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Office Of Community Partnerships Newsletter, January 2010, Issue 23
   
 
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UpdatedForumsUPDATED BUDGET FORUMS INFORMATION
 
Monday, January 11, 2010 (7:30 - 9 p.m.)
Upcounty Regional Services Center
12900 Middlebrook Road, Meeting Room A, Germantown
 
Tuesday, January 12, 2010 (7 - 8:30 p.m.)
Eastern Montgomery County Regional Services Center
3300 Briggs Chaney Road, Silver Spring
 
Tuesday, January 19, 2010 (7 - 8:30 p.m.)
Leisure World Clubhouse One Ballroom
3700 Rossmoor Blvd., Silver Spring
 
Thursday, January 21, 2010 (7 - 8:30 p.m.)

Long Branch Community Center
8700 Piney Branch Road, Silver Spring
 
Monday, January 27, 2010(7 - 8:30 p.m.)
Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center
4805 Edgemoor Lane, Bethesda
FeedHungryFeed the Hungry & Promote the Census:
MLK Weekend January 16-18, 2010

Bruce Adams
Director, Office of Community Partnerships

 
Again this year, Montgomery County is going to celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day exactly as I think Dr. King would have wanted to us to celebrate. In 2009, five thousand Montgomery County residents responded to President Obama's call for a new spirit of service and sacrifice by participating in events inspired by the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service. Our Yes Montgomery Can Weekend of Service & Sacrifice was a great success.
 
This year, Manna Food Center, County Executive's Office of Community Partnerships, Giant Food, and the Jewish Community Relations Council, with generous support from the Census and the Neighbors in Need Montgomery Fund of the montgomery County Community Foundation, are hosting a community service project to help our neighbors in need.  On Saturday, January 16 and Sunday, January 17, there will be a food collection drive for Manna Food Center at 20 different Giant Food Stores across Montgomery County.

Why is collecting food for Manna so important?
* It is very hard to be poor in a County like Montgomery;
* Manna distributes a quarter of a million pounds of food each month;
* Manna feeds more than 5% of all County residents;
* Since the start of the recession, Manna has experienced a 56% increase in people turning to Manna for help putting food on their table.

We need your help in staffing the sites with volunteers. We are looking for organizations -- businesses, civic associations, nonprofits, congregations -- willing to adopt a Giant and staff the site with volunteers from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, January 16 or Sunday, January 17. We suggest having 4 to 5 volunteers for each shift with one hour shifts. Volunteers will be asked to encourage shoppers to purchase extra food while in the store, staff the collection site, and deliver the food at the end of the day to Manna's warehouse in Gaithersburg. That's it. It's that easy. And that important. Students may get Student Service Learning hours.
 
If you can help, please contact Jeanne Ellinport at jeanne@ellinportconsulting.com or phone 301-670-0770.
 
In addition to collecting food, we will be promoting the all important 2010 Census. With support from the Census, all of our Food Drive materials will include the Census logo. Most significantly, Manna Food has agreed to give one of our Montgomery County Census flyers to every family that gets food from Manna or any of the food pantries Manna supplies from January through the end of May. Each month, Manna will include a Census flyer in each Smart Sack of food given to elementary school students. All of this will be a big help in promoting the Census to thousands of our hard-to-count families.
 
Even if you are not able to volunteer to help at a Giant, please try to shop at one of the 20 Giants and buy some extra food to donate. Or you may bring nonperishable food to donate on Monday, January 18 to any of the MLK Day of Service Volunteer Sites. Please log onto the Volunteer Center's MLK Day of Service website: http://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/mcgtmpl.asp?url=/content/Volunteer/locations.asp
 
If you are one of the lucky people with a ticket to to the County's annual Strathmore Hall MLK Celebration on Monday, January 18, please bring food donations for Manna.
 
