Office of Community Partnerships E-Bulletin - July 9 Edition
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DRINK, DINE OR DONATE
Manna Food Center, Montgomery County's Food Bank, is introducing several ways to dine, drink, have a good time and help needy families at the same time. Eat at either the Bethesda or Rockville location of the Original Pancake House on Thursday July 23 between 7:00 am and 3:00 pm and 20% of the sales from both locations will be donated to Manna Food Center. Treat your friends, family or co-workers to a wonderful breakfast or fantastic lunch and help feed those less fortunate at the same time. If you have not tried their unique pancakes or eggceptional omelets, you're in for a treat!
You can also donate fresh produce to Manna at the Rockville Farmers' Market on Saturdays between 9:00 am and 1:00 pm. The Farmer's Market is located at Route 28 & Monroe Street. Go to: http://www.rockvillemd.gov/events/farmers.htm for more information.
HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES IS RECRUITING NEW PARTICIPANTS FOR FOREIGN TRAINED NURSES!
The Application Information Session is Wednesday, July 15, 2009, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm. Please come to this session if you are an internationally trained nurse who has completed at least two years of academic training and are willing to obtain your nursing license in the State of Maryland. Located at Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services, 8630 Fenton Street, 10th Floor Silver Spring, MD 20910. To register please call 240-777-3168 by July 13, 2008.
MONTGOMERY COUNTY 2009 FARM TOUR AND HARVEST SALE Montgomery County will celebrate its agricultural heritage, promote local farms, and provide residents the opportunity to indulge in seasonally fresh food during the 20th Annual Farm Tour and Harvest Sale. Thirteen farms will participate this year on Saturday July 25 and nine will reopen for a second day on Sunday July 26. The farms will be open to visitors from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. This event will take place rain or shine. However, in the event of rain, some events and activities at the farms may be delayed or cancelled. Click here for electronic brochure with detail information.
ROCKVILLE’S GUIDE TO THE ARTS
Local Arts groups offer plenty of opportunities to perform and participate in Rockville. To find listing of these performances, A Guide to the ARTS in Rockville can be found at http://www.rockvillemd.gov/arts. Below are lists of a few highlights.
SUMMER DINNER THEATRE
This Tony Award winning musical, book by Michael Stewart and Music & Lyrics by Jerry Herman, is the story of matchmaker Dolly Levi. She shares the joy of living, importance of companionship and taking risks for others - and herself. Performances will be held at 8:00 pm, Fridays, July 10 and 17, and Saturdays, July 11 and 18, and at 2:00 pm, Sundays, July 19 and 26, at F. Scott Fitzgerald Theater. Tickets cost $20, adult; $18, seniors; $16, students. For more information go to: http://www.rockvillemd.gov/calendar/index.html?DISPLAYMODE=DisplayEvent&DETAILEVENT=2EE18128541435541229CD33CB8A10B1.
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IN THIS ISSUE
Boards, Committees and Commissions
Office of Community Partnerships' Calendar
Community Events of the Week
Community Building Opportunities
Volunteer Opportunities in the Community
| OFFICE OF COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS CALENDAR|
Community Outreach Forum: Third Wednesday of every month at Executive Office Building Auditorium. Contact Karla Silvestre for more information: email@example.com.
Committee for Ethnic Affairs: First Thursday of every month, 7 pm at the Executive Office Building Auditorium except in July and August. October 2009 meeting will be a retreat on Saturday, October 10 from 9 am to 1 pm. Contact Lisa Austin for additional information: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Calendar of 2009 Brown Bags
Wednesday, October 14, 12-2 pm –TBD. Wednesday, November 18, 12-2 pm (date changed because of Veterans Day).
- Wednesday, July 15, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm Bus Trip to the Neighborhood Service Center. This will be a bus tour of nonprofit partnerships in action.
Down County Latino Network: Second Wednesday of every month, 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm at Impact Silver Spring (501 Sligo Ave. Silver Spring, MD 20910). Contact Karla Silvestre for more information: email@example.com.
Up County Latino Network: Fourth Wednesday of every month, 9:30 am - 11:30 am at Bohrer Park, Activity Room A of the Activity Center, 506 South Frederick Avenue, Gaithersburg, MD 20877. Contact Karla Silvestre for more information: firstname.lastname@example.org.
| ADVISORY GROUPS |
Click on each item below for information on the Committee for Ethnic Affairs
Click here for Minutes of the Asian American Advisory Group Meeting
Click here for Minutes of the African Affairs Advisory Group Meeting
Click here for Minutes of the Caribbean Advisory Group Meeting
Click here for Minutes of the Latin American Advisory Group Meeting
Click here for Minutes of Middle Eastern Advisory Group Meeting
Click here for Minutes of Multicultural Leadership Council Group Meeting
Click here for Minutes of Nonprofit Brown Bags Meeting
Click on each advisory group below for list of participating members
Asian American Advisory Group
African American Advisory Group
African Affairs Advisory Group
Caribbean Advisory Group
Latin American Advisory Group
Middle Eastern Advisory Group
| COMMUNITY EVENTS OF THE WEEK|
BETHESDA SUMMER CONCERT SERIES
Will be held Thursday evenings at Veterans Park, corner of Norfolk & Woodmont Avenue, 6:00 pm -8:00 pm. All concerts are free. For more information go to: http://www.bethesda.org/specialevents/summerconcerts.htm.
TGIF SUMMER CONCERT SERIES
Downtown Wheaton presents TGIF summer concert series every 2nd and 4th Friday, June through August, 6:30 – 8:30 pm. It’s FREE. For more information on events happening in downtown Wheaton, visit www.wheatonmd.org.
