Office Of Community Partnerships Newsletter
May 2010, Issue 27
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|MESSAGES FROM THE DIRECTOR:|
NEW AMERICANS: WHAT A CONTRAST!
Director, Office of Community Partnerships
On Saturday May 1, just a week and a day after Governor Jan Brewer signed Arizona's infamous "Show Us Your Papers" law, I had the privilege of attending a Naturalization Oath Ceremony in the Executive Office Building in Rockville. Our country's 50 brand new citizens represented 32 different countries. In Arizona, they are asking people who look different to show their papers. In Montgomery County, we are welcoming New Americans who have come from every corner of the globe and greatly enriched our community in so many ways. What a contrast!
At the ceremony, County Executive Ike Leggett emphasized the importance of each new citizen seeing themselves as full participants in our great democracy. CASA de Maryland's Gustavo Torres urged them to register to vote, and the League of Women voters signed up 35 new voters on the spot. My favorite comment came from community activist Hoan Dang who urged his listeners to "Volunteer!" After the new citizens took the oath, County Executive Leggett handed out American flags and everyone sang "America the Beautiful." It was beautiful!
UPDATE ON 2010 CENSUSBruce Adams
Director, Office of Community Partnerships
Congratulations, Montgomery County! Our 78% mail-back participation rate in the 2010 Census is outstanding. In 2000, Fairfax's mail-back rate was 2% more than ours. This year, ours was 2% higher than in Fairfax. That small difference of 4% could result in $250-300 million of additional federal funds for essential services for Montgomery residents over the next decade. Great thanks go to the hundreds of community leaders who worked so hard to make this happen. Special thanks to former Members of Congress Connie Morella and Mike Barnes for their leadership of our 200-member Complete Count Committee. But as Yogi Berra said, "It ain't over 'til it's over." The mail-back process was just the first stage of the 2010 Census. On May 1, Census takers began visiting the homes of those who did not mail their forms back. Tell your family, friends, neighbors, and colleagues: please cooperate with the Census takers. They are our neighbors. They are sworn for life to protect your privacy and confidentiality. We want to make sure we count every single person living in Montgomery County. We will lose thousands of dollars of much needed federal funding for each person we don't count. For more information about the Census, log onto: http://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/census
|ASIAN AMERICAN COMMUNITY RESOURCE FAIR|
Sunday, May 8
To connect our growing and vibrant Asian American community with other communities and to showcase the rich diversity of Asian American community resources and organizations, the County Executive's Asian American Advisory Group is hosting an Asian American Community Resource Fair in early May to kick-off the Asian American Heritage Month. Please mark your calendar for the following:
Asian American Community Resource Fair
Saturday, May 8, 1:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Executive Office Building Cafeteria, 101 Monroe St., Rockville
Free and open to the public. Organizations or sponsors interested in participating should contact Lily Qi, Asian and Middle Eastern Liaison, at 240-777-2524 or email@example.com.
|Invitation to a Conversation with Steven V. Roberts|
ENCOURAGING INTER-COMMUNITY CONVERSATIONS:
A SERIES SPONSORED BY THE MONTGOMERYCOUNTY
ETHNIC AFFAIRS COMMITTEE
A Conversation with Steven V. Roberts, Professor, Columnist,
TV and Radio Analyst, and Best-Selling Author
The Montgomery County Committee for Ethnic Affairs invites you to join author Steven V. Roberts for a conversation on immigrant experiences in our community.
Roberts' recently published book, From Every End of This Earth: 13 Families and the New Lives They Made in America, profiles 13 families who immigrated to America. While the immigrant experience is different for each family, one common thread is what Roberts describes as the sacrifice generation, the ones that face "the pain of dislocation, of missing home, of living in two worlds and never feeling completely comfortable in either one." For many immigrants, this sacrifice is made for the sake of their children.
Following Roberts' discussion of immigrant experiences, audience members may share their own stories of their immigration experiences.
Please join County Executive Ike Leggett, Professor Roberts, other community leaders, and the Committee for Ethnic Affairs for this Community Conversation.
Monday, May 24, 2010
7 - 9 p.m.
First floor meeting room
21 Maryland Avenue
Free and open to the public
|Gandhi Brigade Youth Media Festival|
May 8, 3 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Downtown Silver Spring
Ellsworth Stage, City Place Theaters
Express Yourself! Youth Media Festival
An exciting day filled with a gallery of graphics and photography submissions, live youth entertainment groups, media activities,and a fast paced 4 hour film competition, all working up to an awards screening of the best youth-produced media in the area with cash prizes!
|IRS Warning for Groups Not Filing Required 990 Forms|
2007 federal legislation required most tax exempt organizations with annual revenues under $25,000 to begin filing a brief form of the IRS 990 annual return - known as the 990N or the "e-postcard'. Previously these groups had been exempted from annual filing requirements.