Here is the list of the Giants where volunteers will be accepting your food donations from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the day indicated: Bethesda (7142 Arlington Road on Saturday; 10400 Old Georgetown Road on Sunday; and 5400 Westbard Avenue on Sunday); Burtonsville (15791 Columbia Pike on Saturday); Colesville (13490 New Hampshire Avenue on Saturday); Gaithersburg (18250 Flower Hill Way on Saturday; and 229 Kentlands Boulevard on Sunday); Germantown (13060 Middlebrook on Saturday; 18331 Leaman Farm Road on Saturday; and 20944 Frederick Road on Saturday); Olney (17821 Georgia Avenue on Saturday); Potomac (9812 Falls Road on Saturday and 7919 Tuckerman Lane on Sunday); Rockville (12051 Rockville Pike on Saturday AND Sunday; and 625 Hungerford Drive on Saturday); and Silver Spring (3860 International Drive on Saturday; 2900 University Boulevard West on Saturday; 11221 New Hampshire Avenue on Saturday; and 8750 Arliss Street on Saturday).
 
Thanks for any support you can give us as we promote the 2010 Census and collect food for our neighbors in need. I think Dr. King would think our campaign to feed the hungry and promote the Census is a pretty good way to honor his legacy. So please join us on MLK Weekend January 16-18, 2010.
CouncilGrantMontgomery County Council Grant Application
The Montgomery County Council believes that a strong partnership with nonprofit organizations is critical to meeting County objectives and the needs of our residents.  Accordingly, on October 13, 2009 the Council adopted a Resolution which again this year provides for a formal application process for nonprofit organizations to submit Fiscal Year 2011 funding requests to the County Council.  On December 8, the County Council appointed a Grants Advisory Group to review applications and directed staff to post the grant application and directions on the County Council's web site. 
 
The Council will accept applications for programs and projects that advance the County's services, goals, and objectives in areas such as the following: community development, economic development, education, health and human services, and recreation.  In these very difficult economic times for many of our residents, the Council is particularly interested in proposals that provide emergency and other assistance to the neediest members of our community. 
 
Montgomery County's unemployment rate is higher than it has been in our recorded history.  14,000 fewer people are working now than a year ago.  The County Council knows you serve many of those residents and their families.
 
Our local government also faces severe fiscal challenges.  Our revenues are dramatically lower than projected and next fiscal year we are facing a $600 million gap between our projected expenses and revenues.  What this means is that many worthwhile programs will not be funded because we simply will not have the revenues to pay for them.  Last spring the Council approved $1.8 million in Council grants out of approximately $10 million in requests. This year will be much more difficult. The perfect storm of rising needs and declining revenues is upon all of us.   The County Council will have to make very difficult choices among the many important priorities and needs of our residents.
 
As for the Council Grants process, here is some key information and dates:
 
Organizations interested in applying for a FY2011 Council grant may access the application on the Council's web site at: http://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/content/Council/pdf/doc/2009/fy11_Grant_app.doc 
 
If you do not have access to the Internet, you may call 240-777-7924 and an application will be sent to you in the mail.  You may also pick up an application at Legislative Information Services at the Council Office Building, fifth floor, 100 Maryland Avenue in Rockville.  Please be sure to use the Fiscal Year 2011 application as it contains some changes in the required information.
 
Important dates to remember:
  • January 13, 2010, 7:00-9 p.m. - there will be a grants workshop in the Third Floor Hearing Room at the Council Office Building for anyone interested in learning more about the grants process.  I will be there, along with Council staff who will be there to answer your questions and provide further information.
  • January 29, 2010, 4 p.m. - is the deadline for applications.  They must be received in Council offices by that time in order to be considered for funding.  Please note that no applications will be accepted after that date.
  • February - March - Grants Advisory Group will review and evaluate applications.
  • April 23, 2010 - the Grants Advisory Group is scheduled to issue its report.
  • Mid-Late May - the County Council will make funding decisions as part of the FY2011 Operating Budget.  Proposals that are selected for funding will be effective after July 1, 2010.
  • Funds will become available approximately 60-120 days after July 1, 2010, after execution of a required contract with Montgomery County Government that includes reporting and other requirements.  The grant application provides further details.