FREE HEALTH SCREENING FOR MONTGOMERY COUNTY EMPLOYEES Health Yourself is a program for Montgomery County Government Employees. Come join them on Wednesday, July 22nd, 11:30 am – 2:00 pm in the EOB- Offices of the County Executive, CAO’s Conference room. There will be screening for the following: Blood Pressure, Total Cholesterol, (non-fasting), Body Composition, Personal Wellness Assessment. Please allow 20 minutes for your screening. For more information or to make an appointment, call 240-777-5092 or email: Humanres.email@example.com.
BROOKSIDE GARDENS 40TH ANNIVERSARY
Brookside Gardens celebrates its 40th Anniversary (the ruby anniversary) in 2009. Please plan to join us for some of the many programs and events we have scheduled as we celebrate our 40th Anniversary, all identified throughout the Xperience Program Guide with a special 40th Anniversary symbol. For more information go to: http://www.mcparkandplanning.org/brookside/bg_40anniversary.shtm.
FREE OUTDOOR MOVIES THIS SUMMER AT PYRAMID ATLANTIC
SILVER SPRING, MD - Pyramid Atlantic Arts Center and the Silver Spring Regional Center are joining forces this summer to present “Screen on the Lot.” The free outdoor movie series will feature three exciting movies for the public presented on a large outdoor screen in the Pyramid Atlantic parking lot. The public is invited to bring a blanket, lawn chairs and a picnic to enjoy the cinematic experience. The schedule of movies is as follows:
Wednesday July 22nd at 9 pm: Transformers: Directed by Michael Bay and starring Shia LaBeouf, Megan Fox, and Josh Duhamel. An ancient struggle re-erupts on Earth between two extraterrestrial clans, the heroic Autobots and the evil Decepticons, with a clue to the ultimate power held by a young teenager. Rated PG-13
Wednesday August 5th at 9 am: Iron Man: Directed by Jon Favreau and starring Robert Downey Jr., Terrence Howard and Jeff Bridges. When wealthy industrialist Tony Stark is forced to build an armored suit When wealthy industrialist Tony Stark is forced to build an armored suit after a life-threatening incident, he ultimately decides to use its technology to fight against evil. Rated PG-13
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
DOUBLE YOUR MONEY AT H STREET, NE AND SILVER SPRING FRESHFARM MARKETS
On July 7, 2009 (Washington, DC), a new grant to FRESHFARM Markets, a Washington, DC nonprofit, from the Wholesome Wave Foundation will enable low-income residents to double the amount of food they can get at two local farmers’ markets when they use government-provided EBT/SNAP food stamps, Women and Infant Coupons (WIC) or coupons from the Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP).
Both FRESHFARM Markets are seasonal and are open this year on Saturdays. The H Street, NE FRESHFARM Market, at 625 H St. NE (across from the H Street Self Storage) is open from 9:00 AM until 12:00 PM May through November 21, 2009 and the Silver Spring FRESHFARM Market, on the pedestrian mall on Ellsworth Drive, is open from 9:00 AM until 1:00 PM May through December 19, 2009. Market staff will be available under the Market Information Tent at each location to answer questions, and assist shoppers with converting their food stamps and other coupons into market “double dollars” that they can use to purchase healthy, local food from the farmers. Click here for flyer.
FeST-AbiLiTy RESOURCE & AWARENESS FESTIVAL Disability festival and resource fair for people with disabilities on July 19 from 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm. Free food, activities, moon bounces, resource booths and speakers. Will be held at the Dulles Expo Center, 4368 Chantilly Shopping Center, Chantilly, VA. Hosted by the Virginia Ability Alliance, for more information go to: http://www.thearcofnova.org/.
| COMMUNITY BUILDING OPPORTUNITIES |
PROBONO LEGAL SERVICES
The Community Law Center is a nonprofit legal services organization dedicated to strengthening neighborhoods and local nonprofits in Maryland. We provide legal services and technical assistance to improve the quality of life and economic viability of communities. Our services include, but are not limited to, help with organizational issues (bylaws, federal tax exemption, incorporation); nuisance, liquor board, and zoning cases, assistance with acquisition of real property; lease review; contract review on behalf of community associations, etc. To find out if your group qualifies for our pro bono services call Alyson Harkins at 410-366-0922 ext. 15, or email email@example.com.
COMING UP SOON IS THE NONPROFIT ROUNDTABLE EVENT
This event will be at Bank of America at 730 15th Street NW, in downtown DC. There is no fee to attend but you must register by sending an email to Nana Oppong with your name, the name of your organization and your position at the organization. This event is designed for CEOs and Board Members but all nonprofit leaders are welcome. The topic will focus on mergers and collaborations. July 21, 9:00 am - 11:00 am. Facilitated by Dan McCormic.
LOCAL SMALL BUSINESS RESERVE PROGRAM (LSBRP)
Montgomery County – based retailers, construction and trades companies, wholesalers, and service firms are encouraged to participate in the Local Small Business Reserve Program. Attached is a the Local Small Business Program (LSBRP) brochure and Self-Certification form. The questionnaire contains all of the information necessary to sign up for the program. Once the form is completed, log onto the LSBRP website ( www.montgomerycountymd.govlsbrp ) and register. The entire process should take no more than 15 minutes. If you have questions, please contact (240) 777-9916.
ACCEPTING NOMINATIONS FOR THE NEAL POTTER PATH OF ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
The Montgomery County Volunteer Center is seeking nominations for the Neal Potter Path of Achievement Awards, honoring County residents, age 60 and over, whose life-long work and spirit have led to special accomplishment in personal and community endeavors. The awards will recognize residents from among five categories - advocacy, arts & humanities, community service, sports & fitness, and workplace contributions.
Nominations, which must be received by September 18, 2009, should include an application form and letter of recommendation that should be no more than two pages in length, describing the nature and extent of the nominee's achievements. Submissions should be mailed to the Montgomery County Volunteer Center at 401 Hungerford Drive, Rockville, MD 20850, faxed to 240-777-2601, or e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. To get an application, click here.
