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Office Of Community Partnerships Newsletter, March 2010, Issue 25
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Bruce Adams
Director, Office of Community Partnerships
Please forward this message about the importance of the Census to family, friends, and neighbors. Make sure they know what to look for so they don't throw this important form out with the junk mail.
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You should receive a mailing from the United States Census during the week of March 15. Please look for this very important mailing. County Executive Ike Leggett is absolutely committed to the essential democratic principle that Everyone One Counts in Montgomery County! We want to count every single person living in Montgomery County. The Census happens every ten years, and the results are used to establish our County's representation in Congress and in the Maryland General Assembly. Federal funding for many essential education, transportation, and human services are set by the population counted in the Census. Montgomery County will lose thousands of federal dollars for every resident we fail to count. Information on individual residents collected by Census will not be shared with others. The Census form is easy to fill out. Just ten questions will take you only ten minutes to complete and will help determine Montgomery County's future for the next ten years. You will receive your form in the middle of March. Please include every person living in your residence, and mail the form back by April 1. Your prompt response will save the federal government money by avoiding the need for officials to visit your residence in April and May. By mailing the form back, you will avoid having Census enumerators visit your residence. Please mail it back so Montgomery can move forward!


Census Faith March 11 Logos
       March 11, 2010
                  from 9 AM - Noon

Where:       Mt. Calvary Baptist Church
                  608 N. Horners Lane
                  Rockville, MD  20877

What:        Join hundreds of other faith community leaders to learn about the critical role of faith communities in obtaining a complete count of our citizens in the 2010 Census.  Faith communities are important because even a 1% under-count could cost our county hundreds of millions in federal funding over the next 10 years!

Your participation is in all our best interest.  Will you join us?


On Saturday March 27, please join County Executive Ike Leggett, Council President Nancy Floreen, and former Members of Congress Connie Morella and Mike Barnes on the Be Counted Express. Our Whistle Stop Census Campaign Tour will begin at Gaithersburg City Hall at 10 a.m. Then we will travel by Ride-On Bus to Westfield Wheaton for a Census Festival/Rally at noon, and on to the Takoma Park/Langley Crossroads for a Festival/Rally at 2 p.m. You may join us at any one stop or ride the entire route. We will have a Ride On Bus leaving Takoma Park at 9 a.m. to get you to the 10 a.m. rally in Gaithersburg. For those who start in Gaithersburg, we will have you back to City Hall by 3:30 p.m. 
To volunteer to help at the Festivals/Rallies or to reserve your spot on the Be Counted Express, please email: bruce.adams@montgomerycountymd.gov


Conferences to Energize Faith Community to Partner in Statewide Complete Count Effort

BALTIMORE (March 4, 2010) - The Maryland Statewide Complete Count Committee is holding four  Interfaith Summits to inform faith leaders about the importance of a complete count in Census 2010, which begins later this month.  Leaders of churches, synagogues, mosques and faith communities throughout Maryland are invited to these free summits, which are being held at locations in theWashington and Baltimore metropolitan areas and on the Eastern Shore.

The State committee will present a plan to faith leaders for getting the message to people in the areas they serve that the census is important, easy and safe. Attendees will receive materials and information for equipping their congregations and communities to implement this plan in late March.

The Governor's Census 2010 State Outreach Team is comprised of the Maryland Department of Planning (MDP) the office of the Secretary of State (SOS) and the Governor's Office of Community Initiatives (GOCI).   For more information and updates, visit http://Census.Maryland.gov.

Where:    Cardinal Shehan School - 5407 Loch Raven Blvd, Baltimore, MD 21239
When:     Tuesday, March 9, 2010 from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Where:    Mount Calvary Baptist Church - 608 N. Horners Lane, Rockville, MD 20850
When:     Thursday, March 11, 2010 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Where:    Immanuel Baptist Church - 1514 Old Ocean City Rd., Salisbury, MD 21804
When:     Friday, March 12, 2010 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Where:    Fort Foote Baptist Church - 8310 Fort Foote Road, Fort Washington, MD 20744
When:     Thursday, March 18, 2010 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

earth_dayEARTH DAY 2010 - APRIL 22ND
Now is a good time for community groups to plan group service projects around the time of Earth Day.  While Earth Day is April 22nd, the Montgomery County Volunteer Center and other organizations celebrate Earth Day throughout the month of April. 

Get your nonprofit, school, religious, civic or other community group volunteering to improve the environment.  Park, waterway, and neighborhood clean ups, painting and gardening are just a few ways groups can make a difference. 