The law also provided that groups failing to begin filing within three years were subject to automatic revocation of their tax exempt status. The first three year deadline, for groups whose last fiscal year ended December 31, 2009, is May 15, 2010.
Compliance is relatively easy - the filing is done electronically and links to more information, an explanation of the requirement, the form itself, and frequently asked questions, can be found at http://www.irs.gov/charities/
The information required is limited to 8 items:
1. Employer identification number (EIN), or Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN)).
2. Tax year
3. Legal name and mailing address
4. Any other names the organization uses
5. Name and address of a principal officer
6. Web site address if the organization has one
7. Confirmation that the organization's annual gross receipts are normally $25,000 or less
8. If applicable, a statement that the organization has terminated or is terminating (going out of business)
|Marriott Spirit to Serve Awards Honor Schools, Individuals, Groups for Community Service |
Eight Montgomery County individuals, groups and community-minded schools will be honored for their contributions to the Montgomery County community as recipients of the 2010 Marriott Spirit to Serve Community Service awards to be presented on May 6 at the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel and Conference Center. Marriott International donates $500 to the charity of each of the honorees' choosing.
The annual event is managed by the Montgomery County Volunteer Center and sponsored by Marriott International. Awards will be presented by Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett, County Council President Nancy Floreen and Stephen Zagami, representing Montgomery County Public School Superintendent Dr. Jerry Weast. Marriott Executive Vice President Stephen Marriott will give brief remarks.
Individual and Group Awards will be presented to:
Larry Shulman of Potomac
Cathy Henderson of Silver Spring
KidzCare, part of Kidzcare USA
The following four schools will be honored for their efforts to get students involved in the community:
Carderock Springs Elementary School in Bethesda
Westover Elementary School in Silver Spring
Rockville High School in Rockville
BarrieSchool in Silver Spring
The Nonprofit Roundtable of Greater Washington is currently accepting applications for its second-ever class for the Future Executive Directors Fellowship.
The Fellowship is a 12-month program designed to prepare candidates for leadership positions in Washington-area nonprofit organizations. The first class of the Fellowship was held in 2008, and of 25 fellows who participated, five have already become Executive Directors for nonprofit organizations in the area. Gelman, Rosenberg & Freedman CPAs is delighted to co-sponsor this important initiative.
Over the course of the Fellowship, emerging leaders will receive instruction in leadership, mentoring and networking, among other areas. They will also have multiple opportunities to speak one-on-one with other Executive Directors from nonprofit organizations in the DC metro area.
Applicants to the Fellowship should have several years of nonprofit experience, in addition to some managerial expertise. They should be fully committed to becoming an Executive Director for a DC-area nonprofit as the next step in their careers, and also have the full support of their current organization. For complete eligibility requirements and to download the application, please visit the 2010 Future Executive Directors Fellowship website. http://www.nonprofitroundtable.org/Strategic-Priorities/Future-Executive-Directors-Fellowship/menu-id-42
|Register in the Montgomery County Local Small Business Reserve Program|
Do not miss this unique opportunity to register with the assistance of the Office of Business Relations and Compliance.
Friday, May 21, 2010 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Suggested donation: $5.00 (to benefit the Hispanic Business Foundation Youth Program)
Event sponsored by: Montgomery County Department of General Services, the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Montgomery County, and the Office of Community Partnerships
Ken Taylor, Manager, Office of Business Relations will help business owners navigate the Local Small Business Reserve Program LSBRP registration process in order to compete for contracts with Montgomery County. Learn how to compete for contracted services, and who to contact for information, and much more.
Bring your lunch. This opportunity is limited to 15 business owners only. Do not miss this opportunity to meet people and network.
Registration and submission of application required. LSBRP Application must be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or faxed to 301-654-4004 by Monday, May 10, 2010
Call Rosalinda at 301-654-4000 Ext. 226 to request a copy of the application or visit http://montgomerycountymd.gov/content/DGS/Dir/OBRC/lsbrp/Documents/LSBRPPaperApplication.pdf
|Centro Nia and Others Open New Center|
CentroNia MD Dir. Rosalba Bonilla-Acosta & Early Head Start Dir. Charlene Muhammad with staff, partners, & children perform the ribbon cutting
Many low income Latino preschool aged children in Montgomery County are cared for during the day in informal daycare settings. As a result many children do not receive developmentally appropriate care and are not ready for kindergarten. 'For 25 years CentroNía has been working to address this problem and recently received a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services grant to open an early head start program to serve 72 families in the Montgomery County center and through in home care. On May 5th CentroNía and its community partners celebrated this great accomplishment by hosting a ribbon cutting ceremony at their center located on University Blvd. near the Takoma/Langley crossroads. Family Support workers will visit the homes of participating families to assist them with various needs and to help ensure that their children are thriving. For more information contact Roberto Flores, Admissions Specialist at 301-543-8040.