COUNTY EXECUTIVE’S AWARDS FOR EXCELLENCE IN THE ARTS AND HUMANITIES Each year, Montgomery County Executive Isiah “Ike” Leggett pays tribute to individuals and organizations that have made a difference in the lives of the County’s residents through their efforts in the arts and humanities. The County Executive's Awards for Excellence in the Arts and Humanities are the most prestigious honors conferred by the County on individual artists, organizations and patrons of the arts and humanities. The public is invited to nominate a person or group to receive an award. The nomination form for the 2009 Awards is now available. Nominations must be received by 5:00 pm on Friday, July 24. For more information go to: http://creativemoco.com/Executive-Awards.
ATTENTION NONPROFITS: Apply to receive discounted quality products and services from Office Depot
Office Depot in partnership with the Government Purchasing Alliance (U.S Communities) is offering Nonprofit agencies access to a broad line of competitively solicited contracts which provide quality products, services and solution. The application is a 2 step process: Fill out form located at www.uscommunities.org.
*Click on Register with US button (on left)
*Click Continue button (on bottom)
ATTENTION: Nonprofit will need a Federal Tax Identification Number or Federal Employer Identification Number to proceed. Contact Barbara Cramer by email at Barbara.Cramer@officedepot.com to receive an Office Depot account. CONSIDER SPONSORING AN ALTERNATIVE BREAK WEEK STUDENT AT MONTGOMERY COLLEGE
Alternative Breaks are week- and weekend-long service trips that engage students in social issues through direct service, issue education, and guided reflection activities.
Here's what students had to say about the Philadelphia Community Development site in April:
"I learned how important it was for a community to have space for play and leisure; I never thought it significant prior to the trip, but seeing the children play on that day made me realized the impact that a place can achieve. "
"This trip taught me that community development is an on going event that allows many different people to connect and unite through the idea of bettering their shared spaces."
"I feel that I had a chance to connect and get to know people, who I wouldn't under other circumstances. It taught me how great it can be to talk to people who are different from me."
"I cannot wait to become more involved in future sites and additional volunteer organizations."
Consider adopting an Alternative Breaker for the upcoming Animal and Environmental Welfare site in Woodstock, NY:
For $20, you sponsor an Alternative Breaker's food costs for the trip.
For $40, you sponsor food and lodging.
For $60, you sponsor one Alternative Breaker's entire trip.
Form can be printed from the attachment below or from our Web site: http://www.montgomerycollege.edu/Departments/stdactrv/CivicEngagement/alternativebreaks.htm. Questions? Contact Nik Sushka, Service Learning coordinator, at email@example.com.
NOW ACCEPTING LETTERS OF INQUIRY: THE SHARING MONTGOMERY FUND FY2010 AND OPTIONAL INFORMATION SESSION
Now through 6:00 pm on Tuesday, August 4, 2009, The Montgomery County Community Foundation is now accepting letters of inquiry for its 2009-2010 Sharing Montgomery Fund Grants Cycle. Visit www.MCCommunityFoundation.org or click HERE to download the FY10 Letter of Inquiry information, which includes guidelines, a timeline for the grant cycle, and answers to frequently asked questions.
Upcoming Sharing Montgomery Fund Information Session (optional). Thursday, July 16, 2009, 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm. Maryland Association of Nonprofit Organizations, 8720 Georgia Avenue, Suite 303, Silver Spring, MD. To RSVP: email us firstname.lastname@example.org or call (301) 588-2544.
STUDY PARTICIPANTS NEEDED, RECEIVE $40
Eureka Facts, a market research company is currently looking for adults 18 and over to help us evaluate a questionnaire on various topics. Persons selected to participate will receive $40 in cash for a one hour interview. Click here for flyer with more information. SBA ARC LOAN PROGRAM
If your small business is stressed meeting expenses during these economic times, the U.S. Small Business Administration has a new loan program designed just for you. SBA’s America’s Recovery Capital Loan Program can provide up to $35,000 in short-term relief for viable small businesses facing immediate financial hardship to help ride out the current uncertain economic times and return to profitability. Each small business is limited to one ARC loan. For more information go to: http://www.sba.gov/recovery/arcloanprogram/index.html.
HHS MAKES FUNDING AVAILABLE TO STRENGTHEN NON-PROFITS AND FAITH BASED GROUPS
Click on this link for funding availability: HHS Makes Funding Available to Strengthen Non-Profits, Faith Based Groups.
MARYLAND BUDGET UPDATE
The Maryland General Assembly has concluded its annual legislative session for 2009 and finished its work on the budget for the state. See the Maryland Budget & Tax Policy Institute's Budget Wrap-up. CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE PDF. Learn more at www.marylandpolicy.org.
SUMMER FOOD SERVICE PROGRAM
Facts: Approximately 27% of children in Montgomery County or 37,640 students are eligible for free or reduced meals each school year. The Summer Food Service Program feeds an average of 6,000 – 7,000 children each day at 105 sites throughout the county.
Would you like to increase that number? One way to do this is by increasing the number of locations that provide Summer Food Programs.
Would you like to get involved? Once a site is qualified to participate in the Summer Food Service Program, all children at the site are eligible to receive meals at no cost!
Background: The Summer Food Service Program was created in 1976 to ensure that children in lower income areas could continue to receive nutritious meals during the summer months when school breakfast and lunches are not available.
The program provides breakfast and lunch to children and teenagers, 18 years and younger, at approved sites. Persons over 18 years of age who have been determined mentally or physically handicapped and who participate in a public or private non-profit school program for the handicapped during the school year are eligible to receive meal benefits.
Does your site qualify?
