s really an educational driven organization and we work hard to mentor young professionals who are dedicated to excellence in our industry. Our mission is to help produce the greatest nursing home administrators who in turn provide important and extraordinary care to a large population of elders.”

For more information about ACHCA, call the national office at 202-536-5120 or visit www.achca.org.

Sue Leonard presents new publication May 5 at church

Sue Leonard will be presenting her new publication “Gift of a Lifetime: Finding Fulfilling Things in the Unexpected” at 6 p.m. May 5 at the United Methodist Church of Steamboat Springs on Oak Street.

This event is open to the public, and refreshments will be served.

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