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June 2010, Issue 28
 
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msgfromdirectorMESSAGES FROM THE DIRECTOR:
STEVE ROBERTS: "FROM EVERY END OF THIS EARTH"
 
Bruce Adams

Director, Office of Community Partnerships
 
On Monday night May 24, the Montgomery County Committee for Ethnic Affairs (CEA) hosted a presentation and conversation on the immigrant experience with at the Rockville Library. Roberts, a professor, columnist, former New York Times reporter, and long-time Bethesda resident, is the author of From Every End of This Earth: 13 Families and the New Lives They Made in America (Harper, 2009).
 
2010-05-24CEAconvoStevenRobertsBookCoverRoberts's title comes from President Obama's 2009 inaugural address: "We are a nation of Christians and Muslims, Jews and Hindus, and nonbelievers. We are shaped by every language and culture, drawn from every end of this earth." According to Roberts: "This country's genius flows from its diversity." And so Roberts's book describes "the doers, the risk-takers, the makers of things" the President paid tribute to in his inaugural. He does so by telling the stories of thirteen families.
 
The stories Roberts tells in the book focus on the one dimension of the immigrant experience that hasn't changed over the last century: "it is still one of the most challenging journeys any human being ever makes." Over and over, he makes the essential point that it takes a strong and special person to make that journey. Roberts describes the "pain of dislocation, of missing home, of living in two worlds, and never feeling completely comfortable in either one" of the "sacrifice generation" committed to making a better life for their children. The immigrants in his stories, he says, "are like the sun and the rain to America; they replenish our soil and our spirit. We are a better, brighter nation because they come and join us, every day, from every end of this earth."
 
Roberts reminded the audience at the May 24 event that the anti-immigrant voices of today are very much a part of the American experience. The newest group is always labeled the
Members of the CEA and Author Steven Roberts (4th from Left) 
group that will corrupt our perfect union. "We've been making that mistake for 200 years." When asked by CEA chair Enas Elhanafi how to change the anti-immigrant "you people" attitude, Roberts said he wrote the book to tell the positive stories of America's immigrant experience. "Montgomery County is a healthier, more vibrant community because of the immigrants who have come here," Roberts observed. By telling their stories, we can convince people of the value immigrants bring to our community. "Stop and think," he said. "Who provides health care in this County? Who runs small businesses? Who does the research at our labs?" Roberts concluded: "We can't mandate brotherhood, but we can live it."
 
Thanks go to the Committee for Ethnic Affairs, led by chair Enas Elhanafi, member Harry Iceland, Lesley Moore Vossen, and OCP staffer Lisa Austin, for organizing this inspiring presentation and conversation. Let's hope it is the first of a series that will help promote greater understanding among Montgomery's one million people who have indeed come "from every end of this earth."
 

RockvilleHometownHolidayRockville Hometown Holidays

Soul Asylum Headlines Rockville's 22nd Hometown Holidays
Memorial Day Weekend Event Features More Than 40 Bands and Entertainers
 
The 22nd annual Hometown Holidays celebration takes place Memorial Day weekend and will feature Grammy-award winning Soul Asylum, an alternative rock band known for hits such as "Runaway Train," "Somebody to Shove" and "Black Gold."
 
The Hometown Holidays festival takes place from 1-10 p.m. Saturday, May 29 and Sunday, May 30. Each year more than 60,000 people descend on Rockville's downtown to celebrate summer with more than 40 bands and entertainers performing on 10 stages, children's activities, a green festival and Taste of Rockville.
 
This year's festival will also include an Art and Craft Festival, featuring more than 50 artisans showcasing their one-of-a-kind handcrafted artwork, a free style dance stage for anyone to show off dance moves, a Saturday night teen dance on The Rooftop, a living history stage to celebrate the City's 150th anniversary and a sampling of art demonstrations.
 
In addition to Saturday and Sunday's activities, the festival also features a Memorial Day celebration, including a performance by the Rockville Concert Band and Chorus, the 66th annual Memorial Day parade and ceremony that remembers and honors those who died serving their country.
 
Concert performances start at 9 a.m., followed by the ceremony at 9:30 a.m. and the parade at 10:30 a.m.
 
United States Army Nurse Corps Col. Richard Ricciardi, a Board Certified Pediatric and Adult Nurse Practitioner, will serve as the parade grand marshal and Brian van de Graaff, the morning weather forecaster for Good Morning Washington, ABC 7 News, will serve as emcee.
 