To qualify for the program, a site must:
- Meet requirements for meal service preparation, distribution and accountability
- Have proper capacity and logistics for those enrolled
- Offer educational, cultural and/or recreational activities
- Provide supervision, meal service monitoring and training to site staff
- Maintain proper health and sanitary conditions
- Keep daily records and issue periodic reports At least 50% of the children who live in the area from which the site draws its attendance must be eligible for free or reduced price meals in the National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs, or at least 50 % of the enrolled children at the site must have the same eligibility. Geographic eligibility is documented using school or census tract data.
For more information contact: Division of Food & Nutrition Services, Montgomery County Public Schools. 301-840-8170 or E-mail: SummerProgram@mcpsmd.org.
Each year, Volunteer Maryland partners with up to 30 community-based nonprofit agencies to recruit, train, and supervise a Volunteer Maryland Coordinator. Coordinators create new or improve existing volunteer programs to tackle critical human and environmental problems. CLICK HERE for more information and to apply for a Service Site Partnership.
SENIOR CHECKED GRANT
Senior Checked, a nonprofit organization, invites you to become a community partner to help protect seniors from fraud and exploitation. Senior Checked now has $250 community grants available. The purpose of the grant is to help spread awareness about fraud and exploitation to neighborhoods across DC Metro Area and to help spread the word about the Senior Checked directory to residents who can benefit from this valuable service that is free to seniors and their families. Please contact Senior Checked with any questions or if you need help getting started at 1-866-650-7226.
COUNTY MICROENTERPRISE PROGRAM
Financial and technical assistance program for small businesses, especially those owned by women and minorities. Contact: Dr. Walker at 240-777-2032 or email@example.com. Visit http://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/ and search for "microenterprise program."
| *SPECIAL NOTICE* |
Residents facing foreclosure or delinquency should call the Maryland HOPE Hotline at 1-877-462-7555 or visit http://www.mdhope.org/
SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMS
Creative Fun for students in grades K to 12. Where: Classes offered at all Montgomery College campuses. You may register online if you pay by credit card, for more information and schedule of summer programs go to: http://www.montgomerycollege.edu/wdce/ce/youth_summer09.html.
SUMMER ADVENTURES IN LEARNING 2009
Summer Adventures in Learning (ELO SAIL) is a free four-week summer program available in 30 Title I elementary schools from July 6 – July 31. It features a four-hour instructional day of reading, language arts, and mathematics to entering kindergarten, first, second, third, fourth, and fifth grade students. For more information go to: http://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/departments/titleone/includes/elo.shtm.
BOAT PEOPLE SOS SUMMER LEARNING PROGRAM: JULY 20- AUGUST 20
Boat People SOS, an organization dedicated to serving Vietnamese and Asian communities, is pleased to announce a new youth program for Vietnamese and other Asian youth in Montgomery County! Youth aged 6-12 will have the opportunity to improve their reading and Math competencies and learn leadership skills with the help of individual mentors and tutors. During the summer, the program will meet from July 20-Aug 20, 4 days a week from 9:00 am-4:00 pm. Youth will also have designated reading times with their mentors and will learn arts and crafts and traditional Asian songs and dances.
The program’s registration fee of $160, or $40/week, covers snacks and weekly field trips, and scholarships are available for low-income families. For more information or to learn about the fall afterschool youth program, please contact Ms. Mai Huynh Dinh at Boat People SOS, 301-439-0505 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
THREE DATES LEFT TO ENROLL IN PRE-K OR HEAD START
Pre-kindergarten and Head Start classes provide income-eligible children with a high-quality educational experience. Children should be 4 years old by Sept. 1, although Head Start admits some 3 year olds. Applications will be accepted for the 2009–2010 school year at Rocking Horse Road Center, 4910 Macon Rd, Rockville, from 9:00 am to 8:00 pm on July 16 and August 5, and 9:00 am to 2:00 pm on August 15. For more information go to: http://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/departments/earlychi/prekhsregistration.shtm.
HISPANIC HERITAGE ESSAY CONTEST
This month kicks off the annual writing competition hosted by Telemundo Washington, DC and NBC 4, inviting high school students to answer the question, "Why is Hispanic Heritage Month Important?". Winning essayists are granted educational awards through the generous sponsorship of participating partners. Past sponsors have included GEICO and Freddie Mac, who realized that the key to many future marketing initiatives will come through the Hispanic youth. According to the US Census Bureau, in 2007, Hispanic students comprised 18% of all high school students in the nation. Representing a large, and ever growing population, the Hispanic youth is a force that businesses cannot ignore. The time is now to reach out to these young and eager consumers by supporting and nurturing their educational growth. Call the Telemundo Sales Team and learn more about how you can be a sponsor of this community building event, (703) 820-8333 ext 101.
ANNUAL PUBLIC SERVICE CAREER AND INTERNSHIP FAIR
Partnership for Public Service will host its annual Public Service Career and Internship Fair on July 16th from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the National Building Museum. Last year's event connected 67 federal agencies with 3,000 students and young professionals. This year agencies will be recruiting for a variety of positions including program analysts, Foreign Service Officers, federal investigators, budget analysts, engineers, attorneys, non-attorney legal positions and policy analysts, as well as for internships and fellowships. Admission is FREE! As a bonus, registered attendees can view a list of participating agencies, receive event updates and learn more about how to make the most of the fair. To register, visit: http://careerfairstudentregistration.eventbrite.com/.To learn more, visit: http://ourpublicservice.org/careerfair.
HOST A LIBERTY’S PROMISE YOUTH INTERN
Liberty’s Promise is looking to place youth interns with organizations for the summer. Liberty’s Promise will provide a stipend for youth, ages 15-21, available to work 20-40 hours per week. Liberty’s Promise will also provide job training and other support for the youth. Click here for a host organization application. For more information, contact Eric Coles at email@example.com or Sarah Sherhols at firstname.lastname@example.org or (703) 549-9950.