|Inspiring Each Other to Succeed|
Latino Liaison, Montgomery County Executive's Office of Community Partnerships
Teresa Wright & Caroline Camacho MCPS Staf with students at Watkins Mill HS
Immigrant integration can sometimes be a long and lonesome process for both adults and their children. Achieving the American dream can appear to be unattainable unless you have a supportive network to help you through the hard times and inspire you along the way. I witnessed all of this on April 17th at Watkins Mill High School where Latino parents and school staff came together to connect with each other, support one another, and inspire everyone present to succeed. I was inspired by the relentless dedication of the MCPS organizers but also the parents who shared their hopes and dreams for their children. We were all inspired by the college students who spoke of their often arduous journey to achieving a college education. The second part of this event took place on April 24th in an indoor futsal tournament bringing families to the school to continue to support, inspire, and build community.
|Avon Walk for Breast Cancer - Washington, D.C.|
Senior Administrative Executive Aide, Office of Community Partnerships
Okay, I know that the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer is not directly about Community Partnerships . . . . but, indirectly, it has everything to do with it!
Community Partnerships is about helping one another in our struggles by giving not only of ourselves but also, our financial resources. Breast Cancer is a global struggle so it's important to all of us and requires the aforementioned gifts through "community partnerships."
So happens my daughter, Lauren participated in this year's walk in Washington, D.C. May1-2 for the 39.3 miles and I wanted to share with you the good news of this year's D.C. walk. Her immediate group of four raised more than $10,000 towards the Cure. In all, the D.C. area raised $6.5 million dollars with eight more cities to go . . . you start to get the picture of the generosity out there.
We were so inspired to meet her and the rest of the women and men of all ages at the 19 mile post at Chevy Chase Circle on Saturday and the finale at the Mall in Washington to witness for ourselves how lucky we are to live in this great "community." For more information go to: http://www.avonwalk.org/washington-dc/
Leadership Lessons from Mom
That MBA degree is dandy, but the lessons learned can't hold a candle to Mom's (or Dad's or Gram's) wisdom. A recent poll of Humanergists resulted in these leadership lessons from our very first role models.
I don't care if "everyone" is doing it. Mom taught us to have courage and make decisions for ourselves. Don't get caught up in passing trends or we've-always-done-that thinking.
If you can't say something nice, don't say anything. Sometimes harsh truths must be spoken, but keep balance by sharing positives as well. Don't speak in anger, when it may be harder for you to communicate the good along with the bad.
Accept a compliment graciously. Maybe it's embarrassment or false humility, but we often stumble or say, "oh, it wasn't that great," when a simple "thank you" is all that is needed.
Get outside. While this phrase was most often used when Mom was sick of us underfoot, we recognize now the power of nature to boost our mood and change our perspective. Get up, walk around, go outside or do whatever it takes to change your environment. You'll find inspiration - or at least some respite from the usual routine.
What am I, chopped liver? Especially in adolescence, we kids acted as if our parent were alien life forms and unworthy of kindness or consideration. Remember that even the most quirky of our fellow humans deserves respect and compassion.
Do you want your face to freeze like that? Nonverbals not only matter, they communicate volumes, even when we're not aware of them. Get some feedback about how your posture, facial expressions and mannerisms help or hurt your leadership.
Every cloud has a silver lining. No matter how distressing, every situation has potential advantages and disadvantages. Don't ignore the cloud, but do recognize and capitalize upon the silver lining.
If wishes were horses, then beggars would ride. Dream big, but don't just passively yearn for things to be different. If you want something, take a step today to make it a reality. Action is necessary to achieve.
Be home in time for dinner. There's nothing like unstructured time with loved ones to recharge your batteries. Share a story, a joke or something that happened in your day. Listen as others to do the same. Even if it's just take-out pizza, it will be a feast.
Mom's most enduring lessons were not the ones she talked about. They came by the way she lived her life - with grace in spite of our many imperfections and bravery in the face of life's challenges. The least we can do is try to do the same. Thanks, Mom.
|APPLICANTS SOUGHT FOR BOARDS, COMMITTEES AND COMMISSIONS|
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.http://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/apps/exec/vacancies/pr_list.asp
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 email@example.com
. 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
|OFFICE 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Committee for Ethnic Affairs
: First Thursday of every other month, 7 pm at the Executive Office Building Auditorium. Contact Lisa Austin for additional information: email@example.com
. Down County Latino Network,
will meet on June 23, at the Mid County Regional Services Center. Contact Karla Silvestre for more information at: firstname.lastname@example.org
. Up County Latino Network,
will meet on 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: email@example.com