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To learn more about the events taking place during Hometown Holidays, go to www.rockvillemd.gov/events/hth  

JuneteenthMontgomery County Juneteenth Events

"Tracking the Footprints of African Americans"
June 19 - 9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. and 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
 
Join us for a "Discover Your Roots" road trip throughout Montgomery County, MD. The trip will travel to educational, civil rights, historical and cultural sites that are related to the African American presence in the County, including the Rev. Josiah Henson (Uncle Tom's Cabin) living space at an early age, Hall of Fame and Mr. William B. Gibbs sculptors
$15.00. Register by June 1 - Seats are Limited....
Boarding at the Lincoln Park Community Center, 357 Frederick Avenue, 9:00 a.m.
Hosted by: Lincoln Park Historical Foundation, Montgomery County Office of Community Partnerships, Montgomery County Office of Human Rights and African American Employee Association
Contact: Anita Neal Powell, email: lincolnparkhist@aol.com, 301-251-2747
 
Montgomery County Taste of a Juneteenth Celebration and Cultural Experience
June 19 - 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. - RSVP by June 1

Join us as a Juneteenth Proclamation from County Executive Ike Leggett will be presented.  We will also be in the presence of Mr. Karlton Jackson, Jazz Saxophonist, (the music behind -- "Where We Live: Lincoln Park" played during the African American Walking Tour and often on Rockville 11, Channel 11 and more
Hosted by: HSBC Bank, 200-C East Middle Lane, Rockville, next to Gibbs Street (Remember Gibbs v Broome case)
Contact: Tina Clarke 301-801-5252, Kimberly Ham 240-777-8478, or Rev. Tim Warner 240-777-2503

AsianFairFirst Asian American Community Resource Fair a Success

Lily Qi
Asian and Middle Eastern American Liaison, Montgomery County Executive's Office of Community Partnerships
 
Close to 40 Asian American organizations packed the Executive Office Building cafeteria on Saturday, May 8 for the first Asian American Community Resource Fair.  Hosted by the County Executive's Office of Community Partnerships and the Asian American Advisory Group, this half-day resource fair provided an excellent opportunity to bring a broad spectrum of Asian American nonprofit organizations and community leaders together for cross-learning and networking.  It also served as the official kick-off of the Asian Pacific American Heritage Month in Montgomery County with County Executive Ike Leggett's proclamation and remarks.
  
"Montgomery County is great BECAUSE OF YOU," said Mr. Leggett to the community leaders and attendees, "the Asian American community is better BECAUSE OF YOU."  Marita Etcubanez, co-chair of the event and Director of Legal Services for the Asian American Legal Resource Center, and Wonro Lee, co-chair of the Asian American Advisory Group, presided over the event on behalf the Advisory Group.  
 
To see a list of all participating organizations and sponsors, and to view photos from the event, please visit the event web site or go to www.montgomerycountymd.gov/Asian.

HispanicScholarsStudents Honored at the Annual Distinguished Hispanic Scholars Award

Karla Silvestre
Latino Liaison, Montgomery County Executive's Office of Community Partnerships
 
The Hispanic Employees Association of Montgomery County Public Schools recently awarded scholarships and recognitions to MCPS graduating seniors in their annual Distinguished Hispanic Scholars Award Ceremony. These young men and women were accompanied by family members, 2010-05-27HEA_Award Recipientsfriends, and school administrators who came out to support this extremely talented group of Latino youth. The highlight of the night occurred when a school administrator read a letter from a former Distinguished Scholar who made a $500 contribution to the fund. He has graduated college and is employed in the Sciences. He has fond memories of the award and wanted to contribute to the next generation of Distinguished Hispanic Scholars. The impromptu theme of the night was Latinos giving back. Congratulations to Carlos Cabrera and the entire MCPS Hispanic Employees Association for their fundraising efforts throughout the year and for continuing to honor our talented young people!

MCPSbacktoschoolMCPS Back to School Fair

Calling All Corporate Sponsors!
There are 140,000 reasons to become a corporate sponsor of the MCPS Back-to-School Fair. This year, more than 140,000 MCPS students and their families will be invited to kick off the new school year at the third annual Back-to-School Fair. The fair is a great way for families to learn about school system programs and services, while enjoying music, entertainment, children's activities and more. Last year, more than 8,000 students and family members took home donated school supplies and free educational gifts thanks to sponsors such as Kaiser Permanente, ABC/7 WJLA and Washington Talent Agency. Become a sponsor of the Back-to-School Fair ... and make a difference in the lives of Montgomery County's children.
 