The Collegiate Internship Program is designed to provide realistic work experience in park management and recreation to qualified college students who anticipate careers in these areas. Other fields of study are also available. Interns will be assigned to work with Montgomery County Department of Parks staff on a full-time basis (37.5 hours per week) and will be compensated. For more information go to: http://www.mcparkandplanning.org/careers/internship/internships_parks.shtm.
SUMMER 2009 TEEN LOUNGE AND TRIPS
Summer Lounge and Trips is a summer program for youth in grades 6-12. It is held Monday-Friday. Trip hours vary depending on destination. Lounge hours are 10:00 am - 5:00 pm. Teens are picked up and dropped off at Thomas Farm Community Center, 700 Fallsgrove Drive (or their specified pick-up location), to attend various recreational trips or relax at the staff-supervised lounge. For more information go to: http://www.rockvillemd.gov/recreation/teens/tripsFAQ.html.
PARENT-CHILD DANCES AT SENECA LODGE
The dance will be held on the following dates: Friday, July 17 & August 21, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm. Here's a ready-made opportunity for a special evening out with your children! Dance the night away with your kids at the lovely Lodge at Little Seneca Creek in Boyd's, Maryland. There'll be a DJ spinning swingin' tunes, and complimentary light refreshments. The fee covers admission for one child (ages 7-14) and one adult; register the child only. Register at www.ParkPASS.org for Class # 76649 for June 19 dance; #79999 for July 17 dance, and #80000 for the August 21 dance. For more information call 301-299-5026.
FOR JUNE, JULY & AUGUST 2009 GILCHRIST CENTER’S Programs & Services BROCHURE, CLICK HERE.
CHARLES W. GILCHRIST CENTER FOR CULTURAL DIVERSITY ENGLISH CLASSES ENGLISH CONVERSATION
Come for advance, beginner and intermediate levels of English on Saturdays, 11:30 am to 1:00 pm, ongoing at 11319 Elkin Street, Wheaton 20902. Drop-ins welcome! For more information call 240-777-4940.
- ENGLISH CONVERSATION (Intermediate)
Come on Thursdays, 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm at 11319 Elkin Street, Wheaton 20902 for this class. For adults 18 and older. FREE! First come, first served. Drop-ins welcomed! SPACE LIMITED. For more information call 240-777-4940.
TUESDAY MORNING ENGLISH
Come practice your ENGLISH through conversation and some grammar on Tuesday mornings from 10 am to 11:30 am at the Wheaton Library, 11701 Georgia Ave.; Wheaton, MD 20902. Drop-ins welcome! FREE course. Call 240-777-0678 for more information.
ENGLISH CLASSES BEGIN!
The African Immigrant and Refugee Foundation, in partnership with Crossway Community Center and CASA de the new FULL SCHEDULE Maryland presents English classes for Montgomery County residents.
Morning classes will be held three days per week from 9:00 am - 11:00 am, at Crossway Community Center, near the Wheaton metro, located at: 1740 Upton Drive, Kensington, MD, 20895.
Evening classes will be held three days per week from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm, at the Episcopal Church of our Savior, in Hillandale, located at: 1700 Powder Mill Road, Silver Spring, MD, 20903.
Classes meet three times per week, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursday. The course costs $20. Scholarships are available. Students are accepted on a rolling basis and may begin attending courses by arriving 15 minutes early to the class location on any Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday.
CHARLES W. GILCHRIST CENTER FOR CULTURAL DIVERSITY SPANISH CLASSES
- SPANISH 101 FUN FOR EVERYONE!
Come learn basic Spanish language skills. An 8- week course. Class A #251818: Thursdays, starting April 30 through June 18, 6:00 pm -8:00 pm. Class B #251819: Saturdays, starting May 2 through June 27, 9:00 am - 11:00 am. There are no class on May 23.
- SPANISH 102 FUN FOR EVERYONE!
Expand your basic knowledge of Spanish through this fun 8-week class! Basic knowledge of Spanish required. Class C # 253015: Thursdays, starting April 30 through June 18, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm.
FREE ESOL CLASSES
The Eastern Montgomery Regional Services Center is hosting ESOL classes (English for speakers of other languages) for adults on Tuesday evenings from 6:00-8:30 beginning February 3rd. The classes are open to all wanting to learn English. Both beginner and intermediate classes are offered. All classes are free of charge however a $10 refundable deposit and $20 book fee are required. To sign up for a class, or to receive more information, call 240-777-8400. Classes are provided by the Chinese Culture and Community Center.
JCA SENIOR TECH JULY/AUGUST CLASSES
The JCA SeniorTech Computer Training Centers, a service of the Jewish Council for the Aging, are gearing up for the July/August 2009 session. All JCA SeniorTech sites offer a range of courses from basic to advanced, using the Windows XP operating system, Microsoft Vista and high-Speed internet service. Courses are taught by volunteer instructors and coaches who are 50+, and most feature hands –on experience.
Sites are located at the Asbury Methodist Village, Bethesda Vital Living Center and Landmark Mall. All classes are opened to seniors 50+ and every student is afforded the opportunity to use the site for free practice weekly for one year after their first enrollment. All sites have easy access via metro or bus and ample parking is available. Please see the JCA website, www.accessjca.org, for registration information. For additional information or to register for a class, contact Dana Hirsch at 240-395-0916 or email@example.com.
PRODUCTION CLASSES at THE MONTGOMERY COUNTY TELEVISION (MCT)
Montgomery Community Television provides television production, programming and training. As a nonprofit organization, our goals are service-oriented. We continually assess the needs of our community and become involved in meeting those needs.