If you have questions, please contact Peggy Fitzgerald-Bare, Council Grants Manager at council.grants@montgomerycountymd.gov or 240-777-7924.
PlanningBoardCounty Council Seeks Applicants for Planning Board
The Montgomery County Council is seeking applicants to fill a position on the Montgomery County Planning Board for the expiring term of Royce Hanson (Democrat).  His term will expire on June 14, 2010.  Dr. Hanson has indicated that he will not apply for reappointment.

The Council expects to designate the appointee as chairman.  In appointing a chairman for the board, the Council will establish the salary for the chairman within a range of $160,000 to $180,000. Applications must be received no later than 5 p.m. on Monday, March 8. Click here for more information.
MinorityBusinessMinority Business Leaders List Legislative Priorities
by Lily Qi,
Asian American and Midle Eastern Communities Liaison
Office of Community Partnerships
 
More than 300 community and business leaders, legislators at national, state and county levels, and County government officials gathered at the Bethesda Marriott on Pooks Hill Rd, Friday, Dec. 18, for Montgomery County's 9th Annual Minority Legislative Breakfast.  This event was co-sponsored by the African American Chamber of Commerce, the Hispanic American Chamber of Commerce, and the Asian Pacific American Political Alliance to call attention to critical issues in economic development, healthcare, education with particular impact on minority communities in Montgomery County. 
 
County Executive Ike Leggett, along with other elected leaders from Montgomery County, including Congressional representatives Chris Van Hollen and Donna Edwards, Council President Nancy Floreen, House Majority Leader Kumar Barve, Chair of Montgomery County's Senate Delegation to Maryland Rich Madaleno, all spoke on each institution's priorities for the 2010 legislative season. 
 
Mr. Leggett emphasized the County's progress since the last legislative breakfast in increasing opportunities for minority small businesses such as the County's increasing from 10% to 20% the required level of participation of all contracts by these businesses and the improved procurement bidding process, which allows small businesses to bid for large contracts and contract with bigger companies to complete the work. 
 
The five priorities advocated by the three organizers for 2010 are:
 
1.      Enhance education program designed to eliminate the achievement gap, especially in the highly impacted African American and Hispanic student population.  Preserve funding for programs that foster parental involvement and after-school activities.
2.      Accelerate efforts to eliminate disparities in health care access often exacerbated by aging, economic climate and language barriers.  The County Council is encouraged to fund a county-wide household data collection survey to monitor the state of minority health among linguistically isolated and underrepresented groups.
3.      Support initiatives that will stimulate the job market.  Encourage the regulatory environment to be more conducive to the growth and sustainability of small and minority-owned businesses.  Increased county procurement contracting with small, monority and women owned businesses; set-up simplified acquisition processes, preferences and goals similar to those of the federal government.
4.      Continue to provide foreclosure intervention and default counseling support working in tandem with State and Federal resources.  Fund emergency assistance programs to avert sudden homelessness, especially for families and youth.
5.      Continue to support nonprofit organizations that serve minority communities.  Adequately fund effective community education and gathering places that promote cross-cultural initiatives, neighbor-to-neighbor communication and collaboration across communities.

For more information about the Minority Legislative Breakfast, please visit: http://mlbmd.wordpress.com/.
AustinHAustin Heyman Recognized in the Gazette
Austin Heyman, Senior Fellow at the County Executive's Office of Community Partnerships, was recently inducted into the Maryland Senior Citizens Hall of Fame and received a GERI Award for extraordinary humanitarian community service. "Heyman, now 78, founded Interages, a nonprofit created to build bridges between people of different ages and cultures. He was twice appointed as a delegate to the White House Conference on Aging."
 
CrystalCCrystal Carr Highlighted by the Gazette
Crystal Carr, Director of Gaithersburg Community Services, was recognized by the Gazette for her work in the Gaithersburg Community. "Carr oversees 33 nonprofit grant contracts, holiday giving and a variety of other social programs for the city. In so doing, she works with more than 100 service providers and serves on the boards of several local nonprofits. Her division of 15 employees handles interim case management for needy city families, oversees $58,000 in school grants and runs Wells/Robertson House, a nonprofit organization providing support to Gaithersburg's transitional program for homeless men and women in recovery from drug and alcohol addiction."
 