Find Earth Day volunteering opportunities and view the Earth Day Toolkit, full of ideas on how to plan and organize a group event by visiting the Volunteer Center website at www.montgomerycountymd.gov/volunteer.

If your group needs assistance, contact the Volunteer Center at 240/777-2600 or e-mail volunteer@montgomerycountymd.gov.

County Executive Signs Executive Order
Germantown - an area of Montgomery County that has experienced the largest growth of foreign-born residents since 1990 - was the location selected by Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett to sign an Executive Order on Language Access that will ensure consistently high quality services for residents with limited English proficiency.  Leggett was joined by County Council President Nancy Floreen, Secretary of Maryland's Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation Alex Sanchez, Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the federal Office of Civil Rights Leon Rodriquez and community leaders.
"Ensuring effective delivery of County services to all residents is essential to our work," said Leggett.  "Removing language barriers to services is a key element to a culturally competent government that can serve all residents well."
The Executive Order will improve accountability for all Executive Branch departments and offices in an effort to ensure compliance with federal guidelines on language access, institutionalize effective practices and encourage cross-agency coordination with other public institutions in the County.  The new Executive Order will build upon Montgomery County's current Limited English Proficiency (LEP) policy developed in 2003.  With the signing of this order, Leggett hopes to improve staff awareness and competency and ensure access to government services for all communities throughout Montgomery County.

Nearly half (45 percent) of Maryland's immigrant population lives in Montgomery County and 30 percent of County residents are foreign-born.  One in three speaks a language other than English at home and an estimated 14.5 percent are of limited English proficiency.  

For a copy of the Executive Order or the County's Limited English Proficiency policy, please visit www.montgomerycountymd.gov/LEP
or contact Lily Qi at lily.qi@montgomerycountymd.gov


Volta Census Dinner
Daniel Koroma
Senior Fellow & Liaison to African and Caribbean Communities

Representing the County's Chief Executive, Mr. Isiah Leggett, Mr. Daniel Koroma, Senior Fellow & Community Liaison, Office of Community Partnerships, addressed participants on the 2010 Census- adding that the date, April 1st 2010 for the census is Not April Fools.

Lily Qi
Asian and Middle Eastern American Liaison
On February 9, right after a severe snow storm, a group of Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese community members gathered at the Montgomery County Council 3rd floor hearing room to celebrate the Lunar New Year and welcome the Year of the Tiger.  "Are you sure this is not the Year of the Snow?" asked Council President Floreen, after reading the joint proclamation by the County Executive and the Council.  All nine Council members joined the ceremony.  Since the State of Maryland passed the law in 2006 making the Lunar New Year Day a day of commemoration in Maryland, Montgomery County has been honoring this annual tradition.
County Executive Ike Leggett recorded a Lunar New Year's greeting to all who celebrate this increasingly popular cultural tradition in Montgomery County.  The video can be viewed via YouTube, at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tQ4efP3749c 
The Lunar New Year is a shared cultural tradition among several major Asian ethnic communities here, including the Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese and Mongolian, etc., several other Asian cultures also celebrate the Lunar New Year, but at different times such as Japanese, Cambodian, and Sri Lankan.  There have been numerous community celebrations throughout the month of February.  
The American Museum of Natural History in New York City has a spectacular new exhibit, "Traveling the Silk Road: Ancient Pathway to the Modern World." This exhibit allows you to travel back in time one thousand years to a period when ideas traveled by camel rather than the internet. Few traveled the entire 4,600 miles, but if you did it might take a year. The exhibit features stops at four key locations along the Silk Road, starting with Xi'an and Turfan in China, then to Samarkand in Uzbekistan, and finally to Baghdad. Our goal in Montgomery County to become a model multicultural community is not new. A thousand years ago, Xi'an attracted one million people from all over the world. It was a magnificent melding of cultures, religions, music, fabrics, and foods. If you get a chance, check it out: http://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/silkroad/?src=e_h. The exhibit ends August 15, 2010.