MCPS BACK-TO-SCHOOL FAIR
 August 28, 2010
11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Carver Educational Services Center
850 Hungerford Drive, Rockville
 
Sponsored by the Office of Communications and Family Outreach 
HildaWoelHilda Woel Honored for Extraordinary Volunteer Work
The National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a) and MetLife Foundation will honor Hilda Woel of Silver Spring as one of the 2010 MetLife Foundation Older Volunteers Enrich America Awards. The program, now in its eighth year, honors older volunteers making exemplary contributions to their communities and promotes volunteering among older adults nationwide. 
 
Hilda Woel has been an ombudsman representative since 1985, working as a volunteer advocate to empower residents in nursing homes.  For almost 25 years, she has taught residents about their rights under the law.  She impacts the lives of residents through regular visitation and immediate action on issues that arise concerning quality of life and care.  She obtains technical assistance and guidance from professional staff in the county Area Agency on Aging to conduct her work with the most frail and vulnerable citizens that reside in nursing home settings.  She shares her experiences with other volunteers in the program to promote the ideals of ombudsman philosophy in a practical sense.  NCCNHR will be the beneficiary of the honorarium associated with the award.   
DellaStolsworthDella Stolsworth Wins the Daily Point of Light Award!
On May 10, Della Stolsworth, of the Montgomery County Volunteer Center was recognized by the Points of Light Institute for her work with the Pro Bono Consulting Program. Here is what they had to say: 
 
First Lady Michelle Obama said, "When I thought about the things I cared about, the things I was passionate about, service was always in there." So too, for Della Stolsworth.
As members of the baby-boom generation near retirement age, the pool of potential volunteers with professional skills and time on their hands is growing rapidly. Nonprofits, under increasing economic pressure, need skilled help more than ever, but often don't know how or where to find such assistance.
To connect these two groups, Della Stolsworth created the Pro-Bono Consultant (PBC) Program in 2003 to fill the gap. The Pro-Bono Consultant Program connects skilled professionals with area nonprofits eager to utilize their talents and experience in time-limited projects. Pro-Bono volunteers, consisting of transitioning adults, seniors and working professionals, help make meaningful contributions to their community through short-term, project-based service.
Della Stolsworth and her work with PBC is a shining example of what one volunteer leader can do. She works tirelessly to grow the PBC Program, utilizing her amazing combination of education and skills for the growth and success of volunteers and non-profit organizations.
To date over 200 projects are in progress thanks to Pro-Bono Consultant volunteers. The nature of the projects and the settings in which the volunteers operate are extremely varied. Projects have included everything from designing a membership survey for an environmental group to developing a public relations plan for a consumer advocacy group.
Della continues to advise others who express interest in starting a Pro-Bono program, generously donating her time to establish Pro-Bono programs based on her original model. Although she may be retiring from leading the Pro-Bono Consultant Program soon, Della has inspired volunteers of all ages to utilize their talents and time for the betterment of others.
 
The Daily Point of Light Award honors individuals and volunteer groups around the country who are helping to meet critical needs in their communities and creating change every day. 
 
 

EnergyAllianceNonprofit Energy Alliance

Nonprofit Montgomery, the Arts & Humanities Council of Montgomery County and Greater Washington Interfaith Power & Light today announced the first ever NONPROFIT ENERGY ALLIANCE. The NONPROFIT ENERGY ALLIANCE is not a formal or contractual group but was created expressly to assist non-profit organizations in Montgomery County and its neighboring jurisdictions organize and negotiate as a group for cheaper and greener electricity, reduce annual expenditures for electricity and free up resources for non-profits to focus on their core missions. This is especially critical now when there are fewer dollars available to do so.  Twelve NONPROFIT ENERGY ALLIANCE participants arranged their purchase of clean and renewable energy from Clean Currents, saving participants over $140,000 compared to standard offer service, and supporting clean sources of energy that are essential to protecting our environment and building a new economy.  This purchase is significant in that it is equivalent to over 1200 metric tons of CO2 emissions annually or to taking over 250 cars off the roads. Initial NONPROFIT ENERGY ALLIANCE participants include: Mental Health Association of Montgomery County; Jewish Council for the Aging of Greater Washington and the Nonprofit Village, Manna Food Center; Unitarian Universalist Church of Silver Spring; Montgomery Hospice; Guide Program; Paint Branch Unitarian Universalist Church; Montgomery Preservation; National Capital Trolley Museum, and Montgomery Housing Partnership.

DEDSeminarMontgomery County Department of Economic Development Seminar

"Alternative Financing and Other Resources for Small Businesses"
9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
 
* Identify non-traditional sources for business financing
* Learn about available resources to prepare your financial package
* Meet one on one with financial experts and lending specialists
 
Germantown Innovation Center
20271 Goldenrod Lane
Free Registration: www.tinyurl.com/29lxwma
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 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 September 22 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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