MCT reaches out to individuals and organizations to help them take advantage of a communications tool that is right in their own backyards. Contact MCT's Community Project Managers at (301)424-1730 to find out more about these opportunities: Nonprofit TV Day and being a guest on Studio 501(c)(3), a show that was created specifically for nonprofits. Studio 501(c)(3) appears on Access Montgomery (cable 21) Mondays at 5:00 pm, Tuesdays at 9:30 pm, Thursdays at 11:00 am, Saturdays at 12:00 pm and Sundays at 6:30 pm.
Have a program produced by one of our trained volunteers. Contact the Client Services Department at firstname.lastname@example.org call (301)424-1730. To get the most from this service you should plan three months in advance.
PLANT CLINIC TO BE HELD AT THE GAITHERSBURG LIBRARY FROM SPRING TO FALL
Master Gardeners from the Montgomery County Cooperative Extension will offer their popular plant clinic at the Gaithersburg Library on Saturdays, from April 18 through September 26, between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm. For more information go to: http://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/apps/News/press/PR_details.asp?PrID=5421.
MARYLANDERS PLANT TREES – SAVE $25 OFF A TREE
Plant trees and be counted towards the state’s goal of 50,000 trees by 2010 – and save $25 off your new tree! Check out www.trees.maryland.gov for information and advice on where, how and what type of trees to plant, and your printable discount coupon. After planting, register your trees and calculate the benefits they provide. Let’s make Montgomery County one of the best contributors in the State!
MARYLAND SCIENCE CENTER PRESENTS “What’s the Matter” AT THE GAITHERSBURG LIBRARY
Foam will ooze and fizz will flow at the Gaithersburg Library when the Maryland Science Center explores the states of matter, physical changes and chemical reactions at a program to be held on July 22 at 2:00 pm. The program is suitable for children in grades K-8. To learn more go to: http://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/apps/News/press/PR_details.asp?PrID=5696.
MONTGOMERY COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARIES TO HOST SUMMER READING PROGRAM FOR PRESCHOOLERS THROUGH TEENS
June brings not only the start of summer, but the beginning of the Summer Reading Program in Montgomery County Public Libraries (MCPL). The popular program that traditionally draws thousands of children to local public libraries each summer is designed to encourage reading for young people of all ages from preschool through teens. For more information go to: http://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/apps/News/press/PR_details.asp?PrID=5631.
HOUSING COMMISSION PLANS SCHOOL SUPPLY DRIVE; NEEDS LOCAL BUSINESS TO PARTICIPATE
Although the beginning of the 2009-2010 school year is months away, the Housing Opportunities Community Partners (HOCP), a nonprofit organization affiliated with the Housing Opportunities Commission of Montgomery County, is making plans now to launch a school supply drive. HOCP is looking for local businesses willing to place collection boxes for school supply donations in their stores or offices for six weeks this summer. For more information go to: http://www.hocmc.org/documents/schoolsupply.pdf. Click here for flyer with more information.
MARYLAND SCIENCE CENTER PRESENTS “WHAT’S THE MATTER AT THE GAITHERSBURG LIBRARY”.
Foam will ooze and fizz will flow at the Gaithersburg Library when the Maryland Science Center explores the states of matter, physical changes and chemical reactions at a program to be held on July 22 at 2 p.m. The program is suitable for children in grades K-8.
Free tickets are required and will be available at the Children’s Desk starting July 15. No phone reservations will be taken for this program. The library is located at 18330 Montgomery Village Ave.
To request ADA program accommodations, at least five work days in advance, or to receive information, call the library at 240-773-9490.
THE STEVENS PUPPETS TO PERFORM “RUMPELSTILTSKIN AT THE GAITHERSBURG LIBRARY
Marionettes crafted in the old-world style will tell the classic tale of “Rumpelstiltskin” through music and a touch of magic performed by The Stevens Puppets at the Gaithersburg Library, 18330 Montgomery Village Ave., on Thursday, July 30 at 2 p.m.
Free tickets are required and will be available at the Children’s Desk beginning July 23. No phone reservations can be accepted for this program.
To request ADA program accommodations, at least five work days in advance, or for more information, call the library at 240-773-9490.
BOARDS, COMMITTEES AND COMMISSIONS OPPORTUNITIES
County Executive Isiah Leggett is committed to having the County's boards, committees and commissions representative of our County's residents. Public participation contributes to the work of County government and provides a valuable service to the community when a variety of issues, concerns and viewpoints are presented. Currently, there is a valuable opportunity to serve on the following:
- Animal Matters Hearing Board (The deadline for application is July 17)
- Pedestrian and Traffic Safety Advisory Committee (The deadline for application is July 17)
- Sign Review Board (The deadline for application is July 17)
For more information visit http://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/apps/exec/vacancies/PR_list.asp or Contact Beth Gochrach at 240-777-2528.
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES IN THE COMMUNITY
LITERACY TUTORS NEEDED
Can you help promote literacy in Montgomery County? Close to 125,000 residents, about 14% of the total population of Montgomery County cannot read, write, or speak English at a functional level.
The Literacy Council of Montgomery County (LCMC) seeks volunteers to teach adults to read, write and speak English. LCMC offers two programs: (1) Basic Literacy, for adults who already speak English; (2) English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), which offers conversational help as well as reading and writing instruction.
The number of students receiving our services is directly dependent on the number of volunteers willing to serve as tutors. Currently, over 200 adults are waiting for a tutor; most will wait 6-12 months to get one.
Tutors provide free one-on-one or small group tutoring to adults who live or work in Montgomery County. No foreign language skills are necessary. Tutors complete an orientation session and a training workshop, where they learn a proven, easy-to-use teaching method. Orientations are scheduled for June 24, June 29, July 28, and August 5 in Rockville and Silver Spring.
To register for an orientation or for more information, please call 301-610-0030, email email@example.com, or visit our website at www.literacycouncilmcmd.org.