SecurityNonprofit Security Grant Program
National Capital Region Opportunities
 
National Capital Region Urban Areas Security Initiative - Nonprofit Security Grant Program.  The District of Columbia's Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency announces the availability of federal grant funds through the FY 2010 Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP).  This grant is listed as number 97.008 in the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA).
 
Purpose:  The UASI NSGP provides funding support for target hardening activities to 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations located within specific high-threat, high-density urban areas (the National Capital Region) and are determined to be at high risk of terrorist attack. Grant funding may only be used for the following: (1) target hardening, which includes the acquisition and installation of security equipment on real property (including buildings and improvements) owned or leased by an eligible nonprofit organization, specifically in prevention of and/or protection against the risk of terrorist attack, or (2) security-related training courses and programs. Allowable training related costs under UASI NSGP are limited to attendance fees for the training, and related expenses, such as materials, supplies, and/or equipment. Please note: the maximum grant award is $75,000 per nonprofit organization.
 
Eligibility:  Eligible applicants are limited to nonprofit organizations having current IRS approval as an IRC Section 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status organization and located within the National Capital Region, defined as the District of Columbia; counties of Montgomery and Prince George's (MD); counties of Arlington, Fairfax, Prince William and Loudon and the City of Alexandria (VA); and all other units of government within the geographic areas of such District, Counties, and City. Eligible applicants are also required to become members of their local Citizen Corps Council, where one exists, in order to build an integrated, comprehensive community preparedness effort in their community.   
 
The Request for Applications (RFA) may be found online at the following web addresses: http://hsema.dc.gov. The deadline for applications is 11:59 P.M. EST, Monday, February 19, 2010. 
 
For more information, contact Charles Madden, Acting Chief, HSEMA Grants Division, at (202) 724-6568 or charles.madden@dc.gov
ConstructionCheck the Status of County Construction Projects Online
The Montgomery County Department of General Services (DGS) website now has a convenient and easy-to-use feature that provides information on County construction projects by location.  Residents can check on the status of projects such as fire stations, libraries and recreation centers by clicking on a map that takes them to a list of the projects in their neighborhood, a description of the project, photos and other information.

"One of the goals of my administration is opening better lines of communication with our residents, and the neighborhood projects website is an excellent example of how government can make it easier and more convenient for residents to find out what is happening right in their own neighborhoods," said Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett.
oOffice of Community Partnerships Calendar
Community Outreach Forum: Meetings third Wednesday of every month from 2 -4 p.m. at Executive Office Building Auditorium. There will be no meeting in December. Contact Karla Silvestre for more information: karla.silvestre@montgomerycountymd.gov
 
Committee for Ethnic Affairs: First Thursday of every other month, 7 pm at the Executive Office Building Auditorium. Contact Lisa Austin for additional information: lisa.austin@montgomerycountymd.gov.

Down County Latino Network, will meet on December 16, February 24,  April 28, and June 23, at the Mid County Regional Services Center. Contact Karla Silvestre for more information at: karla.silvestre@montgomerycountymd.gov.

Up County Latino Network, will meet on January 27th, March 24th, and May 26th from 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 at: karla.silvestre@montgomerycountymd.gov.
 
 Ethnic Advisory Group Budget Meetings With the County Executive, will all occur at the 9th floor Conference Room in the EOB, 101 Monroe St, Rockville, MD 20850. The Middle Eastern Advisory Group will meet at 7 p.m. on January 5th. The Latin American Advisory Group will meet at 8 p.m. on January 5th. The Caribbean Affairs Advisory Group will meet at 7 p.m. on January 14th. The African Affairs Advisory Group will meet at 8 p.m. on January 14th. For more information contact Lisa Austin at lisa.austin@montgomerycountymd.gov.
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