Montgomery County Historical Society - Banner Day A BANNER DAY ... Montgomery County Council President Nancy Floreen (second from left) and County Executive Isiah Leggett recently helped the Montgomery County Historical Society launch its latest effort in the multi-lingual education initiative known as Montgomery Connections. Aspects of the project focus on County history and are presented in English, Spanish and Chinese, using banners, audio content and Web site support to spread messages. Three new themes unveiled this spring depict individuals who played key roles in County history including the stories of Ahlee Lee, who is believed to be the first Chinese immigrant to the County; Carrie Farquhar, a Sandy Spring resident of the 1800's; and Inez Holman, a teacher in 1932 from the Rocky Hill School, the Negro school in Clarksburg, who taught in County schools during the era of school segregation. Montgomery County Historical Society Executive Director Debbie Rankin, left, and Assistant Director Beth Hickley joined in the unveiling of the banners.
Volunteers play a critical role in supporting nonprofit, government, and faith communities that serve Montgomery County residents.  Each year, through the prestigious Marriott Spirit to Serve Community Service Awards, the Montgomery County Volunteer Center, under the Offices of the County Executive, honors remarkable individuals, groups and schools that have significantly contributed to the community. 
The awards provide an important way to recognize extraordinary service and contributions that make Montgomery County a better place in which to live and work.
Nominations for the 2010 awards are due no later than March 26.  Nomination forms and directions for submission are available on the Volunteer Center's website, www.montgomerycountymd.gov/volunteer.
Marriott International is the exclusive sponsor of this awards program.
Each Marriott Spirit to Serve Award nomination is reviewed by a panel of judges.  Four winners will be selected in the individual/group category and four will be selected in the school category.  All honorees will be recognized at a ceremony/reception in early May.  Marriott International, the exclusive sponsor of the awards, will donate $500 to each honoree's volunteer program; school honorees will receive banners by Signs by Tomorrow that can be proudly displayed at their schools.       
The Montgomery County Volunteer Center connects residents with volunteer opportunities and helps government, businesses and nonprofits effectively harness the energy of volunteers to serve the community.
For more information about the Montgomery County Volunteer Center, call 240-777-2600 or visit www.montgomerycountymd.gov/volunteer
communityfoundationCALL FOR NOMINATIONS
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Do you have a friend, neighbor or colleague who...
  • Is an energetic, creative, and generous donor in Montgomery County?
  • Supports one or several nonprofit organizations working on Montgomery County's most pressing issues?
  • Inspires others to do the same?
Here is your chance to nominate her/him to be the next Montgomery County Philanthropist of the Year! Now through April 1, 2010, our regional affiliate, The Community Foundation for Montgomery County (CFMC), is accepting nominations for the 2010 Montgomery County Philanthropist of the Year Award. The recipient will be honored at CFMC's annual "Celebration of Giving" event in the fall.

Click HERE or visit
to learn more and download the nomination form. 
In December 2009, the IRS issued a new checklist for agents who examine tax exempt organizations. According to the IRS, the checklist is to be used "to capture data about governance practices and the related internal controls of organizations being examined. The data will be included in a long-term study to gain a better understanding of the intersection between governance practices and tax compliance."

It is not meant to be a checklist of qualifications for maintaining tax-exempt status.

Perhaps the most interesting questions on the checklist relate to the auditor's report.  The checklist asks if a Management Letter was obtained, if it was reviewed by the Board or a committee, and if the organization acted on any of the recommendations.

It is unlikely that these checklist questions will change what an auditor puts into a Management Letter, but it is important to note that IRS examiners may now ask more questions about what was in the Management Letter.

If you have any questions, please contact us:
Gelman, Rosenberg & Freedman, CPAs
4550 Montgomery Ave, Suite 650N
Bethesda, Maryland 20814
Phone: 301.951.9090
Fax: 301.951.3570
town_hall_meetingTOWN HALL MEETING
The County Executive is holding a Town Hall Meeting on Monday, March 22 at 7:30 p.m. at Ridgeview Middle School, 16600 Raven Rock Drive, Gaithersburg (Darnestown area).  If you know of any "hot-button" issues in your area that might possibly come up at the meeting, please forward them to me along with their status, so we can pass this information along to Mr. Leggett prior to the meeting.  If you could have the information to me no later than Monday, March 15, that would be great.
County Executive Isiah Leggett is seeking applicants to fill Boards, Committees and Commissions.

Please share this notice with anyone who may be interested. You may access vacancy announcements for boards, committees, and commissions through the following link.
Applicants of diverse backgrounds, professions, gender, geography, disability and ethnicity are encouraged to apply. An application, consisting of a brief cover letter and resume, should be sent by mail to County Executive Isiah Leggett, 101 Monroe Street, 2nd Floor, Rockville, MD  20850, or by email to countyexecutive.boards@montgomerycountymd.gov. Home and employment addresses, as well as contact phone numbers and email addresses should be included. If appropriate, applicants should indicate the position for which they are applying.
Members of County boards, committees and commissions may not serve on more than one such group at a time. Members of these boards are eligible for reimbursement for travel and dependent care for meetings attended. Leggett's appointments are subject to confirmation by the County Council. Applications of those selected for appointment are made public as part of the confirmation process.
Contact:  Beth Gochrach, 240-777-2528
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 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 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.
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