SECRET SHOPPER SERVICE QUALITY AND ACCOUNTABILITY REVIEW VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
As part of Montgomery County Health and Human Services’ (HSS) quality improvement process we are seeking volunteers to act as “secret shoppers” to monitor the quality of service provided by our Information and Referral (I&R) units. We are looking for volunteers who are able and willing to pretend to be customers (using pre-identified scenario’s that allow us to evaluate whether staff provide appropriate answers), and then report back to us on their experience with the I&R units performance.
The qualifications that we are looking for in volunteers for this program are:
- Ability to improvise from a prescribed scenario if asked for additional information (needs some level of ability to improvise),
- Willingness to rate staff performance and write down the exact nature of the referrals or information given,
- Willingness to make three calls during a one week period of time twice a year (to different I&R numbers within HHS each time),
- Participation in a 1 hour training about how to engage in the evaluation process (trainings will be available during both day time and evening).
We are especially interested in volunteers who are able to make calls in language other than English to test whether our I&R units are able to serve residents who are non-English speaking.
If you are interested in participating in this project, or want more information about it before committing you can contact the project manager, Charles A. Smith, PhD, at firstname.lastname@example.org and Go to www.MoCoSurvey.com and click on link for Secret Shopper.
INTAKE WORKERS/SCREENING SPECIALIST IN GAITHERSBURG
Upper Montgomery County Assistance Network is looking for volunteers to answer phone calls from families or individuals in need seeking emergency financial assistance to prevent eviction or utility disconnection. Spanish speaking a plus, but not required. Contact Regina Mastromarino at 301-926-4422 or email@example.com.
In fulfilling your volunteer needs, don't forget the senior component! RSVP (Retired and Senior Volunteer Program) matches senior’s age 55 or better to meaningful volunteer positions with non-profit and public agencies in the County. Of particular interest to you may be the RSVP SWAT (Seniors with Available Time) Team. If you have a project that needs doing at the last minute and you need volunteers right away, simply give us the information and we will e-mail your request out to our SWAT Team volunteers. If any are available to assist, they'll contact you directly. Seniors are a valuable resource in our community-they are skilled, experienced, available, and ready to help! Contact Ann Evans or Kathleen Meaney Stobie for more information, 240.777.2600; firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
CHILDREN’S INN NEEDS BI-LINGUAL VOLUNTEERS
The Children’s Inn at the National Institutes of Health is a residential "place like home" for sick children and their families. Children come from across the country and around the world to stay together with their families in The Inn’s healing environment while receiving groundbreaking medical treatments at the NIH, the world’s leading biomedical research center. While the NIH takes care of the child’s medical needs, The Inn tends to the child’s heart, soul and spirit.
Volunteers are needed to staff the welcome desk and assist with educational programming. Welcome Desk volunteers greet families as they arrive at The Inn and provide front-line customer service in person and by telephone. Educational Aides provide English tutoring to non-English speaking residents. Volunteers typically serve once a week or every other week. Welcome desk shifts include: Friday evenings 4:30 pm to 8:30 pm, Saturdays 12:30 pm to 4:30 pm and 4:30 pm to 8:30 pm. Educational Volunteer Aide schedules vary. Volunteer requirements include: must speak fluent Spanish, excellent verbal communication skills, ability to respond flexibly and resourcefully to the functions of the position, satisfactory completion of volunteer application, background checks, and in-processing procedures.
If you are interested in finding out more information, please contact: Laura King
Director of Volunteers and Community Outreach, The Children’s Inn
firstname.lastname@example.org or 301-451-9454.
TEACH THE PARENT, REACH THE CHILD
Rockville, MD – English for Daily Living, a classroom program for parents of children in the Montgomery County Public Schools, is seeking volunteer teachers and assistant teachers for spring classes. Classes are held on weekdays, usually in the evenings, at schools in Silver Spring and Gaithersburg.
Lead Teachers should have classroom teaching experience, experience teaching adults for whom English is a second language, enthusiasm for working with adult learners, and be available to teach eight 2-hour weekly classes.
Assistant Teachers should have an interest in working with adults for whom English is a second language and be available to assist during eight 2-hour weekly classes.
For more information, please contact Jayne Klein at the Literacy Council of Montgomery County, 301-610-0030 or email email@example.com.
HELP BOOST A CHILD’S SKILLS AND SELF-ESTEEM!
Interages, Inc., a nonprofit in Montgomery County, needs volunteers (ages 50+) to tutor and mentor children at public elementary, middle, and high schools (including Bethesda/Chevy Chase HS). In 1-2 hours/week, you can make a real difference in the life of a student. Volunteers work in a group setting, matched with an individual child, to provide friendship, encouragement, and help with reading, language, geography skills, and cultural activities. Training, all materials, on-site staff support provided. Contact Sara Cartmill at 301-949-3551, X or Cartmill@interagesmd.org or visit us at www.interagesmd.org.
THE WELLNESS COMMUNITY - GREATER WASHINGTON DC SEEKS VOLUNTEERS TO HELP WITH HEALTH FAIRS AND COMMUNITY OUTREACH EVENTS.
Help us represent The Wellness Community by attending health fairs and community events throughout the year. Your time can make a difference educating our community about our free programs of emotional support, education and hope for people living with cancer and their loved ones.
As a volunteer you will distribute literature and talk about our free programs. Good communication skills are helpful. Training will be provided.
Visit www.thewellnesscommunity.org/dc or contact Luisa Carneiro at 301-493-5002 - email firstname.lastname@example.org.
A WIDER CIRCLE Please consider giving some time. You can work in the office or warehouse, work at a project site, or help with our marketing and fundraising efforts. We also have one paid position (paying a modest stipend) to help manage this transition.
You can also donate to our new Capital Campaign. Contributions can be made online at www.awidercircle.org (a good chance to see our new website). To learn more or to volunteer, please reply here, give us a call at the office 301-657-1010 or email email@example.com.
MONTGOMERY COUNTY'S COMMISSION FOR WOMEN COUNSELING AND CAREER CENTER
Use your skills, learn new ones, and help other women! Greatest need is for information and referral specialists, including those fluent in Spanish. Free parking & close to Rockville Metro. Visit www.montgomerycountymd.gov/cfw or contact Lynn Barclay at 240-777-8328 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
MONTGOMERY COUNTY SEEKS VOLUNTEERS TO WORK WITH VICTIMS OF SEXUAL ASSAULT
Volunteers are needed to assist sexual assault victims and their families through the Victim Assistance and Sexual Assault Program of the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services. Interviews are currently being conducted for the September 2008 training session. Bilingual volunteers are encouraged to apply. All volunteers must be at least 21 years of age, have a valid driver's license and immediate access to transportation. To receive more information or to arrange an interview, call the Montgomery County Victim Assistance and Sexual Assault Program at 240-777-1355 or go to www.montgomerycountymd.gov/vasap.
MID-ATLANTIC ADVISORY COUNCIL MEMBER for AMERICAN KIDNEY FUND
In an effort to increase the number of people that the American Kidney Fund reaches, volunteer networks are being established in strategic areas of the country. The Mid-Atlantic Advisory Council member will act as ambassador in supporting and advocating for the American Kidney Fund's mission. The council will consists of dedicated volunteers such as you, who can assist us in directing, organizing, and implementing the large fundraising campaign that we must undertake soon. We hope you look at this opportunity as an opportunity to participate on a regional council and network with other community leaders who are interested in the health of your neighbors. If you are interested in finding out about this opportunity, please contact Rhonda Watson at 301-984-6654 or by email at email@example.com
| JOBS OPPORTUNITIES IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY |
Below are selected employment opportunities in Montgomery County Government, private and nonprofit sectors. You can see all job postings below. Apply for the job that interests your career goals. To see all Montgomery County's job postings, visit www.montgomerycountymd.gov/careers. Contact Joe Heiney-Gonzalez at 240-777-5070 or firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also go to the various organization's website for more information about the positions listed.
| Please Note: Effective July 1, 2008 all job applications must be submitted online. Paper resumes will not be accepted. |
|Position/Job Title ||Salary Range ||Job Requisition # ||See application Deadline|
|Library Page (MUST BE AT LEAST 14 TO APPLY) ||$7.84/Hr. See Job Description ||3300 ||Open Continuous|
THERE IS ONE POSITION AVAILABLE AT A WIDER CIRCLE
LOCAL FIRST PROGRAM MANAGER NEEDED
The Local First Program Manager is responsible for the design, implementation and evaluation of all activities associated with Local First Wheaton and Buy Local Silver Spring. As the leader of this program you will manage two neighborhood-based social marketing campaigns that encourage consumers to patronize locally-owned, independent businesses in each downtown business district. This includes overseeing the creation and distribution of strategic marketing materials, maintaining two websites (www.localfirstwheaton.org and www.buylocalsilverspring.com), organizing events for business owners and consumers, and attracting media attention. Click here for flyer with more information.
TWO FULL – TIME POSITIONS AVAILABLE at SAALT: APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED UNTIL JULY 31, 2009.
Director of Programs and Partnerships: This is a senior-management position. The Director will oversee and implement community-based programs and campaigns, and will work with SAALT staff to maintain partnerships with the National Coalition of South Asian Organizations (NCSO) and allies. For more information, including job responsibilities and deadline to apply, please visit here.
Development and Operations Manager: The Development and Operations Manager will be responsible for identifying new sources of revenue, especially from individuals and corporations; developing innovative ways of connecting with groups and individuals to identify such resources; and organizing special events. In addition, the Development and Operations Manager will be responsible for administrative and financial duties. For more information, including job responsibilities and deadline to apply, please visit here.
COMMUNITY ORGANIZER: EARLY CHILDHOOD/ CHILD CARE ISSUES
Empower DC is seeking an Organizer to lead our grassroots advocacy campaign to secure quality, affordable Early Childhood Education (ECE) and child care for low-income families in the District of Columbia. The Organizer will work to expand Empower DC’s ECE and child care organizing, building upon the successes of the Child Care for All Campaign, which in 2006 won an over $20 million increase in funding, ending the waiting list for Child Care Vouchers. The Organizer will conduct outreach and recruit impacted residents to participate in advocacy work. The Organizer will build the leadership skills of participants so that they are able to engage in sustained, effective self-advocacy and represent the needs of low-income DC families in the high-level policy arenas where ECE and child care policy making occurs.
How to Apply
Please send a cover letter, résumé, and the names and contact information for three references to Parisa Norouzi, Director at email@example.com or by fax, 202-234-6655, by July 17, 2009.No phone calls please. To learn more, visit: Website: www.empowerdc.org.
One full-time position is now available: The Director of Development oversees all of the organizations marketing and fundraising work, including grant writing, corporate and individual giving, events, and marketing materials. Any interested applicants should email a resume, cover letter, (and writing sample for Director of Development candidates) to Layne Amerikaner at firstname.lastname@example.org.
JOB CLUB MEMO
An updated job memo from Joe Heiney-Gonzalez coming soon.
To see all Montgomery County's job postings, visit www.montgomerycountymd.gov/careers. Contact Joe Heiney-Gonzalez, Special Assistant to the Director, at 240-777-5070 or by email at email@example.com.
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Montgomery County Government, Office of Public Information, 101 Monroe Street, 4th Floor, Rockville, MD 20850.
Last edited by Howard Hartman; 07-09-2009 at 11:51 AM.